Mission, Goals and Board of Trustees






Dance Alive National Ballet (DANB) Board of Trustees is comprised of outstanding individuals who are devoted to the well being of the organization. they are responsible for the fiscal stability of the company and the healthy continuity of the company. They plan and implement fundraising activities and promote the company through community networking. In 2009, the Board of Trustees formed a volunteer organization, The Friends of Dance Alive, who assist the board in various functions. They work hand in hand with the administrative and artistic staff to bring about the following goals:

DANB aspires to enrich humanity by sustaining a professional ballet company of the highest caliber which strives for excellence in the fields of artistic creativity, performance, education and community leadership.

Maintain a resident professional ballet company that provides a superior performance experience to residents, students and visitors to North Central Florida.

  • Support the implementation of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs strategic plan, Culture Builds Florida’s Future, and Alachua County Visitor and Convention Bureau objectives.
  • Educate, inform and entertain children through productive and long-term partnerships with educational institutions.
  • Develop and implement programs that serve disadvantaged youth, the elderly, handicapped and other at-risk persons.
  • Expand the company base of operation to include Ocala and Lake City.
  • Commit to an extended national and international tour schedule.
  • Bring increased visibility to the world of dance.
  • Create a fertile artistic environment where artists from all genres can grow and prosper.
  • Ever enrich the creative spirit of the dance artist.




Gary A. Ascani VP Business Development, Nanotherapeutics

Vice President

Charles P. Koch, Owner, Oak Lawn Farm Holdings, LLC


James Roberts Sr. VP General Counsel & Secretary Shands HealthCare


Weaver Gaines President & CEO OBMedical Company

Executive Artistic Director

Kim Tuttle Executive/Artistic Director/ Co-owner Pofahl Studios


Susan Davenport

    Director/CEO, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

Lorie M. Gleim

     Owner, Gleim Publications

Lucinda Lavelli 

     Dean, College of The Arts, University of Florida

Kevin Monroe          

    Executive Director, Central Florida Operations

Colleen Rand


Autumn Doughton 


Kim Bosshardt 



Lee Neil

Colleen Rand

Jean Reid

Claudia Senesac


Studio Photo Johnston Photography.