Raz Tirosh (president)
was born in Israel and moved to the States when he was 13 years old. He graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Economics and Computer Engineering. He has over ten years of experience in Finance, and has worked in Chicago on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange, and currently lives and works in New York City. He is an avid snow boarder, kite surfer and supporter of dance and the arts. He is excited to join the ARD Board and to help the company grow and flourish.
Lauren wong (Vice President)
is a Senior Consultant at Kurt Salmon, a global management consulting firm with a focus on the retail industry. Prior to consulting, she worked in architecture for The Freelon Group, where her primary responsibility was the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Trained in dance and music from a young age, Lauren has a deep passion for and commitment to the performing arts. She holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture magna cum laude from Princeton University.
Hector Godinez (treasurer)
was the first of his immigrant Mexican family to attend college, MIT. Mechanical Engineering led him to Wall Street where he thrived. He launched and ran the Chicago office at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for his firm from 2004-2009. He has over 14 years of experience in Finance. He advised and helped fund “Alma de Mexico”, a Mexican folkloric dancing company that performed throughout the Midwest. Music and dance have always been a passion/hobby since vinyl records when he DJ’d in college.
Matthew Saffer (Secretary)
is a Software Developer with over 10 years of professional experience. He worked at Microsoft for 3 years on the award winning Visual Studio IDE, holding leadership roles in the creation of a V1 product including the coordination between India, Raleigh and Redmond in a new set of technologies. After Microsoft, Matthew joined Comprehend Systems, a Y Combinator startup, as their first nonfounding employee. He took the company from 3 to 9 people in the course of a year as the lead engineer, network administrator and recruiter. Matthew is the primary author of 1 international patent, co-author of two US domestic patents, and holds a bachelor of science in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University.
is currently a Marketing Manager at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), overseeing the marketing strategy for mainstage events since 2012. Prior to BAM, she served as the Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator at City Parks Foundation, developing partnerships for the citywide SummerStage festival. Allison also serves as a private consultant for emerging theater and cultural institutions in New York City, including AENY (Spanish Artists in NY), La Nacional (Spanish Cultural Center in NY), and others. Allison received her undergraduate degree in English from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
is an Architect in private practice in Manhattan doing mostly residential work in the city and nearby suburbs. His mission in life is to take full advantage of everything New York City has to offer – culture, food, people, parks, life and Ariel Rivka Dance. He enjoys pursuing this mission with his wife and fellow adventurer, Liz.
is a modern dancer, choreographer and teacher who has been dancing professionally since 1972. She led her own company, Elisa King & Dancers, was a founding member of Zvi Gotheiner's dance company and performed with Zvi for 25 years, and has danced with a wide array ofother choreographers. From 1981 to 2014, she was a faculty member of the Dance Department at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Ms. King was a longtime faculty member of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Peridance and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and has guest taught in the U.S. and abroad.
is a partner in the New York City law firm of Morrison Cohen LLP where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate governance. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law. Jack and his wife Judy Bass are residents of the Upper West Side of Manhattan and regular theater goers and dance enthusiasts. They met Ariel Grossman and David Homan several years ago and have enjoyed following the development of Ariel Rivka Dance. Jack is honored to be on the ARD Board and looks forward to working toward the growth and success of the company.
Hana ginsburg tirosh
is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and has a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Teaching from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She is the New York City Director for the New York Institute of Dance and Education (NYIDE), as well as the New York City Coordinator for the New York Dance Festival. As a professional dancer, Hana has enjoyed a 10-year career that has taken her all over the world, and is currently a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, Matthew Westerby Company and Danse En L’air. She is on the Faculty at Fierce Dance Company, and also teaches professional Reinforced Motor Function (RMF), RMF for Ballet Application and McLeod Technique Modern classes in NYC as part of NYIDE’s regular programming. She is thrilled to be a Principal Dancer with Ariel Rivka Dance, as well as Rehearsal Director and Administrative Consultant.
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