The administration of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba is led by an appointed Board of senior instructors, each serving a 3-year term that can be extended for another 3 years. Starting January 2022, the Board is made up of the following individuals:

  • President: Marsha Turner
  • Vice President: Mike Page
  • Secretary: Lee Crawford
  • Treasurer: Gary Small
  • Board Members-At-Large: Robin Cooper, Raso Hultgren, Eugene Lee

As part of our responsibilities to World Aikikai Headquarters (Hombu) and to support our ongoing mission, the ASU Board has established standing committees in the following areas (as of 2022):

  • Kagami Biraki – John Messores, George Ledyard, Bill Gleason, Chuck Weber, Tres Hofmeister, Raso Hultgren (Board Liaison), Charles Tseng, Charlie Page
  • Examination Committee – Leslie Russek (Chair), Mike Paige (Board Liaison), Robin Cooper, Nick Kiritz, George Ledyard, Steve Matthews, Tim McGill, Craig Slack, Meredith Abel, Guy Hagen (Consulting)
  • Instructional Committee – Melissa Bell (Chair), Mike Page (Board Liaison), Chris Guzik, Matthew Heersche, Jean Mark Wise, Mark Adachi
  • Advisory Committee – Matt Fisher (Chair), Kay Sandacz, Robert Deppe, Tres Hoffmeister, Barb Brown, Mark Campbell-Olszewski, Chris Royal, Jerry Hargis, Mary McIntire, Cheryl Moore Gough, Marc Sergelius, Jay Weik

Other committees, their chairs and our general administration:

  • ASU Office Administrator: Don Ellingsworth (
  • General Counsel: Richard Moore
  • Marketing and Digital Communications Director: Guy Hagen (
  • ASU NOW Fundrasing Committee Chair: Gary Small  (
  • Grants: Kay Sandacz
  • International Dojo Liaison: Marsha Turner (
  • Shrine Coordinator: Julie Tollen (
  • Shrine Property Master Plan: Brian Canin
  • Newsletter Coordinator: Mark Miller (
  • ASU for the Future: Jennifer Howells
  • Diversity and Inclusivity: Robin Cooper
  • Winter Intensive: Melissa Bell 
  • Video Archive Project: Aaron Ward
  • Saotome Sensei’s Artwork Archive Project: Garth Jones

Updated 12/15/2021. For recent Board announcements and communications, please visit this link.