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.
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 CampsJosh 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!
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!
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.
Megan graduated from Boston College in the Spring of 2016 double majoring in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology & Human Development. She will complete her Masters of Education from BC in the Spring of 2017. She is so excited to be a part of the dance department for her fourth year at LINX.
Dannea is originally from Connecticut where she grew up dancing and competing with her hometown 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 ECSU Competitive Dance Team. She also danced and choreographed professionally for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team.After graduating, 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. Dannea will be working at LINX as a full time dance instructor!
Kaely has 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 to join LINX. Kaely will be working full time as a dance instructor and in the customer service department.
Assistant Dance Director
Faith is excited to join LINX as a full-time team member working in both the dance and customer service departments.
A native New Yorker, Stephen James trained at School of American Ballet in New York City and American Dance Theater in Herricks, NY. He studied at Ailey School as a fellowship student and graduated from State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) Purchase College in White Plains, NY with a B.F.A. in Dance.Stephen spent summers training with Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Dance International New York in Spain and New York. He performed with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, apprenticed with Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett in Nürnberg, Germany and danced as a member of the second company at Ballet Hispanico “BHdos”. Stephen has also performed with the Eglevsky Ballet, RG Dance Project, and company dancer with Verb Ballets of Cleveland, OH, and company dancer with Ballet Nebraska of Omaha, NE.
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.
Gage Condon is a student attending Medfield High School. He will be entering his Junior year of high school in the fall of 2015. Gage plays many sports such as baseball, soccer, skiing, and golf. Of all these sports baseball comes out on top for Gage. Gage will be an assistant sports counselor for the baseball program at LINX. He believes that he can put his knowledge and skill of the game to work and teach kids the great game of baseball. Gage Condon attends Medfield High School and enjoys playing sports like soccer, golf and baseball. Baseball is his specialty and he wants to use his expertise as an assistant sports counselor for the baseball program at LINX. Gage looks forward to helping the campers enjoy the great game of baseball this summer!
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.
Emily graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre and Religious Studies. She then went on to direct theatre throughout New York with companies and festivals such as FringeNYC, New York Classical Theatre, Jewel Box Theater, Alchemical Theatre Lab and Royal Family Productions. After making the move to Massachusetts, Emily is so excited to bring inspiration and fun to the LINX Theater program!
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.
Theater Instructor and Voice Instructor
Kristen was raised in Massachusetts and received her early training from Bill Fowler, and then later, from 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, she 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 and is excited to begin teaching at LINX.
Family Music Makers, LINX Dance Instructor and LINX Theater Instructor
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!
Karin began her dance training in ballet and modern at the Brattleboro School of Dance in Vermont. She studied Cunningham technique and improvisational dance in England at the University of Northampton, as well as ballet and modern dance at Adelphi University. She then pursued her BA in dance from UMass Amherst and through their Five College Dance Department, Karin studied ballet, modern and jazz dance, pedagogy, and dance and music theory. She performed in many original student and faculty works during her time at UMass. During that same time, Karin taught non-major ballet to university students and served as the vice president and choreographer of the student run and produced concert, “Alive With Dance." More recently, Karin has performed with local companies in the Boston area. She has taught ballet, modern and creative dance over the last few years and is currently working as a visiting dance movement therapist in a local memory care facility, and as a therapeutic consultant in Concord’s public schools. Karin holds a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University and a BA in dance from UMass Amherst.
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.
Carla is a performer, teacher, and choreographer currently residing in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music (Vocal Performance) and a minor in Drama. Carla is a classically trained dancer with over 15 years of experience. Her repertoire includes a wide range of skills, including choreographing large-scale productions and teaching private lessons. In addition to LINX, she is on the teaching staff for the ArtBarn Community Theater, Wheelock Family Theater, and the Stoneham Theater. When she isn’t teaching, she can be seen on stage with prestigious companies including the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theater, and Moonbox Productions.
Erin is a contemporary dance artist and educator. A Boston University graduate, Erin most recently studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, earning a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance with distinction in July 2016. Performance credits include work with Bethan Peters and Will Aitchison (2016), Kairos Dance Theatre (Principal, 2011-2015), Kelley Donovan & Dancers (2013-2015), and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works (2012). A dedicated teacher, Erin has taught for the Trinity Laban children’s programme, Providence College Dance Company, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Cambridge Performance Project. Erin is also a Teaching Artist with the Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives.
Dance InstructorSpecialties: Tumbling, Jazz
Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 3 at a studio in North Chelmsford. She was a member of her school Dance Team. She started training with competitive faculty to become a better dancer and choreographer. She started as a teachers assistant and has evolved into a well rounded teacher. Alyssa took to the training and fast became a beautiful performer and technician. She has a bubbly and fun personality, which makes her a great teacher. She understands the struggle of learning proper technique a little later in her career and brings this understanding into the studio! She is always working to improve and gain more knowledge, which makes her an amazing staff member! She is balancing nursing school and teaching!
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 unlock their true potential and though emulation and exploration of various influences, finding their own individual voice.
Marketing Team Member
David is a graduate from Wayland High School, he loves sports and outdoor activities. He is currently pursuing a double degree from Stonehill College in Business Management and Psychology. He is an active member of the Stonehill Men's Rugby team and is looking forward to an epic summer working with the campers at LINX.