OhioDance inclusively supports the diverse and vibrant practice of dance of all cultures and for all capabilities.


President Rodney Veal, Adjunct Faculty Stivers, Sinclair Community College, University of            Dayton, The Art Show, Dayton

Vice President Damien Highfield, Choreographer, Dancer, Akron (Interim VP)

Treasurer Jessica Johnson, Managing Director of Accounting Solutions of Ohio, Columbus

Secretary Crystal Michelle Perkins, Choreographer, Dancer, Associate Artistic Director of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton




Legal Counsel Stefan Thomas, Attorney, Thomas Ingram Law Group, Columbus




Angelica Bell, Adjunct Faculty, Ohio University/The Ohio State University, Artistic Director of Factory Street Studio, Athens

Cassia Cramer, Dance instructor, studio owner, choreographer, Columbus

  • Mari Davies, Director of Institutional Giving, the Toledo Symphony
  • Dennis Dugan, Lighting Designer, Columbia Station

Janet Dziak, Artistic Director of North Pointe Ballet, North Ridgeville

Joyelle Fobbs, Dancer, Choreographer, Columbus

  • Chanda Ford- White, Founding Artistic Director / Owner of Cleveland Inner City Ballet, Cleveland

Jeri Deckard Gatch, Modern Dance teacher, choreographer, and performer, Cincinnati

Kim Gladden MD, Founding member of the Dance Medicine clinic at the Sports Health Center of the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland

Jefferson James, Artistic and Executive Director, Contemporary Dance Theater, Inc., Cincinnati

Gregory King, Assistant Professor of dance at Kent State University, and Artistic Director of the Kent Dance Ensemble.

Catherine Meredith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University; Independent Choreographer

Gill Wright Miller, Professor and Chair of Dance, Denison University, Granville

Molly Schneider Perez, adjunct faculty University of Cincinnati, faculty at The Cincinnati Ballet

Christina Providence, President, The Providence Method: Life and Leader Education, Columbus

Kristina Scales, ADA/504 & Title VI Specialist in the Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Columbus

Benny Simon, Assistant Professor, School of Dance, Ohio University and PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University

Quianna Simpson, Dancer, Choreographer, instructor at Thiossane West African Dance Institute, Columbus

Emily Stamas, Riverain Technologies, Senior Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Dayton

Gabrielle Stefura, Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Fort Hayes Performing Arts School, Columbus

  • Shannon Varner, Lindyroos and SwingColumbus Performance Team, Columbus




Kerri Wilde, Choreographer, Dancer and Teacher, Toledo School for the Arts, Toledo

  • Bobbi Wyatt, Founder and Artistic Director, Mason Dance Center

OhioDance Board Committees
Anti-Racism and Equity Assurance Committee (A.R.E.A.)
Development & Fundraising Committee
Education & Community Engagement Committee
Festival Committee
Marketing Committee
Membership Committee

Ex-Officio  Kodee Van Nort, formerly of Cincinnati
Ex-Officio  David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council

Consultants – OhioDance Board Expertise Listing

Advisory Board Members

  • Ann Cooper Albright, Oberlin College. Professor of Dance, Oberlin
  • Nathan Andary, CMA, RSME Choreographer, Faculty School of Dance, Ohio University, Athens
  • Zelma Badu-Younge, Ph.D., Professor, School of Dance, Ohio University, Athens
  • Laurie Bell, Retired Chair and Director of Dance, Ohio Northern University Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, Ada
  • Kelly Berick, Director, Firestone High School Dance Program, Akron
  • Padma Chebrolu, President and Artistic Director Cultural Centre of India, Cincinnati
  • Lynn Deering, Director, Dance Program, Cleveland State University
  • Melanye White Dixon, associate professor, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Ambre Emory-Maier, BalletMet Columbus, Director of Education
  • Tina Gehres, International Folk and Vintage Dance, Galloway
  • John Giffin, professor emeritus, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Suzan Bradford Kounta, Thiossane Institute, Columbus
  • Holly Handman Lopez, Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, Oberlin
  • Marlene Leber, Independent Choreographer and Dance Education Consultant, Chardon
  • Teressa Wylie McWilliams, coordinator and associate professor of dance, Wright State University, Dayton
  • Jeanne Mam-Luft, Director of MamLuft&Co. Dance, Cincinnati
  • Kathryn Mihelick, Stow
  • Sarah Morrison, Choreographer, Dancer, Founder of MorrisonDance, Cleveland
  • Melissa Pintar Obenauf, ŽIVILI, Artistic Director, Past OhioDance President 1981-1983, Columbus
  • Barbara Robinson, OAC, past Chair, Cleveland
  • Kim Tritt, College of Wooster, Chairperson, Department of Theatre/Dance, West Salem
  • Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland
  • Shir Lee Wu, Springfield Ballet, Columbus
  • Lisa Yanofsky, choreographer and educator

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