Pictured: Debby Thomas; Dori Regnier; Kelly Anderson; Rosalie Migas; Rena Kornblum; Coyla Rankin; Mary Thurrell; Buff Brennan; Chris Walker; Mary Ann Fahl.
Mary Alice "Buff" Brennan, President
Mary Alice "Buff" Brennan, Ph.D., CMA, Professor Emerita, and former Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Program. Her research articles on creativity in dance and the movement analysis of dance style have appeared in numerous publications. She was the 1985 National Dance Association Scholar and has twice been a Fulbright Scholar to India. During 1993-1995 she served as a member of the Dance Task Force that developed the National Standards for Dance in Education. For 25 years, she was a performer of modern dance.
Deborah Thomas, Vice-President
Deborah Thomas, PhD, BC-DMT, DTRL, founded Hancock Center in 1983 and served as its Executive Director through 2004. She provided dance/movement therapy to adults and taught Alexander Technique. A founding member of the American Dance Therapy Association, she taught the undergraduate Dance Therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has trained to become a Jungian analyst.
Mary Thurrell, Secretary/Treasurer
Mary Thurrell is a painter and art historian with exhibited works or representation in collections nationally. She studied and/or taught at UW-Madison, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Beloit College and SUNY-Binghamtom, NY. Serving as an officer/board member for Children's Theater of Madison, Hancock Center, Dane County 4H, Kanopy Dance Theater, The Dane County Fair Board, etc., she has been fortunate to help facilitate creativity in young and old alike, statewide. Mary is proud of her dancer/choreographer daughters and son-in-law, among her accomplished 'offspring".
Sharon Chaiklin, Marian Chace Foundation Representative
Sharon Chaiklin, ADTR is currently president of the Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association. She worked for close to 40 years as a dance therapist in psychiatric hospitals and private practice. Teaching included the Goucher College Graduate Program in Dance/Movement Therapy, the University of Haifa, Israel and many workshops nationally and internationally such as in Argentina, Japan, Korea and Spain. She has written several articles on dance/movement therapy and is in the ADTA film The Power of Movement.
Laurie Frank, Owner of GOAL Consulting, is a former public school teacher who specializes in experiential education. She is a published author and works with schools and non-profits in the areas of community building, school climate, asset development, strategic planning, and collaborative leadership.
Sally Jackson, BA, has a degree in social work from UW-Madison. She provides case management at the Community Action Coalition of Madison, WI and works for WE International, Inc. a non-profit agency that addresses poverty and injustice internationally. Sally has also been involved with Trauma-Informed Care, End Abuse WI, DAIS and other agencies.
Carol Murphy, BA, BSN, has worked as a psychiatric nurse in private practice, in-patient hospital work, and as an outpatient psychotherapist. She has held leadership positions on many boards and committees over the years.
Christopher Walker, MFA
Christopher Walker is a choreographer, educator, and performer. Currently he is an assistant professor of dance at the UW-Madison. Christopher is the artistic director/choreographer of: NuMoRune Collaborative - a group of dancers, musicians, and actors who come together under a united artistic vision to create and present work; and First Wave -a ground breaking Hip Hop Theater Ensemble, first of ts kind on a university campus. Christopher also does community work in Jamaica, Antigua, and Panama.
Rosalie Migas is an Adjunct Field Lecturer in the School of Social Work at the UW-Madison. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Social Work in 1975. Since that time she has held a variety of social work positions, including most recently, Director of Services at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. She is active in her professional organization, having served as President of NASW-WI and a term on the national NASW board. She recently completed a 6 year term on the state CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) board of directors.
Since January 2003, Kelly Anderson has been Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center in Madison, Wisconsin, where she also currently Chairs the County Commission on Sensitive Crimes and the Community Coordinated Response on Sexual Assault, and Co-Chairs with the District Attorney the Dane County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). From 1994 through 2002, she served as Development Director at the Washington, DC Rape Crisis Center. She’s been active in the anti-sexual violence movement since 1987, and has held volunteer and leadership positions with local and state-level women’s organizations.
Rena Kornblum, MCAT, BC-DMT, DTRL, is the Executive Director of Hancock Center. She coordinates children's outreach programming and leads individual, group, and family dance/movement therapy sessions in schools, at Hancock Center, and at other agencies. Her book, Disarming the Playground: Violence Prevention through Movement, describes the in-school violence prevention curriculum she developed at Hancock Center and which is being replicated in schools across the country. Rena earned her M.A. at Hahnemann University.
Dori Regnier Weigel
Dori Regnier Weigel, BA, is the Associate Director of Hancock Center. She coordinates the administrative and financial management of the Center. She received her degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College.