Caroline Yost, Chair, recently transitioned careers and joined Atlas Merchant Capital. Caroline graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in Dance, as well as a minor in Arts Administration. Caroline has been involved with Elisa Monte Dance since 2011 and is honored to be part of the re-inception of the Junior Board, as theirs is a mission she feels most passionately about.

Kailee Combs

Rachel Ganz is currently pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at The New School for Social Research. She focuses on developmental psychology and does research in the Steele attachment lab. She graduated from The George Washington University with her BA in psychology and is happy to be back in NYC where she can see family, friends, and enjoy all the city has to offer! 

Jonathan Katz is the General Manager of Healthguru. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Arts and previously worked for Microsoft in both New York and Seattle. Jonathan is extremely excited to be involved with the passionate and talented Elisa Monte Dance Company as a member of the Associate Board.

Samantha Miller Luton is an Account Supervisor at Publicis North America and has worked on iconic American brands such as Banana Boat, Playtex, Tums, and most recently Red Lobster. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington and has been in New York since. Sam is a lifelong lover of the arts and is very excited to be joining the Junior Board of EMD.

Julie Miller is a NYC based dance artist originally from Virginia. She trained in Europe and finished her dance degree in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since moving to NYC she has performed with Regina Nejman and Company, Aaron Mcgloin Dance, Lindsey Mandolini, Carte Blanche Dance Performance, Kelley Donovan and Dancers and Caleb Hammond. She is currently working on a new enterprise, founding a dance collective nonprofit, Art Codex, with partner Gina Ricker.

Shanleigh Philip is the Director of Development for Isaac Mizrahi entertainment. She graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in Dance and minor in Arts Administration and previously worked for the Mark Morris Dance Group and The Joyce Theater. Shanleigh is thrilled to be joining EMD as a Junior Board member.

Gabriella Da Silva



Associate Board Initiative and Goals:

To complement the mission and goals of the Elisa Monte Dance Executive Board, the Junior Board aims to ensure the longevity of Elisa Monte Dance by exposing a younger generation of patrons to dance, and enlisting new supporters to carry the company into the future.

Artistic Director
Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Executive Director
David Wes Sadowsky

Board of Directors
Rima Vargas-Vetter, chair
Carolynn Dilworth
Robert Dilworth
Amina Elderfield
Donald T. Fallati
Richard D. Kirschner
Elisa Monte
Tiffany Rea Fisher, ex officio
David Wes Sadowsky, ex officio
Paul Ukena
Nicholas Fox Weber
Vanessa Wilcox

Chair Emerita
Nancy D. Perlman

Young Executives
Marissa Fayer, chair
Josh Feit
Matthew Fisher
Vanessa Fusco
Blaise Hilton
Jack Howard-Potter
Jeffrey Lee
Bryan McGee
Lindsay McNeil

Chair Emerita
Elia Monte-Brown

Junior Board
Caroline Yost, chair
Kailee Combs
Rachel Ganz
Jonathan Katz
Samantha Miller Luton
Julie Miller
Shanleigh Philip
Gabriella Da Silva

Co-founder & 
Resident Choreographer

Elisa Monte