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 is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. Joe 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. Joe has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX.
BS in Economics and Business
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 he 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.
BS in Business and Marketing
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 has worked part time for LINX for the past three years within the ever popular Outward Adventures Camp and various sports classes. 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 is thrilled to be joining LINX this Fall as a full time instructor.
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 is a graduate of Wheelock College with a B.S. 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 joins 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 9 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.
BA in Education and Music
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 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 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 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 (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 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.
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 play groups. She also has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Miss Sarah Rubben 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 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.
Zach attended Wheaton College where he played Rugby and received a degree in International Relations. He is currently furthering his education by pursuing his MBA at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson. Zach spent the last two years working as a Teach For America Corps member in Phoenix, Arizona where he had the privilege of instructing students with a variety of special academic needs. While in the Corps, he also enjoyed coaching middle school football and basketball programs. Whether in the classroom or on the sports field, Zach emphasizes hard work and accountability, while making learning fun and meaningful.
LX Sports Camps Basketball Coach
Sam was born and raised in Brookline, MA, and has been playing basketball since he was in elementary school. As a senior in high school, Sam's Varsity squad proceeded to the State finals at the Boston Garden. Sam was also awarded the 2004 "Coaches Award" for his positive role on the basketball team. Sam received a scholarship to Drew University in Madison, NJ, where he was a starter for the men's basketball team for two seasons, before transferring to the University of Massachusetts/Amherst to focus on his degree in Social Research and Data Analysis. Sam has returned to the Boston area and is currently applying to graduate school programs in physical education and sports leadership. He has more than four seasons of coaching experience, with kids from grades 4 to 12. While in California, Sam coached an 8th grade Boys Varsity Basketball team to an undefeated season and the 2012 Athletic League championship title. Sam has also participated in coaches' clinics featuring top NCAA Division 1 Men's basketball coaches and played semi-professional basketball for the Boston Basketball Exposure League.
LINX Leader: Dance (Acro Tumbling)
Cathleen has decades of teaching and coaching experience under her belt as well as management experience at several gymnastic clubs. Cathleen has always had a heart for gymnastics and she was on several gymnastic teams in her youth. While studying communications at the University of Southern Maine, she started a gymnastics club and began discovering the joy of teaching gymnastics. This led to working at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston (GAB) in three of their locations and at Reading Gymnastics (RGA) as the preschool and grade school director with team involvement. Cathleen also spent eight summers at Middlesex School Summer Arts (MSSA). MSSA is a performing arts program, which drew on the art of gymnastics, using synchronized group, dance, tumbling and rhythmic gymnastics for performances. Working with campers of various dance and gymnastic levels, Cathleen helped to bring out their best abilities and helping them shine! Cathleen's favorite experience has been as a mother of three with two attending college and one in high school!