Dr. Robert Rudney, Chair 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.
Ayoola Adebisi works with ASCD, a nonprofit organization in the Alexandria area as a project manager/business analyst. Born and raised in Nigeria, he moved to the United States in 2015 for a Masters degree in Project Management at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He joins the JFD board with 7 years project management experience in supply chain and logistics, higher education, digital health, and non-profit fields. Having moved from Boston to the DC area in July 2018, he currently live in Alexandria and enjoys exploring the area. a love of soccer, short road trips, camping, hiking, tennis, and traveling. His goal is to be part of the success story of JFD and help promote the art and culture of dance among the youth and the elderly.
Diane Dorius is a retired attorney whose legal career focused primarily on housing, community development and energy conservation policies through her service with the U.S. House of Representatives and the Federal Housing Finance Board. She started dancing as soon as she found her balance for the first time, swirling in front of her parents to the Waltz of the Flowers. She performed regularly with the Sacred Dancers of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington for 30 years and now dances with Jane Franklin’s 40+ and with Helping Hearts for the Arts. Knowing how dance can inspire dancers and their audiences to experience tenderness, sorrow, anger, elation and humor in ways that go beyond words, she is excited to join the board of JFD to help a much wider audience experience the magic that Jane, her dancers and her musical collaborators create.
Jessica Shoemaker is an Underwriting Manager at Freddie Mac, with over a decade of experience in commercial mortgage banking. She holds a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jessica credits her involvement in musical theater, dance, piano and concert band throughout childhood for providing her with the leadership presence and public speaking skills she utilizes as an adult. In addition to her involvement with JFD, Jessica mentors military veterans through American Corporate Partners, a non-profit dedicated to supporting veterans transitioning to corporate employment, and manages Freddie Mac’s corporate partnership with the Ellevate Network, an international professional women’s organization. As a JFD board member, Jessica blends her business skills with her love of the arts to share the joy of dance with the Arlington community.