Leadership Team

  • HALLIE SHERARD
    Chair
  • LINDSAY DEAN
    Treasurer
  • BETH-ANN ROTH
    Secretary
  • MARVIN WASHINGTON
    Director
  • ASHANTI BROWN-DANIELS
    Director
  • CAROL FOSTER
    Director
  • DR. JOSIE HOOVER
    Director
  • DR. JULIE MULVIHILL
    Director
  • RENÉE SKONIER
    Director
  • DR. KATE SPANOS
    Director
  • JOZANNE SUMMERVILLE
    Director
  • KRYSTAL ODOM
    Ex-Officio
  • ELIZABETH WATSON
    Ex-Officio
  • DOUGLAS YEUELL
    Emeritus
  • MICHELLE AVA
    Emeritus

HALLIE SHERARD

Chair

2017-Present

Director of Business Development, EvensonBest

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LINDSAY DEAN

Treasurer

2019-Present

Senior Audit Manager at GRF CPAs & Advisors

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BETH-ANN ROTH

Secretary

2015-Present

Founder – R|K Invest Law, PBC & ESG Legal Services

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Beth-ann arrived in Washington, DC 35 years ago to join the legal staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Upon arrival, she happily discovered Joy of Motion, and over the years has enjoyed taking classes at each of the studios and in as many cultural disciplines as she can fit into her schedule. When she isn’t dancing, Beth-ann continues to practice law, having served as Associate General Counsel of Calvert Investments and inaugural legal counsel for Calvert Impact Assets. She served as Deputy General Counsel for the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA International), a microfinance organization working in 21 countries to build financial empowerment in marginalized communities, and was also part of the Investment Management Practice Group at Dechert, an AmLaw100 law firm. She now practices at a public benefit law practice she co-founded, provides pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minor children caught up in the immigration legal system, and serves as outside General Counsel to Die Jim Crow, a record label for formerly- and currently-incarcerated musicians in order to provide a voice for highlighting racial injustice in the U.S. prison system. She and her husband have a combined family of 7 children, all grown, some of whom are accomplished artists in their own right. They have 5 grandchildren, including a 17-year-old who is an active member of a local Bolivian cultural dance troupe.

MARVIN WASHINGTON

Director

2017-Present

Senior Paralegal at Hudson Cook, LLP

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ASHANTI BROWN-DANIELS

Director

2020-Present

Native Californian, Howard University alum. They came from a family of dancers and began their love affair with dance at two years old. Joy of Motion has helped in the continuation of their love even though the reality of adulthood. They are a real estate management professional and event coordinator by day, a dancer 24/7.

CAROL FOSTER

Director

2020-Present

Special Programs Associate, International Association of Blacks in Dance

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Carol Foster is currently a Special Programs Associate for the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN DANCE (IABD) and is working in the capacity as a PERFORMING ARTS READINESS (PAR) Emergency Preparedness Consultant for the performing arts. She also serves on the inaugural Culture Caucus for the Kennedy Center’s new wing, “The REACH.” In which she has a two-year residency to work and present at the new wing. She is a founding member of IABD and served on its board for many years. Ms. Foster has successfully raised funds via grants and contributions throughout her arts career. Carol Foster has committed over forty-five years of dedicated service to the arts and arts education in the District, Maryland, and Virginia area. She founded and was artistic director of the DC Youth Ensemble, a young people’s performing company which performed nationally and later internationally at the “Fringe” in Edinburgh, Scotland. She directed the Arlington Youth Street Theater, worked as Dean of Arts at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, taught visual arts in DC Public Schools, and was on staff as Adjunct Professor of Dance at the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. Foster has personally worked as a choreographer, performer, writer, director, arts administrator, and visual artist. She has been involved with many special projects/programs related to the arts and arts education inclusive of the President’s Committee on the Arts’ Turnaround Arts Initiative during President Barack Obama’s administration. Foster has countless hours in community service and has provided advice and support to aspiring arts students, instructors, future company directors, arts organizations, studios, etc. Her favorite quote is an old African proverb stating, “you must always proceed as though you cannot fail.”

DR. JOSIE HOOVER

Director

2020-Present

Director of Human Resources at Wesley Theological Seminary

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Dr. Josie Hoover is a 2008 & 2015 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. She is currently on staff at Wesley Theological Seminary as the Director of Human Resources & Adjunct Professor of Liturgical Dance for the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts & & Adjunct Professor of Liturgical Dance for the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts & conference facilitator and chaplain in her capacity as a liturgical dancer. With inspiration from her doctoral thesis, “Liturgical Dance as Transformative Worship: Meeting God Through Movement,” Josie teaches courses on theory and practice; embodiment; and dance as a spiritual practice. She is a contributing author to the academic resource book, “Engage: A Theological Field Education Toolkit” and the online dance magazine, book, “Engage: A Theological Field Education Toolkit” and the online dance magazine, board of the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center, Inc. (AMERC) based in Berea, KY and as a mentor for RISE Together National Mentoring Network (DC in Berea, KY and as a mentor for RISE Together National Mentoring Network (DC in Berea, KY and as a mentor for RISE Together National Mentoring Network (DC

 

DR. JULIE MULVIHILL

Director

2020-Present

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Julie Mulvihill is interested in how we communicate, contribute, and shift roles as we create possibilities and decisions in making dances. Each dance making moment may ask different responses from its makers, creating a dialogue of shared experience. Dance making practices profoundly inform Julie’s ideas shared experience. Dance making practices profoundly inform Julie’s ideas about teaching and learning, which in turn impact her research. Julie holds a PhD in Dance Theory and Practice from Texas Woman’s Univeristy and a teaching certification in the Alexander Technique from Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies. Julie has studied, practiced, taught, performed and made all kinds of movement in all kinds of ways with all of people.

RENÉE SKONIER

Director

2020-Present

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Renee has twenty years of experience as an attorney and business executive, managing legal matters for publicly traded companies, most recently as a General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, where she specialized in corporate governance, ethics and compliance, and employment/labor matters. She has transitioned to the fitness industry, focusing on has transitioned to the fitness industry, focusing on in Arlington.

DR. KATE SPANOS

Director

2020-Present

Coordinator of Marketing and Communications, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at University of Maryland, College Park

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Kate Spanos, Ph.D., is a dancer, educator, scholar, and arts administrator with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of her work. She is an Irish dancer (MA Irish dance performance, University of Limerick), with experience in a variety of other percussive dance forms, as well as Brazilian movement forms including capoeira, frevo, and samba. Her scholarship focuses on “dances of resistance” and social change through dance, especially in Brazil, Ireland, and the Eastern Caribbean (Montserrat); she was a postdoctoral Fulbright scholar in Recife, Brazil in 2018. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches courses in dance ethnography and subversive cultures, which highlight the power of the arts to build and enact change for communities around the world. She is the marketing and communications coordinator for the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, where she amplifies the artistic and scholarly work of faculty, students, and staff. She is also co-founder and president of EducArte, a Maryland-based non-profit organization with a mission to create educational cultural arts programming and to open spaces for cultural expression by artists and their communities on their own terms. Kate has been a student at Joy of Motion since 1999.

JOZANNE SUMMERVILLE

Director

2020-Present

Lead Business Financial Management Analyst, Naval Seas Systems Command (NAVSEA)

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Jozanne S. Summerville is ready to take on the challenges faced by Joy of Motion. A native of Stafford, Virginia, she graduated from Sweet Briar College with degrees in Mathematics and Economics and a Minor in Dance. She went on to earn an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park. Her background is in manpower, financial and cost analysis for the US Navy. Recently, she accepted a position with DoD to focus on improving estimating and reporting of the taxpayers’ cyber security investments. She has danced with Joy for over 16 years, as a student, performer, work-study, proud dance aunt and youth instructor. She seeks to be a champion for the dance art form and see Joy of Motion regain the thriving role it plays in our community, by spurring collaboration and balancing fiduciary responsibility to unite key stakeholders during these times of global crisis and cultural awareness. She has a passion for people and creating opportunities for them to produce at their best, allowing space for talent and creativity. This is her way of giving back to instructors and studio staff that have given so much. Jozanne now lives with her girlfriend and two rescue cats in a proudly renovated home in NW DC.

KRYSTAL ODOM

Director, Ex-Officio

2020-Present

Co-Interim Executive Director, Joy of Motion Dance Center

ELIZABETH WATSON

Director, Ex-Officio

2020-Present

Co-Interim Executive Director, Joy of Motion Dance Center

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DOUGLAS YEUELL

BOARD EMERITUS

Executive Director, 1989-2014

Executive Director, Atlas Performing Arts Center

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MICHELLE AVA

BOARD EMERITUS

Founder

Dancer, Choreographer, Movement Therapy, Empowerment Coach

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