Elisa Cotroneo, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Dance and is a graduate of The Somatic Movement Therapy Training Program in Massachusetts. For more than 35 years Elisa has followed her passion to understand the relationship between spirit and the body and trained with many of the pioneers in the field of Movement Education and Therapy. Her life’s journey has been blessed with the presence of spiritual elders from North and South America, India and Tibet, each one sharing their traditional wisdom of the power of movement and sound to bring us closer to our true Selves. Elisa has synthesized these teaching into a unique form of somatic movement meditation that honors its roots of Yoga, Chi Gong, Authentic Movement, Mindfulness, and Dreamwork.
Elisa served on the ISMETA Board of Director’s from 2007-2014, holding the office of President from 2009-2014 and is now an Executive Consultant to the Board of Director. Her private practice in Movement Education and Therapy in upstate New York has included extensive work with individuals, groups, school districts, special education programs, therapeutic centers and arts organizations. As a professional development consultant Elisa has created workshops, retreats and online courses focusing on creativity, imagination and experiential embodied education.
Mark Taylor, RSMT President Pittsburgh, PA
Mark Taylor, whose background is in dance, choreography, and movement education, directs the Center for BodyMindMovement, with certification programs in somatic movement education located in Pittsburgh, PA, Eugene, OR, and Mexico City. The trainings prepare somatic professionals to facilitate deep physical, mental, and spiritual transformation in themselves and in others, through the embodied study of anatomy and developmental movement. As a choreographer, Taylor founded Mark Taylor & Friends in New York, directed Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA, and was on the dance faculties of Princeton University and the University of Limerick, Ireland. He served the School for Body-Mind Centering® as U.S. Program Director; taught in the school’s programs in Massachusetts, Germany, Slovakia, and France; and co-directed the Embodied Performing Arts Program with Katy Dymoke in London, U.K. Taylor has been inspired by being the parent of a developmentally disabled son and supported by thirty-seven years of meditation practice. He maintains a private movement therapy practice in Pittsburgh, trained as a yoga teacher with the Himalayan Institute, and is a director of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).
Beth Pettengill Riley, MA, RSME
Tony Rezac Treasurer Seattle, WA
Tony Rezac has worked and learned in the field of human potential for the past 25 years. As a Rolfer, Tony has taken hundreds of people through sessions and is known to be an intuitive and effective bodyworker. He has been featured in Time Out New York magazine and Metro newspaper while in New York and was recently named “Best Rolfer in Seattle” by Seattle Metropolitan magazine.
Tony`s love and appreciation of movement began with his seven years of aikido and continued with his study of Feldenkrais, Roth, Continuum, and contemporary dance. He currently takes Investigative Movement classes at Velocity Dance in Seattle.
In addition to his work in the body/mind field, Tony has also been a lead facilitator of group work for The Mankind Project. MKP conducts their powerful New Warrior training for men in countries all over the world. He is the author of Body and Soul: The Essential Handbook for Men and the creator of the men’s blog Body and Soul for Men. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son.
Caryn Heilman, MFA, RSME
New York, NY
Caryn Heilman is an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine where her graduate fellowship study focused on a somatic fluid system approach to choreography and improvisational dance performance and training supported by organic interactive media. She teaches ongoing classes in NYC and Massachusetts and virtual classes and workshops worldwide with students currently in New Zealand, Australia, Florida, Greece, Missouri, New Mexico and Canada.
Caryn is the Artistic Director of LiquidBody media, movement and dance and of Topia Arts Center, a green arts and education center in the Berkshires. She was a member of The Paul Taylor Dance Company for 10 years performing in over 50 countries and collaborated on over ten new works, directed rehearsals for several revivals and represented the United States as a cultural ambassador in Japan, China, India, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Turkey and Hungary and is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Dancemaker. With LiquidBody, she has presented work at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dixon Place and BRIC in NYC, SOMAfest in L.A., and in Greece, Italy, Mexico and Poland.
She has served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau and of the Somatic Movement Arts Festival.
Donna Brooks always loved movement. As a child, she twisted her body into all sorts of pretzel positions—only to later realize she was doing yoga poses intuitively. As a young woman, she studied ballet, modern dance, and hatha yoga. In 1982, as one of only a handful of yoga teachers in Washington, D.C., she built a practice that included dancers, activists, and politicians. She devoted herself to the study of Iyengar yoga with John Schumacher and later with Karin Stephan in Boston.
Teaching yoga has sparked her passion to learn everything she could about the moving body. Donna studied the foundations of Feldenkrais work, the approach of Somatics pioneer Thomas Hanna, and Body-Mind Centering. She also studied the geometry and physics of movement and momentum with tennis pro Art Carrington and through Contact Improvisation.
Donna lives and works in western Massachusetts. Her clients include people with injuries related to aging, exercise and sports, accidents or to life trauma and illness such as Parkinson’s, MS and stroke. She leads yoga/movement classes for Parkinson’s disease patients, teaches a pain relief clinic for Valley Medical Group and has trained nurses through the Holistic Nursing Association certification program. She taught and created yoga and menopause classes for Kaiser Permanente and has presented her work to the UMASS communications disorders department, Cooley-Dickinson hospital and for the Pioneer Valley Brain Injury support group. She also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Greenfield Community College, Charlemont Academy, Norwich College, the Hartsbrook School, and Mohawk Valley Education Services.
Donna is a Yoga Teacher Alliance E-RYT who offers mentoring and continuing education credits for both 200- and 500-level registered yoga teachers. She is an ISMETA Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator and in the process of applying for Yoga therapy credentials. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Stony Brook.
Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon, MA, RSME, RSMT
Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon, MA, RSME, RSMT, is a psychologist, researcher, and movement specialist. Current Program Director and Core Faculty at Tamalpa Institute, she obtained her M.A. in Engaged Humanities with Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her Master’s thesis, Somaphilia: Remembering the Soul and the Aesthetics of Being, expands upon the somatic, mythological, depth psychological, and archetypal dimensions of Tamalpa Institute’s Body Part Mythologies. Maria Luisa’s professional experience in psychology and the arts spans fifteen years and includes the areas of education, private practice, and community intervention. Maria Luisa has worked with many diverse populations, most recently with Latin American immigrants in San Francisco and she has conducted research projects on addiction in her native Guadalajara, Mexico and on trauma associated with domestic violence in San Francisco, CA. Maria Luisa teaches seminars and presents in conferences internationally.
Lee Nussbaum Fogel, MA, RSME
Lee Nussbaum Fogel, MA, RSME, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator, Reiki Practitioner, and Interdisciplinary Artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her company, The Visioning Body, offers group and private programs that support transformative leadership and wellbeing through creative and somatic practices. She has fifteen years experience teaching in a wide variety of settings including schools, yoga, dance, and arts studios, wellness centers, colleges, women’s shelters, camps, HIV/AIDS wellness organizations, and conferences. She brings a breadth of expertise and training including an MA with Distinction in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing from the University of Central Lancashire, a BA in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin College, traditional training and mentorship in Reiki, Usui Shiki Ryoho, and rigorous entrepreneurial training. Learn more about Lee’s practice at www.VisioningBody.com.
Ryan has a Master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Regis University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon. He has been a psychotherapist since 1993 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996. He was the chair of the Somatic Counseling Psychology Program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for 9 years and served on the faculty for 18. He is currently the executive and training director of Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute in Denver, Colorado.
In terms of training and credentials, Ryan is a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Registered Nurse (RN), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Addictions Counselor, Level Three (CACIII), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA), Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
Ryan’s professional background includes extensive work with graduate and post-graduate education, particularly in the areas of experiential learning, contemplative education, spiritual emergence, diversity and multiculturalism, social and restorative justice, creative process work, expressive arts therapies, and body-centered psychotherapy. Other areas of professional experience include critical care nursing, hospice nursing, inpatient and residential psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment, victim advocacy work, domestic violence and sexual offender treatment, and private practice.
Kima M Kraimer, MA, RSME
Traverse City, Michigan
Kima M Kraimer MA, RSME, is a graduate of University of Central Lancashire’s Dance and Somatic Wellness program. She maintains a private practice as an Advanced Certified Rolfer® and Rolf Movement Educator, and assist teaches at the Rolf Institute. Combining Permaculture Design®/Ecology with Somatic Movement Education, her interest in embodiment and personal and community development manifests in teachings presented internationally, and with wide ranging populations from the arts to farmers. She is currently in the Diamond Approach teacher- training process. Her love of nature and on-going inquiry for expanding humanity’s potential is balanced by time spent between Northern Michigan and New York City.
Kim McKeever, RSME, RSMT
Greater New York City area
Kimberly is a somatic explorer and teacher whose original research on developmental movement patterns is used at leading somatic and yoga schools world-wide.
Originally from the dance world, McKeever choreographed cabaret acts for a Tony award winner (Frankie Michaels) and a Grammy award winner (VIcki Sue Robinson), for national broadcast television, for one of the largest productions ever mounted of Noah’s Flood (SUNY Purchase) as well as collaborations with sculptor Maurice Agis at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors.
As a member of the faculty of The School for Body-Mind Centering she wrote original curriculum on developmental movement and on the senses and perception.. Kimberly has been on the faculty of The Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy program and has also taught at colleges, yoga teacher trainings, and somatic programs. She has presented at national and international conferences, on topics around vision, olfaction and the vomeronasal system, autism spectrum disorder and movement patterns, and consults for a program for children on the autistic spectrum at Hunter College.
She is currently the managing editor of The Journal of Authentic Movement and Somatic Inquiry (JAMSI). Kim carries multiple somatic and yoga certifications as well as academic work in anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. Kimberly lives in the New York City area and has a private practice focused on those with issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and adoption.
Jane has a Master’s degree in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing from the University of Central Lancaster, a Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy from IBMT, UK and a Post Graduate Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy from Karuna Institute. She was authorised by Emilie Conrad as a Continuum Movement teacher and currently participating in the Circles of Four programme for the Discipline of Authentic Movement.
Jane has been in private practice since 1994 and is currently offering Soma Flow therapeutic sessions and somatic movement education workshops in the UK and Europe. www.somaflow.co.uk
She is part of the teaching faculty for Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy in Moscow and part of the team for the workshop programme for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy in the UK. www.ibmt.co.uk
She co-founded the Somatic Movement Gatherings organisation, which runs 3-day events for practitioners to meet and experience existing practice through workshops and dialogue circles with emerging ideas the field, as well as place to resource and make links locally, nationally and internationally. www.somatic-movement.org
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, MA, RSME Belmont, MA
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, MA, EdM, RSME, is an educator, movement artist and researcher, who cherishes the body as a central medium for creativity, learning and growth. With degrees from Stanford University and Harvard Graduate School of Education, she can also be described as a “recovering academic” who facilitates somatic movement arts to help mend the mind-body split in herself and others. Extensive training in Tamalpa Life/Art (Anna and Daria Halprin), Continuum Movement (Emilie Conrad and Elaine Colandrea) and Vipassana meditation (Jack Kornfield) informs her teaching and performance work. During her first graduate program in Psychology, she studied the impact that somatic movement and creative arts practices have on women’s development. During her second Master’s degree program in Mind, Brain and Education, Elisabeth investigated the effect that sensorimotor activities have on cognitive development of people across the lifespan. Since 2007, she has supervised graduate students at Lesley University’s Self-Designed Masters Degree Program. Currently, Elisabeth conducts school-based research for the Strategic Education Research Partnership and co-teaches a seminar called “Mind, Body, Being” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Recently, she has also rejoined the faculty of Tamalpa Institute and offers weekend workshops and classes on the East Coast of the United States. Elisabeth has served on the Board of Directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) since 2008.
Anna Rider was born and raised in Baltimore. She graduated from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City and received her Masters in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Anna has worked with; MATI (Maryland Artistry in Teaching Institute), Forklift Danceworks and Mindpop’s Creative Learning Initiative. During her tenure at Temple University she used her background in somatics to teach modern technique and wellness for the dancer. Anna has also taught at the University of Iowa, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies extension program at University of Maryland College Park, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore School for the Arts, and Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, where she directed the dance magnet. She has performed and choreographed independently in the United States. She was also a partner and Operating Manager of Louie’s Bookstore Café in Baltimore, MD.
Simply Moving is Anna’s private practice where she works somatically with individuals to move creatively and efficiently in their everyday lives. She began her practice upon leaving LIMS in 1980 at the Sports Training Institute in NYC. At that time she started to integrate and utilize her studies in Bartenieff Fundamentals, Kinesiology, Ideokinesis, and Body Mind Centering. During the last thirty-five years she has worked with dancers, musicians, actors, athletes, people with post-traumatic injuries, those affected by Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy and the elderly to bring awareness to their body patterns and movement choices.
Anna enjoys working with the very young to the very young at heart using the language of movement. Everyday brings renewed joy watching how people move as the most direct and persuasive means of communication.
Nancy Wanich-Romita (M.AmSAT) has been both a private teacher and workshop facilitator in the Alexander Technique for over 30 years. Ms Romita initiated the first courses offered in the Alexander Technique at the 92nd Street Y in NYC in 1984. She is the Director of the Alexander Technique MidAtlantic Teacher Training in Baltimore, www.atmidatlantic.com. Romita is the co-creator of the somatic model known as Functional Awareness, Anatomy in Action, www.functionalawareness.org.
She has taught at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, NC, Connecticut College, State University of New York at Purchase, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Stevenson University, and is currently on the faculty of Towson University.
Ms Romita has facilitated workshops for The Private Industry Council, JP Morgan Bank, IBM, Center for Poverty Solution, and The Annie E Casey Foundation.
Ms. Romita has served on the Alexander Technique faculty at The Tai Sophia Institute, The Baltimore School of Massage, The Baltimore Holistic Health Center. She has taught Alexander Technique workshops at Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE), the American College Dance Festival (ACDF), and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and presented her research at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
She is a Senior Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, certified by the American Center for the Alexander Technique in NYC in 1984. Ms. Romita holds a BA in Dance and Child Development from Connecticut College, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Theater from Towson University. She maintains an active private practice. She completed the Post Certification in Alexander Technique at ATNYC with John Nicholls in 2009.