Jo H. Schneiderman

Profile Updated: June 21, 2020
I Reside: Guilford, VT USA
Spouse/Partner: Robin Chaia Mide
My Homepage:
My Children: No Kids
Occupation(s): Executive Director non-profit, Yoga teacher,
My Nick Name:

In high school many people called me Josi

Where I was born:

Washington, DC

An Opening Statement:

I live in rural Vermont, where I am the executive director of Twin States Network, a non profit that provides support, education and prevention to people in Vermont and NH who are impacted by HIV disease or Hepatitis C.

I am a long-time yoga teacher and practitioner, following the Iyengar method. I teach at three different Yoga studios (The Wellness Center at MOCO in Keene, NH; Green River Yoga studio in Greenfield, MA; and Karuna Center for Yoga and Healing Arts in Northampton, MA) and at Smith College. Whitmanites can come to my class for free if you show up and identify yourself.

I live with my partner of 30 years - Chaia Mide - and our two wonderful cats.

I went to Bennington College after graduating Whitman, but ended up graduating from the University of Vermont - both BA and Masters. I was a Kellogg Fellow - the best to you each morning.

I lived in Vermont until 1982 when it simply became too cold. I then lived in Boston until 2002, when I returned to Vermont in the aftermath of 9/11.

I am as radically left wing as I was in high school - but I like to keep people on their toes as to what position I might take on any question.

Elementary School:


Jr. High School:

Thomas Pyle

Marital Status:

Civil Union

My Email address:

My Playlist:

Nina Simone
Lilly Allen
Amy Winestock
Ray Charles
Ella Fitzgerald
Django Reinhart
Herbie Hancock
Buena Vista Social Club
Kanye West

My Parents:

My father, Marvin Schneiderman, died in 1997 on April 1 of a massive heart attack while slicing a melon..

My amazing mother, Irene, is 92 years old, sharp as a tack. She lives in CT near my sister Sarah Schneiderman (class of '72).


University of Vermont - B.A. Self Designed Honors Major, Summa Cum Laude
University of Vermont - M.Ed. in Educational Administration
Harvard School of Public Health - Post graduate study in Public Health

Professional Achievement(s):

I have pulled a number of organizations from the brink of disaster - the most recent one is Twin States Network - a non-profit that provides support, education and prevention services to people impacted by HIV and Hepatitis C who live in Vermont and New Hampshire. I'm still running this organization.

I started the first successful after hours child care program in Vermont. It's still going strong.

My Biggest Disappointment(s):

I am not disappointed in life. I take things as they come. I am however, extremely disappointed that Mr. Bush engaged us in a senseless war in Iraq.

Three words to describe myself in 1969?


My Favorite Teacher(s):

Mr. Abel; Miss Heckert;

What was my BEST moment at Whitman:

After lunch one winter day, a snowman we had made in the quad collapsed. We were in Miss Elfant's physic's class. "Oh my god!" shouted Jimmy Meyersburg, on observing the collapse of the snowman, "my hash pipe was in his mouth!" He ran out of the class. Miss Elfant said nothing.

What I loved most about Whitman:

Until I left, I didn't realize how intellectually challenging Whitman was, nor the caliber of the students.

What was my WORST moment at Whitman:

Walking on the causeways in the snow in loafers and freezing my feet, because the dress code didn't allow girls to wear boots.

What I hated most about Whitman:

The dress code. The student government taking the nuts out of the brownies my first year, then replacing them my senior year.

Family members who attended Whitman:

Sarah Schneiderman
Susan Schneiderman (now Sue Sykes)

My Interests:

Creative writing

My Weakness:

Potato Chips

My Favorite Music:


My Favorite Food:

Melted cheese on almost anything (except tuna)

My Favorite Restaurants:

Takeshima in Brookline, MA

My Favorite Hero(s):

When I was in first grade, I wrote an essay on Harriet Tubman, and won a set of the Book of Knowledge. I'm still pretty fond of her.

My Favorite Book(s):

Anything by Nevada Barr, Amy Tam
Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass
Anything by Gail Godwin
Mrs. Caliban

My Favorite Movie(s):

Singin In The Rain
Woman in the Dunes
All That Jazz

My Favorite Musicals:


My Favorite Sports Teams:

The Patriots, The Red Sox, U Conn Women's Basketball - go Huskies

My Favorite Smell:


My Health:

I am a breast cancer survivor.

My Biggest Loser Numbers:

I just continue to gain weight - no losing here.

My Giving:

I support numbers of local charities.

My Bucket List:

Visit the following countries:

Go to Alaska
Finally write the book I'm always threatening to write.

Retire and do nothing but teach yoga, garden and read.

Famous or interesting people you've met?

I've met lots of folks through various jobs and I know many people who are famous in the yoga world.

I got coffee for Andre Watts at one job, prepared notes for a speech for Ben Affleck at another.

I literally bumped into Mike Wallace on Newbury Street. It was the first time I had ever seen a $2000 suit.

How do I relax?

I read. I do yoga. I hike. I snow shoe or cross country ski. I swim. I watch TV.

Language(s) I speak:


My Pets:

Pirate Jenny - rescue cat
Lila - totally privileged cat

I am a Veteran:


I was a Hippie:


Philosophy of life/Credo:

Be Here Now

Last book read/Book now reading:

Bones by Jonathan Kellerman (last book)
Education and the Shame of America by Jonathan Kozol

About My Wife:

Chaia Robin Mide and I have been together for 30 years. We met during a feminist action against a porn store. We were in the same "getaway car", which wouldn't start.

She is a videographer and has worked for many years in Community Television.

We are pretty happy and I love her very much.

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Jul 06, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Happy, HAPPY Birthday!!!!!! Miss you, my dear friend!!!!!!

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Posted on: Jun 21, 2020 at 11:24 AM

Tom lived across the street from me my whole childhood. He played Douglas in our 5th grade play about Abraham Lincoln, and since most of us knew nothing about Douglas, Tom simply made up his platform. If that had been Douglas' platform he would have been one of the most progressive candidates in US history. It is very sad that mental illness pulled Tom away. He was a great guy.

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It was fun to look at Richard's photos. Sorry I missed the reunion. How did we get so old?

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Mar 21, 2019 at 4:33 PM

Ellen was one of my closest friends, especially in Junior High and High School.  I will always remember her fabulous super hero doodles, her proud Russian heritage and her warmth and friendliness.  I am so sad, Ellen has left us.

Jo H. Schneiderman has left an In Memory comment for Ivy Ash Belles.
Oct 11, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Ivy and grew up next door to one another and stayed friends throughout high school and beyond.  I remember a silly trip in 1972 to St. Jean, Quebec when I was going to UVM and we hoped to get to Montreal.  Ivy brought joy and honesty to every experience we had, except of course when we were yelling back and forth across our yards "I am never talking to you again, so there."  I loved Ivy.  I am so sad her bright light has been extinguished.

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Happy Birthday, Janet. Have a great one!

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