Marisa Hollingsworth began her training in Detroit, Michigan. She later graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Dance. Her summers were spent in New York City at the Dance Theater of Harlem. She danced five seasons with Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Georgia and later joined the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for four seasons in Denver, Colorado. After Cleo, she danced with 7Dancers and then joined the Hannah Kahn Dance Company for eight seasons. She has also performed with Nu-World Contemporary Dance Theatre, New Breed Dance and Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement. She has taught all forms of dance throughout the Denver area as well as been a judge for the Ms. Colorado Parent and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders. She is currently serving as a board member for The Children’s Museum of Denver, Presenting Denver and Davis Dance. She is a wife and a mother of two.
Joanna Gezon is the Assistant Vice President and Corporate Controller for Liberty Media Corporation. Joanna has been with Liberty since May of 2008, when she was hired as a Director of Accounting. Joanna graduated from the University of Colorado, and began her career at Price Waterhouse. Joanna serves as President of the Debbie Jackson & Darrell Pridemore Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which raises money through an annual golf tournament to provide college scholarships for high school seniors in Douglas County. The Foundation, which has provided over $150,000 in college scholarships, seeks to assist students who have overcome adversity in their lives.
Laura James manages the external marketing and communications for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and their affiliate, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation as the senior marketing and communications specialist.
During her time at the Chamber, she’s managed the strategic communications and brand development for the Chamber and the Leadership Foundation – including email marketing, social media and developing content for the Chamber’s blog and magazine, Business Altitude, along with event design. Prior to working for the Chamber, Laura interned for Versa Marketing Inc. and Karsh Hagan.
In her spare time, this Colorado native and University of Colorado Boulder alum can often be found skiing, traveling, enjoying Denver’s art and culture scene or spending time in the mountains with her friends and family.
Rachel Oliver Young is the Education Director of the Classical and Contemporary Pre-Professional Dance Program at Denver School of the Arts, and a certified teacher through the Colorado Department of Education. Rachel holds an MFA in Dance, as an Arts and Sciences Fellow at CU-Boulder, and a BS in Dance and Biochemistry from Beloit College, having graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Rachel is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum, in addition to an added teacher certification in “Progressing Ballet Technique,” in order to deepen her knowledge, and inform her instruction. As a dance maker, Rachel has created work for women’s prisons, public schools, outside spaces, multi-media performance spaces, and traditional theaters. Rachel’s choreographic work has been presented nationally and internationally, most notably being commissioned by Bare Bait Dance Company, Centennial State Ballet, and West Virginia Dance Company, sponsored by the Atlas Black Box Experimental Studio in Boulder, CO and selected for performance at WestFest Dance in New York and Performática in México, and presented at the University of Iowa, WV Wesleyan University, West Virginia Dance Festival, the Philly Live Arts & Fringe (PA), Dixon Place (NY) and Triskelion Arts (NY). She is so excited to be a part of the Presenting Denver team, in order to help support and bring together the Denver dance community
Julia Rhine is a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where she specializes in natural resource, land use and energy law. With notable experience in regulatory and environmental issues in the aggregate, real estate and oil and gas industries, Julia helps private and public companies find solutions to complex problems. She has successfully represented clients in litigation concerning oil and gas preemption, hazardous waste decommissioning, enforcement of oil and gas regulations, and zoning and development disputes. Prior to joining Brownstein, Julia was a federal judicial clerk first to the Honorable John L. Kane and then to the late Honorable Richard P. Matsch.
Julia believes that dance is for everyone and that Presenting Denver, through its outreach programs, lives that belief. She is thrilled to be a part of Presenting Denver and hopes to see you at a show or other event soon.
Jenn Rudolph is a global marketing and operational leader with 15 years of experience in marketing and operations management. She helps organizations build, grow, and manage their brands and creative production operations, which include graphic design, content creation, digital marketing and video production. Jenn creates efficient organizational structures that drive results and help build and grow teams that thrive through talented people, effective processes, excellent execution and sound strategy.
Jenn holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Colorado State University, a master’s in business administration from University of Colorado and a Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.
Starting at age 3 and continuing throughout high school, Jenn enjoyed ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance as her extracurricular focus. She is passionate about supporting the growth of dance as an accessible and celebrated part of the Denver community and delighted to be a part of Presenting Denver.
A true Southerner, growing up in Virginia, Hunter Sydnor has lived in Colorado for over 30 years. She has been on the Board of Presenting Denver for 5 years. A graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Hunter recently retired from the construction industry having worked for Kiewit Infrastructure for 17 years.
Hunter can’t dance herself but loves watching dance and supporting dance in all forms.