Suzanne Minard, President, is the Business Systems Project Manager for Rapidparts Inc., an affiliated company of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Americas.
Dr. Marcia McEvoy Madden, Vice President for Advancement, is a licensed psychologist with her own consulting business. She is a former professional ballet dancer and has two daughters who have danced professionally. She has served for many years on the boards of various non-profit arts organizations and is experienced in non-profit fund development.
Khary Bridgewater, Vice President for Operations, is the Senior Program Officer for Congregational Initiatives at the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation. He teaches a ministry leadership course at the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In addition to Michigan Ballet Academy, Khary currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of Our Daily Bread Ministries and its subsidiary Discovery House Publishing. He has worked and volunteered for many years in non-profits across the country and has experience in board development and philanthropy.
Angela Koeller, Treasurer, joined the MBA board in January 2018. She has several years of experience in public accounting and is currently a tax Manager with the firm Rehmann in Grand Rapids.
Bruce Jarvis, Secretary, danced professionally in the US and internationally before changing gears and earning degrees in Electronics and Computer Science. Mr. Jarvis has over 20 years of experience in the software industry and currently leads teams of developers and system administrators for Holland, MI based technology company SpinDance, Inc.
David Bellamy, President Emeritus, is currently the Chief Financial Officer of McLaren Northern Michigan. He has extensive experience in the arts community having served as President of the Grand Rapids Ballet and Opera Grand Rapids. In addition to Michigan Ballet Academy, David currently serves on the board of directors for Opera Grand Rapids, Alcona Citizens for Health and Northern Health Plan.
David Armbrecht is a local orthodontist with Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics, holding degrees from Northwestern University, Boston University, and University of Rochester. He is a proud supporter of local arts and is an avid ballroom dancer, competing in the American Rhythm and American Smooth styles.
Joan Bellamy holds a Master of Arts in Radio, Television and Film Directing from Northwestern University. She is currently a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling her children and volunteering her time with several organizations. Joan's daughter Maria is a graduate of MBA and is currently dancing professionally as a soloist in Modesto, California.
Robert Carlton is the Principal of P. Carlton and Associates. He is an avid supporter of the arts, MBA and the local community.
Dr. Lorna Hernandez Jarvis brings to MBA her experience as a professional dancer with the National Ballet Company of Mexico, and as a ballet instructor in several dance schools in Mexico, Ohio and Michigan. She also has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, specializing in pedagogy and curriculum development. Her current position is Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.
Wendy Lappenga is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Loyola University School of Law New Orleans. She is currently in house counsel and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for IntegraSource, Inc., a Michigan based educational sales consulting company.
Alix Kayayan has a Diplôme de Langue Française from l’Institut Catholique de Paris where she studied Linguistics and Narratology, and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Calvin College. She has an Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago and is currently a freelance editor.
Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow at the Acton Institute and the Director and Producer of the award winning documentary, Poverty, Inc. Michael lectures internationally on such themes as political and social philosophy, economic development, ethics and entrepreneurship.
Christine Rajah is a sales manager at Macy's and business owner of Rajah Insurance Design, providing health and life insurance to companies and individuals. She loves the Arts and the effect they have on our children and society. Her son, Gabriel Rajah, is a former student of MBA and is presently studying at American Ballet Theater's JKO school in NYC.
Shauna Walwood is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City with a degree in Secondary Education and French. After years as a high school French teacher, Shauna made the transition to Business, working in management for a global logistics company. She is now self employed as a Freight Broker, specializing in expedite and airfreight. Shauna has a daughter who is a former student at MBA for 7 years, now attending Kansas City Ballet Day School.