President of the Board of Directors
Bridgette Lin works as a financial services professional at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with accounting experience in the asset management industry. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received B.A. degrees in Communication Studies and Philosophy, and a Masters degree in Accounting. Bridgette has always been an active supporter of the arts - from those first ballet & tap shoes at age 4, to studying piano & violin at age 5. Early exposure to classical arts developed into more than a decade's worth of piano and youth symphony orchestra experiences across her home state of Georgia. Early education also developed into a continuous, lifelong dedication to expanding her dance knowledge and performance experience in several different forms of dance training. Bridgette currently resides in New York City.
Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Kathy Kessel has more than 25 years experience in global compensation and human resources, most recently as Vice President Global Compensation at Pfizer Inc. Kathy's prior experience includes Standard & Poor's, Siemens Corporation, the HR consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Morton International. Kathy holds a BS degree in Accountancy from Miami University in Ohio, and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management where she focused on International Business and Management Strategy. Kathy lives in New York City.
Secretary of the Board of Directors
Originally from Ukraine where she attended college and law school, Elena also graduated from Columbia School of Law. Elena Sefanov is a mutli-faceted, multilingual professional who has enjoyed success as an attorney working for law firms as well as corporations like American Express. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President in Heddings Property Group, a Manhattan based real estate agency. She speaks fluent Russian, Ukrainian, French and English, has traveled extensively, and formed friendships and associations around the world. Previously a professional dancer who performed ballet, modern and other forms of dance, Elena still dances recreationally. Outside of work, she is also an active mother and member of her community.
Alina Costica currently works in private equity at Kohlberg & Co. Previously, Alina was a financial analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Merrill Lynch. Alina received a B.S. in Finance and Management from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
special event chair
Jonathan Fields grew up in Manhattan, where he often visited the various city museums. This exposure inspired a great love of the arts which he pursued at Lafayette College where he received his B.A. For many years, he worked for his family carpet firm, Edward Fields, Inc., where he was lucky enough to continue his involvement in the arts by working with well known artists on various projects. He and his wife Jackie Kelly are avid contemporary dance supporters; their favorite dancers are their daughters Olivia and Allegra.
Patrick Forhane has been employed as a Credit Officer at Citibank since returning home to New York. Prior to returning to New York, he held various positions in consumer and business banking on the west coast. He earned an M.B.A. from Webster University and a B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego. Patrick has traveled the world extensively and loves to experience the arts and culture that New York has to offer. He has taken a keen interest in the arts since his first visit to Radio City as a teenager.
Alejandra Kennedy is the Associate Director of Training at Summer Advantage USA, an education based nonprofit. She received a B.A. in Education from CUNY - Herbert H. Lehman and a Masters in Public Management from CUNY - Bernard Baruch. She currently resides in Brooklyn where she regularly takes in shows at the Brooklyn Arts and Music Theatre and visits the Brooklyn Museum. Alejandra Kennedy has a passion for working with youth and knows how important the arts are in the lives of our children.
Erin Rose Miner is a Vice President and legal counsel at Credit Suisse Securities USA (LLC) in New York, responsible for ERISA, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefit matters. Erin advises on ERISA fiduciary rules that arise in connection with the bank's clients and serves as counsel with respect to the bank’s global equity compensation programs as well as the bank's tax-qualified and welfare plans. Erin received her undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park and received her law degree from New York Law School. Erin enjoys traveling and skiing and volunteers with several different nonprofit organizations.
Delano is an Assistant Vice President in Merrill Lynch’s Investment Management & Guidance (IMG) division and is responsible for coordinating management reporting and analysis for all of IMG’s investment performance, publications and strategic initiatives. Delano’s responsibilities also include the evaluation and deployment of investment management technology and applications, vendor management and analysis and budget analysis. Delano is actively involved in Bank of America’s Employee Satisfaction Council, serving as communications lead for the Associate Development Committee, within the Wealth Management Division. Delano graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.B.A. in Finance with a concentration in Investments. Delano resides in Brooklyn, is an avid sports fan and enjoys running and basketball. When not engaged in sporting activities, Delano can be found playing music with musicians though out the city.
Amanda Selwyn founded Notes in Motion Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2000 and in thirteen seasons, has directed over 30 productions, developed a network of artists, and created the curriculum for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s arts-in-education programs. Amanda’s choreographic works include: Detour, Five Minutes, Passage, Undercurrent, Hearsay, Interiors, Disturbance, Salut, Tilt, Tidal, Shift, Siren, Contradicting Unity, Save My Spot, Hold On, Momentum, and Behind Us. She has choreographed dance for Chicago's Motivity, a collective of modern choreographers; for theatre productions including House on Mango Street, Free to be You an Me, Once Upon a Mattress, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory; and for her original theatre productions which include Herland, Yellow Feather, and Slitting the Clouds. In addition to her choreographic work, Amanda has directed off-broadway theatre in NYC at John Houseman Studio, 30th Street Theatre, Grove Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Center Stage, and the Producer’s Club. Amanda teaches dance and theatre to New York City children and has been on faculty at independent schools including The Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends School, Beit Rabban School, Solomon Schechter School, and the New Acting Company. She has taught dance composition and technique at the Berkshire Institute for Music and Art and taught dance and theatre in Israel at the Israel Museum, English Village, and the Arad Community Center. Amanda led the workshop “Accessing Inspiration for Dance-Making” at the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable's 2007 Face to Face conference and "Teaching a Choreographic Process" at the 2008 and 2011 conferences. She presented her choreography at NYU’s Women and Theater conference in 2003. She is the recipient of grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Friars Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Community Arts Fund, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. In 2008, Amanda participated in the Choreographer's Lab program at Jacob's Pillow in Beckett, MA. Her work has been presented twice on Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, APAP Conference Showcases, the COOL NY Dance Festival, WestFest Dance Festival, Movement Research’s Performance Series, Dance Teacher Summit, Earth Celebrations, Dixon Place, and Pushing Progress at Peridance. Amanda has a 500-hour yoga teacher's certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and teaches yoga at Laughing Lotus and Crunch Gym in NYC. She has a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in performance studies and a B.S. from Northwestern University in theatre, women's studies, and dance.
Laura Rosenblum works as a corporate advisory associate in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She focuses her practice on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance and other complex transactions. She received her J.D. cum laude from the Boston University School of Law and her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on legal studies and social welfare. Laura is an active member of the UJA Federation Young Women's Professional group and has been involved, both as a volunteer and as pro bono counsel, with several non-profits in the areas of arts and education.
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