staff and board of directors



Julia Mayer, Executive Director


Solomon Bowser, Marketing Manager


D'onminique Boyd-Riley, Writer 


Tristan Bruns, Managing Editor & Writer 


Vicki Crain, Writer-at-Large


Surinder Martignetti, Community Engagement Manager


Lynn Shapiro, Editor Emerita & Writer 


Kennedy Ward, Membership & Operations Manager

Board of Directors



Jorge Perez, Board President
Amanda Banks, Board Vice President 
Contacting Counsel Manager, Accenture

Dawn Stanislaw, Treasurer 
Executive Director, Visceral Dance Chicago

Marisa C. Santiago, Secretary 
Director of Artistic Programming, Auditorium Theater
Debra Bernstein-Siegel, Development Committee Chair 





Michael Foster
Senior Sales ManagerThe Whitehall Hotel

Ladonna Freidheim
Executive Director, Reinventability

Erik Kaiko
Director of Marketing and Communications, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sarah Lombardi

Sarah Venuti Yates
Director of Human ResourcesThe Joffrey Ballet

Allyson Ratliff
Director of Community Engagement & Artistic Team Member, Hyde Park School of Dance
Kia Smith
Executive Director, South Chicago Dance Theatre


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