Board and Advisors

Michele Sasso

Chair, Board of Managers

Currently the Manager of Accountable Care at Boston Children's Hospital, and have my MBA in Healthcare Management with a sub-focus in Nonprofit Management. She has a background in modern and contemporary dance, and worked with various artists in the Philadelphia, Miami, and New York City areas. Previously, As Director of Communications and Artist Services at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard under the Executive Direction of David R. White, and also spent time as a nonprofit consultant for various small organizations focused on strategic planning, marketing/brand management, fundraising, and social entrepreneurship. She sat on the boards of the Illinois Center for Autism and the National Kidney Foundation- Missouri Chapter while living in St. Louis.

Isabelle Lew

 Board of Managers

Isabelle is an Associate Attorney at Reynolds, Rappaport, Kaplan and Hackney, LLC, a law firm on Martha's Vineyard. Isabelle's practice focuses on municipal and real estate law. Previously, Isabelle was a law clerk at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and lived in Boston for many years before returning to the Vineyard, where she grew up. Isabelle holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA in Economics and Spanish from Wesleyan University. Isabelle has integrated the arts into her life since she was young, enjoying dance and pottery in her free time.

Kim Holman

Artistic Advisory Board

Kimberleigh A. Holman is a Boston-based choreographer and an Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance Company. Since founding Luminarium in 2010 with Merli V. Guerra, Kimberleigh has shown work at venues such as the Boston Center for the Arts, UMass Amherst’s Fine Arts Center, mobius, Mount Holyoke College, OBERON and in many more New England spaces, including the company’s most recent commission to open TEDxCambridge at the Boston Opera House. Outside of Luminarium Kim works as a freelance choreographer and lighting designer; recent work includes creating a music video for the avant-garde band Jaggery, choreographing a national commercial, and serving as choreographer/director on several Boston-area theatrical productions. In addition to her professional work, Kim recently made the decision to return to school. As a master’s candidate in Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program she is exploring the intersections of dance, theatre and design, especially through the lens of human interaction.

Alissa Cardone

Chair, Artistic Advisory Board

An interdisciplinary movement artist, dancer, choreographer, teacher and improvisor, Cardone has performed, taught and toured nationally and internationally. In 1999, she co-founded the intermedia performance collaborative Kinodance Company with filmmaker Alla Kovgan and visual artist Dedalus Wainwright, to merge boundaries between dance, cinema, visual art, and sound, in what critics have called a breathtaking choreography of elements. Kinodance was named one of Dance Magazine's "25-to-watch" in 2008 

Stephen Ursprung

Artistic Advisory Board

Stephen Ursprung is the Operations and Engagement Coordinator at the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) and performs with Dancing Legacy, ADLI's performing and teaching ensemble. He holds an MFA in dance from Smith College and a BA in economics and Italian studies from Brown University. His choreographic work has been presented by the Bates Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival, SpringWIDEOpen, the Astoria Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, the MixMatch Festival, the Massachusetts Dance Festival, Green Space, and Boston Center for the Arts. He has performed work by Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, Monica Bill Barnes, Robert Battle, Danny Buraczeski, David Parsons, Ruth Andrien, and Danny Grossman. He has choreographed for Columbia Records, performed in Cape Town, South Africa, and choreographed for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. He has been on faculty at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently an assistant professor of dance at Dean College. Stephen currently creates work with NilsSprung Dance Project and Reject Dance Theatre and works as a freelance choreographer and educator throughout New York and New England.