Board of Directors
Pamela Trokanski (President)
Kimberly Baxter (Vice President)
Analisa Bevan (Secretary)
Melinda Waring (Treasurer)
Robin Carlson (Dance for Parkinson's Program Coordinator)
Kacey Hsu (Social Media Coordinator)
Myvanwy Morgan (Big Day of Giving Coordinator)
Advisory Board Members:
Linda Clevenger, Taylor Herrera, Virgil Smith
Interested in working with us?
As we expand our presence in the community, we are looking for additional board members who would bring their energy, skills, and a love of dance to our vision.
Kimberly Baxter (Vice President) joined the board in 2020. She began dancing in 1989, studying with Pamela and performing with PTDT, Momentum Dance Company, and in student productions at San Francisco State University and UC Davis. She has also choreographed for and performed with, Blueprint Dance Company and High Release Dance. Kimberly works in the pharmaceutical industry supporting development of new therapeutics, and enjoys staying active with her family.
Analisa Bevan (Secretary) joined the board in 2021. She's been an audience member and parent to a dancer since 2014. She also teaches Zentangle drawing at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop. Analisa is a Certified Zentangle Teacher who’s been tangling for nearly ten years. She loves teaching this mindful non-representational art form that can be done anywhere with almost any writing instrument and surface. She is also the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Specialist for the California Air Resources Board where she coordinates programs across vehicle sectors that are working to ensure we all have somewhere to fuel when we transition to battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Robin Carlson (Dance for Parkinson's Coordinator) served on the PTDT Board of Directors between 2014 to 2017 and rejoined the Board in 2019. Robin performed as a dancer with PTDT in 1989-1993, 2000-2004, and 2006-2007. She co-founded Blueprint Dance Company with two other dancers/choreographers, which produced three seasons of performances between 2003 and 2007 in Sacramento and Davis. Robin is a natural science illustrator currently focused on ecosystem dynamics after disruption, especially how species and habitats respond to wildfire and changing fire regimes in the West. She has illustrated interpretive panels, posters, informational backdrops, species, and habitat information cards, playground equipment, and is currently at work on a book about fire ecology. Robin is very interested in non-profit development and is currently serving on three Boards of Directors, for PTDT, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and the Davis Waldorf School.
Kacey Hsu (Social Media Coordinator) joined the board in 2021. She started dancing at the PTDW from a young age and danced with both the Apprentice Company and PTDT from 2009-2013. She continued her dance journey in college and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2020 with a BA in Dance and BA in Communication. Kacey now lives in San Francisco, pursuing a career in marketing.
Lyn Liuzzi has lived in Davis since 1979 when she started teaching school at Emerson Junior High. She later moved up to the high school to teach mathematics and retired after 40 yrs of teaching. She is a regular Participant in the Second Wind dance class and works with youth in the CASA program.
Myvanwy Morgan (Big Day ofGiving Coordinator) has been a board member since the Fall of 2010. She first met Pamela in high school as an enthusiastic budding stage technician and since that time has stage managed and designed lights for many PTDT concerts. Myv spends her working time managing the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop (PTDW) office, and she is on the stage crew at the Mondavi Center at UCD. While she doesn’t have a background in dance, she does thoroughly enjoy Pamela’s Earth Rhythms class at PTDW.
Pamela Trokanski (President) is the Founder, Director, and Choreographer of Pamela Trokanski Dance Theater, a professional contemporary dance company, and the Third Stage, a multigenerational contemporary dance company. She has been teaching, choreographing, and performing for over 39 years. She received her BA in Dance from Empire State College (New York) and holds a current California State Teaching Credential in Physical Education (including CLAD certification,) and teaches dance at Davis Senior High School for both the Physical Education and Fine Arts Departments. In her 38 years in Davis, she has received multiple Arts Contracts from the Davis Civic Arts Commission as well as grants from US Bank and Davis Waste Removal for her outreach programs for elementary school children. Her teaching experience includes the Dance for Parkinson’s program in collaboration with the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Mark Morris Dance Group and directing the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, where she teaches with a faculty of nine other teachers. She has also written as a Dance Critic for the Davis Enterprise.
Melinda Waring (Treasurer)
Now retired, she comes to us with years of experience in education, child care, and directing several organizations including being the Director of a preschool/full day care in Foster City, CA., the Director of Head Start for Yolo County, and UC Davis Extension. She holds a Masters in Child Development from UC Davis and while working with the Yolo County Office of Education, was the Child Care Coordinator for Yolo County (CA state program for all 58 counties) and managed a volunteer council of 20. With YCOE she also instructed and then oversaw the Pregnant Minors Program that the county-operated in West Sacramento, Davis, Winters, and Yolo (the Woodland program). Animals are her passion and she has volunteered with both county animal shelters and rescue groups. Presently she has only one dog, Zooey, who prefers to be the only animal in the family.
Louise Kellogg was a professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Davis and did research and taught on geophysics and scientific visualization, including science-technology-arts collaborations. She began taking classes with Pamela around the turn of the millennium. Louise was a long-serving PTDT board member and she is greatly missed.