Jeanmarie Wolf, President
In 2006, Jeanmarie answered a casting call seeking adult dancers to join in the upcoming production of The Nutcracker. An avid community theater performer and wannabe ballerina, it was the perfect marriage and she has been active in NRDC productions ever since. Jeanmarie consults on special events and marketing projects and has spent many years in the non-profit sector. She currently sits on the board of The White Barn, a restored carriage house turned theater located in St. Helena. As the parent of a high school student, she maintains an active role in the parent group and serves on the steering committee of their annual fundraising campaign. Originally from Chicago, she holds a BA and MA in communication from Bowling Green University in Ohio. While Jeanmarie has two daughters of her own, she still feels like a proud parent of every one of the NRDC talented performers.
Wendi Moore, Grant Committee Chair
Wendi has three children who have grown up dancing at Napa Regional Dance Company, giving her an intimate understanding of the benefits of a ballet education for children, extending into their success as students and young adults with drive and focus in all subjects and a lasting love of the arts. Wendi arrived in Napa in 1996 and has been involved in supporting education, the arts and healthcare in the Valley ever since. She has been an active participant and chair of several nonprofit fundraisers, including Healthy Moms and Babies and Clinic Ole. Wendi served on the Blue Oak School Board of Trustees for six years, three as chair; she was board president of the St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School; and president of the Vichy Elementary School Parent Club. She holds a BA in development studies from the University of California Berkeley and a Masters in Latin American Studies from New York University.
Michael Parsons, Secretary
In 1997 when his daughter began taking lessons at Napa Regional Dance Company, Mike became a self-professed “Ballet Dad,” volunteering as a set builder and all around handyman for NRDC. Eventually, Mike brought his artistic eye and passion for photography to work for the studio, capturing and sharing thousands of images of the young dancers performing over the years. Mike is retired from a distinguished 28-year career in law enforcement, during which he was a police officer, park ranger and investigator. He holds a BA in Natural Science from San Jose State University and a California Teaching Credential for Law Enforcement. Mike finished his career as investigator and educator with the California Computer Crimes Task Force, focused on identity theft and internet safety.
Gloria Gutierrez, Treasurer
Gloria is a lifelong arts enthusiast. She has lived in Napa for 35 years with her husband Thomas Edwards. She is Partner and Office Manager in their family design and construction business. For ten years she owned and operated the Carriage House restaurant in downtown Napa, before “restaurateur” was a career aspiration. For thirteen years she expressed her artistic side as a stylist at Anemone in Yountville. She has a degree in Art Design from San Francisco State University. While Gloria has no children of her own, she believes passionately that children should be art-educated to enrich their lives as they grow to become artists as well as art-lovers.
Wanda Martin McGill, Artistic Advisor
Wanda Martin McGill has been teaching Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance in the Bay Area and Napa Valley for over 30 years. She received her professional dance education with Dance Theater of Harlem in New York City and studied contemporary dance at The Alvin Ailey School. Returning to the Bay Area, she continued studies with Alonzo King, director of Lines Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco.
Wanda holds graduate level K-12 and Community College credentials in the areas of Fine Art and Dance. Since 1981 she has taught classical ballet and contemporary dance for Napa, Solano and Diablo Valley Community College Districts. She directed her own contemporary ballet company, Visual Moves, which performed in the Bay Area along with producing numerous dance productions for the colleges and the community. Wanda continues to provide professional dance education to hundreds of students each year and maintains the business operations for Napa Regional Dance Company.
Patricia Oro, Social Media Ambassador
Patricia has lived in Napa County with her husband American Canyon City Councilmember David Oro since 2005. With a career spanning three continents, she minded the family business in Argentina, sourced commodities in Hong Kong for the Noble Group, and in San Francisco worked for the start-up Keryx Biopharmaceutical. She is a mother of three and a partner at the Oro Group, a communications consultancy for the technology industry. She also pens a popular lifestyle blog called MomLikeThat that celebrates everything about motherhood, health, fashion, beauty, travel and food. A performing arts advocate, she started classical ballet at age 7 and continued her love of dance with flamenco.
Patricia serves as the Parent Association President at Napa’s Blue Oak School and sits on the board as the vice president of the American Canyon Arts Foundation. A polyglot of five languages, she was born in Taipei, raised in Buenos Aires and attended university in the United States. She holds a BA in Business Administration and Marketing from New York University and MA in Human Resources Management from the University of Kansas.
Jen Heffner, Project Coordinator
Years of childhood ballet taught Jen to appreciate the benefits of body control, mindfulness, flexibility and having an awareness of movement in relation to sound. That appreciation of dance eventually carried into adulthood in the form of Pilates and Jen is now a certified Pilates instructor in Napa. Currently Jen shares her love of ballet with her daughter, Helen, who has been taking classes with Napa Regional Dance Company since 2012. Because Jen first-handedly understands the benefits of this discipline and practice, she has made it her goal to further the reach of Napa Regional Dance Foundation’s mission. Jen brings marketing and operational expertise to the Board, having experience running her own photography studio and working as the Director of Operations for a real estate company. She is originally from the Midwest and has a BA in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Maggie Rice, Website Coordinator
Maggie is an advanced ballet student at NRDC. She began her life long love of ballet at a young age in Corpus Christi, Texas where she danced throughout her youth before moving to England to attend boarding school and train in the Royal Academy of Dance method. She continued taking ballet classes while studying English at the University of Georgia and in her post college life at the Ballet Austin community school. Maggie moved to the valley in 2011 to pursue a culinary degree at the CIA Greystone after which she worked as a baker for three years before taking an indefinite hiatus from the professional kitchen to join her boyfriend, Reed, in growing his business. Together they run a small company selling previously owned clothing - primarily menswear - on eBay. She enjoys this new, somewhat unconventional, career that allows her more time to perfect her pliés and pirouettes back in the ballet studio.