Board, Committees, Key Volunteers
Welcome to AmSAT’s 2020 Annual General Meeting!
We are making history by meeting online this year. We appreciate the efforts of Anna Sobotka and her team, who planned a wonderful meeting for us in Boulder, CO, and who have agreed to host for 2021. While the current pandemic makes it impossible to be together in person, we look forward to learning and celebrating together next summer. Although we have postponed workshops and classes, the Attendees’ Convocation (AC), and the F.M. Alexander Memorial Lecture, the Board decided that it was necessary to move AmSAT business forward by conducting our business meeting via ZOOM. We appreciate your presence and patience as we navigate the meeting online.
* = (Member Resolution - Requires simple majority of those voting to pass)
** = (Bylaw Amendment - Requires ⅔ (two-thirds) majority of those voting to pass)
Board Nominees and Ballot
Ballot for 2021 Board of Directors
Ballots for the Board are to be submitted by 4:00 pm EDT on Saturday, June 27.
Please click HERE to complete the online ballot.
2020 Board Nominees
2020 Board of Directors - Nominee Information
Each term will begin directly after the 2020 AGM, and run through the 2022 AGM.
Candidate for Chair Elect 2020: Matthew Dubroff
Matthew Dubroff began studying the Alexander Technique in 1988 with Tessa Marwick and Paul Versteeg. After working with teachers in the U.S., Israel and Japan, Dubroff completed his teacher training with Daria Okugawa in 2002. He is a Professor of Theatre at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he has been since 1999 and is currently the Chair of the Fine Arts Department. Along with traditional theatre practices Dubroff incorporates the Alexander Technique into his classes and productions. Dubroff is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku and has been performing Noh with them in English and Japanese around the world since 2000. He also teaches the Wu style of Tai Ji Quan. Dubroff has been a Member-at-Large on the AmSAT Board since 2014 and has acted as liaison to several committees including The Journal and the Alexander Technique and the Performing Arts Committee.
Candidate for Treasurer: Rick Carbaugh
- AmSAT Board 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
Candidate for Member-at-Large: Renee Schneider
Renee Schneider is an Alexander teacher in Normal, Illinois. She graduated from Joan and Alex Murray’s training course, Alexander Technique Center Urbana, in 2012 and has a Bachelor’s degree in British Literature from UCLA and an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird at Arizona State University. She has worked philanthropically such managing an adult literacy program in Watts, California and serving as a teacher in the Peace Corps. She has also been a volunteer in the MBA Enterprise Corps assisting small and medium-sized businesses in Thailand recover after the 1997 Asian economic crisis. She owns several businesses including a Thai language school for expatriates in Bangkok and the Coquí Baby Cloth Diaper Company. Her favorite things in the world are her husband Steve and 9-year-old son Yuji. She has studied other alternative health modalities including Ortho-Bionomy, Somatic Experiencing, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Thai massage and reflexology, trigger point therapy, Reiki and others. She is a very active member of the Alexander Technique Diversity Coalition which aims to increase diversity of teachers, students and the ways that Alexander Technique is taught.
Candidate for Member-at-Large: Mara Sokolsky
Mara Sokolsky trained at the School for Alexander Studies in London, graduating in 1980. After stints in Boston, St. Paul and Providence, she currently has a private practice in Manhattan.
Proposed Rules for Conducting the 2020 Annual General Meeting
The following rules will be observed through the duration of the Business Meeting:
1. The MEI office will serve as the moderator.
2. In order to be recognized, the member raises their hand in zoom. The members will be called to speak in this order. This year we will not be able to follow the traditional pro and con order.
3. Use “Madam Chair’’, or “Chairperson”
4. Upon recognition by the Chair (“The Chair recognizes... ’’) The Member shall give their name and indicate if they are speaking pro or con on the issue.
5. Address all remarks through the Chair; Member may speak on any motion once for two minutes, and a second time for one minute, the second time only after other Members speaking for the first time. The Mover of a main motion may also speak for three minutes at the beginning of debate on that motion.
6. A member cannot establish “prior claim’’ to the floor by speaking before it has been yielded. Exceptions exist for legitimate procedure-related interruptions.
7. For more information, see Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised. 11th ed., pp 391-394
8. Minutes of this session will be approved by the Board of Directors.
9. Members shall indicate their vote by means of a zoom poll.
Instructions for Voting
When the time for voting comes:
1. The Chair will ask for approval via unanimous consent. If you would like to vote NO on the
proposal, please raise your objection by raising your zoom hand at this time. If there are no
objections, the motion will pass via unanimous consent and no vote count will be taken
2. If there is an objection to unanimous consent, the Chair will call for a vote via a zoom poll.
3. Each member will enter their vote in the poll - In favor, opposed, or abstain.
4. The designated proxy holders will then verbally give their proxy votes.
5. The results will be given to the assembly.
Four Ways to Improve the Quality of the General Meeting
Each of us bears a portion of the responsibility for the success of the General Meeting and the work of the Society. PLEASE REMAIN MUTED UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED UPON TO SPEAK. Attention to the four points below will greatly improve the quality of discussion and expedite the conduct of our business.
1. Arrive Prepared
This General Meeting packet includes extensive information regarding all motions, including rationales and background information. Please familiarize yourself with it prior to discussion and voting.
2. Speak Only When Recognized
Don’t unmute yourself until you have been recognized by the Chair.
3. Stay on Topic
Please organize your comments from the floor as statements for or against the matter at hand, or questions about facts or procedure. Do not use your time on the floor to elaborate on matters that are not currently under discussion (no matter how important those matters may be).
4. Don’t Amend Too Soon
Once an amendment is moved and seconded, all discussion must be confined to the Amendment itself, and not the main motion. Confusion and frustration may result if an amendment (no matter how ultimately valuable or helpful) is moved and seconded before the assembly as a whole has had a chance to adequately discuss, assess—and determine collective and individual response to—the main motion. Procedural and informational guidance is available from the Chair, Secretary, Rules and Bylaws.
Please click HERE for a pdf outlining basic Parliamentary Procedures to be followed during our business meeting.
AmSAT Anti-trust Presentation Video - 2020
Please click HERE to view this year's presentation on anti-trust issues, presented by Fran Rickenbach, AmSAT's Senior Advisor.
Milestones - Anniversary Teacher Recognition
The American Society for the Alexander Technique awards certificates to the following teachers in recognition of their years of service, teaching, and contributing to the development of the F.M. Alexander Technique:
|Julie Brundage||Malona Alexander||Kevin Ahern|
|Julia Caulder||Sandra Bain Cushman||Larry Ball|
|Andrea Fedele||Jeanne Barrett||Carol Boggs|
|Glenn Kenreich||Karla Booth||Rose Bronec|
|Clare Maxwell||Courtney Brown||Judith Gerratt|
|Laura Medisky||Maria Carrera||Ann Rodiger|
|Tracy Murtha||Alison Courtney||Jean-Louis Rodrigue|
|Ruby Resnick||Galen Cranz||Mara Sokolsky|
|Stasia Siena||Neil Friedland||Marie Stroud|
Certificates of Appreciation
The American Society for the Alexander Technique awards Certificates of Appreciation to the following in appreciation of their commitment, dedication, service, and support of the AmSAT mission and goals:
ATAS Representative, Co-chair, Bylaw Review and Rules & Bylaws Committees
Co-chair, Bylaw Review and Rules & Bylaws Committees
|Amanda Blair MacDonald||
Chair, Membership Committee
Editor, AmSAT Journal
Chair, Credentials Review Committee
Co-chair, Continuing Education Committee
Co-chair, Continuing Education Committee
Co-chair, Definitions Committee
|Walton White||Co-chair, Definitions Committee|
Co-chair, Attendees’ Convocation Committee
Chair, ACGM Policy Committee
|Emily Sapa||Chair, Organizational News|
|Angeline LeLeux||Information Manager|
|Beth Robinson||Chair, Committee for the Alexander Technique in the Performing Arts|
|Pam Bartlett||Chair, Professional Conduct Committee|
|Heidi Leathwood||Chair, Research Committee|
|Rena Anya Deveza||
Co-chair, Training Approval Committee
|Lori Schiff||Co-chair, Training Approval Committee|
|Karen DeWig||Chair, Training Directors Committee|
|Anna Sobotka||Chair, ACGM Planning Committee|
|Jessica Wolf||Chair, Judith Leibowitz Scholarship Fund Committee|
|Tracy Einstein||Chair, Slogan Committee|
|Kristin Mozeiko||Chair, Diversity Committee|
|Lisa Levinson||Chair Elect, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Holly Rocke||Secretary, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Rick Carbaugh||Treasurer, AmSAT Board of Directors, Acting Chair, Government Relations Committee|
|Lisa DeAngelis||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Matthew Dubroff||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Xochi John||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Jay Foote||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Wes Howard||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Claire Rechnitzer||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Sarah Silva||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors|
|Mara Sokolsky||Member at Large, AmSAT Board of Directors, Chair, Nominating Committee|
|Cheryl Pleskow||Chair, AmSAT Board of Directors|