The administration of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba is led by an appointed Board of senior instructors, each serving a 3 year 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: 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.

Official ASU Board Communications

General ASU News

Upcoming Seminars and Events

  1. Seminar with Ania Small Sensei

    May 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Weapons Seminar with Melissa Bell Sensei

    June 10 @ 6:30 pm - June 12 @ 12:30 pm
  3. June 17-19 Tom and Mary McIntire

    June 17 @ 6:30 pm - June 19 @ 8:00 pm
  4. Ikeda Sensei in Pittsburgh

    August 5 @ 7:00 pm - August 7 @ 12:00 pm
  5. Annual John Messores Seminar

    September 9 @ 5:00 pm - September 11 @ 5:00 pm

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For those of you preparing for a yudansha exam, be sure to check out the very helpful guide that Guy Hagen Sensei (Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay) put together. It is full of helpful hints and great advice from senior ASU instructors. You can find this and other helpful testing resources on the website.

Click the link titled "ASU Yudansha Exam Preparation Handbook."
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