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Meet Your LINX Leaders!

LINX Leaders are proudly committed to each child's intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. LINX Leaders are carefully selected among the best candidates based on their teaching ability, creativity, energy and ability to create and facilitate programs designed to help kids thrive!

Kids and safety always come first for all of our LINX Leaders as they all have extensive backgrounds and training in their respective fields of expertise. Within each class, our LINX Leaders are also able to incorporate a focus on inclusion, cooperation, respect and a sense of community.

All LINX Leaders are personally interviewed by the owner, reference checks are completed, CORI and SORI background checks are done and each member of our team also takes part in extensive LINX Leadership Training.

Joe Kahn

MBA
Owner and Founder

Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. He is a 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.

Josh Schiering

BS in Economics and Business
Vice President/Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps

Josh Schiering serves as the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps. Josh has 20 years of experience managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive. He is responsible for the day to day operations of a varied program that serves over 1000 children in our community and close to 700 families. Josh leads his team as a professional, while always seeing things through the eyes of a father, as he has four children who also enjoy the many services provided by LINX. Josh is also a former Health and Fitness Director and brings his proven track record of successful program design and development, staff recruiting and training and marketing concepts to LINX.

Josh prides himself on his ability to assemble a team that puts children first. His personal motto as it relates to staff recruiting is, "We find the best of the best and then train them to be even better!" His staff training and character development programs have received national recognition. Josh's bullying prevention programs have been featured in the American Camp Association's national publication and been used in college courses throughout the country. His unique Same Team approach to staff management fosters an environment in which staff put children first as they work together to help children excel, while pursuing their passions and becoming a part of the larger community.

Melissa Habersaat

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.

Chris Dumais

This is the 5th year for LINX fan favorite Mr. Chris! You can see him in the Science Center and Sports Zone and on the LX Sports fields. Chris has a professional teaching license from Framingham State University. He has taught at Assabet Valley High School and Mesivta High School of Greater Boston. He currently works at Wayland High School in the Special Education Department and is getting his Masters degree in Special Education.

Heather Emley

Miss Heather Emley has a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, a BS in Exercise Science, and professional training in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, salsa, yoga and pilates. While at Adelphi, Miss 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.

Miss 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, Miss 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.

Lisa Gatto

Lisa is a graduate of Wheelock College with a BS in Human Growth and Development and a concentration in Child Life. Lisa served as a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children's Hospital for six years and most recently joined us from Isis Parenting. Lisa was the director of the Child Development Program at Isis Parenting, which incorporated all programming for babies and their caregivers 6-36 months. For the past 12 years, Lisa has also enthusiastically lead activity and discussion groups for young babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Lisa enjoys being active, listening to music, singing, and spending time with her family. Lisa is the proud mother of two delightful and beautiful girls and most recently their new baby boy!

Michelle Kim

BA in Education and Music
Special Event Coordinator

Michelle Kim is the Event Coordinator at LINX and works with the community to provide fun birthday parties and other special events for LINX members. Michelle earned her BA in Women Studies and Education from Wellesley College and has a degree in Music from the Manhattan School Music with a concentration in Cello.

Todd Morse

Todd is an accomplished program leader and has his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. Todd has over 10 years of experience running his own theatrical production company and has instructed students all across the Boston area, including those at the Concord Youth Theater, Kidstock, Beaver Country Day and the Theater in Winchester. Todd is an expert at making children a part of the acting process. While he has mastered green screening and film editing, Todd has also written and directed several original shows and movies that have all helped develop the acting skills of the children in his program.

Katie Preisig

Katie has participated in musical theater since the age of 6. She also studies voice, piano, guitar, music theory, and has dabbled with other instruments such as saxophone and viola. 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 and earned her B.A. from a local university. Today Katie can be seen performing in and around the Boston area with groups such as ImprovBoston and at professional venues like the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown.

Leigh Bagarazzi

Leigh has a BA in Politics from New York University and a JD from the University of Maine School of Law. She spent three years teaching jazz in Biddeford, Maine and directing two jazz competition teams. Recently, 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.

Isiah Beasley

Isiah (aka MoveLikeZay) is well-known for his achievements as an exceptional performer and choreographer as a solo act also as a member of Phunk Phenomenon (who recently placed 3rd 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.

Megan Brown

Megan Brown started dancing at the age of 2 under the training of her mother, a former Boston Ballet and Alvin Ailey Company member. Performing locally in Townsend, Leominster, Worcester, and Groton; Megan trained proficiently at various studios in the area. She performed with The Northern Ballet Theater for 5 years, in addition to participating and leading community dance events. She has taught at dance studios and conservatories across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire to all ages, and continues to do so today. With the UMass Amherst Dance Department, Megan performed and trained with artists such as Ronald K. Brown, George Faison, Dudley Williams, Tekla Kostek, Adrienne Hawkins, and Doug Varone, where she then graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009. Megan was featured in a PBS special in 2008 on the dance program Sankofa, and as the cover art for a book of poetry by Percival Everett as a dance model. Through Mike Moloney Entertainment, she danced on the Celebrity Century as it cruised through the Mediterranean for 7 months in 2010. In January of 2011, she became trained as a fitness instructor for Pure Barre, and currently teaches at the studios in Newton and Wellesley. Megan taught dance for the theater department at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Ma for two years, where she also choreographed two fall musicals that went on to tour locally. Still performing locally and often, she also teaches for the Dancing Arts Center in Holliston, and various other schools of performing arts. Megan feels blessed to be able to continue to share her knowledge and love of dance.

Ingrid Dahlin-Doherty

Ingrid holds a B.A. in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College with a minor in Art History, including a year of study in Spain at The University of Zaragoza. She then earned a 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.

Kathryn Dunkel

Miss Katie D. is a dancer, dance instructor and yoga instructor based in the Boston area. She earned her BA in Dance from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Trinity/La Mama Performance Art Program in New York City. When she is not teaching, Miss Katie 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. Kate 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.

Nancy Gair

Nancy Gair grew up in Arlington MA and went to BB&N (a "lifer"!). 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.

Elizabeth Gerson

Elizabeth has an extensive background in child development. She holds a BA in psychology and education from Clark University and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Elizabeth is also certified to be a lead preschool teacher. Her work experience includes teaching preschool to two and three year olds as well as leading "mommy and me" developmental playgroups. She also has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families.

Cassidi Hardy

LX Sports Camps Head Softball Coach

Former pitching standout from Boston University, Cassidi Hardy currently holds records for appearances (154), complete games (95), innings pitched (840), wins (85), and no-hitters (5), while ranking second in strikeouts (825) and shutouts (32). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Conference Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Conference and All-Region in 2010, Conference Tournament MVP in 2009 and 2010 (no doubt, pitching a perfect game in 2010 contributed to her MVP nomination), Second Team All Conference three times, and Second Team All Region once. Additionally, Cassidi earned BU's first wins in over a decade at regional tournaments in 2009.

Nationally ranked in NCAA Division 1 softball in strikeouts per game, shut outs, and ERA in 2009 and 2010, Cassidi went on to work as a pitching coach at Boston University in 2011 when she was voted conference coaching staff of the year and coached the recipient of the Pitcher of the Year. Her team won the conference regular season and earned second in the conference tournament.

Originally from Jupiter, Florida, Cassidi currently holds every pitching record from her high school and was the recipient of numerous awards. She was recruited by University of Georgia, Brown University, University of North Carolina, and Tennessee State before ultimately committing to Boston University. Coach Hardy currently works in Reading and Newton as a pitching instructor for all ages.

Carrie Klimeczko

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 Theatre, 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 Masters of Music Degree in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory.

"I cannot say enough about Carrie...there needs to be a rating higher than "excellent" because she exudes everything you want in your child's music teacher. You can just see how much she's enjoying what she does & it makes for a wonderful, welcoming, energized environment. You can tell she has a great command of music knowledge, and her pep & energy are infectious and rare. She literally glows when she teaches." ~Maria D., mother of two

Todd Livingstone

Mr. T has an extensive martial arts background, with black belts in Kempo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu. He has also studied for 17 years under Master Nelson Chan in Wahlum Kung Fu.

Mr. T has an amazing ability to make martial arts fun for all kids. At the same time, Mr. T works with kids who have developed a deep interest in martial arts to advance as far as they would like to go - up to and including black belts.

Val Maio

Valerie has a BS in Dance from Skidmore College and an MS in Management - Arts Administration from Lesley University. She has taught extensively in the Boston area including The Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet 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. Valerie is passionate about the role of arts in education and helped create the Teambuilding Movement Workshop, a participatory program conducted by dancers for corporate and educational settings. She also serves on local school and town arts committees.

Peter Malagodi

Peter “Piper” Malagodi

Peter is an accomplished singer and guitar player who is a Rock Star to both kids AND adults. He is a father of 3 who was brought up by educators has always been at natural with children and Music. His teaching experience includes working as a Preschool Teacher, an Afterschool Teacher and a Classroom Music Teacher. As a professional performer he’s played thousands of clubs around the US as a "Rock N Roll" front man. Peter is also a passionate advocate for the Earth as evidenced by his Clean Green Music Machine show for kids that features a bike-powered sound system that is kid-powered! He is excited to bring his own brand of “Kindie Funk” to Linx!

Stacy Minicucci

Ms. Stacy has over 15 years of experience working with local children and their families bringing out the best in all children (often through the expressive arts). She has a BA from Simmons College in Special Needs and Sociology, and a M.Ed from Boston University in School Counseling. She holds Commonwealth of Massachusetts Teacher Certifications in Special Needs and School Counseling and is an EEC certified Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teacher. In 2011, after 11 years of working for Self Help Inc. Head Start as their Mental Health Manager, Stacy left her job to spend more time with her young daughters. In the two years that followed, Stacy has been teaching enrichment classes in several locations including working for the City of Cambridge, and now here at LINX. Stacy is the creator of Preschool Picassos, which was developed out of her love for art history, working with young children, and having flexibility to spend time with her family. The success of Preschool Picassos allows Stacy to be the kind of mother and professional she has always dreamed of being.

Erica Monroe

LINX is excited to introduce a new dance instructor to the LINX Dance community. Erica Monroe graduated from Providence College where 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 recently licensed to teach Zumba®. She fell in love with Zumba® because it combines her love for dance, music, fitness, and teaching. 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. When not at LINX, she currently works for Harmonix Music Systems in Cambridge, MA as a member of the Dance Central 3 team. Erica is thrilled to join the LINX team.

Oswaldo Moreno

LX Sports Camps Head Soccer Coach

Waldo is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Clark University. Prior to coming to Clark, "Waldo" was involved at the Boys and Girls Club and local Parks and Recreation while at Arizona State University. Waldo has many years of experience working with children in recreation, such as coaching at different levels (e.g. recreation and club level sports in various age divisions), officiating high school varsity sports, working as a league administrator, and system operations assistant for youth and adult sports, among other positions. Although Waldo's PhD program keeps him preoccupied through a time restraint, he finds that working with children serves as a time to do what he loves and get himself out of the books and academia. Since his time at Clark, Waldo has had the opportunity to be a part of the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, Boys and Girls Club of America and Big Brother Big Sister. Overall, Waldo has a passion for soccer. He has played soccer since the age of 4 and has over 10 years of experience coaching the sport to many children and adolescents in the state of Arizona and Massachusetts.

Tania Morse

Tania is a native of Lima, Peru where she attended San Ignacio University. She has worked with children for over five years, instructing them in Spanish through personal instruction and group lessons. She commits herself to LINX's philosophy of learning through fun. She is also dedicated 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.

Rebecca Reed

Coaching
15 Years Total

  • 1 Year - Weston High School
  • 7 Years - The Rivers School
  • 5 Years - The Winsor School
  • Club Coach
  • Private & Small Group Lessons
University
University of Vermont, Division 1
  • Varsity Lacrosse
  • Varsity Soccer
  • Position: Center
  • All-American
  • Team Captain
High School
Rivers School, Weston, MA
  • Lacrosse - Varsity Starter 4 Yrs
  • Basketball - Varsity Starter 4 Yrs
  • Soccer - Varsity Starter 4 Yrs
Awards
  • All League ISL Lacrosse
  • All League ISL Basketball
  • All League ISL Soccer

Lauren Riley

Over the past five years, Lauren has worked part time for LINX assisting with classes, birthday parties and working for LINX summer camps as a camp counselor, lifeguard and director of the waterfront. She is currently a senior at Boston College earning a bachelor's and master's degree in education. Lauren played lacrosse in high school and began coaching for her high school upon graduating. She is very excited to take on her new role at LINX as a lacrosse instructor.

Kate Rinaldi

Kate Rinaldi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Art and a BA in Journalism. After working in graphic design for a few years, she moved to Boston after being accepted by Tufts University into the MAT program that works in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. After receiving her Masters Degree in Art Education, she spent four years working as a high school art teacher. She taught 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 also 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 with people of all ages to both develop their skills in the arts and foster a passion and creativity of their own.

Justina Robbins

Justina is a new team member here 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.

Sarah Rubben

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.

Anna Seagrave

Anna Seagrave received an M.F.A in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography from Mills College and also holds a B.A from Springfield College in Dance with minors in Theatre Arts and Health Studies. Anna started dancing at a young age and has gone 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. Anna's aim is to develop students' appreciation of dance as an art form and to expose students to a full range of dance experiences. Anna is a graduate of the Dance Teachers' Club of Boston Dance Education Training Course and a member of National Dance Educators Organization. Anna is the founder and Artistic Director of Larkspur Dance Company based in Providence, RI.

Grace Tummino

Grace Tummino, Copywriter and Marketing team member at LINX, is passionate about presenting what’s happening at LINX to the community, through writing press releases, blog posts, and marketing pieces. She also works on various 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 her BBA 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.

Jill Vetstein

Jill Vetstein has a Masters in Social Work from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to that, she received her Bachelors degree in Human Services and Education at Hartford University in 1997. She 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. Jill has been empowering families and educators for over thirteen years focusing on children from birth through age eight. She has spent a great deal of time in the field of early childhood as a teacher, early intervention specialist, early childhood school consultant, parent coach and enrichment class facilitator. Jill is also a parent of two amazing and spunky children, who are only 11 months apart, so she totally gets it!


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