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Melissa van Wijk, M.A.

Founder & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Former New York City Ballet Teaching Artist, former Young Audiences Teaching Artist, Owner of Signing Up LLC, Program Director and Teacher at Gymtime/York Avenue Preschool. Melissa holds 5 New York State teaching certifications, Dance K-12th grade, Theater K-12th grade, Early Childhood, Students With Disabilities Birth – 2nd grade, and Students With Disabilities 7th-12th grade.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jessica Gallagher
Director, Marketing & Communications

Managing Director, The University Network, former corporate communications consultant at Gartner, dancer, certified private dance instructor

Suhadee Henriquez, LCSW, ACT
Acting President

Fellow at Academy of Cognitive Therapy; Multicultural CBT-DBT, LLC; JetBlue Inflight Crewmember

Nader James Khorassani
Attorney, In-house council for NBC, former attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Dancer

Suzanne Lamberg
Adjunct Professor and Academic Advisor at NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Graduate Programs, former certified Dance Educator at New York City Department of Education for 35 years

Charles A. Martinez
Music Producer, Audio Engineer, Live Sound Mixer, Sound Designer

Tony C. Yang
Treasurer

Vice President at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc

ADVISORS TO THE BOARD

Sari Anthony
Sari Anthony has more than 30 years of experience with not-for-profit organizations developing and implementing advancement programs and directing and managing external affairs, fundraising, and communications. Her expertise includes the successful planning, implementation and management of annual and capital campaigns, major gift cultivation and solicitation, and special events. She also has experience in marketing and public relations that increase public awareness and expand an organization’s donor and friend base, and in the area of Board Development and Administration.

Samuel Caraballo
Sam is an Actor, Dancer, Mask-Maker, Director, and Theater Educator. His Artistic and Educational Partners include New York Deaf Theatre, Theatre Access Project/Theatre Development Fund, and Sign of the Times Theatre Company.