The Board

The AmSAT Mission

To establish the Alexander Technique as a basic and recognized resource for health, productivity, and well-being.

AmSAT Board of Directors 2013-2014

Carol Boggs, ChairCarol Boggs

  • AmSAT Chair:  June 2013 - present
  • AmSAT Chair-Elect: October 2012-June 2013
  • AmSAT member-at-large elected June 2012
  • Alexander Technique private practice 1980-present
  • Presented at the 2011 International Congress in Lugano
  • Authored article in 2011 Congress Papers: "Biotensegrity and the Alexander Technique"
  • Presented at the 2010 ACGM
  • Faculty, summer AT residential courses at Sweet Briar College 1999-present, Viterbo U. 2008-present, U of Colorado 2010
  • Guest Faculty George Mason U. Dance Dpt. and Vocal Studies Dept 2006-2008
  • M.A. Dance, American U.1976
  • CMA - Certified in Laban Movement Analysis 1973
  • B.S. Dance, Ohio State University 1969

Ann Rodiger, Treasurer

  • AmSAT Treasurer: June 2010--present
  • Founder and Director of the Balance Arts Center and Teacher Training Course, New York City: 2003--present
  • Distinguished Alum Award, University of Oregon, School of Music and Dance, 2010
  • Presenter at AGM 2009,2010,2011
  • Alexander Technique Teaching Certificate, Alexander Technique Center Urbana, 1981
  • MA in Dance, The Ohio State University, 1975. (focus on Labanotation and Laban Movement Analysis)
  • BS in Dance with Honors, University of Oregon, 1973
  • Advanced Labanotation Certificate, 1975
  • Dance Faculty at CUNY (1988-1990), University of Hawaii-Manoa (1982), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1980-1981), University of Illinois-Urbana (1977-1980), California State University-Hayward (1975-1977)
  • Publications: "How to Sit, Your Body at Work" (2011), "Working with Less Stress and More Energy" CD (2011), "The Joy of Walking Well" CD (2001)
  • Private Alexander Technique practices in New York City and Berlin, Germany

Susan Overton, Secretary


  • AmSAT Secretary: March 2014 - present
  • Currently an Alexander Technique private practice teacher in Berkeley and Lafeyette, CA
  • Attended Berkeley training course (TAEC) as a “body” for the 3 years prior to becoming a teacher
  • Experienced in real estate appraisal and pattern-making in the Bay area garment district
  • Lived in a Buddhist monetary for 2 years
  • Born and raised in Monterey California
  • Hobbies are swimming and gardening

Rick Carbaugh, Chair-Elect

Rick Carbaugh

  • AmSAT Member at Large:  June 2013 - present
  • Director, Alexander Technique Urbana, Urbana, IL
  • AmSAT Certified, Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, 1994
  • 30+ years business experience in Restaurant Management
  • BA English, Psychology minor - Grinnell College, Grinnell IA

Kathryn Miranda, Past Chair

Kathryn Miranda

  • AmSAT Past Chair: June 2013 - present
  • AmSAT Chair: Nov 2011- June 2013
  • AmSAT Chair Elect: September 2011- June 2012
  • Director, ATS (Alexander Technique Syracuse) Teacher Training Course, 2009-present
  • Member and then Chair, AmSAT Training Approval Committee, 2009-2011
  • Member, AmSAT News Team, 2005-2009
  • Faculty, ACAT (American Center for the Alexander Technique), 1996-2004
  • Adjunct Faculty, Syracuse University, 2006-present, Mannes School of Music and The New School, NYC, 1992-2004
  • Executive Director, ACAT, 1990-1997
  • AmSAT Certified teacher, ACAT, 1990
  • BA in Psychology with a minor in Movement Education, University of North Carolina, 1980
  • Editor, "Dare To Be Wrong, The Teaching of Judith Leibowitz" (2007)"
  • Private teaching practice in Syracuse,NY, 1990-present


Alan Bowers, Member at Large


  • AmSAT Member-at-Large: March 2014 – present
  • Held full time positions at California State University, Northridge; Simpson College, Indianola Iowa; the University of Hawaii, Manoa; and most recently part time at Long Island University
  • Currently co-teaching a class for Dashing Whippets Running Team of New York City
  • Recent classes on Alexander Technique have been conducted for the Western Regional Convention of National Association of Teachers of Singing, the University of Nevada Las Vegas in two successive years, and at California State University, Fullerton, also for two successive years
  • Served on the boards of three not-for-profits where he is experienced in reestablishing communication with a board and its corporate body
  • Alan is wholly in accord with the mission of AmSAT “to establish the Alexander Technique as a basic and recognized resource for health, productivity, and well being.”
  • Founder of the group, a grass roots movement formed to promote non-invasive means for care of the back and spine, especially, but not exclusively, the Alexander Technique
  • Accomplished gardener
  • Held in high esteem by his students and especially his 3 grandchildren, Julia, Luke, and Zachary


Claire Creese, Member at Large

Claire Creese

  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member at Large:  June 2013 - present
  • STAT, Democratic Procedures Working Party: 2011-present
  • AmSAT Chair Elect, Chair, Past Chair:  2004-2006
  • AmSAT Member at Large: June 2002-2004
  • AmSAT AGM Co-Chair:  1995
  • AmSAT Certified Teacher, IFAT:  December 1990
  • Master of Theological Studies, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA: 2003
  • BA (Hons), Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK:  1980
  • Extensive background in dance and movement arts with an interest  in liturgical action
  • Private teaching practices in NYC;  Berkely, CA; Erie, PA and currently in Oxfordshire, UK:  1990-present

Theta Michele Drivon, Member at LargeTheta Michele Drivon

  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member at Large:  June 2013 - present
  • AGM Planning Committee, San Francisco, 2009
  • Teaching Certificate from The Alexander Educational Center of Berkeley, CA, 2009
  • Post-Certification study with Joan and Alex Murray, Erik Bendix
  • Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Area member, 2009-present
  • Private practice teaching Alexander Technique since 2009
  • Group Alexander Technique class instructor at University of North Carolina - Ashville and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute -Ashville since 2010
  • A.A. in Professional Crafts-Clay from Haywood Community College, 2005
  • A.B. cum laude in Political Science From Bryn Mawr College, 1995

Lisa First, Member at Large

Lisa First

  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member at Large: June, 2010 - present
  • Member, AGM Policy Committee, 2005-2008
  • Member, Training Course Approval Committee, 1999-2005
  • Presenter, AmSAT's AGM 2006-2011
  • 1992-present- AMSAT Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. Maintain private practice with individual students, provide group instructions and consultations for national and international organizations and institutions including the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Iguan Dance Studio and Kannon Dance, St. Petersburg, Russia; Saira Blanche Theatre and Schepkin Theatre School, Moscow, Russia; Pedagogical Institute and other venues, Yaroslavl, Russia; Duncan Centre, Prague, Czech Republic; Berlin, Germany, Amsterdam, Holland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA and numerous schools and institutions in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Alexander Technique Institute of Boston, Boston, MA. Certified May, 1992.
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, Master of Arts, Liberal Studies (MALS). Special field; Dance and Movement Studies. June, 1991.
  • Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, B.A. Visual Arts/Dance. Graduated June, 1982.
  • Link Vostok, East/West International Arts Exchange nonprofit; Executive director and founder 1993-present- international directory and co-organizer for ten international dance festivals in Yaroslavl and Kostroma, Russia as well as numerous international projects. Created to generate cultural exchanges between international artists, primarily between East and West. Has also brought 15 international Alexander Technique instructors to Russia.

Meg Jolley, Member at Large Meg Jolley

  • AmSAT Board Member at Large: June 2011-present 
  • AmSAT Teaching Certification from ATI-LA, 2005
  • On the Faculty of Pomona College Department of Theater and Dance, since 1984
    • Classes taught include: Alexander Technique for Faculty
    • Alexander Technique for Students - Group and individual tutorials
    • Anatomy/Kinesiology
    • Explorations of Somatic Movement Techniques
    • Mind in Motion (Developmental Movement)
    • Ballet
  • Other teaching includes: ATI-LA, Santa Monica College, various AGM workshops, 9th International Congress for the Alexander Technique, Lugano
  • Dancer/Choreographer NYC and LA, 1977 - present
  • EDUCATION: Pomona College, BA, Magna Cum Laude in French (1973), California Institute of the Arts, further studies in Dance (1973-1975), University of Illinois, MA in Dance (1977), Certification in Applied Kinesiology (1983)

Robert E. "Bobby" Rosenberg, Member at Large

Bobby Rosenberg

  • AmSAT Member-at-Large: June 2012 - present
  • B.S. in Education, Western Illinois University, 1973
  • Training at the Alexander Training Institute of San Francisco with Frank Ottiwell, certified 1989
  • Refresher Course with Frank Ottiwell, 2003
  • Private Practice in the Alexander Technique in Bogatá, Colombia, 1990-present
  • Universidad Javeriana, School of the Artes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1995-present
  • Universidad El Bosque, Music Department, Bogotá, Colombia, 1999-present
  • Universidad de los Andes, Music Department, Bogotá, Colombia, 1994-present
  • Publications:
    • BOOK: La Técnica Alexander: Una guía para el uso del “sí-mismo”, Ediciones Martínez Roca/ Planeta, Bogotá, 1997
    • BOOK: Energía: Postura y movimiento, Editorial Norma, Bogotá, 2002
    • CHAPTER IN BOOK: “Posturas Culturales” in Pasarela Paralela, Chloe Rutter-Jensen, editora académica. Instituto Pensar, Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, marzo, 2005
    • ARTICLE: “The Alexander Technique and Somatic Education”, Somatics Magazine Journal, Volume XV Number 4, 2008
    • ARTICLE: “Guided Sensory Education in Group Lessons in the Alexander Technique”, AmSAT NEWS, Spring 2009

Luc Vanier, Member at Large Luc Vanier

  • Luc started weekly lessons with Helen Hobbs in 1994 and certified with Joan and Alex Murray in 2001
  • He is the training director for Alexander Technique Milwaukee (
  • Luc is an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts
  • His research on linking the Alexander Technique, developmental movement and Ballet is at the forefront of integrating somatic work into dance curriculum and has been presented at various conferences and workshops throughout the US, Russia, Australia and the Netherlands
  • His co-authored (with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol) “Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link” was published June 2011 by the University of Illinois Press
  • He is the 2012 recipient of the Center for 21st Century Studies $50,000 Interdisciplinary Challenge Award to research connections between physical therapy and the Alexander Technique
  • He is the recipient of the 2009 Wisconsin Arts Board Award for Choreography
  • Originally from Montreal, he studied at L'Ecole Superieur du Quebec under Daniel Seillier
  • In 1998, he retired from Ohio Ballet having danced a variety of roles such as the Workman in Kurt Jooss’ Big City, the Third Song of Tudor’s Dark Elegies, as well as the leads in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Paul Taylor’s Aureole among others
  • He received his MFA at the University of Illinois (top ten dance program in US News)
  • Luc has been a Board-Member-at-Large of AmSAT since 2010 - Just re-elected this past June, he lends his voice and expertise as a teacher in a small mid-western city
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Thomas Vasiliades, Member at LargeTom Vasiliades

  • AmSAT Member-at-Large: June 2013 - present
  • Faculty on ATNYC Training course 2006 - present
  • Faculty at The Juilliard School 1997-present
  • Faculty at The New School for Drama, three-year MFA program 1997-2013
  • Faculty NYU undergraduate drama 1996-2010
  • Faculty on Habit and Choice training course in NYC 2004-2005
  • Has presented workshops and master classes on the Alexander Technique at universities, organizations, medical settings and conferences in the United States and Internationally
  • ACAT Board Member 1996-1999, Chair and President of ACAT 1997-1999
  • Volunteer assistant ACAT 1994-1997
  • AmSAT Certified Teacher, ACAT 1994
  • Over 35 years or experience in the theater as an actor, director, producer and coach
  • Private practice 1994-present

Carol Boggs, Chair:

Ann Rodiger, Treasurer:

Susan Overton, Secretary:

Kathryn Miranda, Past Chair:

Rick Carbaugh, Chair Elect:

Alan Bowers, Member at Large:

Claire Creese, Member at Large:

Lisa First, Member at Large:

Theta Michele Drivon, Member at Large:

Meg Jolley, Member at Large:

Bobby Rosenberg, Member at Large:

Luc Vanier, Member at Large:

Tom Vasiliades, Member at Large:

Betsy Kemper, Executive Director:

Fran Rickenbach, Senior Advisor:

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