Kim Popa, Executive Director/Co-Founder
Kim has studied dance for over 30 years and graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in theatre and dance from Northern Kentucky University. Popa is a professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, teaches dance classes at The Carnegie, Springer School and Center, SCPA, and multiple dance workshops around the tri-state region. Popa has worked internationally at the Sri Lankan Institute for Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka in 2017, the CrisisArt Festival in Arezzo, Italy in 2014, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, and performed in multiple mainstage productions and modern dance concerts. In addition to teaching and performing, Popa is the Executive Director, co-founder, and performing member of Pones. Beyond Pones, she has choreographed for multiple award-winning productions at NKU, New Edgecliff Theatre, and Know Theatre. She is a trustee on the board of OhioDance and serves as a “big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has a passion for art and volunteerism in many forms.
Thomas McLaughlin, Marketing
Thomas is also the Director of Sales & Ticketing Services at Cincinnati Ballet. He holds a Master of Business Administration and is a candidate for a Master of Arts in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has also worked at ArtsWave, Know Theatre, and New Stage Collective. He continues his work with Pones Inc. because he loves the way Pones can connect movement to everyday living
Josh Neumeyer, Secretary/Treasurer
Josh brings a variety of experience to the board of Pones, Inc., having earned a BA in organizational communication and a Master of Public Administration degree with certification in nonprofit management. He has 6 years of educational theatre experience, combined with 12 years of work in higher education administration and 15 years of freelance stage management. He has worked with several theatre and dance companies in Greater Cincinnati in various venues, and has a strong working knowledge of the production process. He also has training in the management of nonprofit organizations, and one year of experience as executive director of a small professional theatre company.
Jackie Smith, Education Manager
Jackie Smith has been involved in dance her entire life, ever since her first dance class at 2 years old. Jackie is a freelance teaching artist with a BA in Theatre, BS in Business Management, and a minor in Arts Management from Miami University. For over 7 years, she has been teaching theatre, visual art, and dance around Cincinnati and N. Kentucky. You can find her currently teaching for Pones, The Carnegie, and The Chidren’s Theatre Of Cincinnati. Additionally, she directs, house manages, stage manages, designs and creates production elements for various organizations. Jackie is proud to provide opportunities for others to experience dance through her role at Pones.
Mimi Richmond, Pones in Public (PIP) Manager
Prior to Pones, Mimi served as Business Director and Grantwriting Specialist for Ronald McDonald House. She also worked as Managing Director for Madcap Puppet Theatre, facilitating the theatre’s growth to triple its budget while directing productions, and helping to manage their touring schedule. In addition to Madcap, Mimi has brought her passion for the arts to her work with Uptown Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Cleveland Play House, Clifton UMC and The Seven Hills School. Mimi earned her B.A. from the College of Wooster and her M.F.A from the University of Iowa. She is currently working toward her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Drama Therapy specialization. Mimi is thrilled join the Pones team, believing in the power of movement, dance and the arts to bring people together for both personal and community growth.