Sun Dragon Staff

 Sensei Joy Williamson, Executive Director

Sensei Joy started training at Sun Dragon in 1995; she earned her Kyokushin black belt in 2000. She took over as Head Instructor at the request of Sun Dragon founder Sensei Suzanne Pinette when she retired in 2004. She teaches Seido karate and Empowerment Self Defense to adults, teens, and children. Sensei Joy currently trains with Sei Shihan Nancy Lanoue and Jun Shihan Sarah Ludden at Thousand Waves in Chicago. She earned her Seido shodan in 2007, nidan in 2009, sandan in 2012, and yondan in 2016. She is a member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) and the Association of Women Martial Artists (AWMAI). Sensei Joy holds national certification as a self-defense instructor through NWMAF.

Senpai Laura Hayden, Program Director

Laura_knife defenseSenpai Laura has been a friend of Sun Dragon since 2006, training here since 2008 and teaching since 2010. She has worked as Program Director since January 2016. Besides leading the Little Dragons program and teaching all levels of the kids’ Seido Karate program, Senpai Laura also teaches self-defense. She earned her Seido shodan in 2013, her nidan in 2016, and is a member of NWMAF and AWMAI. Her wife KJ is a Seido yondan at Sun Dragon. Senpai Laura designs the Sun Dragon calendar every year and you can often see her with her camera on the sidelines of classes or promotions hoping to get that perfect picture.

William Mouradian, Director of Outreach and Development

Laura_knife defenseWil has been training at Sun Dragon since 2014 and is currently a first kyu/advanced brown belt. He’s been serving on the Board of Directors since 2015 and has been teaching since 2016. He executes our marketing strategy and fundraising efforts, including managing our annual Kickathon Fundraiser and curating our web content. Before training in Seido Karate, Wil trained for five years in Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Aikido. When he’s not in the dojo, Wil can be found jogging around Sunset Valley, painting in his home studio, or binge-reading at the library.