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

Instructor

 

Olivia Kruse

Instructor 

 

Olivia Lane

Instructor

 

Samuel Opsal 

Instructor

 

Beth Patterson

Instructor

 

Laura Peterman

Instructor

 

Antonio Rosario

Instructor

 
 

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