Katherine Johnson,

Founder & Executive Chair

Kara Bosco, Board Member

Kaileen Burke, Board Member

Kelly Burns, Secretary

Benjamin Johnson, Treasurer

Sarah Rothrock-Rickel, Artistic Advisor

Howard Spindler, Board Member

John White, Board Member

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Katherine is the founder and artistic director of New York State Ballet, as well as the owner and artistic director of Ballet Prestige, the training academy of New York State Ballet.  Katherine studied at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB) for four years, graduating with professional certification in the Cecchetti Method and Vaganova System of ballet technique and training.

​Katherine has also choreographed major portions of several professional ballet performances, most notably of a full-length adaptation of The Nutcracker and excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty for Ballet Prestige, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland For Western New York Youth Ballet.  She also choreographed pieces performed at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s “First Steps” Choreographic Competition.


Ben Johnson graduated from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2006, he worked as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley and regional account director at Leo Burnett.

​Ben most recently served on the boards of Rochester City Ballet, the Tennis Club of Rochester and Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Ben is an avid ballroom dancer who also dances competitively.

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