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.
FY20 Board of Directors
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
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.
Naomi Pizarro, AS, PHR, SHRM-CP
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.
Cathy Campbell is a retired executive with four decades of experience in international science and technology programs, policies and management. In 2016, Cathy retired as President and CEO of CRDF Global, an Arlington-headquartered nonprofit organization that she led for ten years. Prior to joining CRDF Global, Cathy managed international science and technology cooperation at several US federal government agencies and conducted research at the Library of Congress and the Rand Corporation. She was a Visiting Scholar at the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy in 2017-2018. Cathy has a Master’s degree from George Washington University in Russian and East European Studies and a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation; the External Advisory Board, Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs; and the Advisory Council, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). Cathy is an AAAS Fellow, a Virginia Master Gardener, and a regular Flex-Stretch class student at BalletNova.
Surayyah F. Colbert, Esq.
Staff Attorney; Dance Instructor
Ms. Colbert is an attorney with over 10 years of experience in revenue cycle management. She is employed with Convergent Revenue Cycle Management, Inc., where she appeals wrongfully denied or underpaid claims with insurance companies, the Dept of Labor, the Dept of Veterans Affairs, and other entities. Ms. Colbert is also a part-time Dance Instructor with Fairfax County Park Authority and has taught a variety of styles of dance to community members of all ages. Ms. Colbert graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA in Psychology, and a BA in Dance. She then went on to earn her JD from University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, followed by an LLM in Law and Economics from the George Mason University School of Law.
Ms. Colbert has studied multiple disciplines of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and flamenco. She currently studies and performs hula with Halau Ho’omau I Ka Ola O Hawai’I under the direction of Kumu Manu Ikaika. Ms. Colbert volunteers with the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) as a SHARE (annual giving campaign) leader at the service unit and association levels. She represented the GSCNC as a delegate at the Girl Scouts National Convention in 2017. Ms. Colbert serves in the Care and Counseling Ministry at her church as a lay counselor, as well as with the youth in her church as a Student Ministry high school small group leader. She also participates in Dance Ministry. Ms. Colbert volunteers with her college’s alumnae association, the Junior League of Washington, and has volunteered for Wills on Wheels through the Fairfax Bar Pro Bono Program. Ms. Colbert took dance at Arlington Center for Dance for a year as a child, and later as an adult, and is excited to come back to the organization as a member of the BalletNova Board of Directors.
Senior Communications Advisor, New Editions Consulting, Inc.
Ms. Jenkins is a communications professional with more than twenty years experience working in strategic communications, publication production, and website design. She currently serves as a senior communications advisor for New Editions Consulting, Inc., with its U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contract. Sandra holds a B.A. in theatrical design from the University of Virginia and worked for 10 years in theatrical costume shops in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, among others. She holds an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts through New York University, Parsons: The New School for Design, and the joint Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art and Design Decorative Arts Program. Ms. Jenkins is an enthusiastic supporter of BalletNova's range of exercise and dance classes for adult students.
Gary Espinas works for the Department of Defense (DoD) where he manages DoD institutional capacity building programs in Europe and Eurasia.
Previously, Gary served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel in 2013. Gary’s military assignments include Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; Director for Russia, Caucasus, and Black Sea in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Pentagon; Arms Control Advisor in the Department of State, Washington, DC; and Political-Military Officer in the U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation.
As a company-grade officer, Gary led tactical field artillery formations, including a combat deployment to Iraq during the Persian Gulf War. Gary has earned a Master’s in Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; a Master of Arts degree in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern European Regional Studies from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Gary speaks Russian and Spanish. During the course of his military assignments, both within the United States and abroad, Gary developed a lifelong passion for ballet and the arts.
Linda Winston has a background in education (M.Ed. in secondary social studies education and M.A. in TESL) and most of her previous work experience has been as a teacher. Since moving to the DC area in 2001 she has managed the challenges of raising two kids in Arlington, including lots of carpooling to BalletNova.
Linda has a long history with BalletNova. Her daughter Lea started ballet at the studio at age four and participated in the Pre-Professional Program (including eleven Nutcracker productions and multiple Spring Shows) until she graduated from high school. Linda started taking adult ballet classes two years ago and has really enjoyed experiencing ballet from a different perspective and learning something completely new as an “older” student. She is also a front desk worker at BalletNova.
In addition to the BalletNova Board, Linda serves on the Board of Directors for Amigos de las Americas, a non-profit organization that sends youth to Latin America for a culturally immersive summer service project experience.
Ms. Atkin has worked in the defense industry for almost 30 years, most recently as Executive Vice President for Operations at Tiger Innovations. Previously she was a Research Analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses and she has held positions both at the Defense Department and on Capitol Hill. Ms. Atkin has long ties to Ballet Nova having had a daughter recently “graduate” from BalletNova after 11 years. However, her ties to the dance world started with her watching her brother who danced professionally for many years.
Ms. Atkin has volunteered in the community in various capacities including with both Arlington Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools and as a regular driver for Meals on Wheels. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, watching documentaries, and searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate.
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: email@example.com and include the following in the email subject line: “Last name, first name – Board Director.” Thank you for your interest!