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
Director, Marketing & Communications
Managing Director, The University Network, former corporate communications consultant at Gartner, dancer, certified private dance instructor
Suhadee Henriquez, LCSW, ACT
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
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
Vice President at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
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.
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.