Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet Announces New Board Members

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Photo Credit to Elizabeth Bush | Not pictured: Galena Duba-Weaver Back (L to R): Christopher Switala, Twan Leenders, Richie Joly Front (L to R): Francesca Galbato, Nancy Cala

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Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is pleased to announce new members to their 2019 Board of Directors. The current Board consists of Richie Joly, President, Twan Leenders, Treasurer, Francesca Galbato, Secretary, Nancy Cala, Galena Duba-Weaver, and Chris Switala.

Monika Alch, CRYB’s Artistic Director said, “We are thrilled to welcome our new Board Members to CRYB. They are all passionate about the Arts, the community, and enriching the lives of students in the community. With their varied backgrounds they each bring something unique to our Board and we are excited to see what they will do in their tenure.”

Francesca Galbato graduated from Loyola University in 2018 and is Programming Manager at the National Comedy Center. A native of Jamestown, Francesca grew up in her family’s businesses, Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Francesca’s Floral Design. She also took ballet lessons at CRYB for several years. Francesca is happy to be back in her hometown and immersing herself in the community. She is especially grateful to once again be a part of CRYB and serve on the board of an organization that helped shape her into the person she is today.

Christopher Switala works with Southern Tier Financial as a licensed financial representative. Prior to joining Southern Tier Financial he worked in Public Relations and Marketing. Christopher also achieved sales and marketing acclaim with luxury brand Louis Vuitton as a top national brand representative. In addition to business, Christopher has performed nationally and internationally on stage, TV, and film projects as a singer and actor for most of his life. Christopher is pleased to be part of an organization that gives youth exposure to ballet, adding to the fabric of a thriving regional arts community.

Twan Leenders is a biologist from The Netherlands, specializing in animal ecology and conservation management. As President of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, he applies his experience to our region and develops new conservation research and education initiatives that aim to spark increased interest in the area’s unique natural. Twan joined the CRYB Board because he sees the amazing opportunities CRYB offers to our local youth – building strength, confidence, and an appreciation for art in ways that will benefit students for their entire lives. “Twan’s daughter Madeleine is a student at CRYB”.

Richie Joly is originally from Bennington, Vermont. Richie is currently a Special Education Teacher at Jamestown High School where he teaches World History. He is also an assistant varsity football coach at the High School. Richie has also taught in Erie, PA, Chicago, IL, and Fairfax, VA. Richie and his wife Sara decided to move back to Jamestown to raise their family. They have two children, Cole and Peyton. Peyton is a student at CRYB.

Galena Duba-Weaver is a returning Board member for the 2018-2019. Galena earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature with honors from the State University of New York at Fredonia and is a graduate of University at Buffalo Law School. She is an attorney at Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo.

Nancy Cala returns to the CRYB Board after a former tenure during which she served as Board President. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She was the Program Director @ the Jamestown YMCA, Aerobics instructor @ JCC & also taught ice skating. She recently retired as receptionist for Philip C. Cala Law Firm She has three grown children, two of whom danced several nutcrackers!

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet (CRYB) is a not-for-profit organization that provides highquality classical ballet instruction to youths from Chautauqua County and the surrounding area.