THE POISE PROJECT Board of Directors


Monika Gross photo

MONIKA GROSS (Executive Director) is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique and has taught postural integrity and performance skills for over thirty years. She had her first Alexander lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985, training with Lydia Yohay (ACAT). Monika taught in New York City for 25 years and in Asheville NC since 2010., From 2011-12, she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. In 2009, Monika, Belinda Mello and Lindsay Newitter co-founded Studio AT Large, a grassroots effort to promote awareness of AT to a broader population by organizing AT teachers and their students to provide information and free AT "tastings" in a variety of informal indoor and outdoor locations in NYC. This was an early model for what is now THE POISE PROJECT. Monika is a member of a Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop on 14 August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic professional development model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT. Her particular area of interest is in preserving poise and teaching skills for lifelong personal growth for children and youth. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). She is a professional theater director, playwright and performer and holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is the Artistic Director of At-A-Site Theater, and is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC) and the Dramatists Guild. Monika was awarded the 2016 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for Playwriting. She has trained for many years in Butoh dance. In November 2019, Monika will be one of five recipients of the Caregiver Visionary Award at the National Caregiving Conference in Chicago for her work in developing and implementing “Partnering with Poise”, an AT-based course for family care partners to offer them skills for greater resilience and agency while managing the physical and emotional challenges of longterm caregiving. 

stephanie young photo

After more than 20 years as a a well-respected health editor and writer for many national magazines, STEPHANIE YOUNG (Board Member) decided to pursue a second career as a doctor. She recently graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and is currently applying for a residency in primary care. She previously served on the board of directors for The Greater New York/Susan G. Komen Foundation as Medical and Scientific Affairs chair. Young had her first contact with learning Alexander technique principles in the late 1990s, and is interested in advocating for their longterm benefits to be better known and more accessible to the general public.


MARCIA MENTER (Board Member) is a professional writer and editor who has held senior editorial positions at GlamourMademoiselleRedbook, and More magazines. She is also a poet whose work has appeared in literary magazines and in her own collection, The Longing Machine (HappenStance Press, 2007). Her book, The Office Sutras: Exercises for Your Soul at Work (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003) offers readers opportunities for growth and peace even in the most stultifying work situations. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music. Menter has been a longtime advocate for the benefits of Alexander technique, in particular for pain management, having used it personally as a successful tool for dealing with back pain. She and her husband live in New York City.


for our Alexander Technique for Parkinson's initiative

Alexander Technique for Parkinson's
2nd Pan American Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress, Miami FL
June 2018
Team Members

Monika Gross <> Asheville NC, USA
Christie Johnson <> Temeculah CA, USA
Gaynelle Gosselin<>  West Palm Beach FL, USA
Dwight Drumtra<>  West Palm Beach FL, USA

Canadian Alexander teacher, Caprice Boisvert, gives a hands-on lesson to Parkinson's patient Robert Davis.    Watch the video Robert made about how AT helps him with his symptoms

Canadian Alexander teacher, Caprice Boisvert, gives a hands-on lesson to Parkinson's patient Robert Davis. Watch the video Robert made about how AT helps him with his symptoms

Alexander Technique for Parkinson's
World Parkinson Congress
September 2016
Team Members

Caprice Boisvert <> Toronto ON, Canada
Bill Connington <> New York NY, USA
Candace Cox<>  Castleton ON, Canada
Gabrielle Czaja PT<> Washington DC, USA
Robert Davis <> Toronto ON, Canada
Monika Gross <> Asheville NC, USA
Blair Harwood <> Edmonton AL, Canada
Daisy Kaiser <> Edmonton AL, Canada
Robbin Marcus <> Atlanta GA, USA
Paul Recker  <> Ellington CT, USA
Blanche Roberge<> Edmonton AL, Canada
Philippe Roberge <> Edmonton AL, Canada
Ruth Rootberg <> Amherst MA, USA
Morgan Rysdon <> Hoboken NJ, USA
Maureen Whelan <> Edmonton AL, Canada
Alison Wood <> Edmonton AL, Canada

Scientific Consultant
Rajal G Cohen, PhD <> Moscow ID, USA

Graduate Research Associate
Daniel Kral <> Moscow ID, USA


Alexander Technique for Parkinson's
Team Advocates

Glenna Batson <> Pittsboro NC, USA
Marco Beghin <> New York NY, USA
Erik Bendix <> Asheville NC, USA
Allison Connelly PT <> Greenville NC, USA
Maria Furriol <> Buenes Aires, Argentina
Brooke Lieb <> New York NY, USA
Belinda Mello <> New York NY, USA
Marcia Menter <> New York NY, USA
Lindsay Newitter <> New York NY, USA
Fay Putnam <> Portland OR, USA
Jennifer Roig-Francoli <> Cincinnati OH, USA
Pat Vega <> New York NY, USA
Philip J Wagner, MD <> New York NY, USA
Stephanie Young <> Rockaway Park NY, USA