Eugene Lee began his aikido study in 1988 and holds a fifth degree black belt. Eugene works for the EPA's Office of Emergency Management and is also an avid mountaineer, trekker and cyclist. Eugene is currently serving on the ASD Board as President.
Thurston Carleton has studied aikido since 1977 and holds a sixth degree black belt and is one of the most senior members of the dojo. He trains and teaches at the ASD, including the recently initiated seniors' class. He worked as a mathematician for NASA for many years and is currently pursuing studies at George Washington University. He currently serves as Corporate Secretary for ASD.
Robert Deppe began his aikido study in 1984 and holds a fifth degree black belt. Robert spent his first 10 years training Tomiki Aikido, and then joined ASD to train with Saotome Sensei. In addition to teaching and training regularly at ASD, he can be found doing software development in the DC/Baltimore area or with his family.
Nick Kiritz began his aikido study in 1982 at Oberlin Colledge and holds a fifth degree black belt. In addition to teaching and training regularly at ASD, he serves as the head instructor for the Georgetown University Aikikai. Nick works as an economist in Baltimore and also studies yoga and zen. Nick is currently serving on the ASD Board as Treasurer and CFO.
Idris Diaz began his aikido study in 1993 and holds a second-degree black belt. Prior to starting aikido, Idris studied karate and jujitsu. A lawyer by training, Idris works as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In addition to studying aikido, Idris is an avid yoga practitioner.
Sharon Hainsfurther holds Shodan rank in Aikido. She is a coach, facilitator and thinking partner for leaders in diverse organizations including multi laterals and their counterparts in developing country governments, as well as in private sector companies. She is a certified Somatic Coach through Strozzi Institute.