Based in San Francisco, Noel has a passion for effective teams and organizations. He practices this as a Human Resources professional focused on the healthcare industry and with experiences in global settings, having lived and worked in San Francisco, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. He is an avid student dancer, having been part of a Filipino Folk Dance company in his youth and is currently a student of the hip hop dance community here in San Francisco, and also during his stints abroad. Noel has a Masters in Human Resources and Organization Development and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.
KRISTEN JACOBSON Treasurer
Kristen Jacobson is dedicated to the accessibility of arts education for diverse populations. In 2019, she became the Executive Director at Youth in Arts in Marin County, CA. Recently, she was the Managing Director of Education at Alonzo King LINES Ballet where she led initiatives to expand LINES’ programs that promote individuality, creativity and communication through dance. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Arts Educators Alliance of the Bay Area and recently on SFUSD’s Arts Ed. Master Plan Advisory Committee and was co-chair of the Community Education and Programs Group for Dance/USA. At Hubbard Street Dance Chicago she developed the Youth Dance Program from its inception as their Youth Programs Manager. She holds a BA Point Park University and a MA Columbia College Chicago.
CYNTHIA A. JONES Secretary
Cynthia has a deep love of dance and an unshakable belief in the power of art to affect the lives of people. She has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Gerontology and is retired from serving the community for 35 years as an investigator focused on legal issues pertaining to the elderly, concluding her career in a management position. She worked in concert with multiple legal, medical and social service segments of San Francisco, and was enriched by the great diversity of cultures that grace the Bay Area. Cynthia has lived in San Francisco for the past 35 years.
PAM KRAMER President
Pam recently became a San Francisco resident after 23 years in the Bay Area suburbs. Her current work is focused on new media, podcasting, and audio innovation. She works with young companies and innovations that are poised to become part of everyday culture because she enjoys the process of figuring out how to help make something new, and useful, catch on. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in Japanese cultural anthropology. Pam also serves on the board of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and supports local arts and progressive educational organizations.
Nikki works in the health and wellness space, where she has pioneered integrative health concepts and programs in the workplace. Her passion is shining a light on people and groups that need health and wellness support, and helping them create a culture of health in their communities. She is the founder of a San Francisco food security non-profit as well as a women’s midlife health education program. Nikki has her masters in Integral Health Studies and a background in natural foods marketing. She is an avid dancer, a budding gardener and is passionate about food, health and animals. She has two young-adult kids and lives in San Francisco with her husband and her dog.
Forty-five years ago, Charlene moved to San Francisco from a very small town in Vermont. In the early years, she was very active with the League of Women Voters, serving as President of the SF League and as a member of the California League board. Most recently, she served for ten years on the board/executive board of Richmond Main Street Initiative. After receiving her MBA in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University, she started working in nonprofit development and for the past 30+ years she has been a development consultant, contract grantwriter, and staff member, including Director of Development, for large and small arts/culture organizations in the Bay Area.
A Bay Area native, Stacey received her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She went on to work with Seán Curran and the Santa Fe Opera, and to travel to Greece to perform in works by Johannes Wieland and Stella Zannou at the one small step dance festival. She spent three seasons as a dancer and rehearsal director with the Sticky Trace Company in Germany. Since returning to the Bay, Stacey has worked with Robert Moses, Katie Faulkner, Jennifer Perfilio, Lenora Lee Dance, Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, and RAWdance.
GISELLE CHOW, RANDAL FIPPINGER, ANNE FRENCH,
MARGARET JENKINS, JENNIFER NORRIS
We acknowledge and thank all of RAWdance’s past Board Members for their vision and efforts in steering the company to where it is today.
Elizabeth Sheets Orcutt
J. Nahry Tak
RAWdance Board of Directors are passionate in their support of RAWdance’s mission to expand the definition of contemporary dance, create bold new work, and uplift the Bay Area and Hudson Valley dance communities. If you’re interested in learning more, please read the role description below and feel free to reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
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