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 a member of the executive team, 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

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.

Melissa Habersaat

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.

Josh Schiering

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.

Todd Morse

Todd has 20 years of experience producing original plays and adaptations for performers in elementary, middle and high school. He brings out creativity and confidence in all and especially loves when shy students discover their great potential. He believes in learning through laughter and that theater is a means of accessing literature, history and philosophy. Todd began the LINX Theater program with Joe Kahn in 2006 and is always searching for ways to raise the bar. His immense experience and love of teaching is invaluable to LINX. He not only loves to light the creative spark in young performers, he loves to teach others how he does it. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

Heather Emley

Dance Director
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.

Todd Livingstone

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 his students, and focuses on making martial arts fun for all, while helping to truly refine the skills of those deeply invested in the craft. An outstanding teacher and essential member of the LINX collective, Todd looks forward to sharing his passion for martial arts with your child.

Ashleigh Buckley

Ashleigh grew up dancing under the direction of Stephanie P. Kemp of New England Dance Academy. Her love of dance took her to University at Buffalo where she completed her B.A in Dance. When she returned back home from college she began teaching dance and dancing professionally with Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, Enigmatic Dance Company and Embrace of Rainbow Tribe Dance. She graduated from Regis College with a Masters in Special Education. Ashleigh is a Kindergarten teacher in a Boston charter school and teaches dance year round at LINX.

Talia Shapiro

Talia is a Junior at Boston College in the Lynch School of Education, double majoring in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. Talia is a committee chair for Boston College Dance Marathon, a co-president of Boston College Hillel, and an undergraduate research assistant. She started attending a multi-sports class at LINX during the school year at age 10, along with her brother Dan, and they have never left. Talia has worked with various LINX programs including science, theater, and sports. In her free time, Talia enjoys spending time with her dog, Charlie, and singing or listening to a cappella music.

Val Maio

Valerie brings many years of professional dance experience to LINX and enjoys working with children of all ages. She enjoys training LINX dancers in Ballet, Pointe and Production work. She has taught extensively in the greater Boston area including Boston Ballet, and before that enjoyed a 10 year professional dance career with Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI. Val is involved with local community based arts organizations and has worked with BalletRox for many years, in both artistic and administrative capacities, to help make dance accessible to Boston inner-city youth. She holds a BS Dance, Skidmore College and MS Arts Administration, Lesley College. With extensive experience in theatre and dance, Val is excited to work with LINX dancers and campers.

Caitlin Morton

Caitlin currently attends Boston University School of Social Work, where she is earning her MSW. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 with a BA in Classics. As the oldest of nine, Caitlin has lots of experience with children of all ages. While in college, she worked part-time at a preschool several days a week. During the 2016-2017 school year, she served with City Year in a fourth grade classroom at a Boston Public School. She would ultimately like to be a school social worker in an elementary school. Caitlin has worked in Junior Camp for five summers, and she also works at LINX during the school year.

Isiah Beasley

Dance Instructor
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.

Jessica Tibbetts

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 after school 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.

Katelyn Murphy

Katelyn Murphy 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, Keenan Cooks, Hannah Frederick, and many celebrity choreographers such as NappyTabs, Jamal Sims, and Kenny Wormald. Katelyn attended Brian Friedman'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, Drake SNL, Glee, and Justin Bieber Purpose Tour. 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 "Excellence in Open Category" at a National Event at Foxwoods Casino, and presenting choreography at the Boston Celtics game. Katelyn is currently on staff at Diva Dance Competition where she is a judge and master convention teacher.

Isabella Reeve

Isabella attends Wellesley High School and is the co-captain of the WHS Varsity Dance Team. She has been a dancer at LINX for ten years and is currently on Elite Company. She has been a regional and national competitive dancer for eight years. Over the past four years, Isabella has enjoyed being a teacher's assistant in the dance program at LINX and is excited to spend another summer as camp counselor!

Zachary Noel

Zachary, also known as Zack, is currently in his senior year at Clark University as an English Major and Africana Studies Minor. He plans to become a high school teacher, and is accepted into a Masters in Urban Education at Clark for post-grad. He is involved with musical theater, dance, and organizing events within residential buildings.

Michelle Farrell

Michelle knew from a young age that it was her calling to work with children. She nannied for many years while in college and for some time after. Upon graduating from Framhingham State College, she aided in the opening of a children's gym and indoor playground. She put her passion of fitness and child development together and designed a kid-fit program for the gym. In her next endeavor, she was able to grow her knowledge in how to run a successful business as an assistant general manager at a children's gymnastics studio. She is excited to be a member of the LINX team! She can and will provide the very best birthday parties and classes while also delivering superior customer service to all.

Annemarie Alvarez

AnneMarie has been performing since the age of three, and theatre has remained a huge part of her life ever since. She went on to graduate from Emerson College in 2006 with a BA in Theatre Education and an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, AnneMarie has gone on to teach and direct at theaters, schools, and camps across Massachusetts including: Stoneham Theatre, Kidstock, Runkle Extended Day, The Brooks School, and Beaver Summer Programs. Her biggest passion is getting her students excited about theatre! AnneMarie also serves as the Director of Development and Media to The FUDGE Theatre Company. If she's not onstage or behind the scenes, you can usually find AnneMarie cooking, crafting, or on an adventure.

Flora Kim

Flora is a modern, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop dancer and earned her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Flora trained 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 in France, Dance Education Laboratory, Bates Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield School of Theater and Dance, American Academy of Ballet and Kirov Academy of Ballet. Upon graduation, Flora has been working with outstanding choreographers and companies in Boston including Prometheus Dance, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and Urbanity Dance. Flora has performed at notable places including the Boston Conservatory, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, and Association of Performing Arts presenters in NYC. As a choreographer, Flora’s most recent work Home, sweet home has won the grand award and was selected to present in South Korea at the 2016 World Soldiers & Youth Unification Security Vision Presentation Contest in summer 2016. As a teaching artist, Flora is currently a faculty at the Boston Ballet School teaching ballet and modern dance. Moreover, she teaches contemporary, creative movement, hip-hop, K-pop (Korean hip-hop) and Korean traditional dance at Boston local dance studios and public schools. Flora believes that being a positive influence to others through sharing her love of dance is the power of art that she values the most.

Katie Grenier

Katie grew up dancing in central Massachusetts, where she acquired training in the techniques of ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and tap. Throughout the years, she participated in numerous competitions locally and nationally. Katie has received a variety of awards including American Dance Awards Dancer of the Year at the 2013 regional competition and Teen Miss CanDance Providence. Katie is currently a student at Dean College, earning a Bachelors degree in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography, as well a minor in Psychology Studies. Just recently, Katie was recognized for her college performances and received the Excellence in Performance Award for the 2016-17 performance year, from Dean College’s Marc Arentsen and faculty. Katie has worked closely with artists and choreographers such as William Evans, Jeremy Ruth Howes, Kristina Berger, Robbie Mulrey, Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, Diane Kelley, and Katy Spreadbury. Katie feels the utmost passion for dance. She feels intense enjoyment from connecting with the younger generation through a mutual love for this art form. Katie loves being a part of the LINX dance staff and sharing, exploring, and creating with her students.

Eleanor Boyd

Eleanor is currently enrolled at Wellesley High School. When she is not working at LINX, she enjoys helping the community through her school and Girl Scouts! She leads her schools volunteer and tech innovation clubs. She is super excited to continue her third year at LINX and enjoys bringing her energy to class every day.

Sofia Staehly

Sofia is currently a senior at Wellesley High School. After spending the past two years in the WHS Child Lab and babysitting for many families, she is bringing her passion for working with kids to LINX. She looks forward to being part of the team and being a part of brightening every child's day while at LINX.

Akshay Gupta

Akshay has graduated from George Mason University, Virginia in Information Systems after completing his undergraduate work in Computer Science from Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, India. His prior experience includes an internship with Defense Research and Development Organization and work at Tata Consultancy Services as a System Engineer. Apart from this, he has been playing soccer, volleyball and handball since the age of 12.

Daniel Merriam

Dan (Lt. Dan) is a leader in the Obstacle Course arts. He has completed 13 Spartan Races and achieved 2 Spartan Trifectas including the World Championship. He ran the 2015 Boston Marathon to benefit Children's Hospital, and is the founder and lead bootcamp organizer of a corporate fitness program called YOLO. His passion for Health and Wellness is only rivaled by his dedication to achieve goals through inspiration, motivation and determination. His leadership style is a partnership with his team to cultivate the "no one left behind" attitude. Lt. Dan is ready to Get After It. How about you?

Jennifer Downin

Jen was a nanny for 10 years and a preschool teacher for 3 years before starting a family of her own. Jen is a mother of five children, ages 5 to 13. She loves to watch her kids play soccer, run cross country, play deck hockey and flag football. If she gets a minute to herself she loves to walk, read and travel.

Kaely Schuh

Kaely is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. In her four years at FSU, Kaely participated in and performed at ACDA Nationals in Washington D.C and has worked in dance studios throughout Florida teaching ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and modern technique and choreography to a wide variety of age groups. Kaely's dance career started at the young age of three years old, graduating from both BAK Middle School of the Arts and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Kaely has also participated in many competitions including Dance Masters of America, JUMP, and Onstage America. After living in Florida throughout her entire life, Kaely has just made the big move to Massachusetts and is so excited to be a new member of the LINX Family!!

Kristen Katsimpas

Kristen was raised in Massachusetts and received her early training from Bill Fowler, and then later, from Jeannette Neill’s teen program, Boston Youth Moves. While training at BYM she was honored to work with master choreographers including Hope Boykin, Kirven Boyd, Chet Walker and Richard Havey. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received the Chancellors Talent Award. While attending the University, she performed works by Camille A. Brown, Adrienne Hawkins and Billbob Brown at the Massachusetts Dance Festival and on tour with University Dancers. While in the process of receiving her BFA, Kristen taught dance classes to non-major students, and was the Stage Manager for their largest dance performance of the year, University Dancers. After graduating, Kristen became a company member of Hyperbole Dance Company under the direction of Nikki Sell, and a dance teacher at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. She has also performed with Jazz Inc., a Boston based dance company under the direction of Stephanie Heroux, at the Massachusetts Dance Festival (2011). Kristen joined The Boston Conservatory in 2014 and is a jazz dance instructor in the Musical Theater Department. She is also a current member of BoSoma Dance Company.

Dannea Reali

Dannea is originally from Connecticut where she grew up dancing and competing with her home town dance studio. She took her passion with her to college at Eastern Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. During her time at ECSU, she danced and was captain of the ESCU Competitive Dance Team. She lead her team during sporting events and to NDA and UDA nationals around the country. While a full-time student and dance captain, she also danced and choreographed professionally for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team. After school, she continued to dance with DanceWorks Boston and choreographed for their annual workshop. She is a current member of the MLL Boston Cannons Dance Team and is excited to bring her experience and passion to LINX. Dannea cannot wait to expand her education with dance and help kids grow as dancers!

Erin Mcnulty

Erin McNulty is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist and educator. A 2011 Boston University graduate, she most recently studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance with Distinction in 2016 and was the recipient of the Audrey Wethered Award. Erin was a principal dancer with Kairos Dance Theater from 2011-2015, and has also performed in projects with Kelley Donovan & Dancers and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works. Her own choreographic work has been produced by Trinity Laban, NACHMO Boston (National Choreography Month), RAW Artists, MergeArts Boston, Providence College Dance Company, and the Third Life Studio Choreographer Series. She has continued her professional and artistic development through many local classes and workshops as well as the 2017 Gaga/Batsheva Summer Intensive at Mark Morris Dance Center in New York. A dedicated educator and community practitioner, Erin has taught youth classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, and improvisation/composition at such organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Arts at the Armory, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Cambridge Performance Project. She is currently a Teaching Artist with the Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives.

Christopher Parlon

For over the past ten years, Chris has been writing, performing, and teaching music in the Boston area. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, he is comfortable in a wide array of genres and styles. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, he has released one full length album and is currently working on a follow up. He is a frequent performer at The Lizard Lounge and The Burren in addition to other local music venues and has written music for both film and theater. As a teacher, Chris is very passionate about guiding students towards unlocking their true potential and through emulation and exploration of various influences, finding their own individual voice.

Kiana Macedo

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Kiana started dancing at the age of 4. Dancing has always been exactly what Macedo wanted to do for the rest of her life so when high school rolled around, she attended Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts under the director Tovah Bodner Muro, who was named dance teacher of the year in 2012. Kiana is now enrolled at Dean College receiving her B.A. degree in Dance as well as an A.S. degree in Pre Athletic Training. While attending Dean College, Kiana had the pleasure to work with renowned dancers such as Todd Shanks, Kristina Berger, and Jill Silverman of Boston Ballet. She is a member of the Metamorphosis Dance Company under the instruction of Alicia White and performs as a living statue with Ten31 productions of Pawtucket, RI founded by Joe Pari and Eric Auger. Kiana’s main goal is to share her love and passion for dance with everyone that steps into the studio with her no matter what age.

Jillian Goober

Jillian is currently a student at Wellesley High School in 11th grade. She is 17 years old and has been dancing at LINX since 4th grade.

Bryana Cruz

Bryana has been dancing since she could walk. She began her training at Encore Dance in New Jersey and at Rising Stars in New Jersey. Bryana began competing at 11 years old and has won many awards, trophies and titles along the way. While studying at Rising Stars, Bryana was an assistant teacher. Throughout her collegiate studies, she substituted and ran summer camps, which led her to then teach and inspire young recreational and competitive dancers. Bryana is a recent graduate from Quinnipiac University and received her BS in Health and Sciences. At Quinnipiac, Bryana was on Dance Company for four years. She also served on their executive board, which gave her the title of a captain. Being on executive board gave her many opportunities to work with a big group of women to teach and choreograph for. Bryana most recently was apart of the staff at Cheshire Performing Arts Academy, in Connecticut, teaching ballet, tap and jazz to a range of age groups. Bryana is currently attending Lesley University for her graduate studies in Mental Health Counseling and Dance Movement Therapy. Bryana is excited to create and inspire at LINX!


 

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