Governance

The Certification Commission is responsible for developing, evaluating, setting and reviewing all policies and procedures related to the National Pilates Certification Program.

 
Ray Infante Ray Infante
Certification Manager
rayi@natpcp.org

The Certification Manager is central to the program’s adherence to NCCA guidelines, and as such, works closely with all certification staff members, the Certification Chair, the test administration company, the bookkeeper and any other professional needed to support certification activity. The CM also works directly with certificants and the general public on any questions or issues related to the Certification Program. The CM is held accountable for strict adherence to the Certification Program’s policies and procedures, as prescribed by the Certification Chair.

Ray orchestrated the initial accreditation of the Certification Program and continues to work with the Certification Commission on the maintenance of the program’s accreditation, continued growth, and development within the larger fitness industry. In 2015, Ray was awarded the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s 2015 Credentialing Industry Leadership Award. In February 2016, Ray earned a certificate as Credentialing Specialist from the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Ray holds an MA in Liberal Studies, and a BA in English. In his free time, he enjoys working out regularly and spending time with close friends and his adopted canine daughters, Mia and Penelope.

Kyria Sabin
Chair, voting
kyrias@natpcp.org

The Certification Chair oversees all matters related to the Certification Program. The Chair directs the Certification Manager in the proper function of the Certification Program and all decisions related to the implementation, development and finances specific to the Certification Program, as described by the Certification Commission. Kyria is the Program Director of the Fletcher Pilates, International school and Body Works Pilates Studios and brings over 25 years of experience in Pilates to the Commission.

Karyn Karyn Staples
Vice-Chair Treasurer, voting
karyns@natpcp.org

The Treasurer performs all duties commonly vested in the office of treasurer, including the review of financial reports and creation and approval of yearly budgets. In the absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice Chair - Treasurer may serve as acting Chair, have all authority conferred upon the office of Chair, and perform all duties for which the Chair is responsible for the remaining portion of the Chair’s term or until the Chair can resume duties. Driven by her passion for creating an environment focused on wellness and optimal health, Karyn founded ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio (Peachtree City, Georgia) in 2005. Karyn brings over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience to the Commission.

Kathleen McDonough
Vice-Chair Secretary, voting
kathleenm@natpcp.org

The Secretary performs all duties commonly vested in the office of secretary including maintaining accurate minutes of all meetings of the Certification Commission. In the absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice Chair - Treasurer may serve as acting Chair, have all authority conferred upon the office of Chair, and perform all duties for which the Chair is responsible for the remaining portion of the Chair’s term or until the Chair can resume duties. Kathleen is a graduate of UC Davis, Stanford University, the Pilates Center, and Polestar Pilates. She has integrated Pilates and orthopedic physical therapy for more than 30 years. Kathleen also chairs the Certification Exam Item Writing Committee.

amy Amy Alpers
Director, voting
AmyA@natpcp.org

Originally taught Pilates by Romana Kryzanowska in New York in the late 80’s, Amy has been teaching Pilates for 30 years. Along with her sister Rachael, they opened The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO in 1990. With the support and guidance of Romana, they established their Formal Comprehensive Teacher Training Program, one of the very first of its kind in the “classical” style. The Pilates Center is internationally renowned for its caliber of education. In addition, The Pilates center was one of the first Pilates Schools licensed by the state in 2003, and has achieved school approval by the PMA’s Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP).

frederick Frederick Curry
Director, voting
FrederickC@natpcp.org

Frederick directs the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program at Rutgers University, where he works with undergraduate and graduate Dance/Dance Education students on integrating Pilates into their career-ready skillset and embodied pedagogic practices. He is particularly interested in strategies for supporting Dance Educators in fusing Pilates into their teaching in K-12 schools to make Pilates more accessible to historically underserved populations. Frederick’s experiences provide him with a multi-faceted understanding of the role of certification in establishing a professional threshold of knowledge in a movement field; and an appreciation of certification as a mechanism for practitioner advocacy by supporting continuing education in response to a shifting professional landscape.

clare Clare Dunphy
Director, voting
ClareD@natpcp.org

Clare has been teaching Pilates for 23 years and previously was a personal trainer and group exercise teacher for 15 years. She completed her Pilates training in 1997 under Romana Kryzanowska. Under the umbrella of her studio Progressive Bodyworks, she developed Pilates Avatar, a comprehensive audio program for Pilates practitioners of all levels. Clare co-authored the curriculum for the Peak Pilates Comprehensive Education program including eight manuals, written and practical student assessments, and have mentored scores of teachers and teacher trainers since 2001. As an active international presenter and NPCP provider, Clare has earned the respect of students, teachers and colleagues for more than a decade. .

Jolita Jolita Trahan
Director, voting
jolitat@natpcp.org

Jolita owns and operates the Pilates Network studio in Florence, Italy, in addition to a teacher training program available throughout Italy. As Upper School Coordinator of the International School of Florence for over 12 years, Jolita brings experience in educational policies and procedures to the Commission as well as an international perspective.

 

 

 

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Iris Burman
Public Member, voting
irisb@natpcp.org

Iris Burman is Co-Founder and Director of Education at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida. She has been practicing Massage Therapy for over 40 years with a wide range of bodywork modalities. She has been active in the development of the Massage profession for the last 37 years. Iris served as a board member on the AMTA Council of Schools and subsequently helped form the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, serving on its initial board of directors. She also served on the committee that created COMTA, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Assisting the progression of Massage Therapy to achieve the benchmarks of a full profession has been among her life’s accomplishments.




 
Kyria Sabin
Chair, voting
kyrias@natpcp.org

The Certification Chair oversees all matters related to the Certification Program. The Chair directs the Certification Manager in the proper function of the Certification Program including supervision of the Certification staff and all decisions related to the implementation, development and finances specific to the Certification Program, as described by the Certification Commission. Kyria is the Program Director of the Fletcher Pilates teacher training program and brings over 25 years of experience in Pilates to the Commission.

Karyn Karyn Staples
Vice-Chair Treasurer, voting
karyns@natpcp.org

The Treasurer performs all duties commonly vested in the office of treasurer, including the review of financial reports and creation and approval of yearly budgets. In the absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice Chair - Treasurer may serve as acting Chair, have all authority conferred upon the office of Chair, and perform all duties for which the Chair is responsible for the remaining portion of the Chair’s term or until the Chair can resume duties. Driven by her passion for creating an environment focused on wellness and optimal health, Karyn founded ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio (Peachtree City, Georgia) in 2005. Karyn brings over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience to the Commission.

Kathleen Kathleen McDonough
Vice-Chair Secretary, voting
kathleenm@natpcp.org

The Secretary performs all duties commonly vested in the office of secretary including maintaining accurate minutes of all meetings of the Certification Commission. In the absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice Chair - Treasurer may serve as acting Chair, have all authority conferred upon the office of Chair, and perform all duties for which the Chair is responsible for the remaining portion of the Chair’s term or until the Chair can resume duties. Kathleen is a graduate of UC Davis, Stanford University, the Pilates Center, and Polestar Pilates. She has integrated Pilates and orthopedic physical therapy for more than 30 years. Kathleen also chairs the Certification Exam Item Writing Committee.

amy Amy Alpers
Director, voting
AmyA@natpcp.org

Originally taught Pilates by Romana Kryzanowska in New York in the late 80’s, Amy has been teaching Pilates for 30 years. Along with her sister Rachael, they opened The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO in 1990. With the support and guidance of Romana, they established their Formal Comprehensive Teacher Training Program, one of the very first of its kind in the “classical” style. The Pilates Center is internationally renowned for its caliber of education. In addition, The Pilates center was one of the first Pilates Schools licensed by the state in 2003, and has achieved school approval by the PMA’s Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP).

clare Clare Dunphy
Director, voting
ClareD@natpcp.org

Clare has been teaching Pilates for 23 years and previously was a personal trainer and group exercise teacher for 15 years. She completed her Pilates training in 1997 under Romana Kryzanowska. Under the umbrella of her studio Progressive Bodyworks, she developed Pilates Avatar, a comprehensive audio program for Pilates practitioners of all levels. Clare co-authored the curriculum for the Peak Pilates Comprehensive Education program including eight manuals, written and practical student assessments, and have mentored scores of teachers and teacher trainers since 2001. As an active international presenter and NPCP provider, Clare has earned the respect of students, teachers and colleagues for more than a decade. .

frederick Frederick Curry
Director, voting
FrederickC@natpcp.org

Frederick directs the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program at Rutgers University, where he works with undergraduate and graduate Dance/Dance Education students on integrating Pilates into their career-ready skillset and embodied pedagogic practices. He is particularly interested in strategies for supporting Dance Educators in fusing Pilates into their teaching in K-12 schools to make Pilates more accessible to historically underserved populations. Frederick’s experiences provide him with a multi-faceted understanding of the role of certification in establishing a professional threshold of knowledge in a movement field; and an appreciation of certification as a mechanism for practitioner advocacy by supporting continuing education in response to a shifting professional landscape.

Jolita Jolita Trahan
Director, voting
jolitat@natpcp.org

Jolita owns and operates the Pilates Network studio in Florence, Italy, in addition to a teacher training program available throughout Italy. As Upper School Coordinator of the International School of Florence for over 12 years, Jolita brings experience in educational policies and procedures to the Commission as well as an international perspective.

Rebecca"" Iris Burman
Public Member, voting
irisb@natpcp.org

Iris Burman is Co-Founder and Director of Education at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida. She has been practicing Massage Therapy for over 40 years with a wide range of bodywork modalities. She has been active in the development of the Massage profession for the last 37 years. Iris served as a board member on the AMTA Council of Schools and subsequently helped form the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, serving on its initial board of directors. She also served on the committee that created COMTA, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Assisting the progression of Massage Therapy to achieve the benchmarks of a full profession has been among her life’s accomplishments.