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Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Officers

Susan Boyle President

Owner, Coastal Sales

Gene Bukrinsky Treasurer

EA, Omega Enterprises

Mark Guillen Secretary Liaison to NYC

External Affairs, Crown Castle

Members

Sal Saenz Liaison to Long Beach

Realtor, Engel Volkers

Scott Simmons Liaison to Palm Springs

Realtor, Engel Volkers

Sandi Goldstein Pro-Bono Consultant

Principal, The Goldstein Group

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Mark Guillen, Philanthropist and Board Officer, receiving the 2023 Annual Pony Award for Outstanding Support of Dance Education

Staff

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Jaime Carabetta

Founder & Artistic Director

Amanda Knight

Executive Director

Amanda Knight is a dedicated arts administrator, educator, and freelance artist based in New York City. Amanda grew up in Houston, TX before moving to New York to attend Fordham University/ The Ailey School, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Dance and Economics. As a performing artist, she has performed works by Alvin Ailey, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Matthew Neenan, Manuel Vignoulle, and Adam Barruch. Amanda’s journey with Pony Box Dance Theatre began in 2022 as Director of Operations before being promoted to Executive Director in June of 2023. Amanda is thrilled to contribute to PBDT’s mission of sharing the joy and healing power of dance with everyone.

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Gabrielle DiNizo

Director of Operations

Gabrielle DiNizo (Dayton, OH) is a performer and arts administrator based in NYC. She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University/The Ailey School with a BFA in Dance and English. Professional dance credits include Jon Lehrer Dance Company, Xiang Xu Dance, Parsons Dance (apprentice), and Forza Dance Company. Gabby works as the Development Director for Forza Dance. She brings her background as an artist and her passion for nonprofit development and design to her role here at Pony Box.

Marina Vianello

Bookings Director

Marina Vianello, a dance artist based in New York City, grew up in Kansas City, MO. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Global Systems from George Mason University. Professional performance credits include the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Yoo & Dancers, JKing Dance Company, and As Arts NY Dance. She currently dances with Mari Meade Dance Collective, Arsenal Movement Dance Project, Terre Dance Collective, and Ballaro Dance and her choreography has been presented at the Tada Theatre and Arts on Site in Manhattan. In addition to dancing and choreographing, she serves as the Bookings Director for Pony Box Dance Theatre and has served on the Content team at Peloton Studios New York. She’s fluent in French and recently danced internationally at the Festival of Castles in Dordogne, France.

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Sumire Ishige

Rehearsal Director

Sumire (Sue) Ishige was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and graduated magna cum laude from Ailey/Fordham University. She has performed and toured with Boston Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, J Chen Project, McKoy Dance Project, and WHITE WAVE. Sumire became the rehearsal director for Pony Box Dance Theatre in 2021.

Director of Education and Community Programming

Company Liaison

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