Owner and Founder
Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. He is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School and has his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. Joe believes that he has found a way to bring together his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests. Through LINX, Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX.
Vice President/Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps
Josh serves as the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps. With over 20 years of experience managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive. His responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of a varied program that serves our community and families. Josh prides himself on his ability to assemble a team that puts children first. Josh’s staff training and character development programs have received national recognition. Josh holds a B.S. in Economics and Business.
BS in Business and Marketing
Vice President of Operations
Melissa Habersaat is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. Melissa has her BS from Babson College in Business and Marketing. She has spent the past 7 years developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Along with her unmatched attention to detail, Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that teach children how to become more confident leaders.
BA in Education and Music
Assistant Director of Customer Service
Birthday Party Coordinator
Michelle Baker is the Birthday Party Coordinator at LINX and works with the community to provide fun birthday parties and other special events for LINX members. As the Assistant Director of Customer Service, Michelle, has a vast knowledge of the day to day operations at LINX and can assist with all customer related questions. Michelle earned her BA in Women Studies and Education from Wellesley College and has a degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music with a concentration in Cello.
Heather brings talent and expertise to her role as Dance Director at LINX. She has a B.F.A. in Dance from Adelphi University, a B.S. in Exercise Science, and professional training in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, salsa, yoga and pilates. While at Adelphi, Heather worked with and performed for many talented choreographers including Leda Meredith, Trebien Pollard, David Parsons, Frank Augustyn, Nicholas Seligson-Ross, Aylene Liberona, and Aszure Barton.
Heather began her dance career at an early age and has received numerous regional and national awards. She attended the American College Dance Festival annually, where she performed and studied with choreographers from around the world. While in the greater Boston area, Heather has performed with Adagio Dance Company, the Boston Blazers Sparks Dance Team, and Boston Dance Alliance. She currently dances with the Boston Cannons Dance Team and Danny Swain Dance Company, and is the Artistic Director of Enigmatic Contemporary Dance.
Director of LINX Classes
While serving as director, Lisa has enthusiastically lead activity and discussion groups for young babies, toddlers and their caregivers at the Wellesley Tree House for over twelve years. Lisa’s experience includes her time at Isis Parenting, where she was the director of their child development program, which incorporated all programs for babies’ age 6-36 months and their caregivers. Before this, she held the position of Child Life Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital for six years. Lisa is a graduate of Weelock College with a B.S. in Human Growth and Development and a concentration in Child Life. She is the proud mom of two beautiful girls and one baby boy, and enjoys being active, listening to music, singing, and spending time with her family.
Specialties: Jazz & Tap
Erica grew up dancing at the Diane Kelley Dance Studio in West Boylston, MA where she earned the honor of American Dance Awards regional 'Dancer of the Year' in 1999 and 2000. She went on to graduate from Providence College with a B.A. in Mathematics. She was a member of the school's dance team and a captain/choreographer her senior year. Upon graduation, she was invited to be a member of the Universal Dance Association staff. She spent the summer after college graduation traveling across the country, hosting camps for middle school, high school, and college dance teams. Erica was also a member of the Boston Celtics Dancers for the 2009-2010 season and the 2011-2012 season. In addition to performing at home games, she also represented the team abroad in Mexico City in April 2012 at an NBA 3X event. She also used her dance expertise at Harmonix Music Systems in Cambridge as a member of the Dance Central 3 team, testing usability for the XBox Kinect. Erica is an active member of the Dance Masters of America, Inc. (Chapter #5). She has passed examinations certifying her to teach Tap and Jazz. Erica now works as a full-time member of the LINX Dance staff and coaches the Wellesley High School Dance Team.
LINX Director of Theater Programs
LINX Camps Director of Theater Programs
With 15 years of experience in producing original plays and adaptation, Todd brings out creativity and confidence in his young performers through the use of creative activities, including improvisation, as they learn new skills and have fun. Todd is an accomplished program leader with over 15 years of experience instructing students throughout the Boston area, including those at the Concord Youth Theater, Kidstock, Beaver Country Day, and as a guest director at St. John's Preparatory. Additionally, Todd ran his own theatrical company before joining LINX. He has mastered green screening and film editing, and has written and directed several original shows that have all helped develop the acting skills of the children in his program. Todd’s immense experience and love of teaching theater is invaluable to LINX. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.
Theater and Voice Instructor
Junior Camps Assistant Camp Director
Katie has participated in musical theater since the age of 6. She graduated from Walnut Hill High School in Natick, MA, a private school for the arts where she majored in theater. She then went on to study in New York City where she was trained by industry professionals in voice, dance, acting and improv and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. Today Katie can be seen performing in and around the Boston area with both professional and community groups. Katie's teaching technique comes from both her level of experience as a performer and her education in the performing arts.
Marketing and Special Events Coordinator
Lauren coordinates all onsite and off site LINX events such as birthday parties and Friday Night Events. Her former roles at LINX, including lacrosse instructor, camp counselor, and lifeguard, contribute to her insightful performance. Lauren’s other experiences include a year working in a college admissions department, and as a lacrosse coach for her former high school. She earned a B.A. in Human Development and an M.A. in Higher Education, both from Boston College.
Leigh’s excellent choreography skills contribute to her success as a dance instructor at LINX. Her wonderful work can be seen in the performances of the LX Dance teams. Leigh spent three years teaching jazz in Biddeford, Maine and directing two jazz competition teams. She has been teaching creative movement and dance expression for PALS Children's Chorus in Brookline, Massachusetts. Leigh trained since the age of two in all the classical disciplines at the prestigious Robin Horneff's Performing Arts Center, now called Studio L, in Waldwick, New Jersey. She has been fortunate enough to perform in many New York City parades, on the Today Show, at various venues at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, as well as with the George Washington University's First Ladies Dance Team and NYU's Pulse Dance Project. Leigh has a B.A. in Politics from New York University and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.
Specialty: Hip Hop
As a dance instructor at LINX, Isiah (aka MoveLikeZay) works with dance teams, specializing in hip hop. Zay is well known for his achievements as an exceptional performer and choreographer, solo act, and member of Phunk Phenomenon. His accomplishments include earning 3rd place in the US at Hip Hop International. Zay infuses his work with an urban, edgy yet comfortable style on stage and off stage, including his freestyle work for Xbox's Dance Central 2 (DLC) and Dance Central 3. Zay's talents as a performer have been enthusiastically received at numerous events such as First Night Boston, The Urban Nutcracker, the Boston Marathon, the Mayor's Youth Summit, the Los Angeles Hip Hop Summit, Disney World, Universal Studios, B.E.T's 106th, and the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City, where he was a two-time first place winner. He brings an unparalleled depth of experience in break dance, hip hop, poppin, freestyle, and gymnastics to his work.
Specialties: Lyrical & Jazz
Ashleigh grew up dancing on the direction of Stephanie P, Kemp of New England Dance Academy. She fell in love with ballet and performing in competitions. Ashleigh performed in numerous Nutcracker in the Boston and Providence area and was an American Dance Awards "Dancer of the Year" runner up. She took her love for dancing to the University at Buffalo where she received a B.A in dance. After graduation, Ashleigh came back to Massachusetts and went on to perform with Perceptions Contemporary Dance, Kelly Donovan and Dancers, Gilday Inc, Embrace of Rainbow Tribe and Enigmatic Dance Company. Later, Ashleigh found a love for education and graduated from Regis College with a M.A.T in special education. She is currently a first grade special education teacher for a charter school in Boston.
Science and Sports Instructor
Chris "Cornbread" has been working with LINX for 5 years and has become a favorite within the LINX Community. Cornbread's various roles at LINX have been: birthday party leader, camp counselor, and a science and sports instructor. Cornbread brings energy and enthusiasm to everything he does and gets kids pumped up for whatever activity he is leading! Cornbread is currently in his 4th year of college at Mass Bay Community College studying Business Management.
Lexie is currently a student at Wellesley High School. This is Lexie's first year as a dance instructor, but has been involved with LINX for many years! Lexie started as a camper at LINX Camps, then moved up to a Counselor in Training at LINX Camps, and is now a camp counselor and dance instructor for LINX Classes. She has had a life-long love of dance and acrobatics and is excited to be able to teach classes at LINX and share her love of dance through teaching.
Early Childhood Specialist
Ingrid’s skillfulness in child development is evident as she shares her love of art and music through teaching young children at the Wellesley Tree House. Ingrid holds a B.A. in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College with a minor in Art History. Her education included a year of study in Spain at The University of Zaragoza. Subsequently, she earned an M.S. in Child Life and Family Studies from Wheelock College. Following graduation, Ingrid worked for seven years as a Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital Boston on the Neuroscience Unit. After having children, Ingrid taught art, music, and child development play classes for five years at Isis Parenting. As a parent of a young son and daughter, Ingrid includes music and art as a joyful and integral part of their everyday life. Ingrid enthusiastically extends that same joy to children and families in each class she teaches.
LINX Leader and Summer Chief Motivator
A longtime favorite teacher at LINX and LINX Camps, Chris’ excitement and enthusiasm for getting kids fired up for fun and learning in the science center, Sports Zone, and on the LX sports fields is unmatched. Chris has a professional teaching license from Framingham State University, and his experience includes teaching at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School and Mesivta High School of Greater Boston. He currently works at Wayland High School in the special education department, and is working on his Masters in Special Education.
Specialties: Ballet & Modern
Kathryn (Miss Katie D.) brings enthusiasm and dance expertise to every class she teaches at LINX. Additionally, she is a dancer, dance instructor, and yoga instructor based in the Boston area. Kathryn earned a B.A. in Dance from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Trinity/La Mama Performance Arts Program in New York City. When she is not teaching, Kathryn currently dances for Ego Art, Inc./Nicole Pierce and Lorraine Chapman The Company. She has had the pleasure of performing work by choreographers and companies including: Audra Carabetta & Dancers, Contrapose Dance, Falling Flight Project, Meghan McLyman, Quicksilver Dance/Mariah Steele, and Danny Swain Dance Company. Kathryn earned her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification through YogaWorks in Boston under the instruction of Natasha Rizopoulos. She teaches and substitutes yoga classes in Somerville and Cambridge.
Specialties: Ballet & Lyrical
Luciana has been dancing since the age of three. She has been trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip hop. In addition to training at her home studio of Suzanne's Dance Connection, she took classes at the Broadway Dance Center and Boston Ballet. For eight years, she competed at I Love Dance, Starbound, Hall of Fame, and Jump, receiving numerous accolades and awards. When she wasn't in the competition circuit, Luciana was performing on the stage with companies such as the Boston Playwrights Theater, Reagle Players, and North Shore Music Theater. She performed in Dance Prism's the Nutcracker for five years, under the instruction of the Artistic Director Mary Demaso. Luciana brings a strong understanding of technique into her craft and hopes to convey the same to her students.
Madeline Ford is a recent graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During her time at NYU she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting for theater technique and Stonestreet Studios for Film & TV acting while performing in many plays and short films. Madeline specifically enjoys acting through improvisation and is incredibly excited to share her passion for the dramatics!
Early Childhood Specialist
Nancy Gair grew up in Arlington MA and went to BB&N. After graduating from Yale in 1981, she went to drama school in London, England where she then lived for the next 26 years. Following the births of her sons, she was inspired to train with the National Childbirth Trust as a childbirth educator, qualifying in 2004, and had the pleasure of teaching couples in her own home while her young boys sneaked downstairs to pilfer the refreshments. Nancy and sons (now 17 & 14) relocated to the Boston area in the autumn of 2007, when she began teaching both pre- and post-natal classes for Isis Parenting, subsequently also obtaining her CAPPA certification. She enjoys watching her boys follow in their parents' theatrical footsteps, and keeps up her own endeavors with cabaret performances & individual acting coaching for young adults.
Early Childhood Specialist
Elizabeth teaches young children at the Wellesley Tree House, specializing in early childhood art programs. She has an extensive background in child development, and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Clark University and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Elizabeth is certified to be a lead preschool teacher, and her work experience includes teaching preschool to two and three year olds as well as leading "mommy and me" developmental playgroups. Additionally, Elizabeth has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families.
Danielle (Dr. G.) promotes science learning as she teaches classes at LINX, using her experience and enthusiasm for science to spark the curiosity of young, budding scientists in the world around them. She has a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Brown University. During her research career Danielle worked on just about everything from algae and bacteria to viruses and zebrafish. Her highly relevant experience includes teaching various science courses and instructing students in laboratory work at Brown, Bryant University, and Johnson & Wales University. Danielle and her husband live in Waltham, where her husband is a high school teacher at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall. They serve as dorm parents along with their dog Brodie. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, restoring old furniture, and going to New England Revolution games #GoREVS!
Science and Sports Instructor
Joe holds a BS in Kinesiology with a Minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Joe is currently a graduate student at Bridgewater State University where he is a candidate for Massachusetts initial teaching licensure in physical education and health (Pre-K-8, 5-12). Joe has a passion for health & wellness, physical activity, sports, recreation, coaching, and teaching. He has worked as a youth sports coach and participated in several organized sports his whole life including ice hockey, golf, and baseball.
Early Childhood Specialist
Carrie teaches and shares her love of music and movement with young children at the Wellesley Tree House. Miss Carrie began her teaching career over 12 years ago when she discovered the magic of Family Music Makers. With the FMM platform, Carrie is able to incorporate her education and experience in musical theater, dance, and performance to create a unique, exciting and engaging musical experience for both the children in class and their caregivers. Carrie holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance, and a Master of Music in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory.
Martial Arts Instructor
Todd Livingstone (Mr. T.) has an extensive martial arts background, with black belts in Kempo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu. He studied for 17 years under Master Nelson Chan in Wahlum Kung Fu. Mr. T. has a great dynamic with the kids and focuses on making the art form fun for all while advancing the skills of those who have a deep interest or passion. He is devoted to inspiring the qualities of respect, hard work, dedication, and friendship in all of his students, and he is honored to help them achieve their martial arts goals, up to and including black belt.
Valerie brings passion and expertise to her ballet classes for preschoolers through high school, where she focuses on the fundamentals to create beautiful ballerinas. Further, her skillfulness and devotion can be seen in her work with the Wellesley Tree House’s mommy and me classes. Valerie has taught extensively in the Boston area including at The Boston Ballet and the Boston Ballet’s Citydance program. Most recently, she held the positions of youth cast ballet mistress for BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker and director of ballet division at the Tony Williams Dance Center in Jamaica Plain. Valerie trained as a ballet dancer at the Eglevsky Ballet in NY and enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional dancer in New England, primarily with Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI. Through her passion for the role of arts in education, Valerie helped create the Teambuilding Movement Workshop, a participatory program conducted by dancers for corporate and educational settings. In addition, she serves on local school and town arts committees. Valerie has a B.S. in Dance from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Management - Arts Administration from Lesley University.
Tania (Miss Tania) is dedicated to supervising and engaging with children through the many games, arts and crafts, and activities available during Clubtime hours in LINX’s high-tech clubroom. A former valued Spanish teacher at LINX, Tania is committed to LINX’s philosophy of learning through fun. She has worked with children for over five years, instructing them in Spanish through personal instruction and group lessons. As a result, the children benefit greatly from Tania’s expertise and love of teaching. During her time as a Spanish teacher, she dedicated herself to the true immersion style where the children quickly understand Spanish through situation, movement, and tone. They do not learn to translate into English, though this seems the intended result. Far better, the students actually absorb Spanish as a separate and new language, able to think within the language far better than an adult learning a language. Tania is a native of Lima, Peru where she attended San Ignacio University.
Kate is a graphic designer for LINX as well as an art teacher for LINX Camps’ programs and birthday party events. Kate graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Art and a B.A. in Journalism. After working in graphic design for a few years, she moved to Boston after being accepted by Tufts University’s MAT program that works in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education and subsequently spent four years working as a high school art teacher, responsible for a variety of fine arts courses including: drawing, painting, collage and mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design, as well as independent art studies. While teaching these courses she had a large number of her students win accolades from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Competition each year. Along with her teaching, Kate has done freelance work in both graphic design and photography in and around the Boston area. She is passionate about the arts and loves working not only with children, but also with people of all ages to both develop their skills in the arts and foster a passion and creativity of their own.
Acro Tumbling Instructor
Justina is our Acro Tumbling instructor at LINX. Justina will be graduating this year with her Business Administration degree and plans to continue her education at Framingham State University. Justina has been doing gymnastics since the age of four. She was a competitive gymnastics winning several first place awards on floor. She was also part of the Ashland High School Gymnastics team. Along with being a gymnast, Justina has participated on the East Elite All Star Cheer team. Justina has done Pop-Warner cheerleading, High-School cheerleading, and All-star cheerleading. She has been teaching gymnastics since 2008 and is safety certified as well as a member USAG. She is excited to be a part of the team and help each student individually progress in their tumbling skills.
Specialties: Ballet & Contemporary
Anna is a talented and accomplished dance instructor who brings passion to her teaching. Her goal is to develop students’ appreciation of dance as an art form and to expose students to a full range of dance experiences. Anna has an M.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography from Mills College as well as a B.A. from Springfield College in Dance, with minors in Theater Arts and Health Studies. Anna started dancing at a young age and went on to study with Rachel Berman of Paul Taylor Dance Company, Molissa Fenley, Shelley Senter, and Axis Dance Company. During her time at Springfield College, Anna worked as the assistant to the executive director of the Judy Dworin Performance Project, a dance company devoted to art as a catalyst for social change, and as a teacher for their Moving Matters! Residency Program. She is a graduate of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course, and a member of National Dance Education Organization. Additionally, Anna is the founder and artistic director of Larkspur Dance Company, based in Providence, RI.
Specialties: Jazz & Tap
Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in business. She has studied dance for over 20 years training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern and Irish Step. Jessica competed as well as performed in local community and charity events throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. In 2005 Jessica completed the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course and has been teaching ever since. Jessica currently teaches at local dance studios, summer camps, workshops, and afterschool programs. She also served as the Dance Coordinator at the Old Colony YMCA in Taunton. Jessica has had the opportunity to take classes from renowned teachers and choreographers such as: Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Chris Judd, Tyce Diorio and Wade Robson to a name a few. Jessica has choreographed award winning competitive dance routines on a regional and national level. She received an outstanding choreography award for her work in 2014. She has judged for TL5 productions and is a certified Zumba® Fitness instructor. Jessica is currently a dancer in the Larkspur Dance Company and continues her dance education through instructor workshops in Boston, New York City, and Orlando. She is excited to join the LINX staff.
Marketing Team Member
Grace is a marketing team member at LINX, specializing in content marketing. She is passionate about presenting what’s happening at LINX to the community through writing press releases, website content, blog posts, and more. Additionally, Grace is responsible for varied marketing projects. As a mother of 3 teenagers who have participated in just about every sport there is, she truly understands the importance of providing a fun, safe and educational environment to keep kids active. “It’s easy to market what you love, the words and ideas just keep coming.” Grace earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Pace University in NY, has an extensive background in marketing and product development, and is part owner and marketing manager for a technology company in MA.
Early Childhood Specialist
Jill teaches classes at the Wellesley Tree House and runs sought after workshops and lectures on parenting topics like potty training. She earned a Master of Social Work from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to that, Jill received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Education from Hartford University in 1997. Jill is a licensed independent clinical social worker, developmental & early intervention specialist, certified infant and toddler teacher, as well as a writer, blogger and professional speaker. With over thirteen years of experience in the field of early childhood, she continues to empower family and educators with a focus on children from birth through age eight. Jill’s additional experience in the field includes teacher, early intervention specialist, early childhood school consultant, parent coach, and enrichment class facilitator. What’s more, as a parent of two amazing and spunky children who are only 11 months apart, Jill totally gets it!
Pottery and Art Instructor
Sarah Whitney received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Louisiana Tech University. She discovered the healing effects of art at an early age and is driven by her love of children. Miss Sarah has worked as media educator for Fully Devoted Developers of Children in Louisiana and directed the art program of three different summer camps. Among Miss Sarah's favorite creative outlets are mosaics, photography, ceramics, painting, quilting, woodworking and crafting. Along with teaching art and managing the office of Boston Craftworks, Miss Sarah is a portrait photographer in the Boston Area. Her favorite aspect of teaching art is fostering confidence in her students and encouraging self‐expression.