Pamela Trokanski, President
Michele Tobias, Vice-President
Taylor Watts, Secretary
Myvanwy Morgan, Treasurer
Advisory Board Member:
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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.
Board of Directors Biographies
Robin Carlson joined the Board in January 2015. She danced as a member of PTDT in 1989-1993, 2000-2004, and 2006-2007. Robin was also a founder of Blueprint Dance Company, which produced three seasons of performances between 2003 and 2007 in Sacramento and Davis. Robin is currently the assistant for the Dance for Parkinson’s classes offered at PTDW. Professionally, Robin has been working in the natural sciences as a program manager for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission since 2000, and is expanding her work as a natural sciences illustrator, focusing especially on hydrological and fisheries issues.
Elsa Ruiz-Duran currently oversees the administration of affordable health care enrollment programs. Previously, Elsa has held positions as legislative analyst, education grant manager, strategic planner, workforce and economic development manager, and operations manager of a global private equity investment portfolio. Elsa holds a Library Science diploma from La Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango in Bogota, Colombia.
Louise Kellogg is a professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Davis and does research and teaching on geophysics and scientific visualization, including science-technology-arts collaborations. She began taking classes with Pamela around the turn of the millennium.
Myvanwy Morgan (Treasurer) has been a board member since 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.
Akiko Ogura joined the PTDT Board of Directors in 2017. She has worked in the medical field for the past 30 years in various roles; nurse, nurse practitioner, and in the medical device arena. Currently, she works for Medtronic supporting two devices that are utilized for managing chronic pain and one for spasticity. She has also had an opportunity to dance with ACDC (Alaska Contemporary Dance Company) 1985 and PTDT 1995-1998.
Michele Tobias (Vice President) has served on the PTDT Board of Directors since September 2012 and has danced with PTDT since 2009. Michele is both a scientist and artist. She has a PhD in geography and has worked in the fields of geospatial science and biogeography for 15 years, and is currently the GIS Data Curator for the UC Davis Library. With more than 20 years of experience in dance and fiber arts, she has recently added digital graphic design and cartographic design to her repertoire.
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 30 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 29 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.
Taylor Watts (Secretary) joined the PTDT Board of Directors in August of 2017. Currently, she works for the California Department of Aging. While receiving her BAs in French and Anthropology, Taylor also conducted dance-related research in college. Her past research endeavors include studying Socially Engaged Theatre and Dance Practices in Atlanta and using dance as a form of embodied learning for history and language.
Lou Ziskind received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Antioch University and served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South America. He worked for a number of years for international non-profit organizations covering such countries as Bangladesh, Haiti, Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala and Ethiopia. He serves on several boards locatedin Davis, CA., currently volunteers for SCORE, a small business volunteer consulting organization and is a past president and active member of the Davis Sunset Rotary Club.