some board members may, 2012
Pictured: Debby Thomas; Dori Regnier; Kelly Anderson; Rosalie Migas; Rena Kornblum; Coyla Rankin; Mary Thurrell; Buff Brennan; Chris Walker; Mary Ann Fahl.
Hancock Center Board of Directors


Amy Thomas, President

Amy Thomas, MA, LPC, NCC is a clinical partner at Therapy Space, a group psychotherapy practice in Madison, WI. She is also a trainor for State of Wisconsin employee wellness programs. She holds a Master's degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Concordia University in Montreal and has served on the governance board of the Quebec Art Therapy Association. She was co-chair of the Olive Jones Park redevelopment project with the City of Madison, and sits on volunteer committees for the Madison Public Library. She is currently co-ordinating the outreach umbrella for Therapy Space, bringing public projects to Madison to disarm stigma around women's mental health issues.

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.

Carol Murphy, Secretary/Treasurer

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.

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.

Geraldine Paredes Vasquez

Geraldine Paredes Vasquez is an Intercultural Experiential Educator with eight years of experience in design & facilitation of workshops, trainings, activities, dialogues and presentations for multicultural, international and diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, ideological, religious and gender youth and adult populations across four continents. She is a co-founder of non profit organization W.H.Y. Bolivia, a co-author of various educational projects such as: MAYMA “intercultural youth empowerment”, and twice awarded as National Best Social Inclusion Initiative in Bolivia (2008- 2011). She is currently a Racial Justice Associate at the YWCA of Madison and a Bilingual Resource Specialist at Badger Rock Middle School.

Mary Thurrell

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".

Ex Officio

Rena Kornblum

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.