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 2018-19

Lisa Levinson

Chair

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Chair: July 2018 - present
  • 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

Cheryl Pleskow, Chair Elect

Chair Elect

  • 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

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

Claire Creese, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large 2013-2019; Secretary 2016-2017; Bylaw Review Committee Co-Chair (2013-present); Affiliated Societies Representative (2013-present); AmSAT Distinguished Service Award (2016)
  • Certified Teacher - M.AmSAT & M.STAT: IFAT, NYC, 1990
  • Teaching practices: Oxfordshire, UK. Previously in NYC, Berkeley CA, & Erie PA.
  • AmSAT Board of Directors 2002-2006 (AmSAT Chair 2004-5)
  • AmSAT 1995 Conference & Annual Meeting Co-Chair
  • Background in voice, mime, dance (ballet, modern, improv), Tai-Chi, liturgical action & chant.
  • Master of Theological Studies, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA: 2003
  • BA (Hons), Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK: 1980

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-Lareg: 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

Jessica Santascoy, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2017 - present
  • American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), New York City, Volunteer Faculty 2014 - present
  • AmSAT Certified, American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), New York City, 2014
  • Private teaching practice in New York City and San Francisco
  • MA, Media Studies, The New School, NY, NY
  • BA, Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Approved Media Consultant - New York City Council and New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Community involvement: Initiated staff wellness program, Catholic Charities: Refugee Resettlement Department, New York City; Initiated Early Riser Program for the public, including a senior/elder class, American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), NY, NY
  • Interests: marketing, financial growth, capacity building

Lori Schiff, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2017 - present
  • Member, TAC Committee: 2016 - present
  • ACGM Coordinator, 25th Anniversary - New York: 2012
  • ACAT and AmSAT Certified: 1987
  • Faculty - The Juilliard School, Music Division: 1991 - present
  • Faculty - The Aspen Music Festival and School: 1993 - 2015
  • Private practice in New York City
  • M.Music, Manhattan School of Music, 1985
  • B. Music, Northwestern University School of Music, 1982

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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