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.
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.
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.
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.
David Waxman, a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and real estate consultant, is originally from Chicago and lived in Milwaukee and Northern California before settling in Atlanta 2 years ago. A stalwart advocate for universal design, inclusion, and disability rights, David has volunteered for organizations such as Through The Looking Glass, a Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering parents with physical disabilities. In 2010, his short film, "The Art of Movement," about the renowned Oakland physically integrated dance company, was awarded a Merit Prize in the Superfest International Disability Film Festival.
After a 20+ year career in television, working for PBS, Comcast, and The Weather Channel among others, David recently cofounded a residential real estate consulting firm here in Atlanta. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Science—Northern California chapter, including 1 term as Vice President.
David lives in Acworth, GA with Briana Gordon, his wife and business partner.
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.
Pavel Zaprudsky is a Managing Director at Guidehouse – a new consulting company, formerly part of PwC. He works in health markets out of the Atlanta office, with a focus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pavel has expertise in organizational strategy, process improvement, budgeting and finance, and emerging technologies. He has worked across multiple federal government programs within the Department of Health and Human Services to include obtaining ISO20K certification of a datacenter, operation of an enterprise email system, and standup of a working capital fund. He began his consulting career enhancing business viability of media outlets in emerging markets on behalf of the US Agency for International Development and advising the Atlanta-based UPS on benefits administration. Pavel holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and a BS in physics and power engineering from Belarusian State University. He is PMP and ITIL certified, a trained facilitator, and an ACT/IAC fellow. Originally from Belarus, Pavel lives in Marietta, GA with his wife and two daughters, both dancers.
Rosemarie Garland-Thompson is a Professor of Women's Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her fields of study are feminist theory, American literature, and disability studies. Her scholarly and professional activities are devoted to developing the field of disability studies in the humanities and in women's studies.
She is the author of Staring: How We Look (Oxford UP, forthcoming 2008), Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Literature and Culture (Columbia UP, 1997); editor of Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (NYU Press, 1996), and co-editor of Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities (MLA Press, 2002). She is currently writing a book called Cure or Kill: The Cultural Logic of Euthanasia, which traces eugenic thought through American literature.
Sandra Owen has a BS degree in Nursing (FSU) and an M.Ed. in Education with doctoral studies in Educational Psychology (GSU). She is a recipient of the Founders Award in Creativity, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, for her development of the 6th grade curriculum, "3 R's and HBP"; was recognized by President Ford for her national distribution of this curriculum; and was cited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Young Prominent Woman in Science. Her colleagues have honored her as a Fellow, American School Health Association, and as one of nine health professionals appointed by the CDC to serve on the "Expert Panel for Elementary School Programs in Tobacco-Use Prevention" responsible for developing tobacco prevention national guidelines.
Ms. Owen recently retired from Georgia State University where she taught for 20 years in the Dept. Kinesiology and Health. At her retirement, she was honored with Emeritus status. She also serves on the GSU Emeriti Association Board.
Her love of music and dance drew her to Full Radius Dance. Its passionate and innovative choreography demonstrates that "inclusion in the performing arts is capable of creating power, beauty, and inspiration." Full Radius Dance's uniqueness comes from its ability to span a multitude of human experiences through dance!