The terms of the elected USTA Board Members and Officers begin in August of each year. Each Regional Board member is elected by the members of the Region she or he represents. The maximum length of service on the Board is two consecutive three-year terms. Officers are elected each year by the Board.
OPEN ~ President Elect
Northwest Trager® Region (NWTA-1)
[Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming]
Joe Rodin – USTA President
I treat the musculoskeletal structures of the body. Beyond these, I treat the nervous system, accelerating your progress and its long term benefits. This can include reflex response, sensory and motor integration, chronic tension and holding patterns, as needed.
My passion is to form a partnership and base treatment on your specific needs. Clients can expect a partnership based on deep listening, comprehensive assessment, and sensitive, highly effective, personalized treatment. My interests are in chronic pain, TMJ, headache, and movement disorders.
Heartland Region (HRTLND-3, 4, 23)
[Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas]
Tammy Jo O’Neal
The Trager® Approach truly is a way of life for me. It helps improve my mental & emotional health as it fuels my personal drive to maintain efficient physical mobility. Since discovering the profound benefits of Trager in 2001, not even a temporary lapse of feeling in my hands and feet have held me back from exploring the many levels of recovery Trager offers. As a performance artist, musician and athlete, I was licensed as a Massage Therapist in 1990. After a six-year pause from life as I knew it, I began using Trager to cope with MS, and completed my certification as a Trager Practitioner in 2010. Currently, I provide Trager in a collaborative setting at the Acupuncture & Healing Arts Medical Group in Memphis, TN, working also with mental health counselors in dealing with grief & trauma recovery. I experience the most joy seeing how each of us, regardless of age or circumstance, are transforming into the people we felt like when we were fresh & full of potential, or better yet, experiencing the thrill of reaching levels of comfort and freedom never before imagined possible. May the journey never end… just don’t dismiss the pauses.
Northeast Trager® Region (NETA-5)
[Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont]
Laura Lynn Giubardo – USTA Vice President & Trager International Council of Trustees Rep
As a Massage Therapist, body worker, hula dancer, yoga student, mother of seven and a spiritual seeker from the Church of Kindness, my journey began as a 19 year old, on the big Island of Hawaii.
I studied Lomi Lomi, shiatsu, sport massage, prenatal massage, Swedish massage, etc. My Level 1 Trager® training facilitated a transcendent experience as my diaphragm released; it enabled me to take a breath so deep that my life was transformed and has been growing and transforming ever since.
I continue to apply the principles of Trager® in my life, and the lives of my family, friends and clients. I have seen other’s lives transformed by The Trager Approach. I believe in the principles that Milton Trager taught to the core of my heart, it is beyond my understanding why these principles are not taught in every school in the world.
The body is a vessel that carries the soul, moving the body to help a person realize the potential of their existence, transforming a life is powerful for all involved. I remain forever grateful to Milton Trager for the gift he has offered, allowing me to heal, and assist others in their healing.
Laura Lynn Giubardo
Great Lakes Trager® Region (GLTA-10)
[Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin]
Barbara Mason – USTA Secretary
As a former college dance teacher and choreographer, I have always been interested in how body movement can be made more efficient to allow for increased grace, fluidity, strength and freedom of motion. In 2004 I took a Somatics class at the Ohio State University, and I asked a fellow classmate who was also a Trager practitioner, to tell me about Trager. She suggested I attend an introductory class that she was teaching that weekend; and thus began my immersion into the study and practice of the Trager Approach, which was the perfect vehicle for me to continue my love of movement education. I became a practitioner in 2008 and am currently involved with a volunteer group in Columbus, Ohio called the Stone Soup Project. This group of body and energy workers offers their wellness and educational services to organizations such as retirement homes, hospital nursing staffs, veterans, and military families. I have an M.F.A. in Dance and am also certified in Laban Movement Analysis.
Four Corners Trager® Region (FCTA-11)
[Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah]
No Current Representative
Trager® Southeast Region (TSE-13)
[Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, portions of N. Carolina, S. Carolina]
Jill Winter Rose
Jill Winter Rose had her first exposure to Trager® in 1986 during massage school. The experience of watching the Trager demonstration was so powerful that she felt as though SHE received the session! A lifelong love of Trager was born.
Jill became an LMT in 1986, studied Reiki and jumped on the Trager training track.
For the last 26 years, Jill has loved and grown from sharing and practicing the principles of Trager.
As an Intro Workshop Leader, and Trager Tutor, she is passionate about supporting massage therapists who want to learn about Trager. She is grateful to have helped countless clients improve their physical condition, mobility and peace of mind.
Jill maintains a private practice in North Miami Beach, Florida.
PH: 305-682-1499 C: 305-439-3682
Northern California Region (NORCAT-14)
[California zip codes 93000-96999]
Photo and Bio to Come:
Socahane Region (SOCAHANE-15)
[California zip codes 90000-92999, Hawaii, Nevada]
Photo and Bio to Come:
Mid-Atlantic Trager® Region (MATA-21)
[New Jersey, New York, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, W. Virginia]
Irene Darpino – USTA Past President
I was introduced to TRAGER® over 30 years ago. The longer I use it for myself and others, the more I am grateful I am that it came into my life. I have seen in my clients and felt in myself profound changes for the better. Our organizational Motto: ” Peace in the World – One Body at a Time” is really true. For many years I took the services that our organization provided for granted. About 7 years ago I was asked to step up to the plate and join the ranks of those who are helping our organization function. Since then I have been involved in regional, national, and international boards and activities. Being involved helped me see the many benefits we receive for our membership and how hard our staff and volunteers work to support our practitioners and clients. I have met many wonderful dedicated people and deepened my experience and appreciation of the Trager Approach. I truly believe that as more people become active in our organization, our enthusiasm and commitment will help people worldwide to enjoy the benefits of our wonderful Trager Approach!
Chesapeake Trager® Region (CTA-22)
[Delaware, Maryland, N. Carolina, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C.]
Photo and Bio to come.
Anna Marie Bowers – Admin. Director
Anna Marie Bowers has had a passion for the Trager® Approach for more than 25 years. She found herself in a Trager training as a result of her own search for balance and health. Anna Marie became a certified Trager Practitioner in 1982. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Anna Marie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wright State University. In addition to her tasks as Administrative Director of the USTA, she maintains a Trager practice in Burton, Ohio.
P.O. Box 1009, Burton, Ohio 44021