LaRue Allen, Executive Director
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director
Denise Vale, Senior Artistic Associate


Simona Ferrara, General Manager
Faye Rosenbaum, Director of Business Continuity
Mariola Briales, Company Manager
Rebecca Kimock, Administrative Assistant


Haejin Han, Production Supervisor
Yi-Chung Chen, Resident Lighting Designer
Karen Young, Costume Consultant
Anne Posluszny, Theatrical Property Restorer


A. Apostol, Director of Development Operations
Fran Kirmser, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Special Events


Melissa Sherwood, Director of Marketing


Joyce Herring, Acting Director of Martha Graham Resources


Janet Stapleton, Press Agent


Jennifer Patten, Head of School
Virginie Mécène, Program Director / Director of Graham 2
Lone Larsen, Program Director
Tami Alesson, Dean of Student and Government Affairs
Amélie Bénard, Teens@Graham Program Director
Maxwell Louis Waterman, Teens@Graham Program Director
Yejin Lee, School Marketing Assistant


LARUE ALLEN, Herbert and Judith G Schlosser Executive Director

LaRue Allen has spent a lifetime in dance as dancer, chorographer, director, and funder. She came to the Martha Graham Center in 2005 when she assumed responsibility for revitalizing the organization and retiring a $6 million deficit. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and North Carolina Dance Theater, and Senior Program Specialist for Dance at the National Endowment for the Arts, administering funding for dance companies and presenters. LaRue began her professional career in her native Pennsylvania where she founded the Pennsylvania Dance Theater and taught dance technique and history at Penn State University. She is married to classics scholar Archibald Allen.

JANET EILBER, Inger K. Witter Artistic Director

Janet Eilber has been the Center’s artistic director since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to the Graham masterworks. These initiatives include designing contextual programming, educational and community partnerships, use of new media, commissions and creative events such as the Lamentation Variations and Prelude and Revolt. She has also remixed Graham choreography and created new staging in the Graham style for theater/dance productions of The Bacchae and Prometheus Bound. Earlier in her career, as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ms. Eilber worked closely with Martha Graham. She danced many of Graham’s greatest roles, had roles created for her by Graham, and was directed by Graham in most of the major roles of the repertoire. She soloed at the White House, was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, starred in three segments of Dance in America, and has since taught, lectured, and directed Graham ballets internationally. Apart from her work with Graham, Eilber has performed in films, on television and on Broadway directed by such greats as Agnes deMille and Bob Fosse and has received four Lester Horton Awards for her reconstruction and performance of seminal American modern dance. She has served as Director of Arts Education for the Dana Foundation, guiding the Foundation’s support for Teaching Artist training and contributing regularly to its arts education publications. Eilber is a Trustee Emeritus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is married to screenwriter/director John Warren, with whom she has two daughters, Madeline and Eva.

DENISE VALE, Senior Artistic Associate

Denise Vale danced with the Company for ten years dancing many of the major roles of the Graham repertory.  She is well known for her performance as Woman in White in Diversion of Angels, and widely acclaimed as the first Leader in the reconstruction of Steps in the Street. She starred in Night Chant, a ballet created for her by Martha Graham, and in the Graham solos LamentationFrontier, Satyric Festival Song, and Serenata Morisca. As Senior Artistic Associate, Ms. Vale serves primarily as the rehearsal director for the Martha Graham Company, is on the faculty of the Graham School, and travels throughout the world teaching master classes in the Graham Technique for dancers of all ages and abilities. Ms Vale also restages the Graham ballets for major dance companies such as Ballet de Lorraine, Ballet Flanders, Semperoper in Dresden, Germany and the Grand Theater Opera in Lodz, Poland.


Lorraine Oler, Chairman
Javier Morgado, Vice-Chair
Inger Witter, President
Barbara Cohen, Development Chairman
Judith G. Schlosser, Chairman Emeritus
LaRue Allen, Executive Director
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director
Amy Blumenthal
Matthew Dapolito
Christine Jowers
Con Way Ling
Jayne Millard
Nichole Perkins
Stephen M. Rooks
Lori Sackler
Ellis Wood

Martha Graham 1959

Lorraine Oler has a career that spans over 30 years in Relationship Management to Banks, Broker/Dealers and Buy Side financial institutions. She has worked for the largest Money Center Banks including DTCC, the central clearinghouse and depository to Wall Street. She has managed client-facing staff through some of Wall Street’s most critical situations, such as, 9/11, Lehman Brother’s Bankruptcy and Super Storm Sandy. Today she is acting Chief of Staff to a boutique real estate finance company that is developing renewable energy plants all over the country. Lorraine and her husband John have been patrons of the Company for 15 years and she has been a member of the Board since 2006.

Javier Morgado, who joined the Graham Board in 2018, is the Executive Producer of CNN’s morning shows New Day and Early Start and is responsible for overseeing creative development and strategic vision for five hours of live programming. Javi  joined CNN in 2011 as Senior Broadcast Producer for Starting Point and previously served as Vice President of Business Development & Communications at NBC News and Supervising Producer of NBC’s TODAY Show. The Miami native began his journalism career in 1995 at WPLG (ABC). Javi holds a M.B. in media management from Fordham University, an M.S. from NYU and a B.S. from York University. He serves on the Board of the National LGBT Museum and previously on the leadership council for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

BARBARA COHEN, Development Chair
Barbara Cohen began her career in educational publishing and has since dedicated herself to a variety of educational and social service organizations. Barbara chaired the Civil Support Division of the Legal Aid Society and the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, chairing the steering committee of the Tocqueville Society. She served on the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Parents Council, leading the annual scholarship gala. Her service led to a second career in event planning. An avid supporter of dance, drama, music and visual arts, Barbara joined the Board in 2017. Additional Trustee positions include posts with her alma mater Simmons University and the Property Council of Lyndhurst, a member of the National Historic Trust. Barbara resides in Westchester County with her husband Rodgin. They have two children.

Inger Witter received a masters in physical education from the University of Stockholm in Sweden. Before coming to the USA, she worked as a research officer at the Institute of Work Sociology. A long-time student of the Martha Graham School, Witter joined the Board in 1995. She has been President of the Board since 2001 and has served on the School Committee since 2009. Inger was married to the late William D. Witter and is the mother of Michael and Christina.

Judith Schlosser has served on the Graham Board for over 40 years, joining when Martha Graham was its Artistic Director, and has been actively involved in modern dance for over 60 years. A graduate of Barnard College, she studied at the NY School of Interior Design before launching her design career, writing for the Woman’s Home Companion about design, and leading her own design firm in California.  In addition to her work for the Martha Graham Center, she serves on the Board of Directors of Young Concert Artists. She is married to former NBC President Herbert Schlosser with whom she has two children, Lynn Jacobson and Eric Schlosser. 

Amy Rice Blumenthal joined the Board in 2007. She has had an international career as a flutist and is an arts champion in her home state of North Carolina, serving in leadership positions at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte Symphony, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Amy founded Alry Publications, which today continues under new ownership to offer a catalog of over one million titles for woodwinds, flutes, brass, and string instruments.  Amy is married to Philip Blumenthal and is the proud mother of Andrew and Ethan. 

Matthew has extensive experience in every aspect of nonprofit accounting, auditing, and exempt organization taxation issues. Prior to founding NonProfit Fiscal Management, LLC (NPFM) in July 2011, Matthew was a partner at an accounting firm that specialized in providing audit, tax and business advisory services exclusively to not-for-profit organizations. While in that role, Matthew developed a financial services outsourcing model designed to address many of the common challenges and opportunities that small-to-medium-sized nonprofits typically face.
Matthew established NPFM to make this unique financial services delivery model, which he has been providing to a growing number of organizations in the New York metropolitan area and now nationally for over 10 years, available on a broader scale.

Christine Jowers, of St. Thomas,Virgin Islands, is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of The Dance Enthusiast, a 13-year-old dance website (part of the non-profit Moving Arts Projects), that was created to expand dance communication beyond criticism, encourage new voices to participate in dance communication, and increase dance literacy and advocacy. Prior to her work on the web, Christine performed in and produced critically acclaimed solo concerts devoted to the history of women in modern dance. Judith Mackrell, dance critic for The Guardian UK, hailed Jowers as “not only a remarkable performer but an important dance historian…”

Con Way Ling helped start Artivest,, and Signet Bank/Capital One. He has advised companies in Asia, Europe, and the Americas on finance, strategy, and marketing. Con Way holds engineering degrees from the University of Virginia and was a dancer with the Martha Graham Ensemble. He lives with his wife Alison in New York City.

Jayne Millard is Chairman and Co-CEO of Turtle & Hughes, a fourth-generation, family-owned business, co-founded by her great grandfather in 1923. With a long history of management by women it ranks among the largest independent electrical and industrial distributors in the nation. Jayne began her career at the Martha Graham Center and held positions at Shearson Lehman Brothers and RCM Capital Management before joining Turtle & Hughes in 1999.  She is also a board member of Make-A-Wish International. Jayne received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award in New Jersey and has served as a national judge.

Nichole perkins is the CEO and Chairperson of EMWD, Inc. where she is active in supervising operations and chairs the investment committee. She has experience as a CEO, board member, investor, and advisor to companies across the health and wellness, technology, financial services and real estate investment industries. Previously she was a senior executive to large public companies where she managed real estate operations and expansion. She began her career in asset management at Merrill Lynch after graduating from the University of Southern California. Nichole serves on non-profit boards, largely around the arts and women’s issues as well as the Young Presidents Organization. She lives with her husband Larry and daughter Dagny in Los Angeles.

Steve Rooks danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed for over a decade and achieved the rank of Principal Dancer.

Mr. Rooks is a Professor and Resident Choreographer at Vassar and the 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has been awarded Research Grants to travel to Latvia, Zambia, and in 2014 to Finland, where he choreographed “Plate Tectonics” on 24 international dancers. Mr. Rooks was commissioned by the Masterworks Festival to create ballets for a number of contemporary composers including Clarice Assad, Piet Swerts, and David Skidmore – all to live orchestra.

Lori Sackler is the founder and leader of the Sackler Group, where she provides wealth management services and financial advice to a select group of executives of public and private companies, prominent professionals and their families. After finishing a graduate degree in music (piano), Lori earned a Masters in Business. She holds several designations: Certified Financial Planner, Certified Investment Management Analyst®, and is a non practicing CPA. In 2017, Sackler earned Morgan Stanley’s elite Family Wealth Director (FWD) designation and in 2020, she was awarded the Impact Investing Director Designation.
In 2017, 2018 and 2020, Forbes Magazine named Lori one of the Top Women Financial Advisors in the U.S., and chose her as one of the Best-in-State Wealth Advisors for North New Jersey in the U.S. in 2018 and 2021. Sackler has published numerous articles and books, created and hosted a radio program in New York City and currently writes a blog for Morgan Stanley entitled “The M Word: The Money Talk and the Four Seasons.”

Ellis Wood is the Founding and Artistic Director of Ellis Wood Dance. She has choreographed, taught, and been awarded residencies at schools, universities, and festivals both nationally and abroad. Ellis Wood received a NYFA Fellowship in choreography in addition to several other grants. Ellis Wood Dance was a Company in Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center for eleven years, the Tisch Dance Residency Festival at New York University, and at UC Berkeley, both for eight years. Wood danced in the companies of Stephen Petronio, Dan Wagoner, and Bay Area Repertory Dance. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in Dramatic Art/Dance, where she studied with her parents Marni and David Wood, who both danced with Martha Graham. At Berkeley she was awarded the two highest dance awards, The Eisner Prize, and The Florence Schwimley Award, as well as being named Athlete of the Decade in the sport of gymnastics. She lives in NYC with her husband, Peter, and three children.