Consultants

Consultants

Dr. Georgia S. Hall

Advisor

Georgia Hall is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and specializes in research, evaluation, and curriculum development for youth development programs and learning experiences. Several of Dr. Hall’s projects focus on how out-of-school time (OST) environments can promote healthy behaviors and thereby reduce children’s risk of obesity and chronic disease. Hall has served for three years as Principal Investigator for a research study on BOKS, a before school physical activity program sponsored by the Reebok Foundation. Dr. Hall has also served for four summers as Principal Investigator for NIOST’s evaluation of the Boston Summer Learning Project and the MA Department of Education 21st Century Summer Learning Pilot. Working with a team of colleagues at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Hall is co-leading an investigation of OST program practices that support immigrant and refugee children and families. Hall is the Managing Editor of Afterschool Matters, a journal for OST practitioners, researchers, and other related professionals. Georgia is a Board Member of the American Camp Association, New England and is an enthusiastic musician, youth soccer, basketball, and softball/baseball coach in her local community. Hall earned her B.A. in 1982 from Duke University and holds a Ph.D. in Education from Boston College.

Aileen Kattan Marino

Advisor

Aileen Kattan Marino has worked in the NYC Public schools as a speech and language pathologist, serving children for the past 14 years. She has a bachelor degree from the Stern School of Business in NYU and a Masters Degree with distinction in Speech and Language Pathology from Hofstra University.

Kelly Ryan

Advisor

Kelly Ryan is a public high school teacher at the Bushwick School for Social Justice in Brooklyn and has been committed to educating youth for the last ten years.  She is devoted to the ideal of empowering her students to make positive change in their own lives and the universal community.  An activist as well, Kelly founded System of Freedom, the school’s human rights club.  S.O.F aims to build awareness of injustice across the globe, and inspire action to facilitate its end.

DJ Salisbury

Advisor

DJ Salisbury has directed and choreographed shows for theaters across the USA that include Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ, Dallas Summer Musicals, TOTS-Atlanta, Kansas City Starlight, Sacramento’s California Musical Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Riverside Theatre-Vero Beach, Orlando Shakespeare, Arkansas Shakespeare, Ogunquit Playhouse- Maine, and Musical Theatre West- Los Angeles. His choreography also has been featured on national television (The Rachael Ray Show and Dance your A** Off) and in a national tour promoting Dancing with the Stars. In NYC, DJ has directed and/or choreographed numerous readings/workshops/concerts including a revised Mystery of Edwin Drood (featuring Sally Struthers), composer Neil Berg’s Grumpy Old Men (starring F. Murray Abraham), Lincoln Center’s concert of Disney composer Alan Menken and the workshop of Femme Fatale (starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez). On new musicals, DJ has worked in various capacities with Broadway heavyweights Jerry Mitchell, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Susan Stroman, Rupert Holmes, Jeff Calhoun, and Tommy Tune. He’s also directed cabaret shows for several artists including XM Radio host Julie James. As writer: Book/lyrics for The Man Who Would Be King (music by Neil Berg) which had a first production in October 2014; the play Perfect European Man which garnered best director, best actor and best production awards; DJ was the head writer/lyricist for the Emmy-winning Oklahoma Centennial TV special starring Reba McIntyre, Vince Gill, Kelli O’Hara and Shirley Jones and he has written the opening song for tow Rose Parades. DJ directed the Queens Theatre production of Chix 6 and contributed to the book in collaboration with writer-composer Lourds Lane. Under the auspices of Artists Striving to End Poverty, DJ was a volunteer teaching artist at the Shanti Bhavan School for the severely disadvantaged near Bangalore, India. While there, he taught creative writing and a self actualization workshop to high school age students, as well as theatre dance to middle school age students. He has also taught pre-ballet to kindergarteners in rural Kentucky, a story building workshop to middle school age children in East Harlem during the inaugural session of the Super You Fun-Dation, and scene study at the New York Film Academy. Since the late 1990’s, DJ has facilitated numerous “mastermind groups” and peer coaching circles based upon his extensive studies in group dynamics.