Ballet Virginia Board of Directors

Ballet Virginia is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in April of 2008 and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia effective May 7, 2008. The Ballet Virginia Board of Directors’ primary goal is to look after the general well-being of the organization and ensure its financial viability.


The 2022-2023 Ballet Virginia Board of Directors:

Harry J. Brown, Esquire—Board Chair

Grace Atkinson—Community-at-Large

Dr. Jane Bray—former Dean of the  Darden College of Education and Professional Studies

Tejal Desai – Chief Operating Officer, Hook Law Center

Patrick Francis—NATO

Suzanne Lownsbury—Ballet Virginia Co-Artistic Director and Treasurer

Janina Michalski—Ballet Virginia Co-Artistic Director and President

Naomi Muellner—Community-at-Large

Lara Pham—Ballet Virginia Guild Chair

Jim Price—Community-at-Large

Ex Officio

Hope Paryzek – Founder, Board President Emeritus

Board Advisors

Lorraine Graves, Gene Hansen and Elbert Watson

Full-time Staff/Faculty

Suzanne Lownsbury, Lisa McCarty, Janina Michalski, Lydia Roberts Coco

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