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 president@BalletNova.org, and include their name in the message heading.
FY17 Board of Directors
Sharon O. Steele, Esq.
Attorney; Managing Partner/Owner Steele Consulting Group, LLC
Ms. Sharon O. Steele is an attorney and Managing Partner/Owner of Steele Consulting Group, LLC, a law practice focused on government litigation, public contract and procurement issues, and governmental and regulatory affairs matters. Sharon has represented clients seeking government contracts, including filing and defending bid protests on the state, county, and municipal levels as well as defending clients in government investigations. Prior to engaging in her own law practice, Sharon served for 15+ years in lead legal and procurement roles with corporations such as: Lockheed Martin, SAIC, University of Mary Washington and KBR. Ms. Steele has always been engaged in the dance community whether it was as a young dancer accepted into the Certificate Program of the Alvin Ailey American Dance, or as an adult dance student with BalletNova. Ms. Steele holds a Juris Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, a B.S. in Political Science from James Madison.
Vice President, Business Optimization; AARP
Ms. Martinez is the Vice President of Business Optimization for AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million. She leads a multi-disciplinary team focused on increasing AARP’s operational efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to her current role, she held leadership positions in strategy, product development and program management with AARP Services, an affiliate of AARP responsible for managing licensing relationships with leading health care companies, such as UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, and Delta Dental. A former dancer and student of BalletNova, Ms. Martinez is a passionate supporter of the arts. She is a former Board Director for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Ms. Martinez holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Clark University.
Shannon MacGregor, MBA, CAE
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.
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
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), 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following in the email subject line: “Last name, first name – Board Director.” Thank you for your interest!