Board of Directors
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Sandy Stewart, President
Co-Founder and CEO, Swiss Avenue Partners Group, Inc
Sandy co-founded and oversees a firm dedicated to training mid-sized companies to improve their company's value and growth, to understand their value multiplier and to develop tools & methodologies for simplifying complex business concepts. Since it's inception in 2006, the company has added eight licensed offices across five states and is continually developing new repeatable business tools & methodologies keeping a cutting edge position in the market. In 2010, Swiss Avenue Partners moved its headquarters from Sacramento, CA to Austin, TX. As a tap student in the adult program, Sandy's passion for tap has now grown into a passion for Tapestry. She joined the board in the fall of 2014 and was elected as President of the Board in April 2015.
Brian Osborne, VP/Treasurer
Senior Director of Engineering, Virtual Visibility Products at Ixia
Brian has over 25 years of experience building cutting edge technologies and currently works for a networking solutions firm, named in the Forbes Fast Tech 25 in 2013. Brian's experience in all aspects of the software development lifecycle and his proven track record for reducing time to market, improving delivery accuracy and increasing customer satisfaction have helped to make him a valuable asset to the Tapestry Board. As a graduate of the University of Texas, Brian has enjoyed living in Austin, witnessing its growth and cares deeply about the impact that Tapestry has to help make Austin a vibrant arts community. Brian became aware of Tapestry in 1993 when his wife first started taking tap classes and became more actively involved in 2006 when she joined the Tapestry Board. He joined the board himself in 2012 and also chairs the Facilities Committee
Natalie Rodgers, Secretary
Program Developer, Think Big Program
Natalie was raised right here in Austin, TX and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Advertising & Graphic Design. She has a great passion for rhythm and dance – her greatest love is Latin social dance. She dances Cuban Style Salsa, On 1 Salsa, On 2 Salsa/Mambo, Bachata, Merengue, and Cumbia. She got her start while working in Nicaragua for one year for the global leadership non-profit, AIESEC and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Natalie has taught classes as the head instructor for the University of Texas dance club Longhorn Salsa and has performed at various venues and congresses as a dancer on the Longhorn Salsa Performance Team. When she’s not dancing, she is listening to live music, drawing, reading, and working as a Project Manager for Think Big Program.
Deirdre Strand, Co-Founder & Education Committee Chair
Founder & Retired Director of Dance, St. Stephen's Episcopal School
Ms. Strand in the co-founder and Education Director of Tapestry Dance Company and started her professional career includes Fort Worth Ballet, James Clouser’s Space/Dance/Theatre and Austin on Tap. She started her degree work at Texas Christian University and has taught for the University of Houston where she holds her B.F.A. in Dance. In addition, she has studied with Manolo Agullo, Fernando Schaffenberg, Edward Villella, Arthur Mitchell, and Melissa Hayden among others. She has staged unique contemporary ballet and modern/jazz works for Tapestry Dance Company as well as the British Olympic Association, the New Orlean’s World’s Fair and numerous professional and training organizations worldwide. In addition to Tapestry Dance Company, Ms. Strand heads the Dance Department of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, and hosts numerous dance educational residencies that have included The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Jane Comfort & Company, Rennie Harris, Zen One, Zell Miller and numerous international artists. She is also the long-standing adjudicator for Festival de DanseEncore in Trois Riviere, Quebec, Canada.
Libbi Sampleton, Volunteer Committee Chair
Flight Attendant, Delta Airlines
Libbi was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where she began her love of dance at an early age. As a student of the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, she became one of the founding members of the professional dance company, Philadanco, started by the legendary Joan Myers Brown. Philadanco recently celebrated its 40th year and has gained worldwide acclaim.
She met her husband, Lawrence, from Seguin Texas and quickly learned the way of a Texan; Texans don't leave Texas! So they settled in Austin almost 35 years ago, raising two children on the beautiful campus of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School where Lawrence has been Director of Admission and Financial Aid for 28 years. Libbi has been a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, voted the best US carrier for 7 years running, for 37 years. She has enjoyed a career of meeting people from all over the globe and from all walks of life, and has traveled far and wide to experience many rich cultures and traditions. Libbi has been involved in the Tapestry family for many years. Her daughter Maya began taking classes there at a very early age and continued through her teenage years. She chose Tapestry over other studios in town because of the quality of teachers and their passion for dance, and for the warmth and love they shared with everyone who walked through the door. She served a short stint on the Board of Directors in the early 2000’s, and is passionate about their mission to weave dance into life. The Tapestry academy and professional company does so much to enrich the lives of Austinites of all ages. She is committed to helping continue this legacy and excited about the future of Tapestry!
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Production Committee Chair
Raised with music by blues and jazz-loving parents, Kaz started playing harmonica and singing at age 12. He heard, played with, and was taught by some of the best: Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Louis Myers, and James Cotton. Kaz decided to attend college at the University of Chicago in 1967, and was able to hear the Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, JB Hutto, Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Bob Margolin, and many other great Blues stars. In his twenties, the saxophone became Kaz’ main instrument, and he has gone on to play on and produce over 200 Records and CD’s with many great musicians. Affiliated for many years with important Blues Record Labels like Blacktop, Alligator, Ruf, Rounder, and, Blind Pig, and Antones, Kaz continues to record and produce music. A long time resident of Austin, Texas, Kaz has raised three great children and has taught High School for many years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. He continues to play gigs around Texas with Jimmie Vaughan, Marcia Ball, WC Clark, and many others. In 1997, Kaz started The Texas Horns, a three-piece horn section that is featured annually at Festivals like the Ottawa Blues Fest. The Texas Horns have a current CD "Blues Gotta Holda Me" on Vizztone. The Texas Horns are working on their 2nd CD.
Jessica Burleson, Fundraising Committee Chair
Executive Director, Partners in Parenting
Jessica Burleson has dedicated her career to serving nonprofits and is currently serving as Executive Director for Partners In Parenting, an Austin nonprofit that provides neighborhood-based groups for parents of newborns. Originally from Louisville, KY, she brings a decade of grant writing and leadership experience through serving as Grants Manager for the Sustainable Food Center in Austin; the City of Louisville Department of Community Services and Revitalization; and The Center for Women and Families in Louisville, KY. Most recently, Jessica has worked as co-founder and consultant with Wordvine Consulting, LLC, helping small nonprofits sustain and grow their powerful missions. She has been certified by the Grantsmanship Center, is a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and received her MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville. Jessica has a passion for dance, having been trained in ballet and modern dance from a young age and later she performed and choreographed with the modern dance group, Moving Collective in Louisville, KY from 2005 until 2014. Jessica and her family now enjoy taking Saturday classes with Acia and Ms. Heather at Tapestry.
Ashley Davis, Board Member
Business Development Advisor, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance
Ashley, a native Houstonian, grew up studying multiform dance, including Classical Spanish and Flamenco, at the Rodriguez Dance Academy. At a young age, she developed a love and passion for tap and flamenco and has been fortunate to study with legends in both genres throughout the course of her life. Ashley attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and History. During her time at UT, she continued her multiform dance education at Tapestry and experienced first-hand the artistry and community impact that Tapestry had on Austin. After 6 years in Austin, Ashley made a move to Madrid, Spain to study Flamenco at the world-renowned Amor de Dios. After 1.5 years of study, she returned to Texas where she began teaching multiform dance and performing again with Rodriguez Dance Company, Marc Aurelio, and later, Pilar Andujar. Simultaneously, Ashley continued her academic pursuits, earning an MBA from the University of Houston, and beginning her career with Lloyd’s Register, a globally recognized certification body. There, Ashley refined her experience in strategic business development and specialized client management for companies looking to expand their performance and reduce risk through management system certification. She has spent the last 13 years developing deep, collaborative relationships with a commitment to continual improvement and passion for customer experience. When Ashley is not talking about certification or spending time with her husband and two children, she loves taking dance classes. Ashley is proud to have been part of the Tapestry family since her childhood and is a firm believer in Tapestry’s mission and place within the collective artistic community. She is thrilled to bring this passion and her love of Tapestry to the Board and is excited to contribute to the continued success of this amazing dance company.