Officers

The Washington Ballet is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors which contributes significantly to the success of TWB through its oversight, fundraising, outreach, and expertise in many important areas of the organization’s operations.

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Officers

Jean-Marie Fernandez

Chair

Jean-Marie Fernandez, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Washington Ballet, serves as the President of the Fernandez Foundation, a private foundation focused on the health and education of …

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Eve Auchincloss Lilley

Vice Chair

Eve Auchincloss Lilley, Vice-Chair of the Board, is an educational diagnostician, administering psychological and educational evaluations to children and adults at Educational Assessment Associates. Eve began her career earning a …

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Michael B. Goldstein

Vice Chair

Mike Goldstein has been a member of The Washington Ballet Board since the 1980s, and also serves, pro bono, as TWB’s General Counsel. Mike came to Washington in 1978 to …

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Lowell Yoder

Treasurer

Lowell Yoder is currently a Sr. Group Manager for Greater Washington Commercial Banking Group at M&T Bank. Lowell is responsible for the overall management of the group including sales management, …

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Luanne Adams

Secretary

Luanne Adams came to Washington DC as an undergraduate theater major at The Catholic University. Her enthusiasm for the performing arts had been intensified by a Junior Year Abroad in …

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2019.20 Board of Directors

The Washington Ballet is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors which contributes significantly to the success of TWB through its oversight, fundraising, outreach, and expertise in many important areas of the organization’s operations.

*Denotes past chair

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2019.20 Board of Directors

Luanne Adams

Secretary

Luanne Adams came to Washington DC as an undergraduate theater major at The Catholic University. Her enthusiasm for the performing arts had been intensified by a Junior Year Abroad in …

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Jamie Boucher

Jamie L. Boucher is head of Skadden’s Financial Institutions Regulatory and Enforcement Group and the global anti-money laundering and sanctions practice. Her clients include U.S. and international banks, thrifts, mortgage …

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Jane R. Cafritz

Jane Rosenthal Cafritz, a Washington area native, is an interior designer, color consultant and the head of Jane R. Cafritz Antiques & Interiors. Jane graduated from Holton-Arms School and Skidmore …

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Evonne Connolly

Evonne Connolly’s first career was in advertising, where her roles included Account Director and Senior VP/Management Committee member, from 1989-2001. Her national clients included USAir, Weight Watchers, Arby’s, Verizon and Mastercard. Next, …

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Sylvia A. de Leon*

Sylvia de Leon is the immediate past chair of The Washington Ballet Board of Directors, a position she held for a decade. de Leon is a lawyer and retired partner …

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Charles De Santis

Charles DeSantis jumps into action each day for three reasons: 1) family and friends, 2) the community in which he lives and works, and 3) those in the greatest need.   …

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David De Santis

David DeSantis has been a Partner and Managing Broker at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty since 2007.  Before joining TTR, David served in several senior roles in residential development, sales and …

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Lois H. England*

Distinguished Board Member Emerita

Zulima Espinel

Zulima Espinel serves as vice president for global public policy and government affairs. Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Espinel spent a decade serving in various roles for the U.S. Government. …

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John N. Estes III

John Estes heads Skadden’s Energy Regulation and Litigation Group. He focuses on FERC enforcement and litigation at the agency and on judicial review. Mr. Estes has defended many of the …

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Jean-Marie Fernandez

Chair

Jean-Marie Fernandez, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Washington Ballet, serves as the President of the Fernandez Foundation, a private foundation focused on the health and education of …

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Barbara Ferrara

Barbara Ferrara is a retired lawyer who worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Her involvement with TWB has been a family affair, as her husband Ralph also raises funds …

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James Gale

James Gale is a seasoned professional at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), currently serving as Director of Project Finance and underwriting the financing of business investments worldwide. His primary …

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Michael B. Goldstein

Vice Chair

Mike Goldstein has been a member of The Washington Ballet Board since the 1980s, and also serves, pro bono, as TWB’s General Counsel. Mike came to Washington in 1978 to …

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Ryan Hayes

Ryan Michael Hayes is passionate about the arts and has been intimately involved in numerous arenas of the performing arts world. His wide breadth of professional experience serves as a …

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Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes moved to Washington, DC, in 2007 to join the law school faculty at American University, where she teaches and publishes on legal aspects of property and commercial finance. …

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Janice Kim

Ms. Kim has a long history of supporting non-profit endeavors, and in particular, non-profits focused on broadening the reach of the Arts. She is currently a member of the Board …

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Sara Lange

Sara Lange is a mother of three living in Washington, DC and she has been involved with the Ballet for the better part of her life. She is a member …

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Eric Larsen

Eric Jon Larsen serves as President of The Advisory Board Company, a best practices firm dedicated to improving the performance of health care organizations around the world.  Eric has oversight …

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Eve Auchincloss Lilley

Vice Chair

Eve Auchincloss Lilley, Vice-Chair of the Board, is an educational diagnostician, administering psychological and educational evaluations to children and adults at Educational Assessment Associates. Eve began her career earning a …

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Timothy Lowery

Timothy R. Lowery is a Director with the global commercial real estate firm Hines and serves as the General Manager of the CityCenterDC project. Mr. Lowery oversees the management, operations, …

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Peter Manos

Peter is a Managing Partner at Arlington Capital Partners and shares overall responsibilities for all management and investment activities of the firm. He has primary responsibility for Arlington’s aerospace/defense investments …

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Joan McCarthy

Joan began taking ballet as a child, and pursued it throughout her college life.  She graduated from UCLA Law School and worked as a litigator at two large law firms …

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Dorothy Pierce McSweeny

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny is the Chair Emeritus of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, serving from 1996 to present and past Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. In …

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Michelle Montes

Michelle Montes is an Assurance partner at EY with 23 years of experience in public accounting serving a variety of industries, currently focusing on real estate, hospitality and private equity. …

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Dr. Michael Olding

Dr. Michael Olding is Chief of Plastic Surgery at George Washington University and Director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center at the GWU Medical Faculty Associates. He is a board certified …

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Andrea Rinaldi

Andrea Rinaldi attended Mercyhurst College graduating with a degree in Biology. After college she moved to New York City and married Dr. Peter Rinaldi in 2003, becoming a mother in …

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Barbara S. Rothkopf

Barbara Rothkopf returned to the board after 12 years of living in Easton, PA, where she served on the boards of various non-profits, including the Allentown Art Museum, Easton Hospital, …

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Andrew Sandler

Andy Sandler is an entrepreneur, investor, and a legal and strategic advisor to the financial services and mortgage industries.  He leads Temerity Capital Partners, the Sandler family office and private …

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Martha Schwieters

Martha Schwieters, a native Washingtonian, holds a degree in English literature from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) and an M.A in Performing Arts: Dance from American University. She taught …

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Deborah Stark Sigmund

Deborah Sigmund has been a member of the Washington Ballet since 1994. Her daughter Hillary studied at The Washington School of Ballet for six years. She is a current member …

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Jennifer Skalka Tulumello

Jennifer Skalka Tulumello is a freelance journalist who has held staff writer positions with the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, National Journal Group and Concord (NH) Monitor. Her work has also …

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Patricia Wu

Patricia Wu is managing director of C&M International, the international policy and regulatory affairs consulting affiliate of Crowell & Moring LLP. Prior to joining C&M International, Patricia was with The …

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Lowell Yoder

Treasurer

Lowell Yoder is currently a Sr. Group Manager for Greater Washington Commercial Banking Group at M&T Bank. Lowell is responsible for the overall management of the group including sales management, …

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Ex Officio

Ex Officio

Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Artistic Director

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 79-year history. She began her dance training with …

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Ginger Dietrich

Ginger Dietrich

President, Women's Committee

Ginger Dietrich (President of Women’s Committee) has a diverse background with work in the private and non-profit sectors, and a spirited zeal for bringing new ideas and people together. She …

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Sarah Sanchez

Sarah Sanchez

President, Jeté Society

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