Denise Medved – Founder
Denise Medved is the founder and creator of the Ageless Grace program. While she has taught people of all ages, body types and all abilities–from children to athletes, from dancers and non-dancers to golfers, Denise specializes in movement for those who believe their movement is restricted. She is passionate about helping them find that not only can they move again with comfort and ease, but that their bodies can feel better and that they can experience a greater quality of life. She works with those over 55 years old, those with chronic illness and those recovering from physical injury and surgery.
Denise has also worked extensively with patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and MS, and those in wheelchairs, or those using walkers and canes.
Denise has been featured on national television, in publications such as American Fitness, and at such internationally acclaimed facilities as Canyon Ranch Health and Fitness Resort in Tucson, Arizona; The Oaks Spa in Ojai, California; Rosey’s Little Village in Agistri, Greece; Chianchiano Terme Spa in Tuscany, Italy; aboard Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines, and at the Pebble Beach Resorts in Pebble Beach, California.
A senior officer and board member of one of the largest communications companies in the world in New York City for 14 years, Denise later served as a marketing and public relations consultant in California and North Carolina for another 15 years. She also has more than 30 years of singing and acting experience, and she brings high energy, creativity, fun, and excellent stress management skills to her workshops, seminars and trainings.
She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina with her husband in their historic Mistletoe Hill home with their rescued family: mama cat and her four now-adult “babies.”
Brandi Hand – Marketing
Brandi is a born communicator so it natural that she has landed in a profession that allows her to connect with thousands of people every day. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, with concentration in Public Relations and a minor in History, from Louisiana State University. Brandi has worked in communications on a local, national, and international level. In the past she has worked with the NFL, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana Tennis Association, the Asheville Humane Society and various other non-proﬁts. She is the owner of Flutter Communications, an online marketing, social media, and search engine optimization company.
Lia Barth – Administrative Assistant
Lia is an Ageless Grace Educator, Nia Teacher, Veterinary Lab Technician, gardener and animal lover who lives in Hendersonville, NC.
Jill Hill – Administrative Assistant
Jill was born in Oregon, raised in southern California, and transplanted to the western North Carolina mountains to raise her family. She currently works as an administrative assistant in a large surgeon’s office in Asheville North Carolina. She is known as a loyal friend with a playful and creative spirit. She hopes to bring this playful spirit into her Ageless Grace Classes. Jill will be teaching in Henderson & Buncombe counties.
Casaundra Bennett – Academy Director
Casaundra has held positions in college and university administration, publishing and editing, and healthcare over the last 25 years, at institutions such as UCLA, The University of Chicago, and St. Olaf College. Additionally, Casaundra trained as a spiritual director, and has facilitated retreats for more than 30 years. In 1999, she was ordained as a Buddhist minister in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has developed and taught courses in creative writing, memoir, therapeutic writing, dreamwork, art and spirituality, and other personal development disciplines. In addition to teaching, Casaundra has written for numerous publications on topics such as spirituality and business, creativity, women’s issues, and personal growth. Her novel, Dreaming of Elysium: An Archaeology of Longing, will be published in 2014 by Purple Iris Press. Casaundra lives in West Point, Georgia.
Bonnie Frenkel – Social Media Director
Bonnie created and continues to run the social media outlets for Ageless Grace. She is a Reiki Master and a Certified Ageless Grace Educator. She has a passion for sharing the benefits of wellness via social media outlets, sessions and movement classes. Bonnie has over 13 years sharing benefits of wellness and fitness techniques and has been featured on talk radio.
Bonnie enjoys suggesting techniques that reduce stress in order to create and maintain wellness. She believes reducing stress is vital to a human’s whole existence. Bonnie encourages her clients and students to stay proactive by suggesting daily practices that best reflect what would benefit them.