The Committee

PAA Committee Members

President

President

Senior Pilates practitioner at North Shore Physio and Pilates and Movement Collective

SHARAN SIMMONS

In the role of President Sharan is proud to have the opportunity to serve our members and to lead the growing organisation in the recognition of Pilates and PAA members within the community, allied health and fitness sectors. The PAA Strategic Direction – 2019 and Beyond will frame the next year’s priorities and Sharan will work with the committee to implement the key initiatives.

Sharan comes to the role of President with a diverse background in both education and professional experience, as a Pilates teacher, studio owner, studio manager, student and graduate mentor, committee member and executive, education officer and conference organiser.

A Principal level member of PAA, Sharan has been teaching for over 15 years. Sharan has been serving on the committee for 6 years, coming in as Education officer and later Vice President. She has worked on the PAA conference since 2011 and has become increasingly involved and is currently Conference organiser for 2019.

Sharan was first introduced to Pilates as a client in San Francisco while living there. She initially trained with Pilates ITC while in Singapore. Completing comprehensive Pilates training in 2003, Sharan continued to study as new accredited qualifications were introduced. She holds the Advanced Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction and is committed to ongoing training and professional development. Sharan has also studied with Polestar Pilates and Authentic Pilates Education International, with specialist certification in pre and post natal Pilates, osteoporosis, menopause and arthritis. Sharan loves any opportunity to combine two of her passions, travel and training.

Sharan has worked in Sydney for many years since returning from the US and Asia in 2007. She works with a diverse client base within the Pilates studio and Allied Health practice. She continues to be inspired by the power of the Pilates Method to uplift and transform people. She encourages and challenges clients to strive to reach a new level of control and understanding of their body and its potential.

Vice President

Vice President

Christine Lavelle Pilates, Somersby, NSW

CHRIS LAVELLE

Bachelor of Applied Science – UWS, Australia
Certified Pilates Instructor (Romana’s Pilates Level IV)
Principal Trainer – Pilates Alliance of Australasia
Certified DNS Exercise Practitioner – Rehabilitation Prague School
Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

Chris began her Pilates Instructor training with Cynthia Lochard in Sydney, Australia  in 1996. She has been a certified Pilates Instructor since 1998 (Pilates Inc., Romana’s Pilates). By historical lineage, she is classified as a 2nd generation Pilates Instructor, having completed her training seminars and examinations with Pilates Elder, Romana Kryzanowska. Chris taught alongside Romana in her training centre in New York during 1998/1999 and continued to study with her until she retired.

Chris has managed and taught in her own Pilates studio from 1999 to date. She was awarded teacher trainer status with Romana’s Pilates in 2004. Chris commenced studying Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) with The Rehabilitation Prague School in 2014 and became a certified DNS exercise instructor in 2016.

Prior to taking up Pilates Chris had an academic career in Systems Science, graduating with Honours and the University Medal from The University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury). She worked on the faculty of Silliman University (Philippines) for two years and then returned to the University of Western Sydney where she worked as a lecturer and in consultancy/research for several years. Although seemingly unrelated to Pilates, the paradigms of systems science and experiential learning that defined Chris’s academic career, set her in pursuit of a balanced and conscious approach to her own evolution.

After leaving academia, Chris studied human movement and began performing with amateur dance group “Bricolage”, under the tutelage of modern Dancer, Annetta Luce. She also studied with Mind Body Centering practitioner, Alice Cummins.  In 1995, she was recommended to Cynthia Lochard’s Pilates studio after an dancing injury. Chris attended Cynthia’s studio three times a week for private classes and was very excited about this strange new movement vocabulary and the strength that quickly developed in her hyper-mobile body! Chris continued her classes for over a year before beginning an apprenticeship training programme with Cynthia.

In 1996 Chris participated in the first Australian workshop run by Pilates elder Romana Krysanowska. After a two year apprenticeship with Cynthia (which included seminars with Romana and Sari Mejia Santos in Australia), she travelled to New York and spent over 7 months working alongside Romana and Sari in Drago’s gymnasium, New York. During this time she also worked at Brooke Siler’s studio “Re-Ab” and at a Physical Therapy studio, teaching Pilates as an adjunct to their rehabilitation programs. Chris returned to Australia in 1999 and opened her own Pilates Studio.

Throughout her Pilates career, Chris has continued to explore Joseph Pilates deeper ideals of a balanced body/mind/spirit. She maintains a strong belief that instructors need to nurture this delicate balance with independent research, disciplined personal practice and an ongoing commitment to continuing education. Chris has written numerous unpublished papers on specific aspects of Pilates and runs regular continuing education workshops for Pilates instructors.

Chris comes to the PAA committee with a desire to:

1) Enhance the learning and research capabilities of instructors through continuing education, and

2) Encourage awareness and strong client based relationships between Pilates instructors and Allied Health practitioners.

Secretary PAA

Secretary PAA

Owner, Pilates Tasmania

MARY McARTHUR

B.A., Dip Mus., Dip Ed., Adv Dip Pilates Method

Mary is the owner of and instructor at Pilates Tasmania and has recently completed the Advanced Diploma in the Pilates Method (91490NSW) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).

After many years of teaching music and then working in the fitness industry, Mary branched out from traditional gym based work to focus on the study and practice of Pilates. Since opening her Pilates Studio in Battery Point, much of her time is taken up teaching and promoting the safe practice of Pilates to her regular clients.

As well as teaching Pilates, Mary also continues to enjoy her passion for music, is a guest fitness presenter on ABC radio and has been a motivational speaker for several years – presenting at conferences throughout Tasmania, as well as interstate and overseas, on a range of topics such as lifestyle, wellbeing, fitness and stress management. Using slides and anecdotes of personal experiences gained whilst walking in the most remote and primitive areas of the world, Mary entertains audiences of all ages with personal, at times intimate, and always colorful tales of her adventures. She shows how problem solving, team building and confronting physical and emotional obstacles can be met feet first with humor and mental and physical stamina.

Mary was elected onto the PAA committee in 2010. Her goal is to see the PAA continue to flourish in its role as the foremost national governing body of the Pilates Method, as well as to raise the profile of the Pilates profession and its practitioners throughout Australia.

Treasurer PAA

Treasurer PAA

Founder & Owner of Pilates Works, Lower North Shore, Sydney.

ROBYN RIX

Robyn is the founder and owner of Pilates Works on the lower North Shore of Sydney. She holds a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW) and is a second generation Pilates instructor and trainer, having graduated from the Pilates Master Mentor Program conducted by Lolita San Miguel in Florida.

Previous to becoming a Pilates instructor, Robyn worked in the financial services industry as an actuary, gaining broad experience in many areas of business management. Then, with a complete change of direction, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Always interested in health & fitness, she was reluctant to pursue a career in this area for fear that it would turn something she loved into a chore. But, due to a series of (un)fortunate events, her love of the Pilates method turned into a career.

Robyn is hoping that her financial background will prove an asset to the PAA in her role as Treasurer.

Her dream is to see the Pilates industry as a professional, cohesive and supportive community that brings the joys and benefits of Pilates to as many people as possible.

 

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Director Pilates Tasmania and owner Bodhi Method Pilates and Wellness Studio, TAS.

ELLA WONG

Ella has been practicing Pilates since 2004 and ever since, has had the highest respect and passion for its philosophy, functionality and results.

Having completed a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW), Ella has transitioned from the corporate world to establish a career working as a Pilates instructor at Pilates Tasmania, as well as developing a home based Pilates studio business, Bodhi Method, in Hobart, Tasmania.

With a postgraduate degree in Marketing, and a bachelor degree in Journalism from the University of Tasmania, and over eight years of sound practical and professional experience in marketing, media, advertising agencies and public relations sectors, both nationally and internationally in Shanghai China, Ella sees holding a position on the PAA general committee as an ideal opportunity to apply her skills to assist in promoting and marketing the services of the PAA to the Pilates industry, health professionals, and the general public.

Furthermore, Ella is passionate about enhancing the image, knowledge and understanding of the Pilates Method in the broader community and ensuring that the integrity of instructors and high level quality training is maintained for all practitioners.

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Founder & Studio Director, Core Pilates Brisbane

LISA JACKSON

Lisa is the Founder of Core Pilates Brisbane, a Principal Trainer under the Pilates Alliance Australasia and a Faculty Member for PilatesITC. Lisa has established Core Pilates Brisbane as the main training centre for PilatesITC students in Queensland. She is also a Licensed Buff Bones® Instructor, the Buff Bones® Faculty Teacher for Australia.. In 2015, Lisa was the Brisbane Pilates Trainer for Cirque Du Soleil “Totem” and again with “Kooza” in 2017.

Lisa has a vibrant personality and infectious passion for Pilates that resonates in all that she does. Her teaching philosophy is client-centric, emphasising correct movement patterning, posture awareness and general well-being. She is dedicated to seeing growth and change for her clients, and believes in nurturing a “stronger connection to yourself”; a concept found in the beauty of Joseph Pilates’ work.

Lisa began her Pilates journey in 2001 whilst living in Los Angeles. After undergoing major arm surgery, due to a malignant melanoma, she undertook Pilates rehabilitation. Lisa was immediately drawn to the sense of empowerment that Pilates gave her, recognising the physical and mental benefits as something that would become a passion for many years to come.

In 2003, Lisa trained at the Physicalmind Institute in Los Angeles and New York. Returning to Australia in 2006, her passion for learning and a desire to further explore Joseph Pilates’ work led her to Sally Anderson, the Founder and Director of Pilates International (PilatesITC). She has since completed her Diploma and Advanced Diploma through PilatesITC and continues to study both nationally and internationally with distinguished Pilates and movement teachers.

Lisa has an ongoing curiosity towards the body, and is a strong believer in continued education and personal growth. She is committed to sharing the many benefits of Pilates with her clients, and student-teachers looking to make a genuine difference to the lives of others.

Lisa hopes her knowledge and experience, from working both in the US and Australia, will bring to the PAA a drive and passion to help keep moving Pilates forward as a professional industry, so that instructors are better recognised for the results they are already achieving with so many people and the dedication and effort they all put in to their work.

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Director of The Body Refinery, Brisbane, Educator with Polestar Education AU

SUSAN COTTRELL

Susan is the Director of The Body Refinery in Brisbane and is part of the education team for Polestar Pilates. Prior to working with Pilates, Susan completed a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Wollongong in 1999, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2003.

Beginning her Pilates Journey in 2005, Susan quickly fell in love with Pilates, when she successfully rehabilitated her neck pain.  Realising the benefits it would provide her physiotherapy clients she decided to do some training to be able to teach the method.  After completing some introductory courses Susan commenced her journey with Polestar Pilates in 2007 completing the rehabilitation certificate.  In 2007 Susan launched The Body Refinery in Brisbane, now well known as a centre of excellence in movement therapy and physiotherapy, employing 24 staff.  In 2015, after realising the importance of formal education and certification in the Pilates method for the profession, Susan completed her Diploma in Pilates with Polestar Pilates.

Susan’s knowledge and commitment to the Pilates Industry is evident in her support of new teachers in the industry. After completing her Certificate IV TAE in 2017 and she now runs study groups and regular workshops on specific pathologies to give new instructors the confidence to work in the profession.

Susan is passionate about having Pilates better recognised in the Australian Health Care System and firmly believes that comes from having a strong professional body like the PAA.

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Ordinary Councilor PAA

Director of The Pilates Centre, Canberra

FELICIA DARBYSHIRE-PIRIE

Ad Dip Pilates Method, B.A Sports Science, Dip Massage, Cert4 TAA.

Felicia has been instructing Pilates since 2007 and started a Canberra based studio in 2009 which is also a host site for students during their Pilates certification process.

Felicia’s professional background is originally from massage and fitness. Felicia has been practicing Pilates for over 18 years and it was this interest that lead her to start her courses in massage therapy and fitness. After 8 years in the Australian Public Service, she left the Public Service to follow the interest in movement. During her tertiary studies she found a PAA accredited course in the ACT and started her Pilates qualifications during her final year of university.

Felicia is very passionate about Pilates instruction and the Pilates industry. She is keen to assist in the continuing professional growth of the industry and its instructors through education, accreditation and qualifications.

Felicia believes it is important that all of us play a role in supporting, strengthening and promoting this great industry and the body that supports us – the Pilates Alliance.

Member Relations and Public Officer PAA

Member Relations and Public Officer PAA

Member Relations and Public Officer for the PAA

CAROLYN ANTONY

Carolyn Antony is the Member Relations and Public Officer for the PAA. Her previous professional careers include:

  • State Sales Manager in NSW & ACT for Hotel Serviced Apartment Group; Director at Peter Rand Group Leading Conference Brokers and Consultants (UK); Regional Sales Manager with Ladbroke Hotels/Hilton Hotels and Advertising Manager Oxford Review Publications.
  • Apart from her considerable administration skills, Carolyn also has a sound background in sales and marketing.
  • Carolyn’s love of travel led to her developing and producing the ‘Talking of Sydney’ Tours – audio guided walking tours of Sydney.
  • She has written a light-hearted book based on her travel diaries compiled during an eighteen-month world trip visiting twelve countries.
  • Carolyn also has experience in free-sheet advertising, in product demonstration, in perfumery, in the hotel and tourism industry – including a period spent working in Spain – and as a dolphin trainer!

Carolyn has worked for the PAA since 2006. Her goal for the PAA is to ensure that Member Relations supports the PAA’s growing professional Pilates industry membership and its talented and hard-working committee members.


Systems Officer

Systems Officer

Systems Officer for the PAA

KERRY HAYWOOD

Kerry’s role as System Support Officer focuses on some of the more technical aspects of the organisation, helping the PAA to operate more efficiently and effectively as it grows. Her areas of responsibility include:

  • Support of the online membership database: helping members with technical issues, assisting with online membership profiles.
  • Health fund liaison and reporting including requisition of Provider Numbers for members.
  • Website updates and maintenance including Studio/Instructor Search facility and forthcoming workshop listings.
  • Newsletter production and email advertising blasts.

Kerry’s background is a unique blend of management and customer service, with a liberal sprinkling of technical skills. Some of her previous roles include Cinema Manager for Odeon (UK) and Operations/Office Manager for corporate HR and the digital graphics training sectors in Sydney.

Her support of members is fueled by a love of problem solving and making things work, her goal is for all association with the PAA to be a smooth and enjoyable experience.