Our Volunteers

“A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.” – G.D. Gale

Patricia Conte
Patricia is a marketing/communications professional with more than 20 years experience. Currently working as an independent writer for several national websites and healthcare organizations, Patricia is originally from Ohio, but has called the Phoenix area home for the last 15 years. With a passion for writing and marketing, Patricia has applied her talent working for local and national nonprofit organizations, the healthcare industry, higher education and marketing agencies.

Having worked on both sides of the creative fence, as an account manager and a writer, she has a keen sense of both the administrative side of business, as well as the engaging, customer-facing applications. Patricia studied political science and conflict management and resolution at the University of Akron, and comes from an Italian-immigrant family, who she credits with helping her develop her international mindset. Along with her work with Karma Yoga Project, Patricia donates her time working with St. Mary’s Food Bank in its Community Kitchen program. She is a food blogger who loves all things food-related, and enjoys spending her time hiking, meditating, cooking, and practicing photography.


Susan Rowland
Susan is the Editor for Karma Yoga Project and is in charge of our eNewsletter. She graduated from ASU in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. While attending school she worked in both print and television. Susan has written for local magazines including SWEAT Magazine and Community Brief, covering topics related to health and fitness. She currently works in television as a Content Coordinator, gathering news from all media forms, as well as shooting, editing packages and writing scripts for ABC15.com. She has also covered local Valley events featuring organizations such as Special Olympics Arizona and Red Rock Company.

An avid yoga enthusiast, she completed her 200 hour Yoga teacher training in 2007 from At One Yoga. Now studying for her 500 hour Yoga Teacher training, she teaches flow classes around the Valley. Although her main focus is astanga, other interests include power and restorative. Other studies include Anatomy and Physiology, Thai Yoga massage, Spanish, Sanskrit and Ayurveda. An athlete at heart, she competes in local triathlons to challenge the body and mind. Love for the outdoors brings her joy in hiking, biking, swimming, running and rock climbing. Susan has a valid passport and looks forward to traveling the world in the near future. She is currently involved in numerous projects in various stages of development.


Katterina Powers
Katterina relocated to Arizona from Vancouver, Canada after a 15-year award-winning career as a Production Designer for film and television. When not in production, Katterina spent her time traveling and volunteering at orphanages in developing parts of the world. Drawn to the plight of children with no family to raise them, she adopted her own son from Russia and changed career paths. She is enrolled in a doctoral program in School Psychology and focusing her research on effects of early neglect and trauma as well as parent education.