Board of Directors
Sally McDowell, Board Chair
Sally McDowell is a native of Central Virginia, spending her youth in both Roanoke and Lynchburg where she attended Virginia Episcopal School. Sally received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia and worked in community mental health for several years in the Charlottesville area. Sally has been involved with several school and recreational programs serving youth in the area including local preschools, Spectrum Summer program, Piedmont Virginia Community College’s “College for Kids,” and Albemarle County Parks and Recreation. Sally has experience in working in the nonprofit sector and currently works as an artist and art instructor in Charlottesville.
One of Sally’s daughters is dancing for the third year at the Charlottesville Ballet Academy where her love of dance is supported and fostered by the outstanding faculty. Sally is dedicated to the mission of the Charlottesville Ballet and looks forward to supporting the growth of an arts program in the area that offers superb education and excellent professional performances.
Carol M. Caesar, Secretary
Charlottesville attorney Carol M. Caesar received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. After graduation, she worked as counsel for a public employees association and union representing public employees in litigation matters. She then worked for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office representing state agencies in employment law matters. In addition to representing employees and state agencies in litigation, she gained appellate experience handling cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. She also worked for a boutique labor law firm in Washington D.C. where she represented unions and union members.
Ms. Caesar is a native of Warrenton and returned to Virginia in 2004. After working as a real estate investment consultant for four years, she returned to the practice of law. Carol has worked for Tucker Griffin Barnes and also ran her own business, Carol Caesar Law, PLLC, in the practice areas of business law, real estate, and estate planning. In 2016, Carol began working at the University of Virginia School of Medicine as an employee relations specialist. Carol resides with her husband and son in the City of Charlottesville and is thrilled to be a trustee for the Charlottesville Ballet.
Dr. Heather Snyder, Treasurer and Medical Director for Charlottesville Ballet
Dr. Snyder, originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, moved to Charlottesville in 1999 with her husband, Dr. Bryan Snyder, to establish their own podiatric medical practice – Albemarle Family Foot & Ankle. Heather graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology from Stonehill College and received her doctorate in podiatric medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She completed a two-year podiatric medical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Snyder is Board Certified in Podiatric Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. She is an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) as well as the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Since 2007, Dr. Snyder has served on the board as the Medical Director for Charlottesville Ballet, working with dancers in the professional company and students at Charlottesville Ballet Academy to promote the organization’s mission of health and wellness. Her eldest daughter is a pre-professional ballet student under the tutelage of Sara Clayborne, Emily Hartka, and the fine faculty of CBA.
Loni Conley, Financial Advisor of Northwestern Mutual
Loni Conley is financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual and owns a boutique Charlottesville practice with a national footprint. Loni hails from Greene County and graduated from Stanardsville High School. He is a member of the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Greene County community.
Loni met his wife Julie in Charlottesville while she was the head baker at Chandler’s Bakery. Loni and Julie have three children (Abigail, Holsten, and Elizabeth “BB”). The Conleys are members of Stanardsville United Methodist Church, where Loni serves on several councils. He is passionate about Charlottesville Ballet’s mission for health and wellness and his family lives a very active and healthy lifestyle. The Conleys enjoy hiking and camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway and really enjoy the summers, because the kids spend the majority of their days outside and swimming at ACAC (the fitness and wellness sponsor of Charlottesville Ballet!).
Lisa Molinaro, Woodbrook Elementary Principal
A 30+ year educator, Lisa Molinaro is the Principal of Woodbrook Elementary in Albemarle County. A transplant from Pennsylvania, Lisa has had a love for the arts ever since she was a child. Like most little girls, she wanted to grow up to be a ballerina the first time she saw the Nutcracker, but never had access to this kind of opportunity. This personal experience has been a driving force in her life as an educator in that she continuously is seeking partnerships in the community to close the opportunity gap that exist for young children in our world. A strong believer in the idea that if you connect a child’s passion with the opportunity to develop it, the sky is the limit for their success. Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University of PA, and her Master’s Degree in educational Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia. She has served as an administrator for the last 12 years, and all of her years as an educator have been devoted to working in high poverty schools.
The mother of two, Lisa and her husband Geoff watched their daughter grow up as a dancer from the time she was 4, giving her a good idea of all that goes into nurturing the development and appreciation for dance. She is excited to serve on the board of the Charlottesville Ballet and believes passionately in their mission. Lisa is looking forward to helping move the Ballet forward in reaching the goals that have been set for the organization.
Jen Poole, Creative Director of The Great Frame Up
Jen Poole grew up in sunny Florida, where she developed a slight obsession with grapefruit and an inability to correctly put on gloves. She moved to Charlottesville with her family when she was fourteen, partly so that she could attend the University of Virginia. While she was studying Biology there, she began working at The Great Frame Up where she met and fell in love with the owner’s son, Mike. They were married in 2001 and took over the store in 2008 (the same year their daughter was born!) She is currently the Creative Director of The Great Frame Up, where she is responsible for marketing, bookkeeping and specialty projects, in addition to designing and building picture frames. While her ballet career began and ended with a flat out refusal to wear a pink leotard, her daughter fell in love with the Charlottesville Ballet Academy when she began taking classes in 2011 at the age of three. Jen has been a busy ballet mom ever since! In her spare time, Jen enjoys legos, golf, and Star Wars as well as following her favorite sports team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. She also likes to give back to the community and has worked with the American Heart Association, the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, and Rio/29 Solutions on assorted events or projects.