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

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

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

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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