New York State Ballet Board Members

Katherine Johnson, Founder and Executive Chair
Kara Bosco, Board Member

Benjamin Johnson, Marketing/Advertising

Edward C. “Russ” Kenyon, Esq., Board Member

Pam McMindes, Board Member

Daria Veltri, Board Member

Lee Woodring, Board Member

Board Member Bios

Katherine Johnson, Founder and Executive Chair

Katherine Johnson 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 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 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.

Kara Bosco, Board Member

Kara Bosco is a Business Unit Leader at Xerox Corporation.  She has over 28 years of industry experience and holds one US Patent.  Her education includes a Simon School MBA, as well as BS & MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering.   Kara is an ardent supporter of the ballet community.  She is an active board member of the NYSB.  In addition, she serves on the Simon Women’s Alliance Board and the University of Rochester Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.  Her son and daughter are currently enrolled in college studies.  She resides in Pittsford, NY with her husband Andrew and two dogs.


Benjamin Johnson, Marketing/Advertising

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.


Mailing Address: PO Box 201, Pittsford, NY 14534

Studio Location: 821 Fairport Rd. E. Rochester, NY 14445

Office: (585) 203-1763   |  Cell: (585) 704-1903 


Thank you to our 2020 Corporate Sponsors: 

Merrill Lynch - Woodring Ponticello,

Spindler Family Foundation,
M&T Bank and Ballet Prestige.

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