METdance is currently looking for board members. Do you have a passion for dance performance and education? Want to lend a hand in helping shape the MET in the coming 2017-2018 Season? Contact us for more information!
Michelle Smith, Founder and Executive Director
Marlana Doyle, Artistic Director
Joe Celej, Associate Director
Genene McGrath, MET too Company Manager
Marian Kedziora, Office Manager
Lauren Dowdy, Director Assistant
jhon r. stronks, Studio Manager
Tyler Davis, Facility Manager
David Deveau, Lighting Designer
Tiffany Schrepferman, Lighting Desinger
Natasha Manley, Production Manager
Ben Doyle, Videographer/Photographer
Mia Angelini, Paul Appleman, Tina Bohnstedt, Richard Bowman, Steve Brule, Roberta Cortes, Andres De Blust Mommaerts, Alex Dow, Marlana Doyle, Kirstin Grbic, Oliver Halkowich, Bailee Hunt, Kerry Jackson, Max Jones, Linnar Looris, Genene McGrath, Terrill Mitchell, Priscilla Nathan-Murphy, Kelli Nielsen, Firat Ozsoy, Alex Pandiscio, Arthur Patton, jhon stronks, Kirk Suddreath, Molly Waldner, Brittany Wallis, Paige White, Alexis Zanety
Paul Appleman, Kirstin Grbic, Kathleen Hartwell, Melanie Hovis, Bailee Hunt, Kerry Jackson, Cameo Miller, Kelli Nielsen, Elizabeth Sutton, Molly Waldner, Paige White
Board of Directors
Cecilia Winters-Morris, President & Acting Treasurer
Michelle Smith, Founder & Acting Secretary
Kevin Fulton, General Counsel
Hamid Dean Refai
Larry A. Margolis
Jen Gadd Edwards
Dr. Rachel Winer
jhon r. stronks
Our Board of Director's Bio's:
Cecilia Winters-Morris, President, has been a member of the board for approximately four years. Cecilia is an independent management consultant with seventeen years of internal audit experience, which includes over six years in public accounting serving clients in the energy and service industries. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Cecilia studied dance for many years in New York and Massachusetts. She was privileged to study with Frank Hatchett, co-founder of Broadway Dance in New York and Stephen Boyd in Massachusetts. Cecilia is the wife of Lawrence Morris and the mother of Nathia, Demarcus and Darius. In her spare time, she enjoys serving on the PTO board at the boy’s elementary school and volunteering with the Preschool Ministry at Fallbrook Church.
Michelle Smith, Acting Secretary and Executive Director, has a background of over 24 years of ballet training including the New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University. After college she joined the Delia Stewart Dance Company working first as principal dancer and then as Manager of the company and Director of the school where she established a children’s program and diversified the adult’s program that became the base for the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. She has been involved in the Houston arts and dance community now for over 30 years. In the business world, Michelle was office manager of several real estate firms for her first 10 years in Houston.
Kevin Fulton is originally from Los Angeles, California and is currently a Partner with Fulton & White PLLC., Attorneys at Law. Kevin has had a strong sense of community and service since serving in the Army where he was awarded four medals for service in the Persian Gulf War and as a humanitarian in Operation Provide Comfort for Kurdish Refugees in Turkey and Iraq. After the Army, Kevin continued his service to community by devoting his time on the Board for a youth counseling organization and dedicating countless hours to helping victims of domestic violence. He currently incorporates free legal services as part of his practice believing that income should not be a barrier to competent legal services. That philosophy is carried over in his support for the Arts where he believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the exhilaration of dance regardless of their income level.
Marlana Doyle, Artistic Director, is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Point Park University in 2001 with a BA in Dance. Marlana has been dancing with METdance for the past fifteen years and was a major part of the company’s reorganization in 2003. Under her direction, Marlana’s artistic vision has taken the company to new levels of excellence and growth while holding tightly to the company’s long tradition of diversity and versatility in its dancers, choreographers, collaborators, and content. Marlana represents METdance as a member of Dance Source Houston, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Dance USA, spending the last nine years as an emerging leader at both APAP and Dance USA. She was awarded the Dance USA Leadership Mentee Fellowship for the institute of training in 2012 and is currently serving as a Dance USA Artistic Director Council Chair for the 2016 – 2017 Season. Marlana has also served on many grant and organizational panels for the Houston Arts Alliance. Marlana is also a guest teacher and an award winning choreographer for her students throughout the US. She lives in Sugar Land TX with her husband Ben and her two adorable daughters Olivia and Evie
Hamid Dean Refai is a healthcare professional with 7 years of leadership experience combining business operations and entrepreneurship. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, but work and school have allowed him the opportunity to live in multiple cities and countries over the past 12 years. After completing his dual masters of business administration and health administration at Saint Louis University, he accepted a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He then transitioned into his current role overseeing the business operations of a 100+ employee outpatient center. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, learning new languages, and exploring Houston.
Marcela Arroyave has over 7 years experience in banking. As an officer of the The Bank of River Oaks, she specializes in relationship building, commercial lending and loan portfolio/compliance management. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Corporate Communication / Finance. As a dancer, Marcela has performed at many events, cultural showcases and benefits in Houston, Los Angeles and New York City. She is founder and director of Candela Dance Company, whom have been invited annually since 2006 to perform at the Texas Salsa Congress. As an instructor she had the honor to introduce and successfully incorporate a salsa program at Danse Des Enfants whom have provided dance/gymnastics instruction to children locally in Houston Texas for over 15 years. She has also taught adult private and group salsa classes at Vibe Dance and Fitness. In her spare time, Marcela enjoys volunteering with The Linda Lorelle Scholarship Foundation and “Your Life Coaching”.
Megan Jackson currently has a position at Edgar Allan Poe Elementary in Special Education Resource. She works with students that have learning and emotional disabilities ranging from ADHD to Depression. Aside from teaching, Megan Jackson is a writer and an actor. She has performed in numerous plays and staged readings in the Austin and Houston area, as well as in New York City. She has worked with well-known writers, such as Ishmael Reed (Body Parts) and Nathan Jackson (Broke-ology). She also enjoys writing in her blog: thefreedartist.com, which is her own little therapy session!
Anne Sears is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Houston in 2001. After practicing law for four years, she transitioned to the nonprofit sector and now devotes her time to community service. She has experience in development as well as in career coaching. Anne’s passion for dance began at the METdance Center in 2011 when she took her first dance class, and she has continued to be a student of METdance ever since.