The Mertribe

Meet the SunChasers


Dana Mitchell-Owner

Our fierce bicoastal mermaid chief! Dana is our Jersey girl living the California dream. She is one of the owners of Sunchaser and during the summer months she spends her time in Jersey, working remotely for Sunchaser and running another yoga studio Liquid Bliss! She loves yoga, biking, dogs, but most of all the water. She hopes to SEA you out there ;)


Kayla Mulford-Owner

The California kid. Growing up along the coast, Kayla early on developed a passion for movement and nature. In 2011 she completed her 200 hour teacher training in Indonesia through YogaWorks then continued her education of movement at San Diego State University where she studied Kinesiology. After college Kayla stayed in San Diego and continued to play on the water and got certified as a paddle board instructor. Then voila! Her new love was found, paddle board fitness! The combination of her passions: recreation and movement! Kayla believes in inspiring students through fun and connecting students to something much greater than themselves….. the Pacific Ocean!


Shelley Dodgen

The Yoga Guru of the bunch who just completed an additional training in Greece to make her a 500 hour RYT!


Kinnie Dye

The bad ass musician, swim instructor, and yogi! Kinnie has been worshipping the sun in San Diego since 2012. She spends her days teaching yoga on land and sea. By night, you can find her playing her original music around town. After getting her first 200 RYT certification in 2016, Kinnie created a path for herself to combine her two greatest and music. 

Her motto: Live the life you love. 


Jana Valesova

With previous experience as a professional mountain biker, Jana knows what it takes to stay in peak physical fitness. Soon after her mountain biking career Jana found the next activity that drove her passion for movement, Pilates. Certified in Mat Pilates in Europe, Jana later became certified in Reformer Pilates in the US. She believes practicing Pilates regularly brings balance into her life. She enjoys helping clients become more fit, stronger, more confident, and ultimately happier! Jana is also certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer, and Cycling Instructor. Her love of the ocean brought her to San Diego where she influences other people by exercising on the water.