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

Former Executive Director
Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (Atlanta, GA)

Executive and Governance Committees

Marvin Davis, Vice Chairperson

Owner, Fred L. Davis Insurance Agency

Former CSM and CMO, Servicemaster

Executive and Marketing Committees (Co-Chair)

Stanton Brown, Treasurer

Senior Credit Analyst

First Horizon Bank

Executive and Finance Committees

Jeni Linkous, Secretary

Senior Relationship Manager

United Capital, A Goldman Sachs Company

Executive and Marketing Committees


Lara Clauson


Poshpup Inc.

Development Committee

Calandra Cleveland

Information Technology (IT) Director and Consultant


Program Committee

Amber Floyd

General Counsel
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA)

Governance Committee

Katie Futrell

Outreach and Events Coordinator

Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Development Committee

William Halliday


SouthernSun Asset Management

Finance and Development Committees (Chair)

Brian Ingram

Director, Talent Acquisition, Induction, and Development

Shelby County Schools

Program Committee

Dustin James

Operations Program Manager, Department of Global Pediatric Medicine

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 

Program Committee

Palmer Jones

Director of Online Learning, Education & Wellness

Church Pension Group

Program Committee

Merracle Jordan

Program Coordinator

Program Committee

Kevin Kern

Vice President of Public Relations 

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau (Memphis Travel) 

Marketing Committee

Joann Massey

Director of Business Diversity & Compliance and Title VI Coordinator 

City of Memphis

Development Committee

Celia S. Moore

Former Executive Director
Exceptional Children and Health Services, Shelby County Schools

Governance Committee (Chair)

Bonnie Voldeng

VP FedEx Freight Direct
FedEx Freight

Marketing Committee (Co-Chair)

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