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Board of Directors

Dance Project of Washington Heights has a hard working and diverse board of directors, dedicated to furthering the mission and serving the community.

Suzanne Rojas (Board President) is an associate pastor at Church of the City - New York Manhattan. She graduated Duke University with a BS in Economics and also holds an MA in Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She worked 10 years for a Christian nonprofit serving NYC college students and recent graduates, fundraising upwards of $90K/year. Most recently, she helmed DPWH’s #GivingTuesday 2017 campaign where we tripled our donations from 2016. Her business acumen is instrumental to the development of our donor base and to the success of our organization. She resides in WaHi with her husband.

Brian Peters (Vice President) is an African American entrepreneur, and the father of three young children, two of whom dance at DPWH. Since moving to Washington Heights, Brian has continued to give his time for the upliftment of young people. For the past decade Brian has crossed the country designing and creating youth leadership workshops mainly for young men of color. He has also built a network around the country of mentees and former interns who have gone on to lead successful, fulfilling lives. He resides in WaHi with his transracial family.

Dee Pelletier (Secretary) is an actor who has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway and in regional theatres. She volunteers writing grants for DPWH and has helped secure Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CHALK and City Council Discretionary funding for the organization. She resides in WaHi with her transracial family, to include a young DPWH devotee.

Cindy Cardinal (Grant Writing Committee Chair) started her career as a labor and employment lawyer in New York. She has served on various non-profit boards of institutions that serve young people, including private schools in Toronto, Ontario and NYC; a local coalition against substance abuse; the Manhasset Board of Education and a local public library. Her vast public service experience informs her approach to management, employment issues and board governance. She lives in Manhattan with her family.

Paula Montilla (Costume Committee Chair) graduated NYU with an early childhood/special education degree and taught for eight years in Harlem and the South Bronx. Paula is of Dominican descent and has volunteered at the Northern Manhattan Early Childhood Program offering craft workshops for parents. Paula oversees DPWH’s costuming needs, assuring our children can move with confidence and style. Most recently, she designed costumes for our Level 3 Ballet students who performed “Candy Land” at the United Palace’s screening of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Her twin sons study tap and hiphop at DPWH. She has resided in WaHi for over 20 years.

Migna Taveras, (Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair) Currently serving as Senior Director of Clinical Operations for Somos Community Care at Evolent Health, Migna leads a team of Community Health Workers who are positively empowering over 150,000 patients for 350 primary care providers within 4 boroughs.  By developing innovative ways to engage patients and attract patients to care, her team is on course to reduce care gaps and reduce patient health disparities by targeting social determinants of health barriers that negatively affect our patients’ health outcomes.  

An effective strategist at aligning resources and creating impact across industries and communities, she previously worked in government as an advisor to elected officials around citywide issues including Finance, Public Housing, and improving the General Welfare of vulnerable communities. A strong heart for educating communities across the economic strata, the desire to positively impact the community is at the foundation of her practice. 

Migna is a Barnard graduate with a BA in Political Science and Sociology and has a Masters’ of Public Administration in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Health Education at Baruch College and serves on the Government Affairs Committee of Rescue Leftover Cuisine and on the board of Dance Project of Washington Heights.  She lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Faith Williams (Fundraiser Committee Chair) was on the Board of Friends of P.S 187 for three years. She headed the Food & Beverage sub-committee and played a big part in helping with the yearly fundraisers. Faith attended Fresno State University in California studying Vocal Performance and continues to study voice currently at Julliard's Evening Division. Her daughter Skye has been dancing with Dance Project since its early days.