Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Christian founded Interfusion Festival under the Institute for Integrative Wellness (IFIW) in 2016. He completed his undergraduate studies in Public Management from Northern Arizona University (NAU), Magna Cum Laude. Christian returned to NAU to earn a Master in Administration with distinction, Public Executive emphasis, as well as a Master of Arts in Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). His commitment to integrative wellness includes a personal practice of mindfulness with emphasis on meditation and somatic movement. Christian is also a public health professional with over a decade and a half of public service.
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Jenna is an accomplished professional and caretaker who specializes in event operations and logistics. She comes with a wealth of complex experience and knowledge of operational management, strategic execution, and development. She works closely with all members of the Interfusion team providing support and logistical direction as a compassionate leader and peer. Jenna also has a 15+ year background as a dancer, instructor and performer in the latin dance community and event industry contributing to her expertise and professional guidance as Operations Director.
PHOENIX | SUN PARK
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Phoenix is a being of purpose. Grounded and guided by spirit. She is honored to be serving this year as Interfusion’s Integration Director and member of the BOD. She truly enjoys supporting the process of creating strategic integrations for healthy internal processes, cultivating love, and family. She is also the founder of Voice of Purpose, a social enterprise with a mission to ignite and equip a movement of artist-educators and arts organizations who embody their purpose to deepen their impact in the world. Her latest major project is a research initiative that spans across Canada and the US and aims to support and build capacity and sustainability in the community arts education industry. It centers on identifying and supporting the needs of artists when they are engaged in digital learning environments.
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As project manager, Jonelle helps the Interfusion team continuously improve in organizational efficiency and effectiveness, ultimately helping create seamless experiences for our artists and community. Jonelle comes to Interfusion Festival with experience in organization development, enterprise strategy and culture, leadership coaching, community organizing, project management, and workshop design and facilitation. As a certified positive psychology practitioner and coach, she embeds neuroscience and evidence-based interventions for wellbeing into all of her work. In 2019, Jonelle and co-founder Lindsay Bigda began the Movement for Healing Project based in Washington, D.C., which cultivates collective spaces to explore how community, connection, conversation, and body-centered practices can support healing in life after loss.
Consent Program Codirector
Indigo Dawn (They/them/elle) is a transformational coach and touch therapist who catalyzes life-changing, life-affirming experiences. They have designed and implemented consent processes for 4-10 day events with anywhere from 30 to 1500 attendees. As a conference speaker and facilitator, Indigo seeds skills that yield a more joyful and abundant life-- including emotional dexterity, responsive boundaries, and intimate communication. As a personal coach, they empower social changemakers to harmonize with their deepest values to create the life-- and the world-- of their dreams!
Consent Program Codirector
Sarah Taub, PH.D., teaches relationship and community skills and helps groups deepen their intimacy. She facilitates group processes including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, conflict resolution sessions, and ZEGG Forum, and has co-created consent policies and led consent support teams for retreats and festivals of 50 to 1500 people. Sarah has been organizing with Center for a New Culture since 2004, putting on multi-day camps and other events that create a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. Since 2011, she has co-managed Abrams Creek Center, a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia, where she now lives with her intimate network of lovers and co-creators. What excites Sarah most is holding space for the deepest group conflicts so that an even deeper level of connection, understanding, and creativity can emerge.
Iva Vest’s passion is embodying + sharing authentic, conscious living and holistic wellness. Through her work as a Certified Transformational Health Coach + Empowerment Mentor, she lives to witness and inspire others toward true self-love + greatness by powerfully facilitating awareness of their true path, reminding them that all they desire is available to them, in every moment. She is a dynamic, spirited lover of nature, food, movement, and the raw experience of being human. Iva's extensive dance and yogic background fosters a deep love for sacred movement, which provides a strong framework for cultivating the mind/body awareness available throughout her offerings.
Eric Sipes found a love of movement arts when he began teaching himself to breakdance via videos from a file sharing program back in early 2000. Hardly able to contain his excitement and passion for movement, he began sharing his practice with any and everyone.
After moving to Baltimore in 2011 he was introduced to AcroYoga and it changed his life completely. Eric has trained with professionals from all over the world, and has spent literally thousands of hours practicing his craft. Eric believes that in order to be a great teacher you must also be an amazing student, he obtained a 200hr yoga certification from Baltimore Yoga Village before receiving his AcroYoga International certification, AcroRevolution certification, Lux Teacher training Certification, Thai Massage Certification, and more!
Brazilian Zouk Director
Mr. Prada started dancing in 2004. However, it was only in 2006 that he really began to dive deep into dance as a work-study trainee of the Jaime Aroxa Dance School in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most prestigious dance schools in Brazil; which trained some of the most renowned dancers in the country. During his 6 years as a member of the school's team, he learned all Brazilian partner dances (Forró, Samba de Gafieira, Soltinho, Bolero and Zouk) and Argentine Tango. Apart from dance, Mr. Prada also studied and worked as a tantric massage therapist. This work helped him to create a unique perspective of human nature, as well as gain a deep understanding of the capabilities of the human body. His investigation of the close embrace continued over the years, and through many sources both inside and outside of the dance world. These studies guided him to form a multidisciplinary understanding of dancing and connecting in close embrace as a healing and therapeutic experience.
Movement Arts Director
Chivonnie is an enthusiastic truth-seeker who loves dark chocolate & dancing in the rain. A Cultural Anthropologist specializing in Arts Education as a road map to self-discovery, courageous conversations, community development & social change; her life’s work is to cultivate a safe sacred space for healing, reconciliation, transformation & transcending trauma. She is currently exploring the impact & therapeutic side-effects music, movement, theater & creative expression have on our neurobiology.
A certified Let Your Yoga Dance® instructor committed to sharing the power of meditation in motion, ecstatic movement & the process of connecting to one’s internal body wisdom to activate optimal health, personal empowerment & communal healing. She is dedicated to evolving the group dance experience to celebrate the individuality of movement & the joy of bodies united in motion, inspiring her students to seek bliss within the simplicity of every breath.
Conscious Communications Director
Lindsay Bigda serves as conscious communication director with Interfusion Festival, where she seeks to foster connective spaces for the authentic expression of both our strengths and our vulnerabilities. Lindsay comes to Interfusion with over ten years of experience as a social/nonprofit communicator, an M.Ed. in community education leadership, training in authentic relating, and a passion for documenting stories related to trauma and resilience. In 2019, she co-created alongside Jonelle Lesniak the Movement for Healing Project—a community space based in Washington, DC dedicated to exploring the roles of movement, conversation and connection in life after loss.
Healing Arts Director
Emma comes to Interfusion with 10 years of experience as an intuitive healer. She combines her Reiki Master certification, clairvoyant abilities, and Shamanic training to help her clients pursue healing. Emma’s mission is to hold space for people on their spiritual journey of self-love, awareness, and expression. She founded KiVibes, based in Tyson's Corner, VA, where she creates a welcoming environment for clients to benefit from energy healing, spiritual guidance, and intentional jewelry. Emma envisions a future where all beings have the opportunity to step into their personal power and intentionally pursue their life passions.
Wisdom & Science Director
Mimi Glass has always been curious and in awe of all people and cultures. This curiosity led her to study Anthropology in college. While in undergrad she participated in research surrounding the Lacandon Maya in Chiapas Mexico, shell mounds in the South East US, and excavating Mayan ruins in Guatemala. After receiving her Bachelor of Science she took a hiatus and dedicated herself to learning and teaching Brazilian Zouk and Ballroom dance. After several years she went back to school and received her Masters in Arts Management. Her thesis focused on the effects of Arts Service Organizations (ASOs) on the arts industry. After graduation she went on to join a research team studying the effects of the arts, dance and music, on the well being of adults over the age of 65. Mimi has woven her love of dance, science, and data into a wonderful, intertwined career that she could never have foreseen. She is extremely excited to join the Interfusion Team as the Wisdom and Science Director.
Creative Arts Team
Mariya is a Creative Soul, Artist, Designer and Photographer, who strives to bring beauty and joy to people’s lives through everything she does. Originally from Bulgaria, where she graduated as Bachelor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management, her passion for travel brought her to USA, where she made her home away from home, and pursued further studies of Wedding & Event Planning and Design. Her biggest inspiration is the simple beauty of nature. Her biggest joy-sharing her light and bringing smiles to people’s faces. Ballroom dancer in the past, she recently reconnected with her passion for dance discovering Zouk and Bachata.
Visual Arts Designer
Owner of WildPetsCreation Graphic Studio, based in Italy. She has assembled a small team of Italian and American illustrators and graphic designers through the years. Their work is focused on custom artwork, both digital and hand painted. When she is not in her house in Italy, she is seeing the world and working from new places that can inspire her creativity. Shaping concepts into colors since 2016.
Media Team Manager
Dan Davis has been a media team manager at Interfusion Festival since 2019. Dan has enjoyed the art of ballroom and Latin dance over the last 20 years. He also enjoys photography and the opportunity to combine dance and photography together to capture the positive energy in places like Interfusion Festival. Photography also leads Dan to many remote travel destinations chasing the light on some of Mother Nature's magnificent landscape creations as he loves to hike the national parks.
Shaka Brown has produced global events since 2003. He has supported the Interfusion Festival since its inception, providing expertise in production, lighting, sound and logistics. Founder of SB Event Productions, he has combined his passion for teaching with that for creating and managing events.
Jermaine Corley has served as the Logistics Director for Interfusion Festival since 2019, where he works with staff to plan, coordinate, and execute the behind-the-scenes operations. He comes to the festival with 20 years of experience leading small and midsize software teams in the development of complex engineering solutions. As Logistics Director, Jermaine brings his authentic and unique self to a role which he finds challenging yet rewarding and demands humility, creativity, flexibility, good humor, determination, and compassion. While his passion is Bachata and Kizomba music/dance, he is hoping that 2021/2022 and beyond will present lots of opportunities for exploring Brazilian Zouk.
Night Program Director
Lorenzo (DJ Renzo) is the Night Program Director of Interfusion Festival and is one of the nations top Latin music DJs. Aside from salsa, Renzo also mixes Top 40, Hip-Hop, R&B, House, Swing and many other genres as well. What makes him an in-tuned DJ is the fact that he is also an avid dancer. Utilizing this knowledge is what has helped propel him on the scene. He credits knowing what dancers like to hear as a silver lining in his growth as a DJ. Renzo prefers the heavier, percussion driven rhythms of salsa and counts some of his favorite salsa artists as Sonora Poncena, Roberto Roena, Ray Perez, Ray Barretto, Conjunto Universal, La Terrifica and Just Betancourt. Overall, Renzo loves all salsa from the Cuban rhythms, Columbian salsa to modern day salsa romantica. If it has the clave and cowbell he can be seen bopping along to it.
Support Services Team
Norman (Norm) McKenzie, AEMT, has been involved with large event operations for over 10 years in both Atlanta, GA and Washington DC. He joined Interfusion in 2020 to help manage the Registration and Retail departments. Norm is extremely happy to be a part of the Interfusion Family and is looking forward to returning in 2022+ and helping to bring about the wonderful experiences that make up this gathering.
Daria has spent years immersed in a dance and self evolution journey. As we venture through our journey in life, we are ever evolving and helping one another as we learn to improve on our journeys and self realization. Between my business experience and my love and passion for the events we have at Interfusion, I feel fortunate to be a part of this ever evolving event.
Michelle Pacheco is a lifetime enthusiast of dance and the arts; having danced various styles since childhood, performing, and recently settling her passion on sensual bachata. Michelle’s passion for dance is what she has used to recover from several major surgeries that have left her generally fragile in dance; but as she says “you can take the dancer from the dance but you can never take the dance from the dancer”. She fell in love with Interfusion since attending the very first pilot program and became a member of the team shortly thereafter. She has returned every year (with exception to one) and supports Interfusion in whichever way is helpful to the goal. Outside of Interfusion, Michelle is a Proposal Writer/Consultant full-time but also conducts investigations when she has time through her own business. She recently said, “this community is such an amazing gift to be a part of and I am in awe as I watch Interfusion bloom into an even bigger gathering of magnificent like minded individuals from all over the world”. Michelle is grateful to be a part of the team again this year and looks forward to meeting everyone as we share in another life changing journey!
Human Resources Team
Matthew Rudomin is a software engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rowan University. He has over ten years of software experience alongside his passion for dance since he found Salsa in Philadelphia and Brazilian Zouk in Washington DC. Matthew is one of the volunteer coordinators that oversees the Volunteer Program at Interfusion. He is excited to be a part of the festival in 2022 and beyond!
Marcella is an avid Latin dancer in the Washington DC area, who has trained in salsa and bachata since the age of 15. She works in the defense field by day but in her free time, she is passionate about working behind the scenes and assisting in the production of local events.
Marcella volunteered at the very first Interfusion Festival and instantly knew she wanted to become more involved. By 2018, she rose to serve as one of the two volunteer coordinators of the festival, and now spearheads the rapidly growing Community Volunteer Program (CVP), which hosts 100+ volunteers annually. She loves her role and looks forward to helping facilitate this year’s volunteer program!