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.
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.
AnneMarie has been performing since age three- and it remains her passion ever since. She graduated Emerson College in 2006, earning a Bachelor's in Theatre Education with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. She went on to teach and direct at theatres, schools and camps across Massachusetts including Stoneham Theatre, Kidstock, Runkle Extended Day, The Brooks School and Beaver Summer Programs. She is also a Director of Development and Media to the FUDGE Theatre Company. Her biggest strength is igniting a fire within her students to uncover their love of performing arts. AnneMarie is already using her substantial experience in theatre to inspire LINX campers!
LINX Camps Director of Dance Programs
Heather brings valuable talent to her role as Dance Director. She has a Bachelor's in Dance from Adelphi, a Bachelor's in Exercise Science and has years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, yoga and many more. She has worked with unbelievably talented choreographers like Frank Augustyn, Leda Merdeith and David Parsons. Heather holds many regional and national awards in dance and has performed professionally across the country. Her expertise is unmatched and she is the perfect leader for Dance programs here at LINX.
Meesh has a true passion for working with children and is excited to bring that passion to work everyday! She a is teacher for Treehouse and LINX Enrichment Classes, as well as the Birthday Party Coordinator. She works her best to provide an environment that is safe, fun, and warm for children to explore and learn. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business and is certified in group and children’s fitness. She designed and implemented a kid fitness program at children’s gym and playground and has been an assistant general manager at a children’s gymnastic studio. She looks forward to seeing you at LINX!
Annie has been a team member of LINX for the past 5 years and she has become an intricate part of the LINX family. Annie has had many different roles over the past 5 years but specializes in Marketing, and assisting program needs and as Joe's Executive Assistant. Annie graduated from Regis College with a Bachelors Degree in Business with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has always enjoyed working with kids and enjoys working at LINX because she can use both her Business and Childhood degrees.
Lisa is an integral figure in the LINX community; she is a Class Director that has worked with younger children and their caregivers in discussion groups for over twelve years. She has directed child development programs at Isis Parenting, worked as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's hospital, and graduated Weeklock College with a Bachelor's in Human Growth and Development. Lisa's knowledge and passion for child development is unparalleled and she brings this passion directly to the LINX campers every day.
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.
Junior Camps 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.
Specialties: Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Tanisha Arthur is a Dean College graduate with a degree in dance. She's been dancing since age five and continues to sharpen her craft every day by teaching dancing to kids. She's proud to be a member of a dedicated LINX staff and can't wait to help guide LINX campers to the best summer of their lives!
Michelle is a Customer Service Expert at LINX and works with her team to provide the best customer service experience possible for our LINX community. She works as the Assistant Director of Customer Service and understands the ins and outs of day to day operations here at LINX. Michelle has a Bachelor's in Women Studies and Education from Wellesley College and has another degree in Music with a concentration in Cello from the Manhattan School of Music.
Specialties: Hip Hop, Breakdancing
Isiah (Zay) is a Dance Instructor who works with dance teams, specializing in hip hop. Zay is known for his exceptional performance skills, his knowledge of choreography and involvement with the Phunk Phenomenon group. He earned 3rd place in the US at Hip Hop International, and has done freestyle work for Xbox's Dance Central 2 and 3. He has even participated in events such as First Night Boston, The Urban Nutcracker, the Boston Marathon, Disney World and the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. His experience in all realms of dance is unparalleled and his contributions to the LINX collective are always inventive.
Specialties: Jazz, Lyrical
Ashleigh is a dance instructor who has trained at New England Dance Academy. Her passion is dance and ballet; she has performed in numerous Nutcracker plays and was an American Dance Awards "Dancer of the Year" runner up. She has a college degree's in both Dance and Special Education, and is currently a first grade special education teacher for a charter school in Boston. She can't wait to share her love of dance and skills as an educator with the LINX campers.
Carissa graduated Boston University with a Master of Science in Human Physiology and will be continuing her education Dedicated to imparting her knowledge, she is equipped to make science fun and engaging for the entire LINX community.
Chris "Cornbread" is a Business Management major at Mass Bay Community College and has been working with LINX for over five years. He has become a legend within the LINX community and remains popular with the campers. He's worked as a counselor, birthday party leader and both a science and sports instructor. Cornbread is an essential piece of the LINX collective, his contributions and enthusiasm to our mission are always valuable.
Kelly is super-mega jacked up to be spending her fifth summer at Linx and her first summer as a Freedom Camp Supervisor. During the school year, Kelly teachers Spanish at Blessed Sacrament School to students in Pre-K all the way up to the 8th Grade. Kelly received her bachelors degree in Spanish and Psychology from Providence College. Kelly's favorite ice cream flavor is moose tracks.
Ingrid holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration with a minor in Art History from Stonehill College, and also has a Master's in Children and Family Studies from Wheelock College. She worked for seven years as a Child Life specialist in Boston's Children's Hospital and has taught art and music for over five years at ISIS Parenting. Ingrid is looking forward to extending her enthusiasm for helping children develop with the LINX community as an Early Childhood Specialist.
Chris is a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the LINX team and is currently in his 7th year with LINX. In his role as Chief Motivator, he excels at getting kids fired up for fun and learning in the science center, Sports Zone, or at a Birthday Party. In addition to LINX, Chris currently works in the special education department at Wayland High School. Chris holds a professional teaching license and is currently working on a Master's of Special Education. Chris is exceedingly serious about having fun while fostering development.
Madeline is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting for theater technique and has performed in many plays and short films. Madeline's focus is acting through improvisation and is more than ready to share her passion for the dramatics with the LINX community.
Nancy is a dedicated Early Childhood Specialist and graduated from Yale. In England, she trained and worked the National Childbirth Trust as a childbirth educator. She has taught pre and post-natal classes for ISIS parenting and has a CAPPA certification. A loving mother of two and an immensely experienced childbirth educator, Nancy brings indispensable experience to the LINX atmosphere.
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 as 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. Elizabeth also has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families and is looking forward to imparting her experiences to the campers at LINX.
Katie grew up dancing at the Diane Kelley Dance Studio in West Boylston, Massachusetts. During her time there she received many awards and acknowledgements including American Dance Awards Dancer of the Year at the 2013 regionals. She has taken class from and performed in a show with various dance choreographers such as Teddy Forance, Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Kyle Robinson, and many more. Katie is currently a student at Dean College in Franklin Mass, where she studies dance as her major. She immensely loves the art of dance and is so happy to be a part of the LINX dance staff.
Erika attends Wellesley High School and runs for the cross country and track teams. She loves to write music, and has performed originals at many open mic events, including some at the Berklee School of music. Erika's diverse interests make her a welcome addition to a LINX community that encourages optimism.
Specialties: Ballet, Modern
Flora began her dance training in Seoul, Korea. She continued her dance training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts (2005-2006) and Boston Ballet School (2006-2010) along with numerous dance education programs including World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Dance Education Laboratory, Bates Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield School of Theater and Dance, American Academy of Ballet and Kirov Academy of Ballet. In 2014, Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied various modern techniques, improvisation and composition. As a choreographer, Kim’s first solo piece Break was chosen to represent the UW-Madison at the informal concert of the American College Dance Festival Association at the north-central region in 2012. Kim is a member of Prometheus Dance Company and has worked with Urbanity Dance Company previously. As a dance educator, she teaches ballet, modern, contemporary, creative dance, as well as Korean hip-hop and Korean traditional dance to various ages from 1 year old to adults. Kim believes that being a positive influence to others through sharing her love of dance is the power of art that she values the most.
Wellesley Tree House and LINX Dance Instructor
Specialties: Family Music Makers, Tumbling, and Cheer
Carrie teaches young children at the Wellesley Tree House and has been teaching for over twelve years. During her time as a teacher, she discovered the magic of Family Music Makers. Within the FMM platform, Carrie incorporates her knowledge of theater and performance to create a unique musical experience for children of all ages. She has a Master's degree in Music and Musical Theater, and is dedicated to using her years of expertise to help make LINX as strong a community as ever. Carrie also has an extensive history coaching High School Cheering and Tumbling. Carrie enjoys sharing her expertise, high energy and love of everything singing and dance with all ages at The Wellesley Tree House and The LINX Dance Studio.
Jenna grew up in Dover, Massachusetts and attended Dover-Sherborn High school. Jenna is currently a student at Providence College, going into her senior year. She is studying Elementary/Special Education. After graduation, she hopes to continue school and receive her masters in education. When done with schooling, Jenna wants to be a first grade teacher.
Melissa has a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and a Master's in Special Education Teaching from Simmons College. She has worked for more than a decade as a special education teacher and counselor, and now, during the year, works as a substitute in the Needham Elementary School system. A true classroom enthusiast, Melissa is proud to expand on her skills and integrate her current experience into the LINX community to make this summer the best yet!
Todd (Mr. T) has a background in martial arts, with black belts in both Kempo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu. He studied for almost two decades under Master Nelson Chan in Wahlum Kung fu. He has an excellent relationship with the campers, and focuses on making martial arts fun for all, while helping to truly refine the skills of those are deeply invested in the craft. An outstanding teacher and essential member of the LINX collective, Todd is going to continue to share his love martial arts with the LINX campers this summer.
Specialties: Ballet, Pointe
Valerie earned has worked in 'Mommy and Me' classes at the Wellesley Tree house, has taught at the Boston ballet and its Citydance program and recently directed the ballet division at the Tony Williams Dance Center in Jamaica Plain. With her vast experience in teaching theater and danc, She also helped create the Teambuilding Movement Workshop, a program conducted by dancers for both corporate and educational settings. Valerie also holds two college degrees, and given all accomplishments, somehow finds the time to dedicate her skills in theater and performance to LINX in the summers.
Specialties: Tumbling, Jazz (Complete bio coming soon!)
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.
Megan is a double major at Boston college where she studies Elementary Education and Applied psychology/Human development. She's a big advocate of outdoor activities and is thrilled to spend another summer as the CIT Coordinator at LINX!
Specialties: Tumbling, Ballet, Contemporary
Katelyn spent her childhood traveling the world with her family until her teen years. Upon arrival back to the US, she began pursuing acting and dance, discovering her love for performing. She began competing locally, receiving many high score and judges awards for her eccentric performances. In 2006, Katelyn discovered that her true passion was teaching, pushing her students to meet their goals. She quickly became known for her ability to create energetic and entertaining hip hop routines, leading her teams through perfect seasons. Katelyn has a certificate in Ballet from Dance Masters of America and has trained with former Boston Ballet members Karen Brown and Rainore Mayor, Kelley Peters, and many celebrity choreographers such as NappyTabs, Jamal Sims, and Kenny Wormald. Katelyn attended Brian Friendman's intensive in New York City where she had the opportunity to perform in Times Square. Katelyn has choreographed on professional dancers who have worked with and for Nike, Adidas, Gwen Stefani, 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, Adam Lambert, and Tru Tv's "Fake Off". Some of Katelyn's most memorable accomplishments include receiving multiple XCalibur Awards at Dance Xplosion Competition, being nominated for Video of The Week at KAR Dance Competiton, the "Excellent in Open Category at a National Event at Foxwoods Casino, and presenting choreography at the Boston Celtics game. Most recently, Katelyn has been teaching master classes throughout New England and her choreographic works are being featured in professional dance shows in the Boston Area.
Shayla is a graduate of Needham High School and studies Early Education at Saint Anselm College, aspiring to one day teach elementary school. Shayla works in the LINX birthday party division and is passionate about making each and every birthday celebration special for the campers.
Specialties: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary
Justine Picarello graduated and received her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS) in 2012. She has been dancing for 17 years and teaching for the last 6 years. Justine is an alumna of Academy of Dance Arts and was part of the two-time national champion competition team. She also studied at Paula Meola Dance & Performing Arts Inc. in Sterling, MA for 8 years under teachers such as Michelle "Meeshi" Edgar and Nicole DiCcico Cavalloro. Justine has won numerous dance and choreography awards at regional and national competitions such as Dancers Inc., American Dance Awards, Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA), Sophisticated Productions, and Sheer Talent Competiton. Her choreography has received the Teen Critics' Choice Award and the National Entertainment Award at Onstage New York regionals and nationals with her small group jazz, "In the Beginning". She also received the only Solo Choreography Award at Sheer Talent Competition in NYC with "Medicine" danced by Marina Papic. She has attended numerous summer intensives and conventions such as The Pulse, Broadway Dance Center Summer Intensive, NYCDA, and Artists Simply Human where she took classes from Sonya Tayeh, David Moore, Mia Michaels, Desmond Richardson, Dave Scott, Nick Bass, Misha Gabriel, Tokyo and many more. Justine has worked with guest artists at UMASS such as Charles "Chuck" Davis, Adrienne Hawkins, and Kim Bares. She has also performed professionally in New York City at both the Flea Theater and the 92nd St Y, where she performed an original Pearl Primus solo entitled "Strange Fruit". She continues to teach and choreograph all over New England and New York. Justine wishes to share her passion and knowledge to help produce the new generation of artists.
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.
This is Mike's third summer at LINX, where he dedicates his skills as a free agent counselor, mostly working with soccer and All-star sports campers. During the school year he works at the Wayland School Community programs. Mike is dedicated to helping kids, and feels at home doing it at LINX.
Callie attends Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School and has been a CIT at LINX for three years; prior, she was a theater camper. She fell in love with the atmosphere at LINX and enjoys guiding campers down the same paths she took as a camper. Callie has participated in many LINX theater production and is happy to be moving on to a leadership role.
Dan returns to LINX Summer Camp for his second year as a counselor. He began as a LINX Gladiator in the after-school program and also spent two years as a CIT at Linx Summer Camp before becoming a camp counselor. Dan is a member of Needham High's T-10 Robotics team and and plays frisbee in his free time. He also plays baseball in the spring at Needham High and in the summer with his AAU team, the Tigers. Dan is overjoyed about spending another summer at LINX!
Talia is a 2015 graduate of Needham High School and will be attending Connecticut College in the fall. She is very excited to be back at LINX Camps for her third summer of fun! Talia spent many years going to LINX's after school programs and works there now. In her free time, Talia enjoys singing a cappella music, walking her dog Charlie, and working at LINX during the school year.
Leanne Smith grew up dancing at The Dancing Center Unlimited in Chelmsford, MA. She went on to college and graduated with a BA in Dance and Performance Art from Roger Williams University in 2012. During her studies, she worked with artists A'Keitha Carey, Elizabeth Spatz, Lida Winfield, Hilary Easton, Jenny Rocha, and Kelley Donovan. During her senior year she was honored with the KWD award as well as a dance scholarship her sophomore year. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Built on Stilts at Martha's Vineyard, the Dragons Egg CT and many others. Leanne received a grant to co-create and perform a physical-comedy show, performing in various locations across New England. The same piece was accepted and performed in the NYC Fringe Festival summer of 2014. After college, Leanne moved to New York City and began dancing with choreographers Jenny Rocha, Emily Carver, and Shawn T Bible. Recently moving back to Massachusetts she is continuing her passion for dancing and teaching.
Gabe is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies at Skidmore College and has studied abroad in England. This is Gabe's second semester at LINX, where he will again be working as a theater counselor. He loves playing theater games with all the campers and is glad to be pursing his passions within the workplace. Gabe is more than ready for another fun filled summer at LINX!
Specialties: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical
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.
Ashley is returning to LINX for a third summer as a Dance counselor. She began dancing at age 3 and has competed and trained in tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and lyrical. She has worked as an assistant dance teacher specializing in working with children ages 4-13. Ashley is excited to motivate campers at the dance studio for a third summer!
Assistant Dance Director
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. She is also Acrobatic Arts Module One certified. Erica now works as a full-time member of the LINX Dance staff and coaches the Wellesley High School Dance Team.