JHDC Elects New Board Chair

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.17.32 AMAfter 15 long years of faithful service as Board Chair, Margaret Thomas is stepping down from this post — and our Board of Directors has unanimously elected a new Chair of our governing body, Ms. Debbie Chanel.

  • Debbie Chanel previously served as Chair of the JHDC Board Development Committee.
  • Debbie will officially Chair her first Board meeting on Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Margaret will continue to serve as a member of our Board of Directors until the end of the current Fiscal Year — (June 30, 2015) — at which point she will then move onto our new “JHDC Honorary Board.”

Please join us in wishing Debbie the very best of luck in her new role — and in thanking Margaret for her many, many years of tireless service, contributions & dedication to the enduring mission of JHDC.

“I’m truly honored to assume this leadership role and humbled by the confidence the organization has shown in me,” noted Chanel. “With the 40th anniversary of Joel Hall Dancers & Center now underway —and all of the incredible work that’s been accomplished over the years by Joel and his talented team to awaken the dancer in everyone’s soul —it’s a genuinely exhilarating time to be involved with JHDC. The dedication of our staff, faculty, dancers, parents and volunteers … and their steadfast commitment to our mission, is an inspiration to me. I look forward to the many opportunities ahead, and all the excitement of our celebration season.”

Joel Hall, JHDC Founder & Artistic Director, stated in making the announcement, “We’re confident the Board has made an outstanding choice in Debbie Chanel to lead our organization into a new era of growth and opportunity as we continue to fulfill of our mission of using the arts to enrich lives through dance performance & education. Debbie’s energy, enthusiasm and passion for our work will be tremendous assets for us, as we celebrate our organization’s storied past and move forward into a brighter future.”

Chanel has deep professional experience with the worlds of retail and dance, and currently serves as Executive Director/General Manager of Russian Pointe, a leading supplier of dance footwear, apparel, and accessories. She was also the founder and owner of Barrington’s “Just The Basics Danse Wear” — a highly successful dance apparel business. Her professional areas of expertise range from operations and business development, procedural management, customer relations, training, procurement and team development.

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