France Yoli Maya Yeh Joseph
Executive Director & Lead Facilitator

A Native Evanstonian, Yoli goes by her middle name, a name given to her by her Native American Elders when she was 13. As a teenager growing up in Evanston, IL Yoli was exposed to an experiential education-based class and she was immediately inspired to follow this path into her undergraduate studies and beyond. She studied education pedagogy and learned how to self-direct learning, identify inherent skills and follow ones purpose. Following college she moved on to live and teach young people in Japan, Thailand, Jordan, Nepal & India. She decided to stay in India and began a 12-year journey of being both student and teacher. She trained in Tibetan language translation, yoga, deep meditation practices and philosophy. As a teacher, she led courses, field studies and short trip itineraries as an Adjunct Faculty of the South-Asian campus of Long Island University. Her curriculum focused on Religion & Ethics, Global Studies and Digital Literacy.

Yoli is a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist with great experience working with children and adults. She leads education, yoga and meditation programs in traditional and non-traditional settings, bounded by northern Chicago and surrounding suburbs. She enjoys writing and plans to finish her first book later this year about parenting to the unique needs of the youth of today.  Yoli is certified in CPR, First Aid and is Wilderness First Responder(WFR) certified.

Neal Desai
President & Lead Facilitator

Neal is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and has always called it home. That hasn’t kept him from venturing out and seeing the world. Neal has visited 6 continents with 1 failed attempt at Antarctica under his belt. During the day Neal is a Management Consultant helping to advise and guide some of the largest companies and organizations in the metropolitan area. As a certified project management expert, Neal enjoys planning out every detail and then executing on a great plan. He is also an entrepreneur, community leader and dad. He is certified in CPR, First Aid and a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).