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 2020-2021

Matthew Dubroff, Chair

Matthew Dubroff, Chair

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  • AmSAT Chair Elect: July - November 2020
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: June 2014 - June 2020
  • 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

Cheryl Pleskow

Past Chair

Cheryl Pleskow

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  • AmSAT Chair: July 2019 - June 2020
  • AmSAT Chair Elect: July 2018 - June 2019
  • AmSAT Nominating Committee, Member:  2011 - 2013
  • Member, Search Committee for Management Association Services: 2010
  • AmSAT Human Resources Committee (retired committee), Chair: 2003 - 2007
  • AmSAT Distinguished Service Award: 2003
  • AmSAT Past Chair:  2001 - 2003; Chair: 2000- 2001; Chair-Elect: 1999-2000
  • NASTAT/AmSAT AGM Committee, Site Coordinator at Amherst College: 1999
  • NASTAT Committee to Develop Ethical Procedures (currently Professional Conduct Committee), Member: 1995
  • Wrote “Standards of Professional Conduct for Board Members”, NASTAT News, Spring 1995
  • Alexander Technique School of New England, Amherst, MA: Certified 1994
  • Alexander Institute of Boston, Cambridge, MA: 1989 - 1990
  • Teaching practices:  currently Buffalo, NY; previously Northampton and Stockbridge, MA
  • Ed, Educational Media and Instructional Design, Boston University: 1986
  • A, Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota:  1974
  • Dance Education and Performance, University of Wisconsin: 1969 - 1972
  • Interests:  writing, reading, movement/theatre improvisation, jazz, live performance, Jewish studies and community building

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Chair Elect

Holly Rocke

Secretary

Holly Rocke

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors Secretary: June 2017 - present
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large serving on/appointed to the EC: January - June 2017
  • AmSAT Certified, Alexander Technique Urbana, Urbana, IL: 2006
  • Professor of Theatre, Eureka College: 2002-Present
  • MFA, Acting - Illinois State University, Normal, IL  2002
  • BS, Theatre and Mathematics - Eureka College, Eureka, IL 1999

Rick Carbaugh

Treasurer

Rick Carbaugh

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  • AmSAT Borad of Directors Treasurer: July 2018 - present
  • AmSAT Board of Directors Past Chair: June 2018 - July 2018
  • AmSAT Board of Directors Chair: June 2014 - June 2017
  • AmSAT Board of Directors Chair-Elect: February 2014 - June 2014
  • AmSAT Member-at-Large: June 2013 - February 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

Lisa DeAngelis, Member-at-Large

Lisa DeAngelis, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2019 - present
  • AmSAT Chair, Management Review Committee: 2015 - present
  • Organizer/Assistant to the Directors of the 9th International AT Congress, Limerick, Ireland, 2015
  • Organizer/Assistant, Presence in Performance Workshop, Pomona College, Pasadena, CA, 2015
  • Faculty Member, Alexander Technique with Elm City ChamberFest in New Haven, CT, 2015-2017
  • Organizer/Teacher, Alexander Technique Workshops International in Malibu, CA and Winston-Salem, NC 2013-2015
  • Organizational Coordinator for Rachel Zahn's "Experiencing the Embodied Mind" Project in Gargonza, Italy, 2013
  • AmSAT Chair, ACGM and ACGM Planning Committee, Chicago, 2013
  • AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Training with Joan and Alex Murray at Alexander Technique Center Urbana (ATCU) 2009
  • Private teaching practice in Chicago since 2010
  • Co-founder, Chicago Alexander Teachers (CAT)
  • President, Lyric Opera of Chicago's Young Professionals Board, 2017-present 
  • BME in Music Education (Voice) from University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

Westley Howard, Member-at-Large

Westley Howard, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2019 - present
  • Alexander Teaching Practices in Urbana, Bloomington and Peoria, IL
  • Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, 1991-94, AmSAT Certified 1994
  • Phildelphia School of the Alexander Technique, 1989-90
  • Freelance Rock and Jazz Guitarist and Instructor,  1989-present
  • Adjunct Professor of Guitar, Parkland College, 2001-2014
  • Masters of Music, Music Theory, University of Michigan, 1989
  • Bachelors of Music, Classical Guitar and Music Theory, University of North Texas, 1987
  • Other interests:  Ballroom and Salsa dancing, building and repairing tube amplifiers

Claire Rechnitzer, Member-at-Large

Claire Rechnitzer, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2019 – present
  • AmSAT News/Journal Team Member 2010 – 2012
  • AmSAT Certified, ATOC 2008
  • Private Teaching Practice in Cincinnati OH
  • Goldsmith, Gemologist, Content Provider for Jewelry Industry
  • Other Interests: Sightseeing, Hiking, Gardening, Reading

Renee Schneider, Member-at-Large

Renee Schneider, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2020 - present
  • Chair of ACGM 2019 New York: "Our Community's Future: Diversity, Equity and Belonging"
  • Occasionally assists with Rose Bronec's training course in Urbana, Illinois
  • Alexander Teaching in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
  • Member of the Alexander Technique Diversity Coalition 2016-present
  • Owner of Coqui Baby Cloth Diaper Company www.coquibaby.com
  • Graduated in 2012 from Joan and Alex Murray's course, Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique
  • Owner of Baan Aksorn Thai Language School for expats www.baanaksorn.com in Bangkok
  • MBA in International Business from Thunderbird University/Arizona State University
  • UCLA B.A. British Literature and minor in Asian American Studies
  • English teacher in Peace Corps, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Fourth-generation Japanese American
  • Other modalities of practice: Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Resilience and Regulation, The Experience-Based Brain, Ortho-Bionomy, Reiki, classical Thai massage (Wat Po Massage School)
  • Other interests:  being a mom, being an entrepreneur, classical guitar, literacy, work in diversity and equity issues



Mara Sokolsky, Member-at-Large

Mara Sokolsky, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2018 - present
  • Member, Nominating Committee 2016 - present
  • Chair, Nominating Committee 2007 -2009
  • ACGM Planning Committee - Bristol, RI 2008
  • AmSAT Certified since its inception in 1987
  • STAT Certified, School of Alexander Studies, London, 1980
  • BA in Choreographic Drama, University of Wisconsin 1975