Leadership & Staff

SAB Leadership

Jonathan Stafford*

Artistic Director

Jonathan Stafford began his ballet training at age 8 with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After attending two summer courses at SAB, he enrolled full time in 1997. He joined New York City Ballet in 1999, was promoted to soloist in 2006 and principal dancer in 2007. Mr. Stafford joined SAB’s permanent faculty in 2007 and was named the School’s first Professional Placement Manager in 2015.

After retiring from dancing in 2014, Mr. Stafford served as Ballet Master for New York City Ballet. In 2017, he led New York City Ballet’s four-person interim artistic leadership team and was named Artistic Director of both New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet in February 2019.

Kay Mazzo*

Chairman of Faculty

Kay Mazzo hails from Chicago, Il, where she received early training under Bernadine Hayes. Ms. Mazzo first auditioned for SAB at the age of 12 and attended 3 summer courses before enrolling full time in 1959. She joined New York City Ballet in 1961, was promoted to soloist in 1965 and principal dancer in 1968. After retiring from dancing in 1981, Ms. Mazzo was invited by Mr. Balanchine to teach at SAB. She joined the permanent faculty in 1983, served as coordinator of curriculum from 1993-1997, and became co-chair of faculty in 1997. Ms. Mazzo was named chairman of faculty in 2018.

Carrie W. Hinrichs

Executive Director

Carrie W. Hinrichs joined the School of American Ballet (SAB) as Executive Director in September 2017. She brings to SAB more than 20 years of experience in school administration and nonprofit fundraising, as well as a lifelong passion for ballet. Under her leadership, SAB has significantly strengthened its financial sustainability, increased it support of its talented students and dedicated faculty and staff, and continued to deepen SAB’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Ms. Hinrichs returned to SAB following five years as Director of Advancement at The Spence School, where she oversaw fundraising, alumnae relations, and school communications. Previously in her career, she served as SAB’s Director of Development and Planning, Director of Development for Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, and held fundraising positions at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Museum of Natural History. Ms. Hinrichs graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Politics, magna cum laude.

Permanent Faculty

Dena Abergel*

Marika Anderson*

Aesha Ash*

Megan Fairchild*

Gonzalo Garcia*

Craig Hall*

Adam Hendrickson*

Arch Higgins*

Anthony Huxley*

Sterling Hyltin*

Megan Johnson*

Katrina Killian*

Lauren King*

Meagan Mann*

Allen Peiffer*

Susan Pilarre*

Suki Schorer

Andrew Scordato*

Abi Stafford*

Sheryl Ware*

Dirk Hartog,

Weight Training

Phoebe Higgins*,


Aaron Severini*,


Frank Sellito,


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Flora Arbitman

Kevin Carpenter

Sophie Chandler

Arkadiy Figlin

Alice Hargrove

Bradley Harris

Maurizio Najt

Miho Nozawa

Alla Reznik

Leo Shih

Artistic & Executive Administration

Hannah Federau,

Artistic Manager

Julia Sandke,

Artistic Assistant

Rachel Davis

Senior Manager of Operations, Executive & Board Affairs

Elise Drew León,

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Alexis Branagan,

Project Manager, Ballet Connoisseurship

Student Life

Sion Harrington,

Dean of Students

Katy Vedder,

Director of Student Life for Children’s Division and Wellness Programming

Molly Murray,

Assistant Director of Student Life for Academic and Cultural Programs

Nate Guarino,

Assistant Director of Student Life for Residential and Transitional Programming

Satchel Henneman,

Residence Life Associate

Cheyenne Ross,

Assistant Residence Hall Director

Kristen Spencer,

Assistant Residence Hall Director

Lauren Pfisterer,

Assistant Residence Hall Director

Sherrell Bush,

Student Life and Production Assistant

Julia Price,

Receptionist and Testing Coordinator

Katherine Rygiel,

Residence Life Associate

Dr. William Hamilton,

Consulting Orthopedist

Joan Lantz,


Dr. Nicole Marcus,

School Psychologist

Marika Molnar,

Physical Therapist

Heidi Skolnik,


Andrea Zujko,

Physical Therapist

View bios for key Student Life Staff

Public Relations, Recruiting & Outreach

Amy Bordy,

Director of Public Relations, Recruiting and Outreach

Molly Baran,

Director of Marketing

Heather Toner,

Digital Producer

Kathleen Woods,

Manager, Database and Information

Amara Dieter,


Kevin Dhaniram,

Digital Production Manager

Ellen Duddy,

Manager of Auditions and Outreach


Kristen Barrett,

Director of Development

Barbra Silver,

Senior Director of Special Events and Corporate Sponsorships

Meredith Lee,

Director of Institutional Giving and Development Operations

L. Michelle Palmour,

Director Individual Giving

Kristen McGuire,

Assistant Director, Individual Giving

Gabrielle Bohrman,

Development Assistant, Institutional Giving

Hannah Ferguson,

Development Assistant, Individual Giving

Maddi Bitter,

Development Assistant, Special Events & Corporate Sponsorship

Emma Rishel,

Development Coordinator, Database & Operations

Nigel Finley,

Development Assistant, Individual Giving and Events

Finance & Information Technology

Naz Kamal,

Director of Finance

Janki Dave,

Senior Manager, Budget & Financial Analysis

Juan Molina-Goni,

Manager, Finance & Benefits Administration

Juan Hernaiz,

Senior Manager of Information Technology

*SAB Alumna/Alumnus