Andrew Beinbrink has a diverse background from being a former professional baseball player to a start-up technology entrepreneur. Today Andrew focuses his passion and energy as the CEO of SportsForce, a national college athletic recruiting company and as the founder of Yoga 4 Homeless.
Andrew is motivated by helping people transform their lives and unlocking their human potential and was inspired to start Yoga 4 Homeless after having his own experience helping the homeless through various charitable activities while realizing the need for more to be done. He believes the principles of personal transformation, service and compassion are critical to helping homeless men, women and children. Favorite Quote:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi
A certified Fund Raising Executive, John Wadas has spent over 40 years working with the philanthropic community. He started a fund-raising consulting practice in 1996 after taking an early retirement from 24 years working in many capacities at University Athletic programs, including head wrestling coach athletic administrator and Athletic Director.
The Universities include his alma mater Long Beach State, Arizona State University, University of South Florida and San Diego State University. His primary role was raising money through annual support campaigns, special events and season tickets. He has had a number of clients that include the San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions, San Diego Historical Society, San Diego Automotive Museum, Paralyzed Veterans Association, WWII Flying Museum, Multiple Sclerosis Society, La Jolla YMCA, La Costa Canyon High School Foundation, Poway High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, Carlsbad High School, Huntington Beach High School, Encinitas Soccer League, Patrons of Encinitas Parks, Saratoga High School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Sydney D. Holland Foundation, Loa Sholard ship Fund, and Clear Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness.
This past year he also helped raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. Wadas graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education. He received a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Dr. Robert G Marbut Jr.
First as a volunteer, then later as a San Antonio City Councilperson/Mayor-Pro-Tem and a homeless service agency President/CEO, Dr. Robert Marbut has worked on homeless issues for more than three decades.
In 2007, frustrated by the lack of real improvement, and as part of the concept development phase for the Haven for Hope Campus, Dr. Marbut conducted a nationwide best practices study of homeless services. After personally visiting 237 homeless service facilities in 12 states and the District of Columbia, he developed The Seven Guiding Principles of Homeless Transformation. Since then, Dr. Marbut has visited a total of 677 operations in 21 states, plus Washington, DC and Mexico City, DF, and has helped dozens of cities to dramatically reduce homelessness. These Seven Guiding Principles of Transformation are used in all aspects of his work to create holistically transformative environments in order to reduce homelessness.
Dr. Marbut was a White House Fellow to President George H.W. Bush and a former chief of staff to San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros.
He earned a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas in International Relations (with an emphasis in international terrorism and Wahhabism), Political Behavior and American Political Institutions/Processes from the Department of Government.
He also has two Master of Arts degrees, one in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and one in Criminal Justice from the Claremont Graduate School. His Bachelor of Arts is a Full Triple Major in Economics, Political Science and Psychology (Honors Graduate) from Claremont McKenna (Men’s) College.
Dr. Marbut also has completed three post-graduate fellowships, one as a White House Fellow (USA’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service), one as a CORO Fellow of Public and Urban Affairs and one as a TEACH Fellow in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar (1 of 13 USA educators selected).
Chad Scott Nellis
Yoga Instruction/ Life Coach / Marketing
Chad Nellis brings a wealth of experience in multiple disciplines to Yoga 4 Homeless. As a master of yoga instruction with over 20 years of practice and study under master teachers Brian Kest, Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste and Bikram Choudry, Chad has taught multiple styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha and Power for the last 10 years. Currently he teaches to all age groups and abilities at Yoga Six in Point Loma San Diego with an emphasis on awakening and strengthening not only the body, but the mind and spirit.
Says Chad of his teaching: “My goal is to guide others to awaken to their infinite power, courage and compassion and ultimately become undefeatable in the face of life’s everyday challenges. I think this is crucial in helping the homeless who have lost their inner power to move ahead, take action and rejoin society as productive, happy citizens.”
Chad was also certified by the Christopher Howard Leadership Academy as a Master Results Coach and has assisted various individuals including the handicapped, with overcoming challenges associated with limiting beliefs.
As an online marketer consulting for various companies over the last eight years, Chad also assists Yoga 4 Homeless with marketing, copywriting and editing.
Director of Trainings / Yoga Instructor
RYT500 Yoga Teacher
Maryam Askari began her yoga studies in 1991 and is certified by the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute of Pune, India. Upon receiving her certification, she followed her strong drive to learn and continued to study with the most experienced teachers in the United States, Italy and France. Maryam’s sensitive teaching approach is immediately captivating and adapted to practitioners of all levels. Alignment is fundamental to Iyengar and Maryam constantly reminds her students that proper alignment is essential to strength and flexibility.
Since childhood Maryam has been curious about the nature of life and spiritual practice. Her first yoga class initiated the deep desire to understand the role our thoughts play in creating our reality. Maryam considers the power of our mind to be our greatest resource, using asana and breath to focus and still the mind. As she says, “Where our thoughts go, our energy flows.”
Maryam co-founded the yoga studio Anjaliom in Paris and is the initiator of the world-renowned Yogaworks teacher training program in France. Although her student list includes celebrities and international royalty alike, she is most passionate about bringing yoga to the less fortunate in our community. As a volunteer teacher Maryam also taught on a weekly basis at the UCLA Marilyn Hilton Multiple Sclerosis Achievement center from 2012 to 2014. Maryam says, “I found out about Yoga4Homeless and immediately had to reach out to Andrew. I text him and he responded within minutes and now we are united to work on this mission to help provide the healing power of yoga accessible to homeless worldwide.”
Maryam puts action behind her words as she volunteers with Harvest Home in Venice, CA teaching yoga to homeless pregnant women to help channel and inspire each woman in a compromised situation, as well as Safe Place for Youth in Venice, CA where she teaches yoga to homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24. For more on Maryam please visit www.maryamaskari.com
Trainer / Yoga Instructor
RYT500 Yoga Teacher
Bringing the healing power of Yoga and Meditation to EVERYONE is Sue’s personal mission. Her unique blend of gifts and passionate teaching style, makes finding the balance, strength and flexibility in the physical, mental and emotional realms a reality for all. Whether it’s enjoying a seated chair twist, pretending you’re a lion at the zoo or simply hugging yourself as a perfect soul, her teachings focus on adaptability, personal healing and the power of community. Sue is certified in Vinyasa, Sculpt, Meditation, Kids/Teens, Chair Yoga, and Reiki, and is exploring her metaphysical gifts as an Intuitive Artist.
Programming Director/ Yoga Instructor
ERYT, Nutritional Therapist
Lara has accumulated over 15 years as a certified yoga instructor working in behavioral health through outreach and community awareness. Currently Lara is the Trauma Yoga Consultant at The Meadows Outpatient Center in Scottsdale, AZ; partner/instructor at Vibetality in Chandler, AZ and owns OM3 Yoga in Phoenix, AZ.
Throughout an indepth period of self-discovery, Lara immersed herself in humanitarian aide work in post-tsunami Sri Lanka and India from 2005-2007 while studying traditional forms of yoga. During this time Lara has taught yoga to numerous groups and individuals in a variety of treatment centers, corporations, athletic teams, schools, charities, yoga studios and events.
In 2014, Lara became trained in Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga model and in 2015 completed her Nutritional Therapy License. Lara currently instructs public, private and corporate yoga classes; gives nutrition lectures and works with individuals and families.