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.
Vice-Chair Treasurer, voting
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. Chrissy is the founder and president of PHI Pilates and brings over 25 years of experience in physical therapy, athletic training, fitness instruction, and Pilates teacher training to the Commission.
Vice-Chair Secretary, voting
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.
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.
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.
Rebecca A. Hess
Public Member, voting
As stipulated in our Policies and Procedures, one of the six (6) voting directors shall represent the public as the “Public Member.” As the Public Member, Rebecca brings an objective perspective, having an understanding of the Pilates Method from the viewpoint of a client and as a professional in an allied field. Rebecca has used dance as a therapeutic tool in acute care and outpatient physical therapy labs and is familiar with the benefits of the Pilates Method. She has been teaching graduate athletic training programs for over 15 years and is currently a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at California University of Pennsylvania.
Public Member, non-voting
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.
PMA Executive Director, non-voting
As stipulated in the Policies and Procedures, the PMA Executive Director shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting member of the Certification Commission. Like the Public Members, in this role she must consider the impact any proposed change and development may have on the Certification Program and discuss and debate the potential adoption of any proposed change. Elizabeth has been the Executive Director of the PMA for over a decade and continues to support the development of the Pilates industry through her participation in both the PMA and the NPCP.