Our Board of Directors
Chester Henson, BA, MS
Chester Henson is a retired English teacher and technical writer with 40 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and writer. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Purdue University and an educational administration license from IUPUI.
Chester served in the US Army from 1963-66 as a Public Information Specialist in the 10th Air Defense Artillery Group. In addition to serving as an assistant to the adjutant, he had articles published in the Stars and Stripes.
Chester has been attending YES to Vets yoga classes since 2017 but has practiced yoga since 2012. The YES to Vets yoga classes have been important in providing structure and growth in his practice. It was the YES to Vets yoga classes that introduced total body and mind meditation into Chester’s practice, and the class has been crucial in demonstrating how yoga poses connects to and is important in one’s daily life.
Chester currently resides in Lebanon, Indiana and has been a YES to Vets board member since early 2018.
Alexander Melvin Butler, BA
“Mel” is a Vietnam War veteran and long time participant of the YES to Vets yoga program. Mel attended Rutgers University where he focused on African American Studies as well as American History.
He served in the military for six years, beginning with the 1stCav in Vietnam, earning a CIB. After returning stateside, he pursued medical training at Ft. Sam Houston and went on to serve as a medic and paratrooper with the 82ndAirborne Division. Mel has used his individual experiences in dealing with the adverse effects of chemical exposure to educate and assist other veterans in finding programs available to them through the VA.
Mel discovered a love for the YES to Vets program after agreeing to attend one yoga class at the encouragement of his wife, Eunice. Fortunately, one class was enough and Mel found he enjoyed the benefits the program had on his flexibility, balance, eyesight and overall health. Mel came to discover a brotherhood with the other class participants and a profound sense of community from shared experiences.
Eunice Revis-Butler, BS
Eunice earned her BS in Sociology from Tuskegee University (HBCU) in Alabama, leading her to work a long and varied career in the fields of mental health, education, career counseling, civil rights, and to pursue continued education in the field of Psychology. She has served as a mental health worker, senior group home counselor and civil rights investigator. She has also held various positions including troop leader, special program assistant and service unit area manager for the Hoosier Capitol Girl Scouts.
Eunice is a long time participant in the YES to Vets yoga program. She began attending the class on a recommendation from a yoga instructor and felt captivated by the movements. She kept coming to class after seeing the benefits of improved body mobility and knew that yoga would help her with taking care of herself and her husband, Mel. Eunice enjoys the bond of practicing yoga with her spouse and participating in a group where spouses support each other. She feels that regular yoga practice has enhanced both her and her husband’s lifestyle. She describes the love and camaraderie shared by the class as truly special and a gift from God.
Sally Miller Sando - Treasurer
Sally has been a serious student of yoga and meditation for over 40 years. Aspiring to pass this gift on to others, she became a yoga teacher through Amrit Yoga and then completed Ananda Seva’s yoga therapy program in 2013. Now retired, Sally is enjoying her time exploring new places – within and without – through meditation, traveling, hiking, studying, and precious time with her family and Bodhi, her dog.
Sally is on our Monday YES to Vets teaching team as well as our new VAMC class on Tuesday evenings. We are so grateful to have Sally on our team with her obvious care and heart-felt interest in those she serves.
Nancy Schalk Connor, BA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT - President
Nancy found yoga in the mid 70's and it has been an integral part of her life ever since. She began teaching in 1984 and now holds advanced certifications in Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy.
Nancy helped establish the Indiana Yoga Association in 1998 and served on the board for 4 years. She trained yoga teachers from 1999 to 2011, and in 2000 opened and directed All People Yoga Center through 2005.
Nancy has been a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists since 2007. She now has earned her C-IAYT, an international certification as a yoga therapist.
Nancy developed the yoga therapy program at the IU Simon Cancer Center in 2008 and helped conduct research through the Indianapolis Roudebush VAMC, demonstrating the efficacy of adapted yoga for those with stroke and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, pain syndromes, PTSD and other challenges.
Then in 2014, seeing the need for continued yoga classes in the community for veterans after their research is complete, Nancy founded YES to Vets - Yoga Education and Service to Veterans. (learn more about our YES to Vets program here) YES to Vets offers 4 classes weekly in the community at no charge for veterans, active military personnel and their families.