Heather P. Ricciardi, MLSt., E-RYT500® Executive Director
Heather Promise Ricciardi is a social entrepreneur and perpetual scholar. In 2011 she earned her Master’s degree from Arizona State University with concentrations in Gender, Religion, and Culture and, as Executive Director at Sustenance Research Institute, is currently learning to navigate within the world of nonprofits in order to bring greater awareness to the subjects of local sustainability, education, and science.
Arizona is home to Heather, who relocated to Taos, NM for 18 months to pursue an expansion of our mission into New Mexico public schools. She established the Taos Yoga Festival, an annual event showcasing the best minds in the world of sustainability and yoga and drawing people from all around to enjoy the rugged wilderness of New Mexico.
She has taught yoga since 2006 and currently holds the designation E-RYT 500®. Her desire is to teach sustainability techniques to children, and to foster their growing awareness of how to care for themselves, each other, and the environment.
Allen Hardon Board Member Allen Hardon is an entrepreneur and small business consultant with expertise in the areas of professional services billing and customer acquisition and retention. He has provided these services to his clients since 1990. His technical education includes various software and consulting certifications as well as an in depth knowledge of relationship marketing best practices.
Allen relocated to Gilbert, AZ in 1999 and has been an adult leader with the Boy Scouts and has served his community HOA. He has practiced yoga with Heather Promise Ricciardi since 2011 and is honored to serve on the Board of her organization. He is a firm believer in “paying it forward” and recognizes the importance of providing our children with the tools to sustain themselves in the future.
Kim Savage Board Member
Employed within the construction and architecture industries since 1988; Kim Savage currently works in the capacity of Project Coordinator for a general contractor. She, along with her project team, manage a varied portfolio of commercial ground-up and tenant improvement projects. Kim’s post-secondary education includes an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design.
An Iowa native, Kim has been a resident of Arizona since 1983. Having raised three children, Kim is now an actively involved grandmother of four; who are truly the catalyst driving her to be involved with the growth and development of SRI. She believes that educating the younger generations on the responsibilities and benefits of self-care then reflecting that same level of compassion toward all other beings and our world, can only contribute to the greater good for everyone.
Kim has been practicing yoga, under the guidance of her teacher, Heather Promise, for 8 years.
Ruth Franklin Board Member
Ruth Franklin has enjoyed the wide open landscapes available in the state of Arizona since 1991.She is grateful to have explored the physical world in her work as a civil engineer and to have assisted her communities and companies as an attorney. She progressed towards the more subtle world by helping others resolve their own conflicts through her mediation services.Heather Promise has been her window into a sustainable life and she is grateful both for the community that Heather has established, but also for the opportunity to assist in the important work that SRI is doing. Through the Butterfly project we have the opportunity to give a truly perpetual gift, one that immediately helps those children we reach and that also helps all people with whom these children will engage with throughout their lifetime.Ruth hopes that through this institute she can nurture a multifaceted approach to helping humanity grow and harness their available resources, to combine these with energy efficient engineering innovations to encourage all towards their path of abundance.
Jill Millis Vice President
Jill Millis is an Executive Assistant at a high end showroom for Interior Designers in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. She loves a sense of community and incorporating a sustainability style to all her designs. What brings her the most joy is up-cycling into art.
Jill overcame a nearly fatal accident that left her paralyzed for 6 months. During subsequent physical therapy sessions she was introduced to Yoga, and has been practicing ever since. In 2011 Jill began practicing Yoga with Heather Promise three times a week. Through Jill’s continued practice with Heather, not only is she able to stand on two feet, but is now able to stand on just one! Through this experience Jill has developed many life skills including: calming the mind, maintaining hope, visualization, self-reliance, critical thinking, staying positive, and always looking for the light.