Board of Directors

Shelby Augustyniak President

Shelby Kennerly Augustyniak is a Tallahassee native and alumni of The Tallahassee Ballet. She greatly values the discipline and life-long friendships made through her ballet experience. In addition to her full-time employment at King & Wood, P.A. as Paralegal and Closing Coordinator, Shelby is Past-President of Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Past-President of the Advent Parents’ Association, volunteer at Grace Mission Sunday services, and an active member of St. John’s Episcopal church. She and her husband, Daniel, have two daughters, Ella B. and Audrey. In her free time, Shelby enjoys running marathons, cooking, reading, and Florida State football.

Carmen Butler Immediate Past President

As Market Development Manager for CenturyLink, a member of the Fortune 150 and third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., Carmen is responsible for public and community relations in Alabama and North Florida. Prior to this, she served as Business Marketing Manager for Texas and North Florida where she led marketing efforts in the business-to-business sector. She has also served as Public Affairs Manager for Sprint and as Associate Director of Community Relations for Florida State University. In addition to The Tallahassee Ballet, Carmen is currently volunteering on several Boards of Directors including the Foundation for Leon County Schools, Tallahassee/Leon County Economic Development Council, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and Seven Days of Opening Nights. In previous years, she served on the Boards for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tallahassee, United Way of the Big Bend and the Red Cross Capital Area Chapter. She is an alumnus of Leadership Florida, Leadership Tallahassee and The Tallahassee Ballet where she danced the role of Clara in the company’s first full-length production. Carmen graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Will, and son, John Fletcher

Pam McKemie Gibson President Elect

Pam McKemie Gibson is a graduate of Leon High School and attended Florida State University. She serves as Interim Executive Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee, Inc. Her background is in the hospitality industry and association management.

Pam is an Alumna of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at FSU and a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class XII. She is honored to continue the legacy of her late mother, Sue McKemie, who served as the President of The Tallahassee Civic Ballet Board of Directors in the late 70’s and early 80’s. She is honored to be amongst esteemed faculty, artists, staff and dancers.

She and her husband Terry, have one daughter Tracie Manrique, a Paramedic with Leon County EMS and a granddaughter Morgan, who is in her sixth year of ballet at TTB and is a member of the Junior Company.

Blaine Click Treasurer

A native of Tallahassee, Blaine grew up with an appreciation for giving back to community. Married to a former Tallahassee Ballet dancer, he has enjoyed attending Ballet performances since he was introduced to the organization more than 10 years ago. As the Treasurer on the The Tallahassee Ballet Executive Committee, Blaine brings strong understanding of corporate and non-profit budgeting and financial planning. A CPA, he is a Manager with Lanigan & Associates. Blaine and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Logan and Charlotte, so he looks forward to many years of involvement with The Tallahassee Ballet.

Alison Voorhees Secretary

Alison Voorhees has called Tallahassee home for more than 14 years and is in her second term on the Ballet board, having served previously from 2007-2011. Prior to joining Capital City Bank as Advertising Manager in 2007, she worked in fundraising and special events for Seven Days of Opening Nights (now Opening Nights Performing Arts) at Florida State University (FSU) and Orlando Ballet.

Alison holds dual master’s degrees in global media and communications from the London School of Economics and the University of Southern California. She also earned an undergraduate degree in Communications and English from Florida State University, and has experience in sales and marketing, education, retail and manufacturing.

She currently serves as a Citizen Review Team member for the Community Human Service Partnership, Immediate Past President/Government Relations Chair of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Tallahassee and Government Relations Co-Chair for AAF Fourth District, while also volunteering with Meals on Wheels and City Church. Alison previously held leadership roles with Junior League of Tallahassee and Knight Creative Communities Institute, and has volunteered with United Way of the Big Bend ReadingPals, Goodwood Museum & Gardens and Leon County Schools. She has a background in vocal performance, and enjoys singing, spending time with her family, reading, playing tennis, following FSU sports, and learning to be a better cook and gardener.

Laurel Harbin Guild Chair

Laurel Harbin, PhD is a LEED accredited designer and urban planner who has resided in Tallahassee for over 20 years. Laurel is originally from St. Augustine where she trained in classical ballet and performed in numerous community programs, which resulted in a lifelong appreciation for the value of performing arts. Laurel holds an MFA from Florida State University and a PhD from the University of Florida, where she serves as a graduate school lecturer in planning theory and history. As a professional designer and planner, Laurel works with the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department to help implement the long-term vision for the greater Tallahassee community. She is also a grant funded and internationally published researcher with fellowships from Cornell University and the University of Chicago. Laurel is a contributing member to professional design and planning organizations and volunteers in Tallahassee schools, neighborhood associations, and non-profit organizations. Laurel is also an active member of the Mayflower Society and serves as a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend. Laurel has been committed to serving The Tallahassee Ballet since her daughter, Chloe, joined The Tallahassee Ballet Company in 2014.

Paola Blackburn Board Member

Paola Blackburn is a native to Tallahassee and graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor of Science in accounting. As a CPA, she has gained experience specializing in the real estate, construction, and manufacturing industries. Her technical skills include accounting assistance, payroll preparation and review, tax return preparation and review, and research of various tax issues. Paola has had close ties to the Tallahassee Ballet for a majority of her life and as a first year board member she is excited about the opportunity to give back to the organization. Paola is married to her middle school sweetheart, Heath, and they have two children, Sophia and Troy.

Betsy Caire Couch Board Member

Betsy Caire Couch, APR serves as Executive Director for KCCI, the Knight Creative Communities Institute. In addition to her enthusiasm for the Arts, she is an avid proponent for improving the lives of children and families and enhancing the Tallahassee community. She received 850 Magazine’s Pinnacle Award in 2014, and she was featured on the cover of Tallahassee Woman Magazine as a “Generation X Community Leader” in Aug. 2013. Betsy also serves on the boards for the Foundation for Leon County Schools, Children’s Home Society, and the Gilchrist Elementary PTO. She was also a member of the Cultural Plan Review Committee. Betsy was the 2010-2011 President of the Junior League of Tallahassee, and she served as President of the Florida Public Relation’s Association-Capital Chapter. She is also a former President of the Advent Parish Day School PTO. An avid Florida Gator, she is married to her college sweetheart, dentist Cory Couch, and they are the proud parents of a young dancer, Caroline, and sweet little gentleman, Tucker.

Holly Edenfield Board Member

Holly Radcliffe Edenfield is pleased to serve on the board of The Tallahassee Ballet, after having been a senior dancer from 2001-2006. This is her seventh year on the board, including a term as President in 2013-14. Holly has taught dance to all levels and ages and has choreographed three shows for the Quincy Music Theatre. She is married to Marcus Edenfield and they have a young daughter, Sally Kate, and son, Moore. She is employed by the Florida Department of Education and volunteers at Trinity Catholic School.

Ally Fields Board Member

Ally Fields is a Doctor of Nursing Practice for Southern Medical Group Cardiology.  She moved to Tallahassee from Los Angeles in 1999.  She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.  She also studied photography in Paris at the SPEOS Photographic Institute.  She worked in Los Angeles for several years in marketing and publicity for an independent film company.  After moving to Tallahassee, she served Governor Jeb Bush for four years as Production Assistant for the Florida Film Commission.  At age 30, she returned to school to become an emergency medicine/trauma nurse. She returned to FSU in 2013 to pursue her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and focused her research on cardiac arrest and resuscitation science.  Her research project titled “A Study of the Effect of Initiation of Mild Therapeutic Hypothermia on Neurological Outcomes in the Cardiac Arrest Patient” won the Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding Scholarship of Practice award.  She was also awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award for Florida State University.  Her other research interests include organ donation, molecular genetics of sudden cardiac arrest, and near death experiences.  She works diligently with Leon County EMS and the American Heart Association to educate local citizens about hands-only CPR, improving community survival rates over the past five years.  She has volunteered for American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Ronald MacDonald House and the Leon County Humane Society.  She is honored to serve on The Tallahassee Ballet Board of Directors.

Agatha Muse-Salters Board Member
Felicia Leborgne Nowels Board Member

Felicia Leborgne Nowels is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in International Law and is a Partner at Akerman, LLP, where she practices international trade law and federal regulatory administrative law. Felicia grew up in Miami and danced under the tutelage of Thomas Armour, Robert Pike and Ruth Weisen. Felicia also danced with the Miami Ballet. Felicia graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in French and a concentration in International Relations. She moved to Tallahassee in 2000, and graduated from Florida State University Law School. She and her husband, Matthew Nowels, have three children, one of which is a student at the Tallahassee Ballet. Having danced most of her life and interned as a student at the Louvre in Paris, Felicia is passionate about ballet, the arts and her local community.

Nancy Cusmano Shank Board Member

As a major account manager for CenturyLink, the nation’s third largest telecommunications company, Nancy works with large businesses and organizations to solve complex communications issues. She has twice won the Circle of Excellence award for clearly demonstrating her commitment to improving customers’ businesses through CenturyLink’s advanced technologies and solutions. Her community involvement efforts are extensive as well having served as president of the Tallahassee Kiwanis Club and lieutenant governor for the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 3, a director for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and chair of the CenturyLink Community Relations Team. She is a current advisor for Circle K International at Florida State University and the Builders Club at Montford Middle School. Nancy is an alumna of Florida State University where she was a member of the Marching Chiefs. She and her husband Tim have four children and live in Tallahassee.

Kristi Strickland Board Member

Kristi Strickland is the Program Director for Junior Achievement Big Bend. Kristi manages a network of over 200 business and community volunteers who provide financial literacy education for students K-12th grades. Kristi received her degree in Education from FSU and spent many years teaching and volunteering in area schools. She became an active neighborhood activist, advocating on behalf of neighborhood issues, responsible development, and fiscal responsibility. She also worked and volunteered for Leon County’s Supervisor of Elections, advocating voter participation. Kristi and her husband, William, have owned NRG Industries for 34 years, where she was in charge of permitting, compliance and governmental affairs. They have 2 married children, Razzie and Katie. Kristi joined The Tallahassee Ballet more than 20 years ago and was an active board member for over 12 years, and her daughter, Katie also became a senior dancer at The Tallahassee Ballet.

Ernest L. Taliaferro Board Member

Len Taliaferro is a past president of the Tallahassee Ballet and has served on its board for 18 years including 16 consecutive years until 2007 and two one-year terms after that. He has served on the ballet’s executive committee for eight years including one year as president-elect and multiple terms as secretary and as treasurer. Taliaferro is a retired telephone public relations executive, serving as Florida Public Relations Manager for Centel Corporation and Public Affairs Manager for successor companies Sprint and Embarq. In the latter position, he served for 15 years as a legislative lobbyist. He is a past president of the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce, the Region 5 Workforce Board and a two-time past president of the Greater Tallahassee Advertising Federation. He is a recipient of the American Advertising Federation’s prestigious Silver Medal Award which recognizes an individual’s contributions to his company, his community and to the field of advertising. A number of publications, photographs and advertisements produced by Taliaferro or under his direction have been winners of local and regional Addy Awards. Taliaferro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas and has served as a weekly newspaper editor and a reporter/editor/photographer for the Associated Press. Prior to joining telephone industry in 1970 as Public Information Supervisor for Allied Telephone Company headquartered in Little Rock, he also served as a public information officer for the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Service and as Public Relations Manager for Saint Vincent Infirmary, a 1,000-bed hospital in Little Rock.

Julie Todd

Julie Todd performed with The Tallahassee Ballet (TTB) from 1987-1998 as a company member.  Since that time she has been involved with TTB as a rehearsal assistant, choreographer, and performer of character roles including “Maid” in several productions of The Nutcracker, “Stepmother” in Cinderella, and “The Queen” in Sleep Beauty.  She is currently the Director of the Aveda Institute, a cosmetology and spa therapy school.  Julie has lived in the Tallahassee area for the last 40 years and is so pleased to be able to support The Tallahassee Ballet and cultural community by serving on TTB’s Board of Directors.  She is also an active member of the Junior Women’s Club of Midtown and Sustainable Tallahassee’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Committee.

Kristina Tutton Board Member
Jonathan Waters Board Member

Jonathan Waters is originally from Norwich, Norfolk, England and emigrated to Canada where he completed his education, receiving a B.Sc. from McMaster University in 1969, and also receiving extensive training as a classical pianist and organist. After living in many places, both in North America and abroad, he relocated to Tallahassee, and became a founder and a principal in Datamaxx Applied Technologies. His daughter Caitlin is former dancer with The Tallahassee Ballet. Jonathan has been on the Board of Directors since 2005 and served as Board President in 2009-2010.

Stacy Weaver Board Member

Stacy Weaver is a relative newcomer to Tallahassee, having grown up in Orlando where she was active in the dance community as a performer, teacher, and choreographer. She was in a variety of shows as a singer and dancer at the WDW theme parks, was a member of the RPM modern dance company, and was the coach of the Lake Marionettes dance team. Stacy graduated from The University of Central Florida with a degree in English. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, was Miss Sigma Phi Epsilon, and runner up in the Miss UCF pageant. Stacy was also a local radio personality with Clear Channel communications. She holds a master’s degree from Florida State University in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Her skills include website design, elearning, and voiceover work. Stacy currently works at FSU and as a freelance UX/Instructional Designer. She is married to her husband Ryan and they have three boys, Jake, Thomas, and Sam. Thomas and Sam were excited to participate in The Nutcracker last year! Stacy is eager to get involved in the Tallahassee community and is proud to serve on the board of the Tallahassee Ballet.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The Nutcracker

December 16-17, 2017
Treat yourself to one of the holiday season’s most treasured performances, The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

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