S T A F F & B O A R D
Executive/Artistic Director, Valerie Green
Company Manager, Akia Squitieri
Programs Manager, Whitney Janis
Web Support, Theresa Magario
JAMpress Management, Consultant, Jessica Marino
Media Consultant, Alex Lopez
Production Assistants, Mally Reber, Kathryn Turney
Naomi graduated from University of Wisconsin - Madison and has a background in marketing strategy from her time working in the corporate world. She’s now pursuing her dream of starting her own company and is also the co-founder and director of brand development for another startup. She joined the Dance Entropy Board in Spring 2018. Although she cannot dance like the Dance Entropy members, she can certainly appreciate the skill and dedication that goes into their work and is honored to be on the Board. In her free time, Naomi likes to draw and she’s teaching herself to play the guitar.
Jeffrey D. Gross
Jeffrey D. Gross has been a director of Dance Entropy since February 2017. He is currently an operational efficiency consultant with Partners in Performance, based out of Brooklyn, NY. From 2011 to 2014, he managed receiving functions for Christie’s North American saleroom in midtown Manhattan. Previously, he held various positions for David Carrie LLC and the Detroit Medical Center. Mr. Gross received a BA in history and art history and an MBA from the University of Michigan, a JD from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master of Letters in art history from the University of Glasgow.
Adonis Madera, Senior Project Manager, National Geographic Encounter As Senior Project Manager, Mr. Madera plays a vital role in ushering his team towards its most strategic global objectives. In previous roles, he has managed Operations for Real Estate companies such as SL Green and The Related Companies. An entrepreneur at heart, Adonis single-handedly established and ran a successful gourmet foods company, Sol De Luna, a distributor of herb-infused olive oil products throughout all five boroughs of New York, with products in over eighty, fine food grocers. Mr. Madera, a Brooklyn native, has spent most of his life in New York and has a great passion for stewardship its arts and culture community. Adonis’ role on the Board of Directors focuses on advancing the mission of Dance Entropy's agenda forward, ensuring the nonprofit has the necessary resources.
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is a new walkthrough cinematic experience that utilizes the latest technology to take guest on an underwater journey across the Pacific Ocean.
Scott Crowley has over 15 years of government, political, and labor experience. He spent 8 years as a Deputy Director of the New York City Council Finance Division where he oversaw the Council's expense and capital funding process and led the Council's effort on State Budget priorities. Prior to the Council, Scott worked at Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW overseeing the City and State lobbying efforts and successfully running a campaign to bring a negligent employer back to the negotiating table. Scott has also worked on many high profile campaigns, including Joseph Crowley’s campaign for Congress and Hillary Clinton's campaign for United States Senate. He has a BS in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MPA from Baruch College.
Sharon Harsa originally hails from Northeast Ohio and moved to New York to pursue her love of dance and a career in fashion. She is an accomplished dancer as well as a fashion industry executive and has worked with brands including Hugo Boss, La Perla and Reed Krakoff. She currently performs with several New York ballet companies and also enjoys photography as a creative outlet. Her photography has been published in numerous websites and publications. She has been a long time appreciator and supporter of Valerie Green and Dance Entropy.
Katie Garcia is the Founder and President of Athene Strategies. For more than 12 years, Ms. Garcia has worked in the field of strategic and crisis communications and leadership development. Prior to founding her firm, she served as Interim Communication Consultant for the Starr King School for the Ministry and Communications Consultant for Religions for Peace. She has also worked for organizations such as Freedom to Marry, Disaster Chaplaincy Services, and Logos Consulting Group. She is passionate about using her skills to promote and inspire social change, and is also training to become a professional ballroom and Latin dance teacher.
Emily Bunning proudly serves as an Artistic Advisor for Dance Entropy. In 1997, she co-founded the Treehouse Shakers and has been creating dance-plays ever since. The company creates original work for young audiences with the mission to provide inventive, intelligent and engaging performances that nurture creative thought and inspire dialog. Their performances can be seen in New York City and around the country often reaching audience in underserved communities. Over the years, Emily danced with Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, Aviva Geismar/Drastic Action Dance Company, Gotham Group Dance, and Dura Mater. She is from Wyoming, has a BFA in Dance from Stephens College and a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College.