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 partnerships throughout Florida.
  • 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.

Board of Trustees

Mr. Ascani recently retired as Vice President, Business Development of Ology Bioservices, but continues to work part-time as the Company’s Director of Corporate Relations. Mr. Ascani is a Mentor in Residence and Member of the Board of UF Innovate HUB, a member of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee and Vice Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Committee. Mr. Ascani is also a member of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership and the Alachua Chamber of Commerce. 

Gary Ascani


James Roberts,JD, joined UF Health Shands in 2008 as senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He oversees legal services and medic al staff services and is regularly involved in the strategic positioning of the organization. His over 30 year legal career spans health care general and deputy general counsel positions with the Johns Hopkins Hospital among others. Mr. Roberts has recently held investment banking positions as managing director with PNC Capital Markets and PNC Venture Bank. He serves as adjunct professor for the healthcare law course at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

James Roberts

Vice President

Weaver Gaines is a Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, co-founding director and Chair Emeritus of the Florida Research Consortium, member of the Advisory Council of the Keck Graduate Institute, and an adjunct professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Weaver Gaines


 Ms. Tuttle served on the staff of the Stuttgart Ballet and as Ballet Mistress for the Zurich Ballet. She has received three choreographic fellowships from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, was recipient of the prestigious Nancy Smith Award given by the Florida Dance Association in year 2000 for “Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Dance in Florida” received the “Lifetime Achievement in the Arts” award given by the City of Gainesville, FL and was awarded the ‘Woman of Distinction’ award by Santa Fe College in 2010. In 2018 she received the prestigious University of Florida Distinguished Alumni award. She is co-owner and director of Pofahl Studios, Official School of Dance Alive National Ballet.

Kim Tuttle

executive artistic director

Jody Davis, a native Floridian, has been living in the Gainesville community for some 54 years.  A graduate of the University of Florida,  Jody opened up a CPA firm in 1976 which became Davis, Monk & Company in several north central Florida communities with a total personnel of 75.  In 2010 the firm merged into what is now Carr,  Riggs, and Ingram (CRI).  Additionally,  Jody was instrumental in starting the investment advisory firm of Davis-Monk Financial Group which by 2016 was managing some $300M in assets.  Jody has since retired from these activities.  He has been very active in various organizations locally and statewide including being on two bank boards for over 30 years.  In addition to Dance Alive, Jody is currently the chairman of the board of Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, Santa Fe College Foundation, and Santa Fe Health Care which locally owns and operates AvMed Health Care, the Villages, and Haven Hospice.  Jody has been an arbitrator and mediator and has assisted clients in negotiating the buying and selling of various entities.

Joseph W “Jody” Davis


Autumn Doughton is an author of young adult fiction and ceramic arts teacher. In addition to her work with Dance Alive, Autumn is involved in numerous projects and organizations with a goal to improve the community.

Autumn Doughton


Lorie Gleim is CEO of Gleim Publications, a leader in accounting and aviation exam prep materials.

Lorie danced at Pofahl Studio in her youth. After practicing complex litigation for 23 years in South Florida with a top international law firm, upon her return to Gainesville, she joined the Dance Alive National Ballet board to promote the arts and positive, powerful female role models in the community.

Lorie Gleim


Peter H. Khoury, Ph.D., MBA is the President and CEO of Ology Bioservices, a biologics contract development and manufacturing organization headquartered in Alachua, FL with locations also in Maryland and California. He is originally from the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York and attended Syracuse University and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Peter Khoury


Lucinda Lavelli is Professor and Dean Emerita of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. Throughout her career she has served on boards of nonprofit organizations and especially arts boards. A former dancer, she is a constant advocate for the arts as a part of the cultural, social and economic fabric of a community. She has served on the Dance Alive National Ballet board since 2006. 

Lucinda Lavelli


President of SIGMA CONSULTING AND MANAGEMENT, LLC, past Executive Director of Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN) and past Chairman of Emergent Growth Fund LLC, a Florida based angel fund.

Lee May


Stephanie Nielsen is the Associate Director, Accounting for the UF Graduate School.  She started her career at UF as a student washing dishes and has held positions within the College of Dentistry, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Contracts and Grants, the Department of Chemistry, University Budget Office, CLAS Shared Service Center and most currently the Graduate School over the last 18 years.  She received her Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from UF and was a member of the 2012-2013 UF Academy.  She danced as a child and has always been an avid lover of dancing. 

Stephanie Nielsen


Mrs. Rand received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University and worked as a research psychologist at Stanford Medical School, NICHD, and the University of Florida Medical School. Once retired, my interests have focused on painting (www.randart21.com), writing children’s picture books (www.bigbunny.net ; www.mymothersdaughter.us), volunteering, and doing family-related adventures. I’m delighted to be part of the Dance Alive National Ballet support team. My roles as historian include being a production photographer, making an annual history scrapbook, and supplying the studio with a poster capturing highlights of each performance at the Phillips Center.

Colleen Rand


Albert R. Robinson III, M.D. is an Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology.  He joined the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine (COM) faculty in 2006 as a practicing cardiovascular anesthesiologist and is board certified in anesthesiology and advanced perioperative trans-esophageal echocardiography.  Dr. Robinson’s clinical interest includes heart valve surgery, heart & lung transplantation, and complex thoracic and abdominal aorta aneurysm surgery.  He was awarded the T.W. Andersen Teacher of the Year Award(2006-2007) and the UF COM Exemplary Teachers Award (2009-10, 2010-11).  Dr. Robinson is actively involved in patient care, undergraduate, medical student and resident mentoring and teaching, and research.  Additionally, he works hard to promote increasing healthcare workforce diversity in his role as Assistant Dean in the UF COM Office for Diversity and Health Equity.  He received his B.S. Electrical Engineering from UF and his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD).  Through his dedication and leadership, Dr. Robinson is committed to promoting the arts and enhancing the community through sciences, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) initiatives.

Albert R. Robinson III, M.D


Ward Scott has been a major force in public service in Alachua County for many years. Ward Scott received his BA degree in 1966 from the University of Florida, and his Master’s in Education from UF in 1969. Retired from almost forty years of teaching at Santa Fe College, Ward was WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICAN TEACHERS, 2002, Four Term President, Santa Fe Community College Senate, 2000-2004, Finalist, Florida Association of Community Colleges Teacher of the Year, 2007, recipient of the NISOD EXCELLENCE award in TEACHING and LEADERSHIP, University of Texas, 2008, and recipient of the Santa Fe Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009. Ward’s public service commitments have been many.  To cite a few, Ward was the community college representative for Senator Graham’s Amendment 11 Committee, 2002, Chair, Economic Advisory Committee to the City of Alachua, 2006, and is currently chair of the Rural Concerns Advisory Committee to the Alachua County Commission from 2008 to present. Now a talk show host, Ward’s show, “The Ward Scott Files,” is a sponsor of Dance Alive National Ballet.

Ward Scott


Ron is the founder of FastPath Marketing and More Customers Academy. He works with tech-enabled companies, helping them find the fastest path to revenue with executive advising, business development coaching and consulting, as well as marketing and selling training. As an accomplished tech industry business leader and entrepreneur, Ron has served in top-level sales, marketing and business development roles ranging from emerging companies to global tech giants, including as the CEO of a venture-backed wireless startup. Ron is on the advisory board of the University of Florida’s two internationally recognized tech business incubators and writes a popular column on how to grow revenue in the award-winning Florida Trend business magazine. 

Ron Stein

Consultant to the Board of Trustees