Board of Directors
Welcome new Board members! You probably know both Akilah and Midge by sight from the dance floor. The photo panel outside the office will help you match a face with a name.
Sue Martin joins the board after a year and a half of dabbling in Tapestry dancing, mostly Contra. Her family have been performing with the St. Paul Czech & Slovak Folk Dancers since her daughters were in elementary school. She enjoys the healthy exercise, friendly community, and open spirit of the Tapestry community. She’s eager to work for its future evolution and sustainability.
Akilah Sanders-Reed has joined the Tapestry Board. In her application letter, she eloquently describes her vision of service:“At the heart of Tapestry is its community. The people who come to dance are a reflection of the organization and its values. While much of this is organic, it also takes intentionality to be a truly inclusive and welcoming community. As a young person, a demographic typically underrepresented at Tapestry, I hope that my perspective will help uphold the mission to ‘create opportunities to participate in the joys of dance’ in such a way that those opportunities are available and welcoming to everyone.”
Midge Olsen is our second new board member. She and her husband, Gordon Olsen, are long-time Tapestry Sustainer members and long-time contra and English Country dancers. She writes:“Coming on the Tapestry Board will be an adventure. I hope I can contribute something back to the dance community that is near and dear to my heart.”
2017-2018 Board of Directors
Carole Wilson, President
David Dixen, Vice President
Todd Petersen, Treasurer
Jeanne Novak, Secretary
Christy Spillman George , Executive Director
Christy brings to Tapestry over fifteen years in experience in both the corporate travel and the higher education fields, with seven of those years working for Capella University in their Academic Accreditation department. Christy has received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, and currently holds the position of Office and Tour Manager of Katha Dance Theatre, a renowned 30 year old North Indian dance company and school. Christy boasts a great passion for dance and the arts. She is herself a dancer, in both Kathak and Bharatanatyam, which are two classical dance formats from India. She is no stranger to Tapestry, as she has also performed with our own Bollywood Dance Scene in two of their sell-out Fringe performances.
Dana Hoeschen, Financial Assistant
Dana Hoeschen joined us as Financial Assistant, bringing extensive experience in project and office management and accounting functions.
Michael Salazar, Marketing Assistant & Rental Manager
Michael Salazar graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Marketing Communications. In addition to working with Tapestry, he is the Arts and Marketing Assistant at COMPAS Inc, an arts education nonprofit in Saint Paul. Full of energy and life, Michael is excited to highlight every exciting dance-moment Tapestry has to offer.