Our Team

Agni Zotis

Agni Zotis is an artist and yogi with a discipline in both paths for over 30 years. She started bringing art to youth in 2001 inspired by the lack of art classes in schools. As the director of AGNI Gallery in the East Village (2004-2009), she hosted the avant-garde art scene in New York City and held workshops for youth. Through her involvement with youth, she understood the necessity of incorporating mindfulness and emotional intelligence along with creative process in your curriculums. She developed MAY Kids Transform curriculum in 2013 at LAB High School. Agni is a certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher, teaching adults since 2001. She has a B.A. from Hunter College in Fine Arts and Psychology. Her teachings are based in ancient wisdom influenced by Vedic tradition and Philosophy supported by modern science in neuroscience and epigenetics. She believes the youth is the future and in need of communal support. Everyone needs applicable tools for emotional management to thrive in the modern world. 

She develops wellness curriculums for different communities globally as her purpose is established in alleviating human suffering for all.   

MAY Kids Transform Board Member / Founder

Francis Serrano

Francis collaborated to design the MAY Kids program, compelled by the voice and needs of his peers. Born and raised in New York City, Francis empathizes with the many pressures and stresses that come with city life.

At the age of fourteen, his concerns about the self-destructive responses to the challenges teens face needed to be addressed.  Francis is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, majored in Environmental Biology. In October 2016, he fostered the start of a multimedia art collective at Wash U in St. Louis called Open Crown Collective (OCC). Through practice of mindfulness techniques and art, the members of OCC developed valuable stress management skills, created collaborative works of art. OCC members view the MAY curriculum as rewarding as it helps with focus, studying, and facilitates positive social spaces. Recently, Francis collaborated to create a start up business called Find Your Farmer, making real food accessible to all in St. Louis. 

MAY Kids Transform Board Member/Founder

Alexandra Arneri

Alexandra is an attorney practicing in San Francisco and New York at her firm Cittone Demers & Arneri LLP and has a podcast on human rights and the environment, thegravity.fm and a blog on parenting ninjabelly.com.  Alexandra is passionate about bringing the MAY Kids Transform program to youth. She is a mom of two boys teaching them mindfulness, art and yoga at home. She has been practicing yoga since she was 19 and paints in her spare time. 

MAY Kids Transform Board Member

Francisco Cavia

Francisco is an attorney for 10 years with a PhD in Law. He has a practice for over a decade in yoga & meditation. He is passionate about the vision and the work MAY is providing to the community and beyond. He helps spread awareness of MAY's mission. 

MAY Kids Transform Board Member

Anxhela Kanani

Anxhela Kanani is a graduate from Queens College with a focus in psychology and urban studies. She is working on her PhD in clinical psychology at Adelphi University. Anxhela strives to attain a deep holistic understanding of mind and body. She aims to help eliminate the stigma around mental health and improve the lives of those struggling with minimal support. As a student of MAY in her teens, she learned tools to be more mindful, present, control of emotions and connect to the world. She wants to raise awareness of the value of MAY for others. 

Supporter

Sarah Templeton

Sarah Templeton is a youth counsellor focusing in high risk youth and a supporter of MAY Kids Transform. She believes in social change through empowerment. She is committed to teaching youth to cultivate their highest self and tap into their own power in order to impact and inspire the world. She currently lives in Jamaica teaching MAY Kids. 

MAY Kids Transform Educator

Carolina De Luca

Carolina is a professor of Literature, English Composition, Italian Language and Public Speaking. She taught for 23 years in various universities in New York City, such as Hunter College, Queens College and New York University. She now lives in Rome with her daughter and teaches at John Cabot University and incorporates MAY's principles in her classes.

May Kids Transform Past Board Member

Lori Mason

Lori is a practicing entertainment attorney in NYC, and a passionate yogi and mom.  She is a strong believer in MAY Kids' mission and in Agni's talent and character.

May Kids Transform Past Board Member

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Deep gratitude to the wonderful educators, artists and yoga teachers whose talents enrich the youth lives through the MAY program.

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Thank you for believing in our vision and supporting our work with the youth. 

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