The BalletNova Center for Dance is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization governed by a Board of Directors. We appreciate the dedication, commitment, time and energy these exceptional individuals give to BalletNova.
FY14 Board of Directors
Naomi Pizarro, PHR
International Human Resources Professional; Fletcher and Associates, Inc.
Naomi Pizarro comes to BalletNova with more than 20 years of experience in international human resources management. One of the original dancers from the earliest days of BalletNova (when it was known as the Arlington Center for Dance), Naomi has maintained her love for dance and has come full circle now to join us as a member of the Board. Naomi’s professional experience spans organizations in the Washington metropolitan area with 50 to 300+ employees, and some with field staff worldwide, including in high conflict areas such as Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, in addition to countries nation-wide in Africa and the Middle East. In her past positions, Naomi has ensured that staff recruitment, hiring and development, employee relations and the overall human resources strategic direction complements and responds to the strategic long and short-term goals of the organizations. Naomi has a certificate in Human Resources Management from the George Mason University, is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She earned her degree in with emphasis in English and Mathematics from Northern Virginia College. In addition to her love for dance, she enjoys traveling, sailing and spending time in her native Northern Virginia with her family.
Craig Stephenson CPA, CVA
Immediate Past President
Managing Director, Valuation Services, Inc.
Craig Stephanson began his career in public accounting in 1981 at Arthur Andersen & Co. providing auditing and income tax planning services for public and private companies for five years. He then went on to serve as Chief Financial Officer for several private real estate development and investment companies within the metropolitan Washington, DC area. In 1995, Craig joined Valuation Services, Inc. to provide valuation and litigation support services and in 1998, became President of Valuation Services, Inc. A leading expert on the formation and valuation of family limited partnerships, he specializes in the valuation of real estate partnerships for estate planning and administration, succession planning, divorce proceedings, partner disputes, and litigation support. Over the years, he has published articles and books, presented, and been engaged as an Expert Witness in the areas of valuation of closely held businesses and fractional interests in closely held businesses. Craig is an active member of national and local valuation related professional organizations and a member of the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council. He also is the proud father of alumni Katie Rose Stephanson, currently attending the Ben Stevenson Academy at the Houston Ballet.
Immediate Past President
Attorney; Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Officer, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Brian is the Vice President/Corporate Responsibility Officer for the Bon Secours Richmond Health System, where he served since 2008. In this role, Brian’s oversight responsibilities include the System’s compliance, research, and privacy programs. Brian is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), and for 3 years chaired the AHLA’s Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group. Brian received his undergraduate degrees in history and political science from Williams College and his Juris Doctor with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center. He is also a graduate of the Special Forces Medical Sergeant Course, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Ft. Bragg, NC. His daughter Madeline dances with BalletNova and his wife Jennifer is an active and valued volunteer.
Senior Manager, Council of Urban Boards of Education
Karen Lewis has garnered a reputation as a seasoned non-profit association executive and program manager since 1983. At the Council of Urban Boards of Education, she manages issues and programs, providing guidance on the federal legislative process and issue advocacy. Prior to that, Karen was involved in public policy issues for education-related tobacco prevention policies under a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC/DASH). She oversaw program direction for a national nonprofit health education organization dedicated to encouraging the public to limit television and recreational computer screen-time. And served as national spokesperson for radio, television and print interviews to raise awareness of National TV-Turnoff Week. Karen is an Arlington native and former dancer herself, and is proud to oversee the dance education of her youngest daughter Emilia.
Vice President, Business Banking, PNC Bank
Mohit Chopra is a Vice President at PNC Bank, and Regional Sales Manager of the Business Bank Group for Greater Washington. He is responsible for providing vision, strategy, and delivering sustainable revenue growth. In this capacity, he is a member of the Local Executive Leadership Team. Chopra is accountable for providing leadership, mentoring, and directing nine Relationship Managers, a Healthcare Relationship Manager, a Treasury Management Officer, and a Client Relationship Representative who support companies with sales of $1M to $10M. He is also responsible for partnering and collaborating with multiple lines of business to present a holistic approach to every customer.
Chopra began his banking career in Reston, Virginia in 2004. He joined PNC Bank; Washington D.C. in 2008 as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager. In 2011, Chopra’s performance results earned him a promotion to Regional Sales Manager of the Business Banking Group covering 27 offices in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Chopra, a Indian-American, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from George Mason University. Chopra is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier National Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shannon MacGregor, MBA, CAE
Shannon has a background in business and financial leadership with a specialty in managing non-profit associations. Most recently served as the CFO for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) in Alexandria. Shannon saw BalletNova's commercial and was impressed with the overall image and branding, and was delighted to join the board and be able to give back to the community she lives in. Shannon began her professional career in Sydney, Australia as a Chartered Accountant for two multi-national corporations and earned her M.B.A. in Finance from Marymount University after returning to the U.S. In addition to owning her own financial consulting business for seven years, Shannon was the Divisional Controller of Woodward & Lothrop, a $1 billion retailer. In addition to having a keen interest in the arts, Shannon has been involved with several ballroom dance programs over the years, and most recently with an urban soul dancing club.
Ann-Marie Bolton, PT, CEES, CAPS
Co-Chair, Development Committee
Physical Therapist/Business Owner; Kinetic Ergonomics and HandNHand Therapy, LLC
Ann-Marie Bolton is a physical therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience and with certifications in work place ergonomic evaluation and aging in place consulting. She is the Owner of Kinetic Ergonomics where she offers a variety of ergonomic consulting services for individuals and organizations in the Washington DC metropolitan area. In addition she has an orthopedic physical therapy practice at Hand-N-Hand Therapy in Arlington, specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injuries using traditional physical therapy, adapted Pilates, adapted yoga, and the Alexander Technique. In her extensive career, she has coordinated and provided physical therapy services backstage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for dancers in companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, and the Broadway production Footloose. She also provided services for the Kirov Ballet Academy under the direction of Body Dynamics, Inc. As someone who discovered ballet as an adult, and who logs in many hours each week as member of BalletNova’s Adult Dancer community, Ann-Marie dreams of making dance accessible to all.
Carole Ann Clark
Faculty Member, BalletNova Center for Dance
Carole Ann was co-founder and co-artistic director of The Ballet School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received early training at the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center in New York, from Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane. From 1973 to 1980, she danced with Ballet West under the direction of William Christiansen, Bruce Marks and Toni Lander. For two years, Carole Ann studied ballet instruction under Ballet West Ballet Mistress Denise Schultz, and from 1980 to 1987 served on the faculty of Ballet West Christensen Academy. In 1984, she completed the Teachers Seminar at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Carole Ann has degrees in ballet and French from the University of Utah. A member of the BalletNova faculty since 2001, her focus is the pre-pointe Junior Division IV dancers in the Pre-Professional program, and represents the voice of the BalletNova faculty on the board.
Heather R. Cotter
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
CEO, Cotter Research and Touchdown Fitness
Heather Cotter is the Chief Executive Officer of Cotter Research, Inc., a small, woman-owned business located in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The company was established in 2009 to provide consulting services to both public and private organizations and its primary focus is to help advance law enforcement's knowledge and education on operational and tactical issues. Heather is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and owns a fitness consulting/personal training company called Touchdown Fitness. Her new-found passion for dance is what brought her to take classes at BalletNova and when the opportunity to join the Board presented itself, Heather knew she wanted to join this amazing team and help BalletNova continue to grow.
Community Liaison; Co-Founder (with husband Ken) of Arlington Center for Dance and the Center Dance Company (now BalletNova)
Dance Educator and Arts Advocate
Through her vision and leadership, Kathy Fredgren has been bringing the highest quality dance performances of classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance, jazz, and tap dance to thousands of children and adults in Northern Virginia over the past 32 years. According to her: “Dance is a universal language, one that should be shared with children and adults alike, whether or not they have goals to become dancers or just creative people.”
An extraordinary and inspired teacher, Kathy Fredgren graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drama and Ballet from the University of Oklahoma. After marrying and moving to the DC area, she taught and choreographed for the Fairfax Ballet and several local dance schools. Together with her husband and managing director Ken Fredgren, Kathy founded the Arlington Center for Dance and The Center Dance Company in 1981. Known for her dynamic choreography she has created for the Center Dance Company, Kathy was cited by the Washington Post for the “verve and polish” of her innovative jazz technique. Kathy has also served as a pioneer in the development of liturgical dance. The National Presbyterian Church's 1982 film called “A Chance for Our Souls to Dance” followed Ms. Fredgren and a musician, Lori Grady, around the country as they performed liturgical dance and held workshops in congregations across the country.
A dedicated arts educator, Kathy brought her love of children and innovative teaching to her position as dance artist-in-residence at Hunter Woods Elementary School. In the 1980s she created a partnership with the Suitland High School for the Performing Arts where students received scholarships to the Center Dance Company’s classes. From 1976 – 1994, Kathy served as a dance artist-in-residence in the Arlington school district, teaching dance to several elementary schools and now directs a collaboration between George Mason University, Hunter Woods Elementary and the Southgate Community Center for students chosen from 4 – 6 grade. Kathy is the 2013 winner of the Arts Council of Fairfax Arts Achievement Award.
Kathy's approach to the arts as a way to improve our world and her attitude that you have to train the whole person not just the body to make a dancer, is carried through today at BalletNova. Kathy now serves on the BalletNova Board, continuing to share her knowledge of and love for dance in a leadership capacity, and helping to guide the organization through its newest challenges.
Co-Chair, Development Committee
Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Jennifer is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting. She joined Deloitte in their Chicago office, where she led projects in state and local market and focuses today on federal clients across both the civilian and defense sectors, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation, the US Army, and the Department of Homeland Security. She also serves as the leader of Deloitte’s federal undergraduate recruiting program and a member of the Board of Governors for Deloitte’s GovLab program, which conducts research into key issues and emerging ideas shaping the public, private and non-profit sectors. A former dancer herself (with the dance company at her alma mater, Williams College and a winter study with Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro) Jennifer combines her love of dance with significant experience in strategic planning, financial management, performance management, benchmarking and stakeholder engagement. She holds a BA with honors in history from Williams College.
Board Recruitment Campaign
BalletNova is looking for civic minded leaders who would like to serve on our Board of Directors. For the job description and information on how to become a candidate for board membership, please click here - http://www.balletnova.org/sites/default/files/BalletNova Board Member Job Description.doc.
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