Directors & Staff

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, the office and other departments.


julianna slager

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director

Amy Kozol Sanderson

Executive Director

Antonio Rosario

Conservatory Program Director


Emily Ratkos

Interim Ensemble Program Director

Abigail Gray Gardner

Children's Division Director

Morgan Kelly

Youth Dance Division Director


Lorianne Barclay

Head of Wardrobe

Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8 Trainee Program Ballet Mistress

Stephanie Joe

Marketing & Development Associate


Annika Grasman

Front Desk Team

Haley Kisch

Front Desk Team

Brianna Klein



Olivia Kruse

Instructor, Front Desk Team

Olivia Lane


Samuel Opsal 

Instructor, Front Desk Team


Beth Patterson


Laura Peterman



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  
Education Faculty Head at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Susan Jillson, Board Treasurer
Chief Estimator at Walsh Construction

Katie DeGraaf, Board Member
Director of Product - Insurance Solutions at Arity

Dario Caravette, Board Member
Managing Partner of Affiliated Companies

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

Jeff Kristoff, Board Member
Senior Manager

Tara Torkleson
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