Board of Directors

New Ballet Ensemble & School is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Board is composed of community leaders, volunteers and professionals who believe in our mission and freely give their time, resources, and expertise. The Board is responsible for approving the annual budget, setting policies and procedures, raising funds and awareness, and developing programmatic and strategic plans.


Deborah Northcross, Chairperson
Executive Director
Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (Atlanta, GA)

Marvin Davis, Vice Chairperson
Former Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Stanton Brown, Treasurer
Business Banking Relationship Manager
First Tennessee Bank

Jeni Linkous, Secretary
Senior Relationship Manager
United Capital, A Goldman Sachs Company


Berkeley Burbank
Vice President Development
Alco Management

Lara Clauson
Poshpup Inc.

Amber Floyd
Sr. Asst. City Attorney 
City of Memphis

Katie Futrell
Director of Children's Ministry 
Redeemer Presbyterian Church

William Halliday
SouthernSun Asset Management

Palmer Jones
Director of Online Learning
Church Pension Group

Merracle Jordan
Program Coordinator

Joann Massey
City of Memphis

Celia S. Moore
Executive Director
Exceptional Children and Health Services, Shelby County Schools

Bonnie Voldeng
Director of Marketing
FedEx Services

Founding Board

JW Gibson

Harry L. Goldsmith

Grace Harwood

Barry Lichterman

Lester Lit

Deidre Malone

Martha Ellen Maxwell

Nick Ringel

Juliet Wischmeyer

Terry Sims Saunders

Ham Smythe IV

Linda Sklar