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 2019-2020

Cheryl Pleskow

Chair

  • 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

Lisa Levinson

Chair Elect

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Chair: July 2018 - June 2019
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Chair Elect: July 2017 - July 2018
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Treasurer: June 2016 - July 2018
  • AmSAT Government Relations Committee Chair: April 2011 - June 2015
  • AmSAT Certified, ATAA 2009
  • On Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama, School of Music
  • Private teaching practice in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Violinist in Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
  • Other interests: Music, hiking, cycling, cooking
  • MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh

Holly Rocke

Secretary

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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

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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

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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

Matthew Dubroff, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, 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

Jay Foote, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2018 - present
  • AMSAT Member, Research Committee: since 2017
  • AMSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher Training at Balance Arts Center (BAC) 2013
  • Teaching Assistant on BAC Teacher Training Course since 2015
  • Private teaching practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn since 2013
  • Presenter for Freedom to Make Music Conference in New York City, 2018
  • Record Producer and Freelance Bassist in NYC 
  • Bassist on Broadway's 'Hamilton', 'Dear Evan Hansen', 'Waitress' and 'The Band's Visit'
  • Member of the Local 802 American Federation of Musicians
  • Voting Member of The Recording Academy
  • Member of the Jim Keltner Fan Club 
  • B.A in Music from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • M.M. in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey 

Xochi John, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2018 - present
  • RYT-200 Yoga teacher, Alignment Yoga, 2017
  • AmSAT certified, Alexander Technique Urbana, 2014
  • Private Alexander Technique and Yoga teaching practice, Madison, WI
  • BM in Cello Performance, Oberlin Conservatory, 2011

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

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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

Sarah Silva, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2018 - present
  • Member, Research Committee: 2017 - present
  • Faculty - Chapman University Conservatory of Music: 2017 - present
  • Faculty - Sage Hill School, Music, Theater, Dance, and Art Departments: 2016 - 2017
  • UCLA FitWell, Alexander Technique Coordinator and Instructor: 2016 - present
  • Private Practice in Long Beach
  • Community Involvement: AT Coordinator, SAG-AFTRA Health Fair: 2017; Health Fair, Central Los Angeles: 2016; AT Coordinator, Better Angels Healing Arts Festival: 2015 - present
  • AmSAT Certified, ATI-LA, 2015
  • MM in Vocal Performance, Colorado State University: 2011
  • BM in Vocal Performance, Chapman University Conservatory of Music: 2009

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
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