Dr. Robert Rudney, President is a retired Defense Department official and disability advocate. He also serves as Board Secretary for the DC Center for Independent Living and volunteers at the DC Rehabilitation Services Administration. He is co-author of four books on defense policy and author of a disability novel, “Lovers Lame.” He has a PhD in History from the University of Michigan.
Christine Tarrago, Treasurer, was raised in Germany where she enjoyed an education in classical ballet and piano. After graduating with her MBA from the Universitaet Augsburg, she lived in multiple European countries pursuing her professional finance career before relocating to the United States in 2005. Christine is a strong believer in the performing arts as an expression of emotion and feelings and has stayed attuned to the performing arts community since childhood. Her further belief in the arts playing an intrinsic substantial part of a community led her to join the JFD board in January 2017.
Katie Davis, Secretary, a Northern Virginia native, joined the JFD Board in September 2015. She grew up performing in a variety of classical dance styles, including ballet, jazz, and lyrical, and continues to add new styles like hip hop and modern to her repertoire. As JFD secretary, she looks forward to sharing her love of dance and artistic expression with a broader audience and giving back to the local arts community in a meaningful way. Katie graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Economics and Psychology. She currently works as a business manager for a global communications firm in Washington, D.C.
Jan Canterbury is an Environmental Scientist who worked at USEPA over 25 years as a Project Manager on Global Climate Change projects. She did public speaking at the Pentagon, at national conferences with various corporate and non-profit organizations (e.g., USCM, ICMA, OECD, etc) and at international trainings (i.e., including in Russia, South Africa and Poland.) Jan also worked with a team of scientists who wrote Environmental Impact Statements at contaminated sites (i.e., as in the film “Erin Brockovich”) around the country. And, she wrote the Presidential Proclamation (for President Barack Obama) entitled, “Sustainable Solutions for a Healthy Environment and Economy.” More recently, Jan volunteers with groups such as “Building Bridges,” “Ascent Virginia” and “Eco-Comedy” with American University. She is delighted to be involved in JFD although she has two left feet.
Catherine Watts is a Virginia native who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with a degree in foreign affairs. Catherine has been deeply involved in the arts since a young child. She was trained as an opera singer for 12 years and also volunteered as a ballroom dance instructor. She also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Essential Theater in DC. In 2018, Catherine decided to start a social enterprise for the arts and entertainment industry called Hathart in order to create a platform that is able to help artists advance their careers.