Tracy Rhinehart, RYT 500, CCYT creates empowering and inspiring yoga experiences that allow people to find joy, feel freedom and express their brightest self. Tracy teaches at Yoga Bliss in Fairlawn and contributes to the teacher training programs at Release Yoga, Awaken Yoga and Yoga Bliss. And via her own yoga school, YOGAkron 108, she provides advanced training to yoga teachers. Tracy offers yoga retreats and Word Boxes (available in the Elevate Akron vendor’s market) to inspire both students and teachers. Tracy holds her heart wide open to cultivating connection and creating happiness in the Akron community and in the world.
Lexi Carris, Vendor Coordinator
Alexis Carris is a student at the University of Akron and an educator at lululemon Akron showroom. Lexi and Tracy came together to share our visions and create something big for this city that she loves so much. From writing a goal one day to then having 800 yogis attend the first Elevate event - this entire process has truly been a dream come true. To Lexi, the team's enthusiasm and work ethic makes her heart skip a beat.
Sarah Clark, Marketing Coordinator
Born and raised in NE Ohio, Sarah Clark, E-RYT 200, is passionate about sharing her love of yoga and community right here in Akron, OH through teaching and her involvement with Elevate Akron. She currently teaches and offers workshops at Yoga Bliss and Yoga Squared.
Sarah is also passionate about teaching "trauma-sensitive" yoga and has been honored to serve the Interval Brotherhood Home Addiction Recovery Center for two years and at the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties for six months.
Kevin James Karas, Volunteer Coordinator
With a massive smile radiating love, Kevin serves the awakening and uniting of human consciousness as an experienced holistic educator, public speaker, community leader and mentor. His journey of living consciously began at age 14 when he developed his meditation practice which he still adheres to daily.
He has been building intentional community and teaching in Akron, Ohio since 2011 as Co-founder and President of Holistic Leaders at The University of Akron, Peer Mentor at the Outdoor Adventure Living Learning Community and as a founding member of the White Pond Rising Intentional Community.
Connect with Kevin Karas locally teaching at The University of Akron, Yoga Squared, White Pond Rising, Dance Your Soul, Unity of Medina, the JCC, or LA Fitness.
Serenity Messner, Event Coordinator
Athlete turned yogi, Serenity Messner, RYT 500, is dedicated to serving the Akron community through her love of yoga and living a vibrant, passionate life. Serenity teaches at Yoga Bliss and Yoga Squared, and loves expanding her community connection beyond studio walls through her involvement with Elevate Akron.
Stacey DeGenaro Downing, Ambassador Chair
Stacey is the owner of Barre Pose and Pilates/PureFlow studio in Akron, a fitness expert, inspired yogi, and mother of FIVE! She is an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and holds a masters degree in Cardiovascular Physiology.
With over 25 years in the fitness industry, Stacey's mission is to provide her clients with a core workout and whole body integration cultivating strength in body, mind, and spirit. Stacey loves Akron and is raising her children to call this incredible community "home."