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 2015-16

Rick Carbaugh, Chair

Rick Carbaugh

  • AmSAT Board of Directors Chair: June 2014 - present
  • AmSAT Board of Directors Chair-Elect: February 2014 - June 2014
  • AmSAT Member at Large:  June 2013 - Febraury 2014
  • 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



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


Marisa de Silva, Treasurer

Marisa de Silva

·         AmSAT Board of Directors, Treasurer:  June 2015 - present

·          AmSAT Board of Directors, Member at Large: June 2014 to June 2015

·          Member, AmSAT Nominating Committee: 2010-2014

·          Teaching Certificate from Alexander Technique Urbana, IL 2009

·          Private Practice in Orange County, CA since 2010

·          Active classical singer and recording/session singer 

·          On faculty at Loyola Marymount University Department of Music  

·          B.M. Cum Laude in Vocal Performance from Illinois State University, 2004

·          M.M. (Hon) in Vocal Performance from Illinois State University, 2007

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Claire Creese, Member-at-Large 

Claire Creese

  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member at Large: June 2015 - present
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Past Chair: June 2014 - June 2015
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member at Large:  June 2013 - June 2014
  • 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


Michele Drivon, Member at Large

Theta 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



Matt Dubroff, Member at Large

    • AmSAT Member at Large, June 2014 – present
    • ACGM Coordinator, 2005
    • Alexander Technique Certified from ATTC-VA, 2002
    • Founding Member and performer, Theatre Nohgaku, 2000 – present
    • Teacher of Wu Style Tai Ji, 1999 - present
    • Professor of Theatre, Hampden-Sydney College, 1999 – present
    • Monbusho Scholarship for Post-Graduate Studies, Japan, 1997-1999
    • M.F.A., Asian Theatre Performance, The University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 1997
    • B.A., theatre, Williams College 1990



Elinore Morin, Member at Large

  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member at Large:  June 2014 - present
  • Member, TAC Committee: 2004-2009
  • Graduate Teacher’s Certificate in the Alexander Technique (AT) from Patrick J. McDonald’s Teacher Training Course, London, England, in 1986
  • Founding member of the Michigan State University College of Music’s Interdisciplinary Wellness Team (founded in 2001)
  • Professional violist and an accomplished classical soprano
  • Private practice in Michigan since 1988
  • On faculty at Michigan State University College of Music
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Viola from Oberlin University
  • M.M. in Viola Performance from Michigan State University

Rick Carbaugh, Chair:

Marisa de Silva, Treasurer:  

Susan Overton, Secretary:

Claire Creese, Member at Large:

Michele Drivon, Member at Large:

Matt Dubroff, Member at Large: 

Elinore Morin, Member at Large:

Maggie Barlow, Management Associate:

Fran Rickenbach, Senior Advisor:

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