MELISSA HUDSON BELL
Melissa is a dancer, choreographer and researcher based in Oakland, CA. She has a PhD in Critical Dance Studies and an MFA in Experimental Dance from UC Riverside, and she currently teaches at the University of San Francisco. She is also a dance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her research and choreographic interests circulate around 21st century strategies for audience engagement, especially those that incorporate food as a means of enlivening the senses, invoking memory, or crafting community.
GISELLE CHOW President
Giselle is a longtime fan of RAWdance’s highly considered and purposeful work. She finds working with the company and those who support it as an important way to underscore the value of art in her daily life. She is the sole proprietor of Giselle Chow Consulting in San Francisco, where she designs, leads, and facilitates group and institutional change processes. Her area of practice is graphic facilitation; the creation of large-scale drawings and graphics in real time that enable participants to see their work, identify patterns, and make connections. Giselle also has extensive experience in teaching, learning, and school leadership, and worked for over a decade in the area of school access, equity, and inclusion.
REBEKAH ENDERLE Treasurer
Rebekah Enderle is a San Francisco-based modern dancer whose projects in film and live performance explore porthole universes and interpersonal dynamics. As an avid proponent of performance art and community engagement she is thrilled to use her financial skillset, developed during the tenure of her previous career, in quantitative analysis, operational budgeting review, and strategic planning, as Board Treasurer to support the work of RAWdance. Rebekah received her Master of Arts degree in French Studies from New York University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and French from the University of Connecticut.
Iris is a Bay Area native and San Francisco resident whose claim to fame is having lived in the 415 area code her entire life. She has been involved in the non-profit arena for many years holding positions at the SF Convention & Visitors Bureau, Asian Art Museum, the Nature Conservancy, Public Policy Institute of California, UC Berkeley (her alma mater), San Francisco Parks Alliance and is currently the Capital Campaign Director for the SF-Marin Food Bank. Along with her commitment to philanthropy, she is a strong believer in the arts being a catalyst for the creative spirit that lies within all of us. Iris was a long-time board member of SOMArts Cultural Center. In her spare time, writes about her observations on politics and relationships between the sexes.
PAM KRAMER Secretary
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.
Alexandra is an attorney who lives and works in San Francisco. She has a passion for dance, and became an ardent fan of RAWdance after seeing two of the company’s free, public performances: 2×24: Love on Loop, performed in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza; and A Public Affair, performed in SF’s City Hall Rotunda. She joined the board in 2013. Alex’s past non-profit volunteer work has been centered around issues relating to children in need. She was a member of the fundraising auxiliary for Edgewood Center for Children and Families, and formerly served as co-president of the board of an early childhood literacy non-profit, The Reading Tree. In college, Alex was a dancer and choreographer with Orchesis Dance Company at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
ELIZABETH SHEETS ORCUTT
Storytelling and the arts have always held a special place in Elizabeth’s heart. She graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and a minor in Holistic Health. After performing as an artist and rehearsal director with Push Dance Company for three years, Elizabeth entered the non-profit sector as Operations Manager at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, where her organization and customer-focused approach supported programs and operations. She now works for the Diablo Regional Arts Association, the non-profit partner of the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek as Communications and Outreach Manager. Elizabeth is grateful to combine her personal passions and professional experiences to bring the arts to her community in the SF East Bay.
Sean is a member of the Artistic team at San Francisco Opera where he oversees artistic operations and assists with casting and season planning. He has helped launch several initiatives at SFO including its experimental programming arm, SF Opera Lab and has led a number of organizational partnerships including collaborations with Stanford’s d.school, Smule, and The City of San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation. Sean has previously worked with the Metropolitan Opera, OPERA America, the Castleton Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera and the Handel & Haydn Society. He is an advocate of disruptive business practices and the application of human-centered design in the arts. He is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
RANDAL FIPPINGER, ANNE FRENCH,
MARGARET JENKINS, JENNIFER NORRIS
Photo by Hillary Goidell