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.
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
Enablement Program Manager, ServiceNow