Board of Directors

Want to be part of our board?! We’re looking for committed, passionate, and determined board members for the 2019 – 2020 season. It is important to us that our board reflects our diverse collective of 60 dancers and teachers. Top down equity and inclusion are cornerstones of our social justice based organization. Board participation requirements include:

  • Attendance at a meeting once every other month
  • Dues of $250/year or in-kind for certain members
  • Representing Pones at events
  • Cultivating donors and sponsors

We are specifically seeking board applicants with expertise in any of the following areas: finance, community organizing, and program evaluation. If you are interested or have more questions, please contact Kim Popa at kim@ponesinc.com.


Current Board Members

Darnell Pierre Benjamin

  • AEA Actor, Teacher, and Dancer
  • Company Associate Artist – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
  • Adjunct Professor – Xavier University
  • Board Member since September 2016

Kate Haralson

  • Sr. Manager, Clinical Quality Improvement, The Health Collaborative
  • Board Member since February 2019

Daryl Harris

  • Associate Professor of Theatre – Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts
  • Fulbright Specialist
  • Board Member since September 2016

Kenneth Jordan

  • Labor Management Relations Examiner (retired) – National Labor Relations Board
  • Citizen On Patrol (C.O.P.) volunteer (CUF and W. McMicken groups)
  • Various ad hoc committees of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
  • Board Member since March 2013

Whitney Maxson

  • Attorney At Law – Katz,Teller, Brant & Hild, LPA
  • Board Member since February 2012

Joshua Neumeyer

  • Finance and Grants Manager – Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
  • Freelance Stage Manager
  • Board Member since January 2008

Thomas Popa, M.D.

  • Internist – The Christ Hospital (retired)
  • Board Member since January 2008

Kimberly Popa, ex officio (Executive Director)

  • Dance Instructor – Art Academy of Cincinnati, School for Creative and Performing Arts
  • Springer School, and Carnegie Center for Visual & Performing Arts
  • Volunteer – Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati
  • Board Member since January 2008

Jules Shumate

  • Talent Attraction, Higher Ed & Special Projects Leader – Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Board Member since September 2018