Board of Directors
The Rosen Institute is a global organization, serving to promote and uphold the Rosen Method and its quality standards worldwide. Members, practitioners, teachers, students & interns, school owners & leaders, and associates of the Rosen Method community support the work of the Rosen Institute through annual membership dues and voluntary assistance.
The Board of Directors comprises members from three leadership groups: the All Teachers Group (ATG); the Rosen Method Professional Associations (RMPAs); and the training centers/schools. Directors usually serve a two-year term, which may be extended by their constituency. Representation on the Board follows a broad rotation schedule designed to include participation from as many elements of the global community as possible over time.
Mette Finnebråten, Norway
My name is Mette Finnebråten and I am 57 years old. I am a practitioner since 2019 and I am in the board of NRF from 2019.I have been the Rosen Institute Board President since 2022. I have been working with people since I was 17 and as an Optometrist for 35 years. Now I want too focus on rosen and too be a part of the global work.
Jane Spilsbury, UK
I am a Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Workshop Teacher in the UK. I previously served on the RI Board for 3 years and have now returned to sit in the Executive Team as Board Vice-President. Giving Rosen sessions is a constant reminder to me of how to be, and how we can be ourselves and be together. I practice Rosen in Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham and Sheffield and am committed to helping Rosen Method be more widely known and available locally and globally.
Kate O'Shea, USA
I have been a member of the board in the past and currently I have returned as board member representing the ATG and I am the newest member of the executive team serving as secretary. I am a Senior Movement Training teacher, a Holistic Anatomy Teacher and soon to be Bodywork Training Teacher. I am on faculty at the Berkeley Center, The Monterey Center, the Open Center and the Russian Center. I have an active Rosen Bodywork practice and I have taught a Rosen Movement class in my community these past 20 years. I look forward to collaborating with an energetic Executive team and together, encouraging the life force of Rosen Method.
Karen Peters, USA
I joined the Board and the Executive Team as Secretary in 2022. Teaching Rosen Method movement classes in a touchstone in my life, a practice of embodied mindfulness, and a source of love and joy. Training Rosen Method movement teachers challenges me and allow me to dig ever deeper into exploring the freedom and life in each movement.
Maud Guettler, Switzerland and Germany
I have been a member of the Board since 2016, Vice President in 2017 and Board President from 2018-2021. I am the Director of Teaching in Switzerland and a member of the directorate of teaching team of the German school. I am very active in teaching in those two countries and have my own practice in Berlin, Germany. I speak French, Norwegian, German and English. The Rosen Method is for me a way of living or a posture towards life, not only a job.
Theresa Garcia, USA
I joined the Rosen Institute Board and Executive Team in 2017. I have been a Rosen Method Movement Teacher since 1998 and senior teacher trainer since 2006. I have been a Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner since 2000 and senior teacher since 2014. I am a longtime faculty member at Rosen Method: the Berkeley Center, and Director of Teaching for the newly formed Rosen Method school in Mexico City. I offer private bodywork sessions and group movement classes in San Francisco. I am committed to contributing toward supporting and nurturing the growth of our exquisite, transformational work.
Sara Webb, USA
I have been a Rosen Institute Board Member since the beginning in 1983. I am a practitioner and Senior Teacher, representing the Berkeley Center. I am a long-time supporter of this global organization that preserves the legacy of Marion Rosen and keeps the quality standards for training practitioners and movement teachers worldwide. I appreciate the opportunity to serve this cause that I believe in so much.
Ivy Green, USA
I am joining the RI Board in 2016 to represent the All Teacher’s Group. As a Senior Teacher, part-owner of the east coast Rosen Method Open Center, and author of Relaxation Awareness Resilience: The Science and Practice of the Rosen Method, I am dedicated to strengthening our global organization so that our Method continues to have a supportive base from which to grow and flourish.
Lourdes Nicolau, Mexico
I am joining the Rosen Institute Board and I am excited with the possibility to promote the expansion of our precious work in the World, specially in Latin America. I am a Bodywork practitioner, Movement intern and the founder of the Rosen School in Mexico.
Andrea Werner, Germany
As representative of the German RMPA, I joined the RI Board in January 2018. Certified in 2013, I work as a Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner in my Private Practice in Würzburg, Germany and as a Physician in a Psychosomatic day clinic. Someone said: "Rosen Method is about love“. For me, this work is also about inner peace. It is a valuable part of this work, also for medicine.
Mila Popović, Serbia
I am a Rosen Method Bodywork intern living and working in Belgrade, Serbia. Since my first contact with the Rosen Method, my vision was to introduce Rosen Method to Serbia. Now that our community counts many students and interns, as well as practitioners from the region, my new goal is to build a base and to support further development. I am happy to be a part of the Rosen family. I joined the board in April 2018 as a RMPAs representative.
Lejla Mulic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
It brought me immense joy joining the RI Board in 2018 all the way from the charming city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have been an RM practitioner since November 2016, as well as being part of the curricula for teaching of RM Introductory Courses since March 2018. My extensive experience expands to practicing psychodrama and the principles of non-violent communication as well. Even though having a full time job in the area of finance, it hasn't stopped my love for my growth and work in the RM which brings me joy. I am happy to support and assist in spreading the peace work of RM, and in increasing the number of “Roses” in the Balkans.
Jetta van Hemert, USA
Jetta van Hemert is a Rosen Bodyworker as well as a Movement Teacher. She works towards becoming a Movement Teacher Instructor. She was a member of the North American RMPA in the past, and am dedicated to serving its community as a Member on the Board. She maintains a small Rosen Bodywork/Physical Therapy practice in her home and also teaches several Movement classes locally.
Irma Benarosch, France
I have been involved with the Rosen Method since the 1980s in Finland. I started to take sessions in the end of 90s with Monica Bolling in Paris. Meeting Marion in 2001 in Germany was a kind of profound revelation of what my body had kept hidden! After a long nurse career I permanently changed to Rosen practice and become a Board member of French school, a supervisor and workshop teacher. I am continuing with training to become an intensive teacher. Rosen is a deep path that makes me feel more at ease in my life.
Anne Closset, France
I am a Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner in Brussels since 2017. In 2018, I co-created the Professional Association of Practitioners of the Rosen Method France, the APPMRF, and I am its president. I also co-created the Method Rosen Belgium Association in 2018 and am part of the Board of Directors. I also have training in Gestalt therapy and in Psychopathology. I am amazed by the organic way in which Rosen leads us towards a better being and I am convinced that the method has a bright future ahead!
Anette Vinston Ritz, Denmark
I am a member of the Board and MPA group since 2021. I have been a Rosen Method Bodyworker since 2012 and TRE facilitator since 2016. In 2017 I finished a candidate in Sport and Health with a focus at the body oriented philosophy; phenomenology and Rosen Method Bodywork. A part of my thesis was rewritten and became an article in International Journal of Rosen Method Bodywork 2018. I work only part time as a result of having Complex PTSD from severe childhood trauma. Right now I am having my workability cleared to something called a "flexjob" we have in Denmark. I am so lucky it can happen in a newly opened institute for treating people who have been sexually abused. In this place I offer treatments in Rosen Method Bodywork and TRE (Trauma Release Exercises). I enjoy the depths of developing through Rosen Method Bodywork in my own life and heeling. And I look forward to join the international group.
Leena Saxberg, Finland
I am a Rosen Bodywork Senior Teacher and a Rosen Movement Training Teacher. Also I am a Physiotherapist. I began my Rosen career in 1985 in Finland. Elaine Mayland and Marion Rosen were my main Teachers. I am still working with Rosen and taking care of our Rosen School in Finland. To me Rosen is a life style with its simplicity and depth. And that is what I am happy to share with others.
Elyze Stewart, USA
I came from Montréal, Canada in 1979 to study natural healing and massage in Santa Fe New Mexico. It was there that I studied and received sessions from Starr Blacker who had studied with Marion Rosen in California. Starr’s work was so profound and transformational that I decided to move to California to learn from Marion. I became a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner in 1990. I have also continued studying other modalities, mainly osteopathic and cranial sacral techniques and somatic oriented spiritual transformation. I have maintained a private practice in bodywork since 1980. I was very fortunate to be part of a small ongoing group that studied with Marion in her home and her country home from 2005 until Marion could no longer teach. We questioned and explored hands on how to go deeper with the work. I am also a Rosen Method Primary Supervisor and Bodywork teacher and learning Rosen Movement. Rosen Method is an ongoing journey that enriches and inspires my life. I feel eternally grateful.
Ruth Marion Rybarski, Austria
As a Rosen Bodywork Intern, I am honored to be part of the Rosen Institute representing the rather young but constantly growing Austrian Rosen School. Having studied psychology, drama and Jewish Studies in Vienna and the U.S. I shortly worked for the theater and afterwards for many years as a journalist for magazines and television specialising in art and culture for more than 25 years as a staff member of the Austrian Brodcasting Corporation ORF. I am also a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and trained psychological counsellor. Privately I support as actively as possible animal rights, human rights and ecological initiatives.