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Board of Directors for New York State Dance Education Association


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2019 Board of Directors:
Kerrianne Cody: President
Shirlene Blake: Treasurer
Kathleen Leary: Secretary
Barry Blumenfeld: President Elect
Kristina Walton: Director of Communications
Karen Camp: Director of Scholarships and Awards
Mara Sherwood-Katz: Director of Fundraising
Lisa Herlinger-Thompson: Director of Conferences
Cynthia Hanna: Director of NHSDA
Sandra Stratton Gonzalez: Member at Large
Allison Bohman: Administrative Assistant
Audrey Woolever: Student Representative


Kerrianne Cody, MA, Dance Certification K-12 NYS (President)
Location: New York, NY

Work Environment:Dance Educator at PS 165 Edith K. Bergtraum School. NYCDOE: Delta Citywide Dance Facilitator, Arts Mondays District Facilitator. NYSED: Dance Crosswalk, 2017 NYS Learning Standards for the Arts-Dance Writer,  Content Advisory Panel, Arts Coalition Representative.

Area of Expertise/Interest: BFA in Dance Performance and MA in Dance Education. Public Sector Elementary Dance Education working with PreK-5th grade with a focus on integrating creative movement and technique for performance. Private studio instruction in Modern, Jazz, Ballet Basics, and Tap.


Shirlene Blake, MEd, NYS K-12 Dance Certification, Advanced Certificates in Administration and Supervision (Treasurer)
Location: New York, NY

Work Environment: Dance Educator at Harvest Collegiate High School; NYCDOE: Citywide Dance PD Facilitator; NYSED: Arts Standards Revision Committee; Scorer for the New York State Dance Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE)

Area of Expertise/Interest: BFA Dance Performance; MEd Dance Education; also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified MELT Hand and Foot Practitioner, Training in Childbirth Education and Accounting; Interested in inspiring the next generation of Dance Educators; Educational Leadership and Educational Collaborations


Kathleen Leary, (Secretary)
Location: New York, NY

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Barry Blumenfeld, MA, RDE (President Elect)
Location: New York, NY

Work Environment: Dance Educator at Friends Seminary School. Adjunct Professor at New York University Steinhardt. Master Facilitator for the Dance Education Laboratory of the 92nd Street Y. Ask the Experts Columnist for Dance Teacher Magazine.

Area of Expertise/Interest: BA in Psychology and MA in Performing Arts-Dance. Certified Level 1 Teacher of Language of Dance®; Certified yoga instructor; AMGA Certified Rock Climbing Wall Instructor. K-12: creative movement, LOD, choreography, tap, modern, yoga, capoiera and rock climbing Frequently presenting and writing on Technology and Dance Ed. Co-creator of the app, DanceMaker (iOS and Android).


Kristina Walton, MA, PK-12 NYS Certification in Dance (Director of Communications)
Location: New York, NY

Work Environment: The Dalton School (NYS Independent School) & All Souls School (NYS Early Childhood Independent School)

Area of Expertise/Interest: Early Childhood, K-12, working with children with learning differences, integrated curriculum design, private studio teaching in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, creative movement, pre-professional choreography for students, dance performance, multicultural dance, web design, and communications


Karen Camp (Director of Scholarships and Awards)
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Mara Sherwood-Katz, M.A. (Director of Fundraising)
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Work Environment: Founding member of the Heights Community Dancers an award winning inter-generational dance company. Currently teaches dance in various schools throughout Brooklyn. Has chaired two annual fundraisers for NYSDEA.

Area of Expertise/Interest: Public and private sector teaching in dance education, fundraising, presented workshops as NDEO and NYSDEA conferences, performing, choreography, completion of DEL I and II certification program at 92nd Street Y, trained at Joffrey Ballet School, PeriDance, and Gibney.


Lisa Herlinger-Thompson, BA, MA (Director of Conferences)
Location: Queens, NY

Work Environment: NYCDOE elementary school Dance Educator: PK-5. Community center Dance Educator. Hula practitioner.

Area of Expertise/Interest: BA in Dance and MA in Dance Education. Experience teaching PK-12, as well as public sector children and adults. Expertise both in teaching and choreography. Interested in Improvisation and Creative Movement as technique, dance for the camera, and cultural dance, with particular experience in the traditional dances of Uganda and Hula from Hawai'i.


Cynthia Hanna, BA, MS in Exceptional Education, NYS Certification Dance Physical Education and Health, LPN Licensed Practical Nurse (Director of NHSDA)
Location: Buffalo, NY

Work Environment: Nardin Academy K-8 Dance Program. Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Western New York, and Buffalo schools

Area of Expertise/Interest: Interactive Dance Programs that work with young, old, and academics.


Audrey Woolever, (Student Representative)
Location: Rochester, NY

Work Environment: MFA Candidate 2020 at The College at Brockport, SUNY, Part-Time Lecturer in Dance at Wells College, Dance Teacher at Palmyra Macedon Conservatory of Dance

Area of Expertise/Interest: BA in Theatre & Dance, BA in English: Creative Writing, teaching courses in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Body Percussion, and Contemporary.