Board of Directors
Ward Gass is a Georgia native and longtime supporter of Full Radius Dance. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Management Information Systems from Georgia State University. During his career, Ward has held technology positions for such Fortune 25 and global companies as IBM, the Home Depot, and Randstad North America. He is currently a Senior Project Manager for Kaiser Permanente. In his professional tenure, he is known for leading IT projects including website migrations, enterprise application implementations, order management systems, and multi-location upgrades of distributed systems. He serves the Full Radius board with creative management experience and structured project management as a certified PMP (project management professional) by the Project Management Institute, of which he is a longstanding member. He brings additional qualities in communication, sales & service, and statistical analysis.
Ward enjoys music, food, health & fitness, laughter, and SCUBA as well as challenging norms, removing boundaries, and pushing envelopes. His passion for Full Radius Dance is centered in a love of dance and a belief in the arts as a way to enrich, express, and enhance our individuality and our ability to relate to one another.
Victoria is a recent transplant to Atlanta. She holds graduate degrees from New York University and is presently employed in the healthcare profession. Victoria learned about Full Radius Dance Company when she attended one of their public performances in Midtown. She truly believes in the vision and mission of Full Radius Dance to provide an integrated platform for artistic expressions by people with and without a disability. She became a board member because she wants to be an active promoter of the Company as well as to fully immerse herself in a creative environment Victoria's interests and passion include the performance arts (theatre, dance, music), traveling, cultural exchanges, meeting and talking to people, eating good foods, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Carolyn Stine McLaughlin
Carolyn Stine McLaughlin is a native of Atlanta. She grew up performing with Southern Ballet of Atlanta, a leader of the regional dance movement in the South. She attended Virginia Intermont College where she apprenticed with the Bristol Ballet. Ms. McLaughlin graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Ballet with a teaching emphasis. After several years in the business world, working in management for companies such as Federated Department Stores and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, she returned to dance.
She has performed professionally with Kolors Dance, Ondine and Company, Beacon Dance and Disney (where she was thrilled to play Mary Poppins). Ms. McLaughlin has taught and created dance programs for the WYCA, Georgia State University and the Fulton County Arts Council. Ms. McLaughlin spent 13 years as the Associate Director of Good Moves acting in both administrative and artistic roles.
She works as an arts project manager. Her most noteworthy client has been the Atlanta Preservation Center where she has managed four City-wide festivals of the historic built environment. Under her management, The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites grew to include nearly 100 sites and 250 free events. She received the Jenny Thurston Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission for her accomplishments with this program. With the Atlanta Preservation Center, she also developed the Drawing Room Gallery and served as gallerist and curator for multiple exhibits that included the talents of Shela Pree Bright, Lucinda Bunnen, Jerry Cullum, Jody Fausett and David Yoakley Mitchell.
In 2011, she began the development of Movement Arts Atlanta. This included a program of ballet classes called Ballet Above the Bar located at The Marianna which is above the Wrecking Bar Brew Pub. Ms. McLaughlin also choreographs, guest teaches and lectures at Atlanta area dance schools.
She is also the Director of Social Arts Atlanta. This in-town business provides etiquette and social dance training. This guidance provides students the tools to meet success both professionally and personally. The overarching philosophy is that good manners make life better and should be a part of each day.
Ms. McLaughlin is a long-time resident of Inman Park where she has served on several neighborhood boards. As a part of her neighborhood commitments, she directs the only free admission dance festival in the Atlanta area. Founded in 2001, the Inman Park Dance Festival is a two-day festival of classical and modern concert dance that is part of The Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes.
Kathy Rae Wheeler
Kathy has lived in the Atlanta area for 36 years and is originally from Chicago. She worked at IBM as a Systems Engineer and Marketing Specialist for over 21 years then transitioned into education. She taught students with learning disabilities in both private and public school settings for 8 years. She then taught French for 11 years in an International Baccalaureate Program school.
She is an active member of her local YMCA and participates in fundraising for before and after school care programs for students, scholarships for summer camps, financial assistance for seniors and others who need help financial aid with their memberships
Kathy has a BA in French with a Teaching Certificate K – 12 from Miami University (Ohio). She has a Masters of Education in Learning Disabilities from Brenau University and a Specialist Degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College. She was an Envoy in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta assigned to the African Country of Chad. She enjoys watching and participating in dance activities of many kinds and is very excited to be a member of the Full Dance Radius Board of Directors.
Marcelo Roman is the Managing Principal at RSI Group Consulting. He is a trusted thought leader, consultant, and advisor to boards of directors, C-level executives, and senior leaders and field personnel on business transformation, strategic planning, global expansion, and leadership alignment.
Mr. Roman is an enterprising and results-oriented executive with over 30 years of business experience globally. He has worked for major corporations such as General Electric, IBM, and Berlitz Corporation, holding a number of field and executive assignments including Director of IBM’s Global Education and Training business, Chief Operating Officer for Berlitz Americas, CEO of Training Management Corporation and President of Second Language Testing Corporation. His responsibility has included managing over 5,000 employees across 70 countries and $500 million dollar-plus P&L businesses with all functional areas direct reporting. He has also built multiple startup initiatives from unfunded to global growth.
He gives back to the community with initiatives such as membership in IBM’s Corporate Diversity Task Force, focusing on the implementation of the Diversity & Inclusion Policy globally. He has served on the boards of Out and Equal, 7Stages Theatre, Berlitz Corporation, and the University of Georgia. He also led a number of initiatives for developing Hispanic leaders in the United States. During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, he worked for two years as an advisory board member for volunteer training and was assigned as Olympic Envoy to Spain.
Mr. Roman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, Microelectronics from the University of New Mexico. He continued his studies at Wharton School of Business in Financial Services and he attended the American Bankers Association Institute. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Erin Devine Martin
Erin works for Three Five Two, an innovation and growth firm, where she drives strategic initiatives in the digital space for her clients.
Erin comes from a background of performing arts, having grown up as a singer and graduating from Wake Forest University with a minor in vocal performance. In addition to her expertise in digital marketing, Erin has several years of experience working in arts administration, where she assisted with public relations and marketing efforts for the 2011 Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina and aided in everything from programming to day-of-show support for the Secrest Artists Series of Wake Forest University.
She is thrilled to be a Board member of Full Radius Dance, an organization that she sees as an incredibly promising organization with an equally incredible mission.
Isa Crescini (She/her, They/Them) is an artist-activist with a B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice. While at the University of San Francisco, Isa expanded her performing arts repertoire in production, performance, playwriting, music composition, theatre direction and administration as an Executive Board Member for the 154th and 155th seasons of ASUSF College Players.
Rife is a returning board member, having served for several years in the early 2000s with Full Radius Dance. He is a marketing professional that has worked with several high tech and software organizations, including IBM and MAPICS.
He is now retired but enjoys being a community advocate. While he was working for IBM he was a member of IBM's National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities and managed joint communications initiatives between IBM and its state partners in all 50 states. At MAPICS, he founded and grew its MAPICScares philanthropic outreach arm.
Jenna Rose Hunter
Jenna Rose Hunter has been working with not-for-profit entities since before 2010. She completed her PhD in accounting and her MSW at the University of North Carolina. Jenna was a tenure-track assistant professor of accounting at the UNC - Greensboro from 2012 to 2017. Jenna continues to teach in the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at Duke University (since 2015). Currently, Jenna is an IRS Enrolled Agent and the Lead Director of Triangle Advising for Not-for-Profits, a 501(c)3 public charity providing consulting services and fiscal sponsorship. She regularly advises individuals and organizations on entity formation, tax exempt status applications, not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting, legal compliance, charitable giving, and Board development. Jenna is excited to support Full Radius in connecting each and every person with pulchritudinous dance and body positivity.
Terri Thrower proudly identifies as a disabled and blind woman. She has a Ph.D. in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), as well as a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.
Terri’s ideas and perceptions about disability began to shift in 1996 when she first encountered Full Radius Dance. Watching them perform during the Summer Olympic festivities in Atlanta had surprised, delighted, and moved her to tears. It was the first time she’d ever seen any disabled person onstage, and it was the beginning of a brand new journey.
Terri focused her doctoral scholarship, research and teaching on disability arts and culture, and the power it can have to reframe and transform how disability is understood. Chicago’s vibrant disability arts and culture scene offered opportunities to explore these ideas, including festivals. Terri produced Crip Slam! (2003), a disability arts/culture festival held at UIC. She also helped organize and create several events for Bodies of Work: Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture (2006 & 2013). Terri served on the board of directors for Bodies of Work, and for an integrated theater company in Chicago, Tellin’ Tales Theater.
Combining her expertise in counseling with her disability studies scholarship, Terri worked as the Director of the Disability and Learning Resource Center for the School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC). And while in Chicago, she took storytelling and performance workshops, performing several solo and ensemble pieces. She also took improv classes at The Second City, and learned how to sail without sight on Lake Michigan.
Terri brings her knowledge and experiences to the Board of Full Radius Dance, including personal experiences, disability studies, arts access and inclusion practices, and her commitment to the artistic equality of disabled and non-disabled bodies. She strives for better representations of disabled people in all areas, especially the arts, and believes in the power of artistic expression as a means for social change.
Terri now lives in the north Georgia mountains with her husband. She is completing a book that is part memoir and part critique of how healthcare systems interact with disabled people.