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The Board of Directors of NYSDEA have voted to put forward the following unified slate for the election of new board members as well as board members who are renewing their term.

Each board member serves a term of 3 years with the eligibility of renewing for a second three year term.

The following slate was overwhelmingly approved by the board and is being presented to our membership to vote on.

A yes vote from you is a vote of confidence in the decision that the board has made in inviting these members onto the board or to continue for a second term.

The Unified Slate as approved by the Board of Directors:

Karen Camp:  Director of Awards for a second term.
Lisa Herlinger-Thompson: Director of Conferences.
Sandra Stratton Gonzalez: Member at Large

All voting needs to be completed by December 31st.

Members, please look for our e-blast containing the link to the voting ballot. Below, you can click on the names of the candidates for their bios:

  • Lisa Herlinger-Thompson
    (MA, BA) grew up in Hawaii and teaches elementary school Dance in the New York City Department of Education. She received her MA in Dance Education from New York University, where she received a Susan Carol Hersh Scholarship, was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Dance Education, and participated in the outreach company Kaleidoscope Dancers II. Lisa was a participant in NYU’s first Dance Education Study Abroad Program to Uganda in 2006 and has presented at NDEO on this topic. She was a founding member of LIMBIC SIX, company member of Troika Ranch, and continues to perform and choreograph in NYC. Lisa dances Hula in the Maiki Aiu Lake tradition with Nā Lehua Melemele. Instagram: @PlateLunchDance
  • Sandi Stratton-Gonzalez
    (MA) is a Dance Specialist at PS 372 in Brooklyn, a member of the Department of Education Delta Team for professional development, and an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, teaching dance certification candidates. She is co-author (with Katherine Gallant and Diane Duggan) of Dance Education for Diverse Learners: Special Education Supplement to the Dance Blueprint. Ms. Stratton-Gonzalez has been published in Dance: Current Selected Research Volume 7, and Dance Education in Practice where she is an editorial board member. She was honored by the NYS Dance Education Association for Outstanding Research in Dance Education. Prior to working in public education,. Ms. Stratton-Gonzalez was the founding Director of Soundance Repertory Company. Her choreography has been presented throughout the Northeast.
  • Karen Camp
    K-8,High School
    Gr. 5-12 Dance Lead Teacher
    Ms. Camp joined Tapestry in 2011. Ms. Camp received her Bachelors degree from SUNY Empire State College.   Her combined education and 20+ years of teaching experience allow her to enrich students through developing technique, group learning activities and experimentation in the classroom.   She is the Artistic Director of The Dance Camp, offering studies in tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance. In addition to the training she received in Western New York, she has studied at the notable 92nd Street YMCA under renowned dance educator & author Tina Curran and dance educator Ann Biddle, founder of Stories in Motion - a program based on the nationally acclaimed Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) model of creative dance for children.  Ms. Camp also attends workshops and holds memberships with dance, and arts organizations.  She is proudly dedicated in her role as a board member for Young Audiences of Western New York.

  • Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Your vote of confidence is very important to us as we move forward.


    From the President

    Dear NYSDEA Members

    As many of you know we held our Annual Winter Conference in February at which time we announced our Unified Slate for Board members and our new President Elect. This Unified Slate was presented to our membership for a vote. It is with great pleasure that I announce that the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of our Slate and we now have a new President-Elect, Kerrianne Cody. She will serve for 4 years. One year as President-Elect, under my tutelage, two years as President, and one year as Past President. In addition Cindy Hanna was voted on for a second 3-year term as National Honor Society Director. We had the largest voter turnout since I have been involved with the organization and it shows that our constituents are pleased with the direction that this board has taken us. I am thrilled with where we are headed and I am positive that under Kerrianne’s leadership NYSDEA will forge ahead into new and exciting directions and initiatives. Please join me in welcoming Kerrianne Cody as our new President-Elect and wishing her the very best as she embarks on this exciting path.


    From the President Elect- Kerrianne Cody

    As I begin this new journey as president elect, I wanted to take a moment to thank those who have encouraged and supported me every step of the way. To Deborah Damast, Andrew Jannetti and the rest of the NYSDEA board who nominated me for this position...Thank you for believing in my ability to lead. To our constituents who voted in favor of my appointment as President Elect, I hope to be the voice of our organization, your voice. Over the past few years I have served NYSDEA in roles varying from membership director, to NYSED support, each preparing me in a different capacity for the road ahead. I know I have much to learn over the next few months to further grasp all facets of NYSDEA’s impact & contributions to the field. I look forward to this new adventure and thank each of you for allowing me to serve such an incredible group of Dance Educators.