Board of Directors

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.

To contact a member of the board, please send an email to, and include their name in the message heading.

FY17 Board of Directors

Adrienne Geis
Interim President

Executive Vice President; Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc.

Ms. Geis has a multi-disciplined background and experience in large telecommunication information systems design, and management as well as small business operations, accounting, and development.  She is a proven leader skilled in budget management, vendor management and outsourcing, contract management, client interaction, and strategic thinking.  Ms. Geis has served as a director of client administration systems, managing multiple software releases and technology architecture conversions for a Fortune 500 firm and managed budgets between $5 million and $10 million. Ms. Geis studied ballet, tap, and jazz as a young girl, and now dances competitively in the local ballroom community.  In addition to supporting the arts, Ms. Geis enjoys designing and decorating her own costumes, the fiber arts, reading, and watching football in her spare time. She holds a M.B.A. in Finance from St. Joseph's University, and a B.S. in Business Computer Systems Analysis from St. Vincent College, and a top secret clearance. Photo credit: Lisa Damico Portraits 

Shannon MacGregor, MBA, CAE

CFO; Consultant

Ms. MacGregor 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. Ms. MacGregor 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. She 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, Ms. MacGregor was the Divisional Controller of Woodward & Lothrop, a $1 billion retailer.  In addition to having a keen interest in the arts, she has been involved with several ballroom dance programs over the years, and most recently with an urban soul dancing club.

Maria Frazzini

Director of Marketing; WGL Energy

Ms. Frazzini is the Director of Marketing for WGL Energy, an affiliate entity of Washington Gas and subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc.  During her 27 year tenure there, Maria has held various positions in Marketing, Investor Relations, Business Development, and Sales gaining valuable business experience from strategy development to social media marketing.  Ms. Frazzini’s passion for dance and the arts developed over her years as a dedicated dance parent where she became very involved in supporting her daughter’s competition teams, including fundraising initiatives. In addition to her commitment to dance and the arts, Ms. Frazzini was a Girl Scout leader who guided her daughter’s Gold Award project called Project D.A.N.C.E. – Dance Appreciation Nurturing Confidence through Expression. Since that positive experience, Maria has made a strong pledge to support dance education outreach programs with this same objective, including BalletNova’s M.O.V.E. program. Ms. Frazzini will bring her valuable business experience combined with her perspective as a dance parent and her passion for the arts to BalletNova’s Board.  Ms. Frazzini holds a B.S. degree in Marketing Management along with M.B.A. coursework from Virginia Tech.  

Naomi Pizarro, AS, PHR, SHRM-CP
Past President

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), Ms. Pizarro has maintained her love for dance and has come full circle now to join us as a member of the Board. Her 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, and Pakistan, in addition to countries nation-wide in Africa and the Middle East. In her past positions, Ms. Pizarro 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.  She 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). In addition to her love for dance, she enjoys traveling, sailing and spending time in her native Northern Virginia with her family. 

Suzie Smyth

Co-Chair, Development Committee

CEO; Endless Possibilities, LLC

Ms. Smyth is a growth strategist dedicated to driving increased awareness and profits for clients through her company, Endless Possibilities, LLC.  Throughout her career, she has driven improved productivity in both the public and private sector with her ability to optimize variables for maximum return.  Ms. Smyth leverages her strategic planning skills to develop solutions that meet business objectives and align with over-arching company goals. Clients appreciate her ability to provide structure while leading complex operations in a dynamic environment.  Ms. Smyth earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with honors, with distinction from Penn State University, and an M.B.A. from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as valedictorian.  As a member of the Adult Tap Dancing community since Fall 2014, she has found a welcoming, supportive community in BalletNova and is excited to share this wonderful experience with others.

Charlyn Stanberry, Esq. 

Legislative Director; U.S. House of Representatives

Ms. Stanberry is an attorney with Capitol Hill, consulting and nonprofit experience. She currently serves as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) where she manages the Congresswoman's legislative portfolio and oversees her committee work on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Previously, she served as Vice President of External Affairs for Net Communications, Counsel for the Multicultural Media,Telecom and Internet Council and as Professional Staff for the Congressional Black Caucus. She earned her J.D. from Florida International University-College of Law and her B.S.B.A. and M.P.A. from the University of Central Florida. 

Ms. Stanberry studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern as a young girl and now enjoys being an adult dance student at BalletNova. In addition to her love for dance, she serves as Rising Chair for Junior League of Washington's Leadership Institute, a Fellow with New Leaders Council DC and as a Leadership Fellows Coach with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Jennifer Walcott

Co-chair, Development Committee

Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Ms. Walcott 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) Ms. Walcott combines her love of dance with significant experience in strategic planning, financial management, performance management, benchmarking and stakeholder engagement.  She holds a B.A. with honors in history from Williams College.  

Interested in Serving on the Board?

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.

If you have a passion for the arts and want the opportunity to partner with other community leaders to help fulfill the mission of BalletNova, please email a cover letter and your resume to: and include the following in the email subject line: “Last name, first name – Board Director.  Thank you for your interest!