Anh-Tuyet Nguyen, President of the Board
Anh-Tuyet Nguyen had an 18 year career with Fortis, Inc. (now Assurant, Inc.) in a variety of roles. Highlights include a 3 year assignment as the first American sent to corporate headquarters in the Netherlands to promote cross company learning. Ms. Nguyen is fluent in several languages. Her last assignment was in the Information Technology department managing cross business technology projects.
A native of Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a major in Mathematics and a minor in French. She obtained a Masters Degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.
Ms. Nguyen served on the Board of Trustees of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra for three years. She also served on the Executive Committee for the Women United in Philanthropy chapter in New York for more than seven years. Since 2007 she has served on the board of the Joyce Theater Foundation as Secretary and Chair of the Trustee Committee. She served as President of the New York Opera Society. In May 2013, she joined the board of the Film Forum in NYC. Anh- Tuyet Nguyen is passionate about dance and travel to understand and explore different cultures.
Alvin Adell, Board Member
Alvin Adell is a is board certified anesthesiologist who has been practicing medicine for the past 28 years. As a founding partner of Liberty Anesthesia, P.C., in Freehold New Jersey, he has held several leadership posts including Corporate President and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at CentraState Medical Center.
Dr. Adell has been integrally involved in philanthropic ventures supporting numerous arts, education, and community not for profit organizations for the last 25 years. Dr. Adell has served on the board of Ron Brown Evidence Dance Company.
Dr. Adell, a native of Harlem, returned to his community in 2012 to serve as the Associate Director of Harlem Hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Columbia University. He earned a degree in Microbiology from Cornell University, an MD degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Mount Sinai University.
Dr. Adell is a former honoree of Dance to Unite, and joins the board with immense enthusiasm and commitment to under-resourced communities.
Lynn Zilka, Board Member, Treasurer
Lynn joined the Dance to Unite Board as Treasurer in 2017, and has been a Volunteer Dance Teacher since 2016. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance, where she focused on Modern and Ballet techniques, and Postmodern and Modern Choreography. Lynn is the Corporate Secretary of First American International Bank, which serves the Chinese American immigrant communities of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. She has 18 years of corporate finance expertise, having worked at Credit Suisse, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, and UBS. She also worked as Marketing Director for Daniele Perna Designs, and as a Marketing and Branding Consultant for artists, writers, designers and entrepreneurs.
Lynn loves challenges, both at work and at play, and enjoys rock climbing, skiing, playing guitar, songwriting and performing. She is the proud mother of 12 year old Isabella Perna, who is also a Volunteer Assistant Dance Teacher with Dance to Unite.
Jennifer Jaqueus, Board Member
Jennifer is a results-driven, knowledgeable attorney with extensive, diversified experience.
Jennifer advises on a full range of transactional matters - focusing on business transactions, corporate structure, corporate governance, venture capital financing, convertible note offerings, non-profit formation, sports law and entertainment law.
Jennifer also oversees a Non-Profit and Corporate Governance division in an effort to serve the needs of the athletes that she counsels. Jennifer currently serves as counsel for Nassan's Place, a Non-Profit foundation supported by Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat. Jennifer also serves as legal counsel and board member for KAT Team, a non-profit organization supported by Karl Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jennifer has also counseled, haute couture designer, Nancy Vuu and the House of Vuu Foundation. Furthermore, Jennifer has negotiated sponsorship Agreements on behalf of her clients with companies such as Morgan Stanley, TD Bank, Wilmington Trust, Bergdorf Goodman and Toyota.
Jennifer enjoys giving back to her community. Jennifer has volunteered with the Each One Teach One Program and the Read to Me Program. Jennifer is also committed to causes such as Breast Cancer Awareness, Multiple Sclerosis and Literacy. Jennifer currently serves on the advisory council of the board for the Pablove Foundation, which focuses on battling childhood cancer.
Eric P. Laverty, Board Member
Eric volunteers his time as a photographer/paparazzi for art and children foundations New York Foundling, Mishka Foundation, Children’s Village, FreshArt, and Dance to Unite. After serving on Dance To Unite’s 2018 Host Committee, Eric joined the Board of Directors to help amplify message and mission.
Eric is a published and exhibited photographer, designer, creative director and artist. He has represented clients across multiple industries, including; financial services, automotive, hospitality, fine art, entertainment, design, architecture, fashion and pharmaceutical, becoming an expert on establishing and managing brand aesthetic, creative standards and photographic processes. Eric studied at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Anthropology), School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston (Photography) and as a guest of Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.
Alec Nguyen, Board Member
After 3 years of being involved with Dance to Unite in smaller capacities such as catering and volunteering, Dr. Alec, as his young patients often called him, finally fully embraces the goals and mission of Dance to Unite by joining the board. He wants to share his love for teaching, his appreciation for dance, and his vision for cultural diversity.
Dr. Alec is a board certified pediatric dentist with an MBA in Health System Management. His professional career has been very diverse, including working in insurance and finance for The Hartford Insurance Co. and Alliance Capital Management respectively. He also taught as a long-term substitute teacher in New York City public middle and high schools.
He found his love for dance after incidentally walked into a free class given by the CCNY Salsa/Mambo Club. Dr. Alec followed the instructor to his dance studio, took classes everyday for 6 months, and eventually joined the Piel Canela Dance Co. During his dental schooling in Long Island, he created a small dance company, L.I. Salsa, in order to share and promote his love for Latin social dancing. Through Latin dancing, he gained the confidence necessary for personal and professional developments. Nothing rings more truth to him than the mission of Dance to Unite: Use dance to teach and celebrate cultural diversity.
Galit Adani, Founder and Executive Director
Galit Adani is a professional dancer and educator. Galit was born and raised in Israel. After the completion of her mandatory military service in the Israeli air force she attended NYC’s Queens College where she graduated with honors and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre-Communications and Psychology.
During her college years she began to donate her time as a volunteer dance teacher to NYC’s inner city youth for the non-profit organization Groove With Me, a commitment she kept for over 11 years (1998-2009). During that time she had a successful career in the field of dance as a performer, choreographer and instructor. She also has extensive experience in the education field as a Youth Director (grades 6–12) and a Hebrew school teacher (grades 3–12) at The Conservative Synagogue Religious School located in Westport-Connecticut (1999–2009).
In October 2009, after years of working with youth and upon the encouragement of her students and their parents, Galit founded Dance to Unite, a program that would combine education and dance for the purpose of future peace.
Atif Toor, Advisory Board
Atif Toor is an award-winning creative director and published author leading design, corporate branding, and publication programs for museums, cultural institutions and the non-profit sector. He is currently a design and branding lead at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Clients have included the American Museum of Natural History, Sesame Workshop, Scholastic and Discovery Communications. Career highlights include developing innovative publications, children’s books, and branded product design programs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and serving as Chief of Design at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto directing branding, product design and publication initiatives. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Atif is an adjunct faculty member of Beaconhouse National University-School of Visual Arts in Lahore, Pakistan where he visits regularly to lecture and lead workshops on graphic design. He is the author of several non-fiction books including: Islamic Culture (Rourke, 2006) and The Spirit of Henna (Barnes & Noble, 2013).
Nicole Tongue, Advisory Board
Nicole Tongue has had a career as a choreographer working in ballet, opera, theatre, television, film, and commercials both nationally and internationally over the past 20 years. Nicole began her choreographic career at the Royal Ballet School in London and went onto to join The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Nicole then went onto study for 3 years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and as a graduate went on to work with actors both as a performer and choreographer. Alongside this Nicole became very involved in the education sector working as a vocational schools inspector, a teacher in dance and drama and choreographing full-length ballets for children. Unlock the Magic had its premiere at the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia featuring 200 dancers aged 4-20, and Jane Eyre for the London Children’s Ballet premiering at the Peacock Theater; Sadler’s Wells featuring 50 dancers. For the last 8 years Nicole has spent her time as a choreographer staging the movement for opera’s on the international stage. Opera houses have included Santa Fe, Houston, LA, Chicago, Boston, Geneva, Garsington and Glyndebourne.
Nicole is delighted to be apart of DtU and help in anyway she can to carry out the organization's mission and vision.
Danielle Awad, Advisory Board
Danielle Awad is a management consultant with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare setting. Prior to consulting, Danielle spent 8 years working in cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center.
She holds a Master's in Public Health from Drexel University. Danielle is eager to use her experience to help Dance to Unite realize its mission and improve the well-being and cultural awareness of children.