Pictured: Carol Murphy; Amy Thomas; Dori Regnier; Alan Irgang; Mary Thurrell.

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.

Heather Good, Vice-President

Heather Good, MA, is the Assistant Director for Development and Outreach at the Wisconsin Union Theater, UW-Madison.  She has spent the last 8 years in theater management, including fundraising, event management, budgeting, financial analysis, and strategic planning. She is a lifelong amateur dancer, with experience as a teacher, choreographer and performer. She is active in the Madison Contact Improvisation Jam, and is a current board member of the Barrymore Theater.

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.

Alan Irgang

Alan Irgang, LCSW has 20 years experience in mental health clinical practice, medical social work, higher education, field supervision, and program development. This experience is preceded by 10 years in corporate and healthcare settings in information technology and human resources. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at UW-Madison School of Social Work, a psychological consultant for the WI Dept of Health Services, and a psychotherapist in private practice.

Robin Schnitzler

Robin Schnitzler, RYT, MS, MFT is a Marriage & Family Therapist and Yoga & Meditation Teacher in Madison, WI.  In her growing private practice, Robin supports couples to regain connection and intimacy.  She often works with parents and has a niche working with couples who parent children with special needs. Robin is a member of the University of Wisconsin Servant Leadership Community of Practice where she cultivates and exchanges ideas about mindfulness in and out of the workplace.  Robin is the founder of Madison area Mother-Daughter Project, has volunteered locally at non-profit service and education centers, and currently serves on the Madison Metropolitan School District Special Education Advisory Board.  With a diverse background, including a decade in the construction industry, Robin brings experience in group facilitation, strategic planning, project management and business systems development to the Hancock Center Board position.

Deborah Thomas

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

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.