Staff & Instructors

Many of our staff members are current or former dancers with the Ballet 5:8 Professional Company, bringing a wealth of experience to their classrooms. 

Artistic Staff and Instructors


julianna slager

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director

Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8 Trainee Program Ballet Mistress

Laura schlatter

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts Ballet Mistress 


Abigail Gray

Children's Division Director


Morgan Kelly

Youth Dance Division Director


Lauren Ader-Cumpston

Founding Conservatory Program Director


Lorianne Barclay

Head of Wardrobe


Brianna Klein



Olivia Kruse



Olivia Lane



Samuel Opsal 



Beth Patterson



Laura Peterman



Antonio Rosario



Administrative Staff

Amy Kozol Sanderson, Ballet 5:8 Executive Director and School Administrative Director
Haley Kisch
Lauren Pulkstenis

Board of Directors

Rather than having an owner, like a for-profit business, Ballet 5:8 is managed by its Executive and Artistic Directors and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is made up of a group of community members, representing a wide range of professional expertise, who volunteer to oversee the organization, ensure that it is operating with integrity, and that it is always working to fulfill its stated mission. 

Current Board of Directors

Jennifer Maniscalco, President
Director of Product Engagement (VIP), Sears Holdings Corporation

Michelle Modrzejewski, Board Secretary  
Manger of Community Programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Susan Jillson, Board Treasurer
Chief Estimator at Walsh Construction

Katie DeGraaf, Board Member
Senior Consultant at Towers Watson

Dario Caravette, Board Member
Managing Partner of Affiliated Companies

Michael Abramczyk, Board Member
Technology Specialist

Lisa M. Wainwright
Volunteer Coordinator at MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc.

Jeff Kristoff, Board Member
Senior Manager at Health Care Service Corporation