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, Education & Wellness

Church Pension Group

Merracle Jordan

Program Coordinator

Joann Massey

Director of Business Diversity & Compliance and Title VI Coordinator 

City of Memphis

Celia S. Moore

Executive Director
Exceptional Children and Health Services, Shelby County Schools

Bonnie Voldeng

VP FedEx Freight Direct
FedEx Freight

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