I am an educator and lifelong learner. I currently serve as the Senior Director of Schools for the LUMIN Schools in Milwaukee and Racine. I love my work because I have the opportunity to support amazing students, staff and parents each day. We work hard at caring for each other, growing and learning, and taking steps to improve our communities through our schools. That boils down to a little motto…We Love! We Change! We Empower!
I have been a huge fan of Danceworks for many years! I grew up dancing and earned a BFA in dance in college. I am honored to serve on the board to not only stay involved in the dance community but to be able to support the mission of improving our communities through dance. I see this great work firsthand through programming at our LUMIN Schools and how impactful dance can be for our youngest learners as well as our most seasoned learners in the Generations program. I love how Danceworks provides opportunity, creativity, exposure, authenticity, and inclusivity through dance. I can’t wait to see what the team creates next!
I have been incredibly fortunate and am extremely thankful to have enjoyed an extraordinary career with great organizations across a variety of diverse industries. Most recently, I was Senior Vice President & Wealth Advisor at First Business Bank. prior to that, I spent 30 years at Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation in a variety of roles, beginning with Executive Chef, continuing to Vice President & General Manager, and winding down in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. I have also owned my own business and am active in many community and professional organizations.
I am a resident of Waukesha County and have been for the last 28 years (currently residing in Delafield) where I have been active in my community through volunteering and service on multiple not for profit and municipal boards.
I have been married to Bobbi for 32 years, and together we have raised two beautiful daughters, Emily, who is an ICU nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, and Abby who is currently a nursing student at UW Eau Claire.
I have been involved with the Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap competition for many years, and when asked to serve on the Board of Directors it really was an easy decision. I have personally seen the good and positive impact that Danceworks has on the community, and to be able to contribute and help the organization grow and have an even greater impact was an opportunity I could not pass up. Danceworks is in an unique position to help grow our community by bringing people of all backgrounds and experiences together through positive interaction and dance – what a fantastic opportunity!
Vice President of Accounting, BMO Harris Bank
Assistant VP – Marketing Campaign Manager, Associated Bank
I help small to mid-sized businesses with Strategic HR service solutions…
I joined the Danceworks Board of Directors because I’m excited to give my time and talents to help find solutions that can help the Danceworks organization grow. I’ve long been a fan of the arts and have recently gained an appreciation for how much work goes on behind the scenes. That work, especially at the developmental level, continues to pay dividends over a whole lifetime. I’m proud to align myself with an organization that brings individuals from all levels of ability to an environment that instills confidence, supportive behaviors and free spirits to all.
Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
President & CEO, La Lune Collection
Attorney, Foley & Lardner LLP
I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors because as a former dancer with the Company and long-time subscriber, I have had a long-standing relationship with Danceworks. I am excited to bring expertise in dance education and arts administration to my Board position to help Danceworks continue to develop into the community gem it has become.
As a level-headed leader, I have worked closely with boards, department heads, faculty & coaches, volunteers, students and their parents/guardians. Managing large staffs, I have developed systems and procedures emphasizing organization and communication for all types of constituents. Nationally, I have served as a site evaluator, trainer and frequent presenter and moderator for schools of dance and other art forms.
My career has been extensively in the dance world but in my spare time I am often on a bike and spending time outdoors with my family. I am currently coaching middle and high school student-athletes in mountain biking and serve as a core volunteer staff member for the Wisconsin League of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). I also volunteer extensively in the youth swimming and baseball worlds, in which my teenage sons are deeply involved.
Frank Krejci is President and CEO of STRATTEC. It is a publicly traded international automotive parts manufacturer with $500 million in annual sales and about 4000 employees. He also very involved in the Milwaukee area, including:
For Profit Boards of Directors: Florence Eiseman (children’s clothing); Jones Dairy Farm (breakfast meats); Banner Welder (automation equipment)
Non-Profit Boards: Milwaukee Development Corp. (catalytic real estate projects like Milwaukee Center, Yankee Hill, East Pointe Commons, The Avenue); Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (real estate for First Stage and MYSO); Danceworks
Krejci was on the wrestling team through college and played on a rugby team 10 years after college. Currently, Frank enjoys running and water skiing during his free time.
Frank has enjoyed working with former Danceworks Executive Director, Deb Farris, and was excited about the impact of the Mad Hot Rhythm Program and the opportunity to grow it.
Rick is a member of CLA’s National Assurance group and leads the Assurance Innovation and Solutions Team. The team oversees a portfolio of technology and process projects with a focus on elevating both the client experience and CLA family member experience.
I’m currently the Senior Vice President, Creative at Branigan. I work with our clients on branding, communications strategy and creative execution. My background is as a copywriter and agency principal. I get my biggest kicks from working with start-up entrepreneurs to develop their positioning and messaging. I’ve also been an adjunct professor in strategic communications at Marquette University since 2006.
I believe in giving back and doing good. I’ve been privileged to find success in marketing and advertising, and I feel strongly that I need to use my knowledge and expertise to help make Milwaukee a better place. And Danceworks is an organization dedicated to improving our community in many different ways. I’m proud to serve with and support an organization that has a vision for bringing joy and creativity to the city.
Tim Moss is an optician and is the owner of Bronze Optical Gallery in Milwaukee. He started as an optician at D.O.C. in Bayshore Mall in the late 1990’s, and went on to be a buyer and store manager for luxury optical boutiques in Houston and Minneapolis before purchasing Bronze Optical in January 2020.
Prior to working in the optical field, Tim received his MFA in Stage Management from UWM in 1992. Part of his graduate work entailed working as the Stage Manager for the UWM Department of Dance, a role he continued after graduation until 2001 when he moved out of state. It was during this time that he met Sarah Wilbur, Dani Kuepper and Amy Brinkmann as undergraduate students, and began a life-long love of Modern Dance as an art-form. This relationship with the Milwaukee dance community resulted in him becoming the Stage Manager for Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space Dance Company and the UWM Department of Dance until 2001.
When Tim returned to Milwaukee he knew that he wanted to support the arts organizations that supported him early in his career, and joining the Danceworks Board of Directors was one way that he hoped he could make a contribution. He is dedicated to helping Danceworks move forward in the 21st century, while staying true to the artistic vision of its founders and its legacy in the community.
Human Resources, Rockwell Automation
Timothy W. Somers,
Kanchana Srinivasan was a dancer from the day she was born. As a student, engineer, single mother, and dancer, she has navigated many roles and seen how her journey as a dancer has evolved over the years. Dancing has brought color, joy, and community into her world, and she is committed to fostering and sharing this with members of the community. She has experienced dance at all levels, from novice to teacher, and she is humbled by how much more dance has to offer her after decades of immersion. Kanchana is especially passionate about stepping into different spaces and learning about different world views through dance; she has engaged in various forms of classical Indian, Latin, and Afro-Caribbean dance forms. Each has been a profound and unique gift, and she is excited about utilizing her role on the Danceworks’ board of directors to nurture the connection and humanity that dance can provide. Whether it is a single dance class or a decade of performing, Kanchana believes in the transformative power of dance; she is eager to give back to this art and community that continues to teach her something new every day.
Danceworks is actively seeking engaged, dynamic and resourceful individuals to join our Board of Directors and help take Danceworks to the next level! We are looking for passionate community members from all sectors to provide focus on community connections and opportunities that support our goals and resource development.
Not ready for the commitment of a Board position, but want to do more? Consider joining our Programs Committee to help develop and initiate creative ideas for fundraising/friend-raising events that will raise awareness and support for Danceworks programs.
Contact Julia Gray, Danceworks Executive Director, by email or at 414.277.8480.