Joe’s Movement Emporium Board of Directors
As of January 2016
Michael Herman, President
Mabinty Koroma, Vice President
Michelle F. Lax, Treasurer
Tara S. Behrend
James D. Brame
G. Anthony Graham II
Brooke Kidd, Founder
Joe’s Movement Emporium Staff
Brooke Kidd, Executive Director and Founder of World Arts Focus, negotiates all contracts, supervises program leadership, attends to final reporting requirements with Joe’s Movement Emporium program managers, and provides program leadership. Ms. Kidd is a dance artist, choreographer, and instructor. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Dance, Anthropology, and African Studies, and an M.A. in Dance with the thesis “Revitalizing Community through Dance” from American University. For more than 20 years Ms. Kidd has designed dance programs to engage community, produced large-scale performances, and presented work in the region. She received the Alan Kriegsman Award from Dance Metro DC for lifetime achievement and an Individual Artist Award in choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council. Most recently, Ms. Kidd was selected as the 2015 Maryland State Arts Advocate of the Year by Maryland Citizens for the Arts.
Barbara Goliday, Director of Development, is a dynamic and innovative leader with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of community relations with an excellent track record of creating solutions that yield positive results. With her extensive background in corporate community affairs and nonprofit organizations, Barbara has a deep understanding of the nuances of each sector, which enables her to provide solutions to companies and nonprofits based on proven experience, yet tailored to meet their particular needs. An individual driven by values, responsibility and integrity, Barbara has been a leader throughout her life. She is an acknowledged change agent and Leadership Greater Washington member (Class of 2009), engaging with senior-level leaders from across the Greater Washington region working to make positive change happen.
Neena Narayanan, Marketing Director, has been inspired by the movement arts since her parents dropped her off at her first dance class. Ms. Narayanan came to Joe’s in 2013 after receiving her Masters in Arts Management from American University. She works closely with Joe’s management team to maintain, develop and improve the Joe’s brand through maintaining and updating the website, enews, social media, and print collateral. She brings data management, marketing and fundraising experience from arts and health care non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area including Studio Gallery, DC Arts Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington Project for the Arts. Neena holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester.
Arts Education Staff
LaTanya Robinson, Arts Education Director, has over 17 years experience working with youth as a tutor, mentor, advocate, and paraeducator. She has organized and implemented child care and youth enrichment program since 1998. Provides management and oversight for youth programs in the community of Mount Rainier and the local Gateway Arts District. Establish, evaluate and refine current offerings of performing arts after school classes to meet the needs of parents in the community with children between the ages of 3-13. Provide quality instruction and staff in visual and performance arts for youth during after school hours. Organize and operate youth summer camps focused on self-awareness, confidence, and respect through performance. Ms. Robinson continues to seek opportunities to expand arts programs to youth in local schools.
Jessica Quiroz, Assistant Arts Education Director, graduated from UPOLI College in Nicaragua with a BA in, Business Administration. She has 13 years experience in Administration and quality customer service; and 5 years in child care administration. She began working with Joe’s Movement Emporium in 2008, where she teaches Spanish Movement, and Salsa classes. In addition to working with the Arts Education Department, Ms. Quiroz also provides program assistance to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Theatre Tech Program (TTP). Ms. Quiroz’s goal is to cultivate creative expression and positive youth development.
Partnering Artists with Classroom Teachers (P.A.C.T.)
Laura Schandelmeier, Partnering Artists with Classroom Teachers (P.A.C.T.) Instructor, is a choreographer and dance educator specializing in arts-integration residencies, professional development for educators, and arts education program design for youth. Schandelmeier is a Master Teaching Artist and Trainer for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and teaches at schools, universities and studios throughout the region. She has conducted 17 consecutive years of artist-residency programs at Mount Rainier Elementary School, impacting 3 generations of students who learn to think and respond with an increased movement vocabulary.
Theatre Tech Program (TTP)
Linda Cameron serves as program coordinator for the Theater Tech program. Linda began her career in the field of early childhood but after mentoring in a local community organization she decided to work with teens. So she began working with the nonprofit organization, Associates for the Renewal in Education where she served as a job developer and later program manager. She is also a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
Cathy Smith, Theater Tech Program Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, has many years of experience as a project director, writer, editor and business owner. Within the last four years, she has become a performing artist at storytelling venues like Story District, Story League, Better Said Than Done, and others, and she conducts storytelling workshops for TTP as well as to companies and organizations.
Patrick Mullen is the Theater Production Manager for Joe’s Movement Emporium. He is also an advanced skills trainer for TTP, instructing participants in live audio production, as well as set and lighting design. Patrick has been a theatrical professional in the Washington, DC metro area for 16 years, working with the National Park Service as well as MNCPP-C and Hargrove Inc.
Ralph Sierra is TTP’s certified academic instructor and workforce development coach. He is also a public high school Spanish teacher.