The Executive Committee is a collective of Professional Pilates practitioners who volunteer their time to represent the Association.
These members have been with the Association for a number of years and are Senior Practitioners of the Pilates Method. Along with a passion for The Method and the APMA, this group of individuals bring unique skills and industry knowledge to contribute, nurture and grow the teaching standard of its members across Australia.
The Executive Committee is comprised of representatives from various states of Australia, which allows for a local ‘spokesperson’ for members. The backgrounds of the committee members are varied which allows for valuable input and decision making strategies.
The APMA is a volunteer based organisation, including the Executive Committee who donate hours of their time to the Association and its members to ensure that the highest level of professionalism, in all aspects of the Association, is maintained.
President & CEO of Education and Training: Donna Oliver
Donna Oliver is President of the Australian Pilates Method Association and CEO of the Education and Training Division. One of the industry’s most recognised experts, acknowledged both nationally and internationally for her expertise in Pilates and Movement Therapy training gained through over 30 years experience.
Donna comes from a dance, movement and educational background. She studied with the Australian Ballet School, worked professionally on stage, TV and later taught dance for over 15 years. She has been involved in Pilates since 1995 and has studied both here and overseas with many of the pioneers of the method.
In 2001, Donna attained a Postgraduate Certification in Pilates Method (UTS) and remained a member of the faculty for the next 5 years. In 2002, she was elected to the board of the APMA where she has continued for almost over 13 years of service, many of those as president. During this time Donna was instrumental in the creation of the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Pilates Movement Therapy, both writing and editing the current learner materials.
Donna is also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA) working with clients with various musculoskeletal rehabilitation needs and diseased states. She has been sought for teaching engagements both in Australia and overseas.
Vice President & Education: Julia Frankish
Treasurer: Dorothy Curnow
Dorothy trained with Nicole Vass and Ingrid Shaw before opening Nowra Pilates Centre in 1994. In 1999 Dorothy completed advanced teacher training at the Physicalmind Institute, USA, and in 2005 co-authored Pilates Protocols Musculo-Skeletal Issues with Marika Molnar and Kathleen Weiner for the Physicalmind Institute in New York.
Dorothy was a lecturer and the clinical hours co-ordinator for the Graduate Certificate in the Pilates Method at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) from 2001 till the course closed. She served on the Course Advisory Committee for the Department of Health Sciences UTS between November 2002 and November 2005 and was secretary of the APMA from 2000 till 2001.
Dorothy is a Level 4 Professional Practitioner member of the APMA, has a Concentration 201 Advanced Teacher Training certificate from the PhysicalMind Institute (USA), a Certificate IV inPilates Instruction, a Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, a Master of Arts (Performance) from the University of Western Sydney and a Master of Science Degree in Research from the University of Technology Sydney. She was an Honorary Research Associate at UTS from 2010 till 2015, has published papers on Pilates and low back pain, and on the ‘stork test’ and sacroiliac joint movement, and was the Uniquest runner up in the UTS student category for ‘original, innovative early stage research and entrepreneurial ideas competition’, Trailblazer 2009.
Secretary: Shauna Downes
Education, Health Fund Liaison and General Committee: Melanie Randell
An energetic problem solver, I think of myself as a progressionist, not a perfectionist… My favourite colour is yellow, I’ve got an obsessive relationship with efficiency and I live six hours drive from anywhere with a night life.
In 2005, my Dad passed away. Everyone has a moment which makes them want to take life by the horns. For me this was it. This was my catalyst, which eventually led me to Pilates...
After studying in Sydney, I worked initially as a Personal Trainer. After a mere two months, I found that all of my clients had some type of ache, pain or movement restriction, that didn’t get better with general exercise. The dicky knee and clunky shoulder stayed that way – even as my clients grew stronger and fitter. I had a problem. Going home every day I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to help these people fix their movement issues.
Cue Pilates. Coming from the fitness industry, I began studying a short Pilates course. This was a two week course. I know, I know - cue the cringe and eye twitch. After completion, yet again, the realisation that more education was needed hit me like a brick to the face. Time for mentor Merrin Martin to give me some advice. What was it you ask? I’ll give you one guess…. APMA Pilates! That very day I called Joanne, and the fun started…
After ten years, I'm now a provider of the APMA Level 2 Course. My days are spent working tirelessly to overcome the struggles of delivering a course to students who live great distances away!
I’m enjoying being part of the APMA crew. I believe that fostering a positive and inclusive culture amongst APMA members, will create a proactive and powerful force which will benefit all into the future.
“Stand for them, listen to them, support them and commit to progress.” Melanie Randell
I invite you to contact me regarding any Health Fund Matter. Or just to say hello. Or to discuss shoes! I’m here to help, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here to leave me a voicemail message
General Committee: Celeste Bruce
Celeste Bruce , owner of Soul Pilates in South Melbourne (since 2001) with over 20 years industry experience. Celeste studied dance in Australia and the United States, and has travelled widely teaching body conditioning and anatomy and physiology for dancers, as well as delivering community lectures on osteoarthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis and disease prevention from a Pilates perspective. As a qualified Pilates instructor, she is certified with the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) and Polestar Pilates, and has previously been on the board of the APMA as chairperson for the education committee. Celeste’s continuing ambition is to educate and encourage all people to exercise more wisely, for the benefit of the mind, the body and the spirit.
General Committee: Melanie Smith
Melanie started her Pilates journey in 1999 while completing her BA Dance at the Victorian Collage of the Arts. Her love of all things movement based especially with attention to detail and technique had her soon training to become a Pilates teacher. Fortunate enough to do her training in an environment that was an apprenticeship style way of learning, she went on to sit her APMA level 3 exam in 2004. During her founding years as a teacher she was surrounded by experienced Pilates teachers and physiotherapists who helped shape the teacher she is today.
With now well over 10,000 hours of teaching behind her she enjoys her time in the studio where she gets to help people improve their pain levels and give them back the confidence to move freely. She is passionate about educating her clients on how to look after their bodies for the long term.
Her experience includes working with clients who have been referred from allied health practitioner's, along with clients needing to improve functional movements for specific sports, including establishing a program for Fluid Movements triathlon squad and working with pro and semi pro athletes from 2007-2011.
Whilst having her own 2 children she became especially passionate about pre and postnatal care and the importance for mums to be fit and strong in preparation for possibly the most physically challenging stage in their lives, whilst respecting the limitations that come with pregnancy and beyond.
In addition to her Pilates training Melanie runs a pre requisite Anatomy course for people wanting to become Pilates teachers, holds a Cert 4 in TAE10 and a Certificate 4 in Fitness Personal Training, she is a level 3 member of the Australian Pilates Method Association.
Melanie also enjoys working with new teachers and has mentored many budding teachers over her years in the Pilates studio.
Having moved to the Mornington Peninsula in 2013 with her young family she opened Sanctuary on Peninsula Pilates. Set in the beautiful Lotus building in Mount Eliza Village, Sanctuary comes from her vision to provide the very best in Pilates care and education in a holistic and nurturing environment.
APMA Administrator: Joanne Worsfield (APMA Employee)
Jo has worked with the APMA for over 10 years and manages the Membership Base and Land of Admin. Jo's background is in event management and hospitatlity. Jo has a genuiene drive for living life and new adventures with her family and friends.
APMA Liaison: Paula Knight (APMA Employee)
Paula has worked for the APMA since February 2015. In this time Paula managed the membership in Joanne's adsence for a year vacation and has since moved into the education and training division, servicing the student needs and enrolments. Paula's background includes marketing, relationship management, project and event management.
Paula is passionate about life, her family and enjoying everyday to the maxium.
Please ensure all correspondence is sent to the APMA Administrator Joanne Worsfield or APMA Liaison Paula Knight. The administration can be contacted via the "Contact Us" page or by calling 03 9718 1881 or emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org