Ann Courtney, President (2019 – present) & Vice President (2016 – 2019)
College Success Coach, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Visiting Lecturer and Guest Artist, Hollins University
Ann Courtney has served as lighting designer and stage manager for over twenty Halestone concerts since 2003. She holds a BA in Theatre Production and Media Studies from Fordham University (1994), a MFA in Lighting Design from the University of South Carolina (1999), and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University (2019). She started her professional career as a stage manager for Dance Theatre of Harlem (1994-1996). She has been a lighting designer and adjunct instructor at Bradley University (1999-2002), Washington and Lee University (2002-2016), and Hollins University (2011-present).
Joel Kuehner, Vice-President (2019 – present) & President (2016 – 2019)
Professor of Physics and Engineering, Washington and Lee University
Joel Kuehner is a professor of physics and engineering at Washington and Lee University. Joel is a founding member of the Halestone Foundation and has served on the board since its inception in 2016. He served as president from 2016 until 2019, and now serves as vice president. During his years on the board, Joel has used his experience managing an academic department to develop policies and procedures that promote transparent and accurate business practice at Halestone and to assist with fundraising and development programs.
Don Henk, Secretary (2019 – present) & Director (2016 – present)
Retail Operations Manager, Massanutten Resort
Don works in the Travel and Hospitality industry, currently as Retail Operations Manager at Massanutten Resort. He moved to Rockbridge County in the spring of 2009 for work, uprooting his family from their Western New York roots. To help the girls get acclimated to Rockbridge Country, he enrolled them in dance classes. When Halestone made the transition to a non-profit, Alexis and Sydney made it clear that is where they wanted to keep taking classes. When the offer to join the Board was presented, Don was happy to join so they could stay a part of their dance family.
Jessica Sullivan, Treasurer (2019 – present) & Director (2016 – present)
Early Education Coordinator, Environmental Educator for Preschool-2nd grade, Family Events Coordinator, Boxerwood Nature Center
Jessica was introduced to Halestone Dance Studio in 2006 when she brought her 5-year-old son to the studio for a creative movement class. His relationship with dance was short lived but hers had just begun. Jessica joined Halestone Dance Studio’s adult ensemble, the Community Dance Connection Theater in 2007. Over the past 13 years she has taken a variety of dance classes including modern, beginning ballet, African dance and tap. She has participated in over 15 performances and has assisted the Artistic Director teach preschool dance classes in a local elementary school. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and is passionate about giving all children the opportunity to experience the joy dance.
Jessica Goldyn Dixon, Director (2020 – present)
Jess’s dance experience goes back almost two decades. Her onramp into dance was through musical theater, which she also studied at Brigham Young University. Jess has been recognized with multiple regional awards for her dancing, acting, and singing, and has served as the co-director and choreographer for various fundraisers and showcases. She loves to combine her love for dance with her expertise in community organizing. She has been involved in community organizing from low-income housing in Massachusetts to Silicon Valley where she was hired as a paid community manager for Stanford University. She was also the founder and instructor of “Love for Movement,” where she taught young dancers a love for their bodies and basic dance techniques. Jess currently has two boys and two girls who dance with Halestone!
Erin Graves, Director (2020 – present)
Erin is a parent of a Ballet 1 and Tap student and was born and raised in Rockbridge county. She brings her love and talents for the arts and music to Halestone, as well as knowledge and brief history of dance. When not working at Halestone, Erin enjoys spending time creating as an artist and also volunteers at a nonprofit organization to alleviate childhood hunger. She lives in Buena Vista, with her husband Michael and their three children James (19), Emily (15) and, Isobel (8).
Daniel Hinkle, Director (2019 – present)
Senior State Affairs Counsel, American Association for Justice
Daniel is the parent of a Next Generation dancer and new to the Lexington/Rockbridge community. He brings his perspective to the board while providing guidance as an attorney with experience working with non-profit organizations. When he isn’t helping Halestone, Daniel works for a DC trade association and maintains a hobby farm with his wife, Margaret Anne, and two boys.
Stephanie Hodde, Director (2019 – present)
Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Military Institute
Stephanie Hodde is a teaching artist, educator and performer. Before joining the board in 2019, Stephanie participated in Halestone’s dance community as a moving arts instructor and choreographer (3 years), a 6-year company member of Halestone’s multigenerational Community Dance Connection Theater and as a parent of dance students for the past 16 years. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago with which she trains educators, and develops arts education programs for Rockbridge County youth in creative literacies and multimodal performance. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, where she teaches dramatic literature, technical writing, and community-based learning courses.
Robb Zahm, Director (2020 – present)
Compliance Officer, CornerStone Bank
Robb Zahm is the Compliance Officer at CornerStone Bank, and a graduate of the Washington & Lee School of Law (13L). He has performed in numerous opera, musical, and theatrical productions over the years, including performances at the Lenfest Center at W&L, Hollins University Main Stage, Opera Roanoke, the Wayne Theatre, and ShenanArts Center.