BOARD MEMBERS

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Anja Thomas

President, Board of Directors

Throughout her marketing career, Anja led cross-functional teams in strategic planning for product development and brand management projects. Most of her experience was with Hamilton Beach Brands, in both the US and Latin American divisions, but includes Hasbro and FTD as well. 


Originally from North Carolina, Anja holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her arts experience includes 11 years of dance and 6 years as a voice actor, namely with Firehouse Radio Players. She also serves as President of the Board for the Friends of the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School.  

dogtowndance@gmail.com

Kevin LaMarr Jones
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Secretary, Board of Directors

Kevin LaMarr Jones is the Artistic Director and Founder of CLAVES UNIDOS, translated United Rhythms, a collective of artists that celebrates the unique ability of dance to build community, with a focus on celebrating the African heritage of the many beloved dance forms around the world. Since graduating with a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, Jones has become a graphic designer, dancer, choreographer, and producer based in Richmond, Virginia. 

In addition to directing CLAVES UNIDOS, Jones’ portfolio includes 7 years as a professional company member with the Latin Ballet of Virginia and more than 18 years as an Designer and Art Director at Virginia Credit Union. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Dogtown Dance Theatre, his artistic home base since 2011, where he led community classes and created dance work in Dogtown's 109 W. 15th Street location for over a decade.

dance@clavesunidos.com

STAFF

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Kassandra Rosas

Operations Manager

Kassandra is now our operations manager, she handles accounting, staff scheduling, general administration - invoicing for daily and monthly renters, policies and procedures, liabilities and forms.  You will see her on weekends and Tuesdays. Kassandra is originally from Northern VA. She currently lives in Richmond and is a Junior at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Psychology.

kassandra@dogtowndancetheatre.com

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Lesley Schott

Social Media & Marketing Manager

Lesley is an all-around versatile individual who loves a challenge 

She is the social media and marketing for dog town to keep you in the loop for upcoming classes and schedule programs. She is also an animal lover and takes care of client's pooches and kitties in the Richmond area. 

Reach out if you need her to help you drum up some social media work!!

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Taylor Bonadies

Media Producer

Taylor is Dogtown's videographer for social media and also helps with front desk check in. Taylor creates performance works and is part-time faculty for the Governor's School for the Arts Department of Dance in Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from VCU in Spring 2020 receiving a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography.

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Erika Hasina

Administrative Associate

Erika is another one of our friendly front desk associates! Erica mainly works the front desk where she has the pleasure to greet all artists and movers with a welcoming smile. Originally from Virginia Beach and is currently a senior at VCU studying Dance and Choreography with a minor in Psychology. 

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Josie Bennett

Administrative Associate

Josie is another one of our friendly front desk associates! Josie will work the front desk where she has the pleasure to greet all artists and movers into Dogtown. Josie is originally from Richmond and I will be attending VCU in the fall to major in dance and choreography!