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Board Member Nominees: 2013
Board Nominees for 2013 AGM
Candidate for Chair: Carol Boggs
I was elected as Member-at-Large for the AmSAT Board of Directors at the 2012 AGM. By late September, having been quite active in helping to sort through the challenges surrounding teacher training and governance, I agreed to step forward into the position of Chair-Elect and was so appointed in October. I did this with the understanding that I did not want to automatically move into the Chair position as has been the custom and as determined by the Bylaws. I wanted a free and clear election by the membership. This has required me to resign from the Board and run for the position of Chair in the 2013 AGM elections.
My primary contribution in 2012 was to Chair the Member Response Task Force charged to create a survey questionnaire for the membership in order to elicit opinion about some of the issues surrounding teacher training and governance. This task began in September and culminated in January with the summary report posting on our Task Force page on the AmSAT website. We were pleased to have a high response rate of 36% of our voting membership.
In addition to getting a glimpse of member opinion, the survey also functioned to educate the members about the complexity of the issues. It has informed many processes since, and has helped in the planning of our next steps.
Moving forward is not a fast process. There is much to be done to address the issues that still remain despite the rescission of the 2009 Policy and Guidelines for Exceptions. Were I to be elected, I look forward to continuing to work with the Board in service to the AmSAT membership.
I have been in private practice as an Alexander Technique Teacher, Laban Movement Analyst, and Massage Therapist for more than 30 years. I have been a faculty member for summer Alexander Technique residential courses at Sweet Briar College, Viterbo University, The University of Colorado and The University of Arkansas.
Candidate for Member at Large: Rick Carbaugh
My introduction to the Alexander Technique was on a snowy Chicago morning in 1978 at a Feldenkrais workshop where I met my future wife and lifetime companion Rose Bronec who was training with Goddard Binkley. My interests in personal development and the educational aspects of the Technique led me to enroll at the Chicago Center for the Alexander Technique in 1979. Concurrently, I began what turned into a career in restaurant management.
Completing one year with Goddard, my business career took precedence with many adventures before returning to Alexander training in 1991 with Joan and Alex Murray at the Alexander Technique Center Urbana. After graduating in 1994, I was given the opportunity to continue at ATCU as an assistant until 1999 when Rose opened her own training course Alexander Technique Urbana. For the last 14 years, we have had the privilege to share the Technique and train future teachers. I have continued in restaurant management during this time and remain actively employed in the field.
While I have supported Rose through many years of service to AmSAT, I feel that this is a time to step forward personally and serve the organization. As many of you may know, over the last nine months a group of teachers including myself have worked diligently to shed light upon the Exceptions Policy and the Guidelines for Exceptions. I do not feel that this policy serves the best interests of the organization and its members. The last nine months has also been an education in organizational procedure and its importance in creating the possibility of a democratic structure with a voice for all. On or off the Board, I look forward to future participation in discussing the challenges facing teachers and trainers of the Technique and the role of AmSAT in being a leader in promoting the highest standards of teacher training.
Candidate for Member at Large: Claire Creese
I came to Alexander work via dance. I did not suffer an injury but was interested in what changing a habitual harmful pattern was all about. I trained with Tom Lemens in NYC, was certified in 1990 and have been a teacher and AmSAT voting member since then. I have developed practices in NYC, Berkeley, CA, Erie, PA and, currently teach and reside in Oxfordshire, UK. As co-chairs of the 1995 AGM Jill Geiger and I introduced the pre-AGM workshops. I served on the AmSAT Board from 2002-2006 as Member at Large and also as Chair, attending the 2004 annual ATAS meeting (in London). A fond memory during 03.12.13 that period was visiting a number of training courses and delivering the then brand new Handbooks to trainees. While raised in London, I received a bilingual French education. I have a BA in Religious Studies (UK) and a Master of Theological Studies (USA). In another life I spent some time in Paris and Montreal. Favorite motto: the only way out is through.
I currently live in Oxfordshire in the UK. Having trained and lived many years in the US, I consider AmSAT to be my primary professional Alexander home. I believe we can take advantage of the current controversies over training requirements to reassess together where we want to go as a professional body. Because a united AmSAT is more viable than a divided organization - and unity does not equate with unanimity of opinion - I see the Board’s role at this time as serving to frame questions and to foster a setting in which free and open discussion can evolve among the membership. By ‘open and free’ I assume a degree of cordiality, collegiality, an acceptance of the diversity of communication styles among us and user-friendly access to relevant data.
Were I elected as Member at Large I would be concerned about how we are advancing our claims to be self regulating; how we can balance the needs of being a responsive professional organization with those of listening to the membership; how we can we support the TDC in order to facilitate more understanding and communication between training directors and the membership as a whole.
Lastly, I am concerned with how the Board can get things done such that burn out is minimized. I can personally speak to this problem as I confess this occurred to me towards the end of a prior term of office on the Board. There is a connection between creating a setting in which individual Board members do not become overwhelmed and the long-term viability of the Society and the credibility of the work itself.
Candidate for Member at Large: Theta Michele Drivon
I took my first lessons in my mid-twenties and knew immediately that I wanted to train -- I was a potter at the time, and I wanted hands like my teacher! After completing a 2-year artist residency and a 2-year crafts business training (and then releasing a 10-year career as a potter), I moved to California to study with Giora Pinkas, John Baron, and Bob Britton. I returned to my adopted home of Asheville, NC in 2009 to teach and continue enjoying the mountains.
I am running for the Board to step more fully into a professional role with the Alexander Technique. I've had the support of my local group of teachers (members of AmSAT, ATI, and independent), which meets monthly for exchange and presentations, in developing my teaching and my business -- but still, I persistently wonder what the difficulty is in generating awareness and appreciation of the Technique. Is it a matter of my/our practiced beliefs, or those of the audience we are (perhaps mistakenly) trying to reach?
I also see a real bottleneck in an honest exploration and assessment of teacher training, and although I have strong opinions about teacher training based on my own experience and that of my trainers, I’m most interested in exploring WHAT WORKS, in both traditional and experimental teacher training programs. Even more than determining baseline requirements for training teachers, I'd like to rev the conversation for what's possible for expanding and enriching professional training, from post-graduate apprenticeships to cross-disciplinary studies.
This spring I will attend the Alexander Convention in Dublin and visit training programs in Europe, inquiring further into these questions within the international AT community. In support of my nomination I offer my commitment to the principles of the Technique, leadership and communication training with Landmark Education, and enthusiasm for optimism.
Candidate for Member-at-Large: Tom Vasiliades
Introduced to the Alexander Technique as an actor in the mid-1980’s, I took lessons for eight years until deciding to train at ACAT certifying in 1994. Post-graduate work followed with the Carringtons, John Nicholls and many senior teachers. I have taught the Alexander Technique to student and professional performers, people with chronic pain and respiratory problems. I am on the faculty of The New School for Drama where I was the coordinator of the Alexander Technique faculty and the Chair of Movement. I am also on the faculty of The Juilliard School-Evening Division and was on the faculty at NYU undergraduate drama. I also assist on the ATNYC Teacher Training course. In addition to my passion for the AT and theater, I have been a community organizer and political activist for varied issues and causes for over 25 years.
For many years, I have considered running for the Board. It is the right time for me in many respects. Primarily, AmSAT is an organization of teachers. The quality of teacher training was the main issue in the formation of the organization and continues to be so. While we do offer many valuable services to the membership and information to the general public, in my opinion, these are secondary to assuring quality teacher training. Over the past year, there has been much dialogue and correspondence regarding the exception guidelines for training courses. While some of the dialogue has been heated, it has produced an opportunity to examine not only the total number of training course hours to certify teachers, class hours, course hours, etc., but also, it seems to me, the quality of training. I would like to participate in these conversations at the Board level and participate in other ways to make AmSAT a better organization for its members and the public.