The Board

Sali Ann Kriegsman, Advisory Board

Sali Ann Kriegsman’s efforts to advance the art and artists of dance and to nurture greater appreciation of the arts include her work as a writer, critic, editor, funder, artistic and executive director, presenter, producer, teacher and adviser. She has served as artistic adviser to the Digital Dance Library planning project, president of the Dance Heritage Coalition (the alliance of major American dance collections), executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, director of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Program, dance consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, executive editor at The American Film Institute, and administrator of The American Dance Theater, the first professional modern dance repertory company, co-directed by Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow at Lincoln Center. She has taught and lectured at schools, universities, festivals, museums and community centers across the country and abroad, and advised private and public funding agencies. Her book, Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years, the first exhaustive documentary history of that legendary period, was hailed by The New York Times as “a vivid and human picture of a crucial chapter in American culture.” Her articles, criticism and essays have been published in a variety of periodicals and reference sources. Among her awards is the NEA’s 1989 Distinguished Service Award, the 1997 Flo-Bert, shared with Donald O’Connor and Milt Hinton; the 1999 Preservation of our Heritage–American Dance Award from Oklahoma City University; the 2002 Tap Preservation Award from the New York Tap Festival and the 2006 Tradition in Tap Award for her contribution to the art and tradition of tap dance.

Kathryn Pasternak, Advisory Board

Kathryn Pasternak writes, produces, directs and shoots wildlife films, and films about extraordinary relationships between people and animals, for international television distribution, internet distribution, and the independent documentary market.  Pasternak is the recipient of two, National Emmy awards, and the nominee for two more, as well as the winner of numerous other international awards.  She spent 15 years at National Geographic Television, the last 9 years of which she was Senior Producer in the Natural History Unit. Pasternak studied Fine Arts at Harvard University, graduating in 1985 Magna cum laude with Highest Honors.  Pasternak is a longtime Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, having received their Silver Medal  in 1985 for her work in and support of the Arts.  She’s also a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a board member of the Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival. Her current project, DOEVILLE, tells the intimate story of Virginia’s last deer farmer, Gail Rose, a woman struggling to keep her farm and her dream alive.   The film is slated for completion during the first quarter 2014.

Tina Barksdale, Board of Directors

Tina Barksdale was raised the only girl in a household with seven younger brothers in a biracial family of strong faith in the Adirondack valley of Upstate New York. Her home life reinforced development of individual thought and she was home-schooled until age 13. Tina has been an activist with an interest in the arts since her early teens. In high school she wrote petitions and organized school sit-ins while taking classical piano lessons and writing poetry for the school paper. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College which is where she began to explore her interest in social dance, and pursued her Masters at American University’s School of International Service, which brought her to settle in the Washington DC area in 2000. Tina is a marketing specialist and self-proclaimed Ambassador of Social Dance, and her work includes business management, fundraising, event organization, media outreach and forging of dynamic inter-entity partnerships.

Ethelbert Miller, Advisory Board

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and Provisions Library for Social Change. He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. His recent publications include, How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004), and The 5th Inning (2009).

Chris Weiss, Board of Directors

Chris Weiss is the Executive Director of the DC Environmental Network (DCEN). He has extensive roots in environmental advocacy having grown up in Santa Barbara, California—known to many as the environmental capitol of the state. Both as an environmental and Democratic Party activist, Chris has assisted and led many successful candidate and issue campaigns. He also has over 10 years of experience as an election campaign professional. He has consulted with and run successful local and statewide election campaign efforts in California, Florida, Texas and North Carolina. Chris managed the successful campaign of D.C. At-Large Councilmember (now DC Council Chair) Phil Mendelson, and then served as the newly elected member’s Chief of Staff. He subsequently joined Friends of the Earth, in 2001, to direct the efforts of the DC Environmental Network. Chris has spent a decade growing the Network and helping to win over 30 significant environmental campaigns to restore area rivers, combat global warming and promote food security in the Washington Metro region. Chris moved DCEN out of Friends of the Earth in 2011 and partnered with Global Green USA to continue our work on sustainability issues in the Washington Metro region.

Megan Coyle, Board of Directors

Megan Coyle received her B.A. from Elon University where she double-majored in English (creative writing) and Art (painting). Her artwork has been exhibited nationally in venues that include the Ward Museum, Smithsonian Ripley Center, and Caton Merchant Family Gallery. Her collages have also been published internationally and have appeared in lesson plans in classrooms around the world. She is also the author and illustrator of the children’s book Duck & Fish. Megan currently works as a practicing collage artist and illustrator, as well as a web designer.

Pragati Singh, Board of Directors

Pragati Singh moved with her family to the U.S. from India at age 7. Her family roots in education and the importance of respecting and seeking knowledge instilled in her empathy, the byproduct of understanding. Pragati has been volunteering at various organizations since youth. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an M.B.A. with a healthcare focus, both from Washington University in St. Louis. After schooling, Pragati moved to D.C. for healthcare consulting with the now Baker & Tilly, then worked in senior management for Georgetown University Hospital’s Department of Medicine and is now the Director of Operations & Planning for the journals division of the American Psychological Association. In her free time, she has become an avid appreciator of the arts, getting to know the community and engaging in activities to promote the arts and other causes.

Rachel Cohen, Board of Directors

Rachel Cohen works on national energy and transportation policy issues with the Union of Concerned Scientists. She is the Senior Outreach Coordinator for UCS’ Half the Oil campaign to clean up the transportation sector by cutting oil use and global warming emissions. Prior to UCS Rachel worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, educating and mobilizing Reform Jewish communities around issues including climate change, clean energy and food justice. She is a past participant in the Jeremiah Fellowship, a leadership training and non-profit organizing program of Jews United for Justice. When not working or volunteering with JUFJ or Day Eight, you can likely find Rachel on the ultimate frisbee fields around the DC metro area.

Daniel Barbiero, Board of Directors

Daniel Barbiero (1958, New Haven CT) is a double bassist and composer in the Washington DC area. He has performed with Gino Robair on the latter’s I, Norton opera and with Robert Carl on the premier of Carl’s “Changing My Spots;” he has released work under his own name and with Ictus Records percussionist Andrea Centazzo, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby, and electronic sound artist Steve Hilmy. In addition to his solo work, he is founder and member of The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra, a member of the free improvisation trio Colla Parte (with saxophonist Perry Conticchio and percussionist Rich O’Meara) and Music Director for the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group. By day he is manager of the archives, records and executive records programs at the National Academy of Sciences.

Joshua Dadeboe, Accountant

Joshua Dadeboe is an accountant working and living in Washington, D.C. He joined the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as an auditor in 2011. Prior to joining USAC, he worked in public accounting for two and half years after earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University (PA).