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
Jane Bray—former Dean of the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies
Tejal Desai—Hook Law Center, COO
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, Board Secretary
Lara Pham—Ballet Virginia Guild Chair
Jim Price—Manager, Project Management Support Office, NASA Langley Research Center
Ashton Sniderman—Staffing Director, Live Nation

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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