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
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
Lisa M. Wainwright
Volunteer Coordinator at MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc.
Jeff Kristoff, Board Member
Senior Manager at Health Care Service Corporation