EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | FOUNDER
Marjuan is an award winning artist, entrepreneur and educator. A native Washingtonian with Caribbean roots, Marjuan is the CEO and Author of the children’s media brand, “Callaloo”. Her work has been seen at The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, The Smithsonian, The Reel Sisters Diaspora Film Festival. She is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Fordham University (B.A. Theater / African Studies) & NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.A. Arts Politics).
Danyel is a self-taught musician and plays piano, guitar, ukulele, violin and djembe. She received her Masters in Vocal Performance from James Madison University and her B.A. in Music with a double minor in Theatre and Dance from UNC Charlotte. Her vast experience in opera, musical theater, and various dance styles has allowed her to perform in the U.S, Nova Scotia and Germany. She currently works as a manager and instructor for Tiny Dancers in Fairfax, VA.
Tiffany N. Spearman is an arts administrator and consultant originally from upstate New York. She has over ten years of dance performance, teaching artist and choreography experience, working with notable companies such as Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Inclined Dance Project and INSPIRIT Dance Company. She is also a contributor for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global publication. She is a graduate of Boston Conservatory.
CERTIFIED DANCE THERAPIST
Naimah Saleem originally from Washington, DC, is a dance therapist, dancer, dance educator and choreographer. She is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She holds her BFA in dance from New World School of the the Arts/ University of Florida and her M.A. in Dance Movement Therapy from the Pratt Institute. Currently, Mrs. Saleem attends Steinhart New York University for a Master’s in Mental Health and Wellness.Mrs. Saleem has trained in dance styles such as African, Afro-Caribbean, Ballet (pointe work), Jazz, Modern (Horton, Limon and Graham techniques), and Taratibu.
Kinaya is a California native and former dancer. She is a certified Zumba instructor and recent graduate of Howard University.
EDUCATION CURRICULUM SPECIALIST
Natalie is an educator and arts administrator with over fifteen years of experience. She is currently a special education teacher at IDEAL Prep Academy in Washington, DC. She has worked over 8 years in NYC Public and Charter Schools. She holds her B.A. in Technical Theatre from The University of the Arts and her M.A. in Arts Education from NYU and is a graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Board of Directors
Amber Watson (CHAIR)
Amber is the co-founder and CEO of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Collaborative Engagement (DICE) Leadership Group. She holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelors of Science in International Business from Old Dominion University, and has been reengineering business processes and training workforces since 2009. Specifically, Amber has worked in international trade and logistics, financial policy, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. Additionally, Amber’s Federal Government career has been driven by creating a culture of accountability, leadership, and employee empowerment.
Jeremy Watson is a Manager at Prudential Impact Investments, where he focuses on affordable housing, opportunity zones, and infrastructure investments. He has over eight years of experience in engineering design, urban planning, and private equity. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, Master of Urban & Regional Planning from Virginia Tech, and Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Jeremy resides in Jersey City, NJ with his wife Shemeka.
Tatiana is a producer, arts administrator and manager from Durham, NC. She has over 10 years of arts management, accounting and operations experience. She holds her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Business Management from Hampton University. She has worked for companies such as Leslie Lewis Consulting, international talent agency, WME Entertainment and Duke University.
Jonathan is an Obie Award-winning & Audelco Nominated, Harlem-based artist who has served as Director of Theatre Arts at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre since 2012. In 2013, he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina and the Torch Bearer Award. He is a founding member of the collaborative producing organization Harlem9, Next Generation National Network, and The Movement Theatre Company. McCrory sits on the National Advisory Committee for Black Theatre Commons & Howlround.com. A DC native, McCrory attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and NYU Tisch School.
Anne is a queer intersectional feminist organizer and lifelong martial artist. She is the Director of Policy at Athlete Ally, Anne leads the organization's state-based and national LGBTQ rights efforts and mobilizes Athlete Ally ambassadors, sports teams, athletic institutions and other partners to advance LGBTQ rights locally and globally. Anne has worked for a decade in advancing LGBTQI+ rights internationally. Prior to joining Athlete Ally, Anne led grantmaking and advocacy efforts in Southeast Asia for American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as a Program Officer on the Sexual Health and Rights team. Before AJWS, Anne spent two years in Thailand on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting research on gender and sexuality in Muay Thai. Anne has an M.A. from Columbia University in Human Rights and a B.A. in African and African American Studies and Women's Studies from Fordham University.
Dr. Carol Jagdeo M.D.
Dr. Jagdeo is a long time patron of the arts and a Trinbagonian medical physician and consultant in Internal medicine specializing in cardiovascular medicine, adult medicine and women’s health. With 33 years of healthcare experience, she is committed to the practice of quality primary care, patient advocacy and empowerment and the practice of holistic and integrative medicine. Born and raised in San Juan, Trinidad, Dr. Jagdeo attended Bishop Anstey High School in Port of Spain. She received her B.S. in Biology from Cornell University in Ithaca NY, her medical degree at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed her medical residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She is currently a senior attending physician at The Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. She is in private practice in Washington, DC and Bon Accord, Tobago.
Jeanelle St. Sauvuer
Jeanelle is a first generation American with Trinidadian and Haitian roots, born and raised in Washington, DC. She serves as a Project Manager and Business Analyst focused on Data Strategy and Securitization. She has over 7 years experience in the legal field and is a co-host on the podcast, “We Need More.” Her first love is theatre, improv and being behind the scenes for theatre and film.