2018 Board Candidates

Each candidate has provided a statement to membership and a CV below. If you would like to view their professional profile, you can use our membership directory search. Search for each candidate here


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Monica B Groover, PhD, AD

Statement to the Membership:

Namaste. I have been an Ayurveda Practitioner for over 15 years and running an Ayurveda College for last 9 years n the US. I am so proud and humbled to have trained more than 500 students in this beautiful modality of Ayurveda. Although I have been contributing from behind the scenes and volunteering at NAMA for some time, I believe being part of the organization in a more formal way would let me contribute to the NAMA cause. (There are so many). I am especially interested in sub committees, accreditation and helping out new Ayurveda Counselors set up their practice.

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Karan Chopra

Statement to the Membership:

I strongly believe in the importance of spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda among all. I also believe that Ayurveda is going to be an integral part of the healthcare system in the U.S in the coming future and therefore believe that an organisation like NAMA is critical in serving as the framework that guides the healthy growth of Ayurveda. By already combining aspects of Ayurvedic education, training, product quality, networking etc. NAMA is a well thought out and unified voice of Ayurveda in the U.S. I wish to play a small part to add to this momentum and ty to further this mission.

It would be my honor to be a part of this process. I want to offer my energy and ideas in establishing as strong a foundation as possible to make the effort of each individual involved in the mission of promoting Ayurveda in the U.S a success.

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Heather Lynn Grzych, AP

Statement to the Membership:

I am running to serve on the NAMA Board and further the mission of the organization and its members. This is a changing time for Ayurveda. Public recognition is growing and more individuals are interested in studying to become Ayurveda professionals. However, it is difficult for individuals in the United States to practice classical Ayurveda because, as a profession, it's still fairly unchartered territory with confusing state laws. There is no job description to follow, and no employer waiting to hire a student when education is complete, so Ayurveda professionals must also be an entrepreneurs. I believe that NAMA can focus more on business skills for its members to strengthen the profession.

You may recognize me from moderating Seminars in Ayurveda. I have a background in health insurance product development and marketing, where I worked for 14 years before becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner, and I hope to use this experience to help strengthen the NAMA's vision and membership.

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Wynn Werner

Statement to the Membership:

I am dedicated to supporting the re-emergence of Ayurveda as a guide for daily living and a critical component of modern integrated healthcare. My skills have been acquired over 40 years as a principal in partnerships and corporations, and include the ability to organize and manage diverse amounts of information, data, and people. I work well with many different people and can facilitate group interactions. I am action and results oriented and have a good understanding of and competency in computer: hardware, software, websites, email, etc. I have considerable experience in legal issues, accounting and tax preparation. I am a founding Board Member of NAMA and helped draft the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws in the two years prior to its incorporation in 2000. I am the current Treasurer and am actively involved in several committees. If elected, I will continue to work for the Mission and Goals of NAMA, its growth and recognition in the healthcare community and serve its members.

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Arun Deva, AP, AYT

Statement to the Membership:

Arun Deva has served the NAMA Standards Committee since 2009. He currently chairs the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy committee. Prior to that Arun served the CA state Ayurveda organization, CAAM as a Board Member and Secretary. Arun began his Ayurvedic Practitioner career in 2002. He is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute of America (AIA) although he began his studies unofficially as a child growing up in India under the tutelage of his aunt. Arun is also a long time yoga practitioner, teacher and therapist. He is recognized as a therapist by IAYT and as an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist by NAMA. Arun believes very strongly in the principles of Ayurveda and follows them for his own health. He believes that the mission of NAMA aligns with his own, which is to promote the awareness of Ayurveda and its ability, along with yoga, to help all live better lives. As a Board Member, Arun's objective would be to help promote NAMA's own similar mission statement.

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Raquel Chacon

Statement to the Membership:

I would like a position on the board of directors so that I can assist NAMA in not only meeting, but exceeding their goals for accomplishing the promotion of education about Ayurveda in a simple language that reaches the widest possible audience using social media and other appropriate forms of distribution.
Because I am very passionately motivated by the practice of Ayurveda, my dream is to create tools to promote Ayurvedic education — especially for Spanish-speaking cultures. I believe that everyone deserves to enjoy the best life possible. As a responsible and sensitive human being, I feel that I was born to share what I know for the goodness of others. For me, this means the sharing of Ayurveda!

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David McConaghay, AD

Statement to Membership:

My desire to serve on the NAMA Board arises from a deep sense of duty to steward Ayurveda into the 21st century. Ayurveda has survived this long because it finds trustworthy custodians to keep and transmit it through times of both peace and peril. I don’t claim to hold a candle to the masters of the past, but I do aspire to carry the torch. I am a 2018 graduate of the four-year program at Alandi Ashram and now Ayurvedic Doctor-in-residence at the Sivananda Yoga Farm. I am also pursuing a Doctorate in Divinity. My thesis is “Multidimensional Medicine,” using the geometry of Sankhya to connect quantum and Newtonian physics. I am magnetized by my natural enthusiasm into positions of leadership. I am already the chairperson of NAMA's State sub-committee, whose mission is to be an organizing force offering support to state-level Ayurveda organizations. My three-year term on the board of COLORAMA is nearly complete, and I can't wait to engage with the Ayurvedic community on a national level!

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Dinesh Gyawal, AD

Statement to Membership:

NAMA also resonates with Sanskrit word नाम “naama” which literally means "name". If we think deeper, it is the meaning of identity, self revelation and an idea of "who we are". I believe NAMA is the organization which has given and will continue to give us identity as an Ayurvedic professional. I want to be a part of this movement and contribute to it in every possible way I can. Nomination in executive committee will allow me to actively participate in its undertakings. It would be my honor to share experience and knowledge with all the talented members and be a part of this platform of like minded people.

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Margrit Mikulis, ND, AD

Statement to Membership:

Years ago I made a commitment to NAMA and was compelled to support the growth of the Ayurvedic profession. I was ready to dedicate time & resources. I felt called to serve. Since then my interests and investments to NAMA have grown exponentially.

My contributions and services:

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee
  • Chair PK Subcommittee
  • Chair Strategic Planning & Finance Committee
  • Membership
  • Standards
  • Ethics
  • Elections


And today, I am still eager to contribute. Here is why...I believe Ayurveda is the apex of Ancient and Alternative Medicine.
I believe we should all invest.I believe our world, & all conscious beings are in need of Ayurvedic Principles.
I am convinced Ayurveda is forcefully moving toward a global and consolidated impact and through unification we will persevere.
I am open to your guidance, I welcome further discussions and I look forward to continuing my service with NAMA.

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