Im'Unique is a 501c3 non-profit that is dedicated to uniting the community and fostering healthy lifestyles within those communities. This is done by enriching the mind, the body, and promoting awareness through holistic wellness education including yoga instruction, cooking classes and healthy living workshops. The organization’s Illustrating Union Yoga Tours are the most diverse yoga classes in all of Colorado attracting people of all ethnicities and income levels. The classes take place in museums across the Denver-Metro Area and are designed for all ages and all skill levels, including those brand new to yoga. Past locations include The Wildlife Experience, The Nature & Science Museum and The Denver Zoo.
Tyrone Beverly, founder and Executive Director, has been leading this type of community programming since 2009 and recently formed the organization in 2012 based on its popularity and demand. He has taught yoga for over 10 years and his extreme passion for equality, humans rights, diversity, unity, physical and social health has lead him to become one of Denver’s leading advocates in health and wellness. He is both nationally and internationally known for his work in the yoga sector and his influence in the community.
Tyrone L. Beverly, founder and Executive Director of Im'Unique, has been leading this type of community programming since 2009 and recently formed the organization in 2012 based on its popularity and demand. He has taught yoga for over 10 years and his extreme passion for equality, humans rights, diversity, unity, physical and social health has lead him to become one of Denver’s leading advocates in health and wellness. He is both nationally and internationally known for his work in the yoga sector and his influence in the community. This genuine passion has lead him to become one of
the leading advocates in health and wellness and its social frame work for over a decade.
Tyrone seeks to increasingly reach the global community as was successfully accomplished through his health initiative at the Ragamuffin summer camp in Settlement Jamaica and Wudang China. Mr Beverly’s enthusiasm and energy has continued to supersede stereotypes and create avenues to permeate social and cultural barriers. The culmination of Beverly’s life work, serves as a foundation that represents his vision of a future, with more problem solvers and solution based thinkers that deal with the challenges we all face as a society. Which he believes will create a better life experience for all people.
Don Champion has been a reporter for 7NEWS since 2009. He comes to Denver from Jackson, Mississippi where he worked at WAPT-TV as weekend anchor and reporter. A Washington, D.C. native, Don spent part of his childhood growing up in Germany. While attending Towson University in Baltimore, he worked at Black Entertainment Television as on-air talent for the award-winning talk show Teen Summit. Don is currently a member of the Communication & Marketing Committee of The Denver Foundation, the largest community foundation in our region. Don also serves on the Board of Directors of RedLine in Denver's Five Points neighborhood, a unique urban laboratory where art, education and community converge.
Nicole B. Hagg is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board. Nicole grew up primarily in Tokyo, Japan. This early and diverse experience abroad influenced Nicole’s decision to attend Lafayette College in Easton, PA where she earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Affairs and East Asian Studies. Nicole went on to complete her Juris Doctor in Comparative and International Law in 1997 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. Presently, in addition to her teaching, Nicole is full-time chef, cook, bottle-washer and mother to daughter Ella (9) and son Phineas (7). She enjoys volunteering extensively in the children’s school and with The Delores Project, Denver’s largest shelter for unaccompanied women. Downtime often finds Nicole on a triathlon or marathon course, on her yoga mat, writing, cooking and studying French.
Katherine Plog Martinez currently serves as the Director of Extended Learning and Community Schools for Denver Public Schools. In this role Katherine oversees the districts out-of-school-time programming, volunteer services and transition academies. In addition, she supports nonprofit organizations that partner with Denver Public Schools. Katherine comes to the Im'Unique board with a broad array of experience in nonprofit administration, training and facilitation, community mobilization and creation of large-scale community youth fitness events. Katherine is a passionate advocate for positive youth development, believing that all adults in a community have a role to play in supporting youth to become healthy, empowered adults. Katherine holds a BA in English from Trinity University and an MS in Youth Development from Kansas State University. In her spare time, Katherine is a runner and just completed her fourth half marathon and loves keeping active with her husband and three-year-old son.
Olivia Omega is a freelance consultant with 11 years of marketing and PR experience. She is a social media strategy expert and has a strong background in online community management, brand positioning, traditional advertising, integrated marketing, new product development and graphic design. Olivia has taught social media workshops across the country for both large and small business clients, equipping them with the knowledge to successfully use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and blogs to grow their brands. Past PR clients have been featured in USA Today, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Daily Candy, O Magazine, Us Weekly, Life & Style, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Insider, Parents, Pregnancy, Fit Pregnancy, Pregnancy & Newborn and more. Olivia graduated in 2001 with a business marketing degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business. Community involvement includes leading the youth, dance and women’s ministries at her church for over a decade. Olivia likes to spend time dancing, sewing and enjoying her kids.
Lyz Riley is fully devoted to individual growth and personal achievement. She has been involved in the non-profit sector since 2010 with emphasis in development and effective implementation of culture-creating programs. Lyz currently works as Executive & Development Assistant for Denver Kids, Inc., where she has instituted a successful Girls’ Empowerment mentorship program for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls. She is seeking her degree in Communication and Law & Society from University of Denver and a certification in Philanthropic Studies. Lyz remains passionate about strengthening communities and is committed to doing her utmost to enrich the futures of children.
It is our belief that Yoga, education & Self-Improvement messaging has the ability to positively impact communities and individuals’ lifestyles. This belief has been successfully proven through our work in Denver, Colorado over the past 3 years. Prodigal Son Initiative (PSI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth and redeveloping communities. Tyrone Beverly, former Program Director of PSI, led their health and wellness yoga initiative, “Yoga at the Museum.” This collaborative program included many organizations who are dedicated to promoting healthier habits in communities, including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, The Denver Foundation, KUSA-TV 9NEWS and the Denver Massage School. With the growth and success of this program it took on a life of its own and the need to create its own foundation became prevalent. In response, Tyrone Beverly founded Im’Unique to bring this experience to other communities around the world.