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

Laura schlatter

Studio Manager and Ensemble Rehearsal Director

 

Antonio Rosario

Conservatory Program Director

Abigail Gray

Children's Division Director

Morgan Kelly

Youth Dance Division Director

 

Lauren Ader-Cumpston

Founding Conservatory Program Director

Lorianne Barclay

Head of Wardrobe

Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8 Trainee Program Ballet Mistress

 

Haley Kisch

Front Desk Team

Brianna Klein

Instructor

Olivia Kruse

Instructor , Front Desk Team

 

Olivia Lane

Instructor

Samuel Opsal 

Instructor

Beth Patterson

Instructor

 

Laura Peterman

Instructor

 
 

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
Senior Consultant at Towers Watson

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