PMA Staff Members
Elizabeth joined the PMA in mid-2007, after a transatlantic move from London where she’d lived for the previous 17 years. Prior to the PMA, Elizabeth worked in the UK Pilates industry for 6 years. Elizabeth was voted onto the PMA’s Board of Directors in November 2006. She was the founder of the UK’s Polestar Pilates company, as well as her own Pilates Umbrella Ltd., a continuing education company for Pilates practitioners which she still manages with the help of UK colleagues. Elizabeth promoted the work of the PMA in the UK starting in 2004. Elizabeth became involved with the Pilates industry through her work in organizing international conferences in the dance medicine world, primarily for IADMS as well as for Dance UK. Prior to her work in Pilates, Elizabeth spent over twenty-five years as a performing arts producer and manager. Elizabeth is an avid dance-goer, real estate investor, and returns to London at least every six months to make sure everything’s where she left it.
Certifying Agency, Manager
Before joining the PMA in January 2009, Ray served as Administrator at an established school of Massage Therapy in Miami. As Administrator, he wrote the school’s self-study report, which allowed for the school’s initial accreditation; he maintained the school’s license with the State of Florida’s vocational school authorities; and he engaged graduates in the requisite documentation for both third party certification and licensing by the Florida Department of Health. As Certifying Agency Manager of the PMA Certification Program, Ray orchestrated the initial accreditation of the program, and continues to work with the Executive Director and Certification Commission in the maintenance of the program’s accreditation, continued growth, and development within the larger fitness industry. He works closely with the PMA’s Summit Development Committee in the development of minimum educational standards for comprehensive teacher training programs and the evolution of an approval process for schools. 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 from Barry University, Miami Shores, and a BA in English from Florida International University. In his free time, he enjoys working out regularly and spending time with close friends and his adopted canine daughters, Mia and Penelope.
Professional Association, Manager
Lorilee joined the Pilates Method Alliance in January 2016. Her main function is to manage the professional association and help drive its Initiatives. Lorilee grew up in Miami, FL and holds a BA in Psychology from Florida International University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and their dog, Max, and her favorite past-times include boating, traveling, and making jewelry.
Kelly joined the PMA in January of 2012 as part of the certification team. With a background in project management and team leadership skills her focus is on streamlining the application process for both the PMA Pilates Certification Exam and Continuing Education Providers. She is currently spearheading the expansion of the certification section of the Pilates Method Alliance website. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, paddle boarding, hot yoga, and Pilates reformer classes.
Continuing Education Specialist
Anna has been committed to the PMA mission since its inception! Her main function is to work with PMA-Certified Pilates Teachers, helping them become CEC providers. In addition, she contributes to the Teacher Training Summit that provides a forum for delegates to deliberate over issues critical to the future of Pilates education. A busy mother of 3, she also owns her own Pilates studio, and is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher herself.
Lolo joined the PMA in 2011. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Lolo currently handles the PMA Facebook page and all video/ communication related functions for the PMA. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Tanya works very hard behind the scenes to put together a world class conference. She manages our on-line conference registration and posts presenter information and agenda as they become available. A Pilates teacher herself, she trained with Core Dynamics. She is mom to 4 boys.
|Maly De Jesus
Maly joined the PMA in 2009 as Membership Administrator with a background in customer service. She speaks fluent spanish and currently handles membership inquiries as well as sponsorship & exhibiting opportunites for the PMA conference. In her spare time, Maly loves to spend time with her husband and son.
Orianne joined the Pilates Method Alliance in January 2017. Her main function is to support the PMA School Approval Program and the PMA Certification. Her responsibilities include reviewing applications, identifying deficiencies within applications, assisting in the development of systems in support of the smooth function of the program and communicating with candidates. Orianne grew up in Switzerland and spent most of her life there. She is fluent in French and English. She holds a BA in English, History and Archeology, an MA in English literature and History, and an MA of advanced studies in secondary and higher educational pedagogy. Before moving to the United States, she was a high school teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, doing Pilates and yoga, traveling and reading.
Claudia has been with the PMA since 2005. She serves as the organization’s bookkeeper and is responsible for financial reports related to both the Professional Association and the Certification Program. Claudia attends all PMA conferences and lends her support at the registration desk. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Hospitality. In her free time, Claudia enjoys traveling, especially to her native country of Colombia.
Marcia joined the PMA as our freelance newsletter editor in August of 2009. She works closely with Elizabeth Anderson to develop content for our quarterly on-line publication, manages newsletter contributors and writes the occasional article. In 2004, Marcia left her 14-year marketing/communications career to become a professional Pilates teacher. Her work with the PMA allows her to utilize her communication background in the area she is most passionate. A full-time Pilates teacher, Marcia runs her own company, polaspilates, in Denver, CO. She blogs weekly about the connection between life and Pilates.
|Melinda Wunder, Certified Meeting Planner
Melinda Wunder, CMP, founder and president of Creative Conventions & Events, a graduate of UCLA, has been planning meetings & events for over 31 years. Her experience includes some 94 national and international conventions, 800 one-day seminars, 12 international video-conferences, 35 trade shows, and over 450 events. Ms. Wunder has received the “Certified Meeting Professional” designation by the Convention Liaison Council on the recommendation of its Certified Meeting Professional Board. She has served on numerous panels and given workshops for Meeting Professionals International on varied topics such as menu planning, hotel negotiations, and ethics in meeting planning.