Board of Directors

Dr. Heather Snyder, Board Chair | 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 studied under the tutelage of Sara Clayborne, Emily Hartka, and the fine faculty of CBA.

Loni Conley, Treasurer | Financial Advisor of Northwestern Mutual

Loni Conley is financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual.  Loni works with about 300 Households around the country with half of them being in Virginia. Loni hails from Greene County.  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 Conley’s are members of Stanardsville United Methodist Church, where Loni serves on the Advisory Board. 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!).

Jennifer Collins

Jen moved to Charlottesville with her husband in 2004. They started Pantops Physical Therapy and became strong members within the community. Both share a passion for helping others through many different nonprofits, including Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Hospice of the Piedmont, Men’s 4 Miler, Service Dogs of Virginia, and Arthritis Foundation. Jen holds a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine and was head athletic trainer at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, VA. She has worked with many different collegiate athletes as well as orthopaedic surgeons in a clinical setting.

Jen and her husband Jamie enjoy spending time with their two kids, Maya and Dylan. They enjoy going on bike rides, spending time with their two Labrador Retrievers, and vacations in Cape Cod. After the recent sale of their practice to Pivot Physical Therapy, Jen has decided to continue her desire to promote healthy living by sharing her knowledge of Young Living Essential Oils and wellness with others. She enjoys teaching classes and talking to people about healthy living. She is excited to join the Charlottesville Ballet Board and looks forward to growing the organization through her business experience.


Kahtra Kayton

Kahtra brings to our board a delightful array of experiences and roles, each lending a valuable perspective to the business of the board, supporting and encouraging the mission of Charlottesville Ballet.  Kahtra grew up taking ballet in Northern Virginia with training in Royal Academy and Russian techniques as well as summer study with the Washington School of Ballet. As a mother, she has watched both of her daughters enjoy dancing while encouraging the passion of her younger daughter, Kate, to pursue ballet as a major in college. Kate completed her senior year of high school as a Trainee with Charlottesville Ballet and is now working toward her BFA in Ballet Performance.

Kahtra graduated from the College of William & Mary, and then taught high school biology & chemistry in the Richmond area. When she and her husband Jack moved to Charlottesville in 1995, she began a direct sales business; and after 11 years, she transitioned to become an independent coach in team development & executive coaching. She is passionate about helping others identify and bolster their Strengths, to celebrate the unique gifts of individuals and the purposeful interactions within teams. As an active community member, Kahtra has been involved with her church, Community Bible Study, the local William & Mary Alumni Chapter and the Junior League, serving in leadership in each of these organizations. She is excited to contribute her focus on excellence and development to the Charlottesville Ballet!


Carol Krohn

Carol Krohn moved to Charlottesville in 2000 with her husband, Steve, and their two sons, Joseph and Peter.  She volunteered for a number of years in various capacities—from room mother to school representative on the countywide Parent Council—when her boys were students in Albemarle County public schools.  She is a long-time volunteer for the Shelter for Help in Emergency, where she served on the board of directors as fundraising chair for five years and board president for three.  Carol is a member of Church of Our Saviour Episcopal, where she serves as register of the vestry and sings in the adult choir.  She also sings in the Festival Chorus of the Virginia Consort.  In her life before children, Carol worked in journalism and public relations, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in British literature from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Carol loves music and storytelling and traces her love of ballet to its transformative combination of the two.  She also believes deeply in the life-changing value of arts education and in the essential fairness of extending that opportunity to every child.  Carol enjoys volunteering weekly to walk children from Woodbrook Elementary School to their Chance To Dance classes, getting a front-row view of the Charlottesville Ballet’s commitment to making ballet accessible throughout our community.


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.


Sherry Whaley

Bio Coming Soon!


Advisory Board

Corey Clayborne (American Institute of Architects)

William Hines (UVa Community Credit Union)

Brent Kitchens (University of Virginia McIntire School of Business)

Geoffrey Kershner (Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg)

Keith Lee (Keith Lee Dances)

Miki Liszt (Miki Liszt Dance Company)

Lisa Molinaro (Woodbrook Elementary Principal)


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