IFF Distribution Center
The International Feldenkrais® Federation’s Distribution Center (IFF DC) is dedicated to making original teachings of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais available to practitioners and trainees. The IFF DC offers a unique collection of educational materials, including training transcripts, lectures, audio CDs and audio/visual DVDs.
The IFF Distribution Center is located in Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America and is wholly owned by the IFF, a non-profit incorporated in France.
A volunteer Board of Directors appointed by the IFF Board of Directors oversee the Distribution Center. Onsite staff manage operations.
DC Board and Staff
The International Feldenkrais Federation’s (IFF) Board of Directors appoints the Board members for the IFF Distribution Center. The DC Board, in turn, hires the DC Operations Manager and support staff.
The DC Board sets policy and direction, coordinates and sets priorities for the production of new products, responds to the requests of the IFF, discusses projects with the copyright holders and volunteers involved in development projects and ensures the fair distribution of materials for sale whilst maintaining a viable business structure.
Board members often live significant distances apart, across international borders. Meetings are held regularly via conference call. The Board meets face-to-face occasionally.
The Board members take on a variety of volunteer responsibilities. They initiate or delegate the many tasks needed to bring the project to completion. Tasks are completed by Board members, volunteers and staff. Technical specialists are hired for certain phases of production, if needed. By the time a product becomes available for sale, hundreds of volunteer hours have been put into it.
Current DC Board Members
Chair: Jenni Evans, (Director 2011-2017, Chair from 2017-present) Australia
Jenni has been a volunteer in the Australian Feldenkrais Guild since 1999. She was appointed as the IFF representative in 2004 and elected to the IFF Board in 2005. She served as the IFF President between 2006 and 2011 and as the inaugural IFF Materials Manager from 2011-2016. She brings a passion for building successful businesses. She has spent many years coaching Trainees, Practitioners and others in building sustainable small Businesses.
Secretary: Janice Vincent, (2016-present) United States of America
Janice held various leadership roles as a board member for the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and as a founding director for the Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America. In addition to her 20-year full-time Feldenkrais practice, she launched and oversaw a Feldenkrais center for several years and currently mentors and volunteers for various Feldenkrais related projects. Prior to her Feldenkrais career, she held leadership positions in a technical communication company, devised and managed business and marketing strategies for local and national companies, sold media, and created video, film and audio productions for radio and television.
Director: Marcela Bretschneider (2018-present) Argentina
Marcela has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2001 and an IFF Representative for the Argentine Association from 2014 -2017. She directed the production of the five IFF promotional videos and their translation into 11 languages. She is a trained IFF Competency Profile Facilitator and works in mentoring other practitioners in building successful practices. She serves as a member of the IFF Materials committee, the IFF Newsletter committee, as well as the IFF website and search committees.
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Kornelia Himmel, (2010-2018) Switzerland
Kornelia was volunteering in the Swiss guild SFV until 2015 in different degrees and ranges: working groups board and co-chairing the board, treasurer and bookkeeping. 2008 until 2014 she was an appointed IFF representative for the swiss guild SFV. She offers the flavor for numbers, the love to learn and improve through action, and the fitness for long meetings through constant rowing practice on the Rhein-river in Basel to the DC board. Strongly being impressed through have being taught with the Amherst tapes in the first two years of her training, she is willing to help to make the source materials available to all practitioners in the world.
George Krutz, (2009-2012), Australia
Richard Ehrman, (?-2008), United States of America
Jaclyn Boone, (? – 2010), United States of America
Rob Black, (? – 2011), Canada
Current DC Staff
Office and Operations Manager: Allegra Heidelinde United States of America
Allegra has always had a broad interest in movement, beauty, creativity and artistic expression; relationships and perception. She has a background in Theater and Anthropology, with personal studies in Yoga, Yoga Therapy and other practices. She graduated from a Feldenkrais training program in 2004 and worked for the Feldenkrais Guild of North America (2004 – 2007) as the Membership Director. Allegra has been Managing the Office and Operations of the IFF Distribution Center since August 2007.
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Shipping Assistant: Maggie Tomberlin United States of America
Maggie started work at the IFF Distribution Center in February 2018, after a decade working in the photography industry. In addition to her work at IFF, Maggie freelances as a creative professional specializing in sewing and fiber arts. She has a background in Studio Art and is currently involved with a local weaving studio. In her spare time, she runs, gardens, and spends as much time as possible outdoors.