John Matthew Upledger is the CEO of Upledger Institute International. For 25 years, he has been actively engaged in all aspects of the organization — from education to clinical services. His strict adherence to delivering high-quality continuing education has solidly positioned UII as the leading provider in manual therapy education. His efforts to maintain the authenticity of CranioSacral Therapy and secure his father's legacy prompted John Matthew to pledge $1 million in funding and services over the next ten years to the Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation... this pledge is to help insure that 100% of all donated funds go to the direct beneficiaries of the Foundation and it's philanthropic programs.
Kathy Woll has been a part of the Upledger team since 1987. After earning her B.S. from Michigan State University in 1986, she relocated to Florida and embarked on learning the continuing education industry for healthcare professionals. While becoming more intricately involved in day to day operations at Upledger, she earned her M.B.A. in 1996 from Florida Atlantic University. She continues to create and direct initiatives to further the credibility and accessibility of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy and related modalities.
Bob Lynch has been a real estate broker for Illustrated Properties, specializing in residential properties in Palm Beach and Martin counties since 1988. In was in this capacity that Bob came to know Dr. John and the Upledger Institute. However, Bob's relationship with Dr. John quickly evolved from realtor to patient when he disclosed his serious mobility issues resulting from prior sports injuries. Thanks to Dr. John's treatment, Bob experienced increased mobility and a return to optimum health. Bob's gratitude for Dr .John's treatment and friendship as well as his desire to give back to his community motivates his service on our Board of Directors.
Allen Merrell co-founded The Upledger Institute with Dr. John Upledger in 1985. As CEO, he helped get the business, marketing, and seminar side up and running throughout the United States and Canada. In 1991, he turned the reins over to John Matthew Upledger, who continued to build and make the Institute what it is today. Allen went on to form The A.W.Merrell Group, a computer consulting firm with which he remains involved.
Mary Jean Teachman
Mary Jean Teachman
Author, Former President of MIRA, Mental Illness Research Association, supported an 800 school mental health program designed to de-stigmatize mental health issues, Campaign Manager, RABAC, Real Americans Buy American Cars, successfully launched a campaign to promote "Buying American" to bolster the slumping American auto industry, Former High Fashion Model and Investor. Mary Jean resides in Juno Beach, Fl and Asheville, NC with her husband, Dr. Gerard W. Teachman and their cat, Jackson.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Markus Koch comes from a blue collar background and has always enjoyed hands-on work. In 1982 he received an athletic scholarship to play football and attended Boise State University. In 1986 he was drafted by the Washington Redskins with the 30th overall pick. He had a six year career in the NFL with Washington ('86 - '91) and was part of two Superbowl Championship teams. After retiring from professional football in 1991 Markus worked as a carpenter and boat builder in Port Townsend, Washington. As the fallout from numerous football injuries set in, including a lumbar spinal fracture and numerous concussions, Markus became very interested in alternative medicine, meditation and yoga, which all played critical roles in his recovery process. He chose these modalities because he wanted to actively participate in his own wellbeing. His experiences of healing and transformation, without invasive surgeries or the long term use of pharmaceuticals inspired him to explore further. Markus became qualified as a licensed health care professional in 2012 and he is now a practicing CranioSacral Therapist.
Markus is passionate about helping others find empowering ways to work with difficult physical, emotional and mental conditions. His experiences with the Upledger Institute have inspired him to help identify and network with other organizations interested in effective, low cost, sustainable health care.
Markus currently lives in Chelsea, Michigan with his wife Amy. In addition to his healthcare practice, his other interests include sailing, surfing, woodworking, writing and fine art.