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.
Brett Karhoff, Treasurer, joined the MBA board in 2016. He is a CPA with over 20 years of finance/tax experience in public accounting and is currently a Senior Tax Manager with the firm Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors.
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.
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.
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.