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 2014-15

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


Alan Bowers, Treasurer


  • AmSAT Treasurer: June 2014 - present
  • AmSAT Member-at-Large: March 2014 – June 2014
  • 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

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


Claire Creese, Past Chair 

Claire Creese

  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Past Chair: June 2014 - present
  • 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

Marisa de Silva, Member at Large"

Marisa de Silva

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

·         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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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:

Alan Bowers, Treasurer: 

Susan Overton, Secretary:

Claire Creese, Past Chair:

Michele Drivon, Member at Large:

Marisa de Silva, 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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