Boards of Directors & Advisors

Board of Directors

Bernadette Dono
President 
Bernadette Dono is an NYC attorney employed by a large non-profit healthcare organization. Specializing in insurance coverage, her considerable experience includes structuring national insurance programs, managing captive insurers, directing litigation, drafting and negotiating contracts, claims advocacy, civil litigation and appellate argument. She earned undergraduate degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Queens College and a law degree from New York Law School. Bernadette volunteers as an arbitrator in the Small Clams Court of NYC, and as a shelter volunteer at Bideawee Animal Shelter. Her dream is to open a residence, on the water, for abandoned, elderly and sick dogs to enjoy their remaining time in peace. She enjoys yoga, pilates, swimming and hiking, and lives on the Upper East Side with her two rescued dogs, Pluto and Pumpkin.

Bridgette Lin
Vice President
Bridgette Lin works as a financial services professional with over 8 years of accounting and auditing experience in the asset management industry. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received B.A. degrees in Communication Studies and Philosophy and a Masters degree in Accounting. Bridgette has always been an active supporter of the arts and has an extensive background studying different mediums of dance, music, and yoga.

Patrick Forhane
Secretary/Treasurer
Patrick Forhane has been employed as a Credit Officer at Citibank since returning home to New York. Prior to returning to New York, he held various positions in consumer and business banking on the west coast. He earned an M.B.A. from Webster University and a B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego. Patrick has traveled the world extensively and loves to experience the arts and culture that New York has to offer. He has taken a keen interest in the arts since his first visit to Radio City as a teenager.

Zahra El-Mekkawy
Board Member

Amanda Selwyn
Board Member
Amanda Selwyn founded Notes in Motion Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2000 and in fourteen seasons, has directed over 30 productions, developed a network of artists, and created the curriculum for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s arts-in-education programs. Amanda’s choreographic works include: Refuge, It’s a GameDetourFive MinutesPassageUndercurrentHearsayInteriorsDisturbanceSalutTiltTidalShiftSirenContradicting UnitySave My SpotHold OnMomentum, and Behind Us. She has choreographed dance for Chicago’s Motivity, a collective of modern choreographers; for theatre productions including House on Mango StreetFree to be You an MeOnce Upon a MattressThe WizLittle Shop of Horrors, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory; and for her original theatre productions which include HerlandYellow Feather, and Slitting the Clouds. In addition to her choreographic work, Amanda has directed off-broadway theatre in NYC at John Houseman Studio, 30th Street Theatre, Grove Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Center Stage, and the Producer’s Club. Amanda teaches dance and theatre to New York City children and has been on faculty at independent schools including The Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends School, Beit Rabban School, Solomon Schechter School, and the New Acting Company. She has taught dance composition and technique at the Berkshire Institute for Music and Art and taught dance and theatre in Israel at the Israel Museum, English Village, and the Arad Community Center. Amanda led the workshop “Accessing Inspiration for Dance-Making” at the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable’s 2007 Face to Face conference and “Teaching a Choreographic Process” at the 2008 and 2011 conferences. She presented her choreography at NYU’s Women and Theater conference in 2003. She is the recipient of grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Friars Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Community Arts Fund, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. In 2008, Amanda participated in the Choreographer’s Lab program at Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA. Her work has been presented twice on Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, APAP Conference Showcases, the COOL NY Dance Festival, WestFest Dance Festival, Movement Research’s Performance Series, Dance Teacher Summit, Earth Celebrations, Dixon Place, and Pushing Progress at Peridance. Amanda has a 500-hour yoga teacher’s certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and teaches yoga at gyms and studios as well as privately. She has a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in performance studies and a B.S. from Northwestern University in theatre, women’s studies, and dance.


Board of Advisors

Rebecca Kelly
Artistic Director — Rebecca Kelly Ballet

Deb Margolin
Writer/Performance Artist — Adjunct NYU Professor

Billy Siegenfeld
Artistic Director — Jump Rhythm Jazz Project & Northwestern University Professor

 

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