Advancing Talent

Transforming Young Lives

Celebrating Heritage

Building Community

Staff And Faculty


Madaha Kinsey-Lamb Founder/Executive Director
Betsy Hastedt Asst. Executive Director Of Operations
Natasha Richards Fiscal Manager


Melvada Hughes Dance Department Director
Waldo Chavez Music Department Director
Imani Douglas Positive Youth Troupe Theater Program Director
George Zavala Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Interim Director
Desrine Charlton Pre-K Teacher and Education Director
Rodolfo Polanco Music Department Assistant


Opal McCalla Executive Administrative Assistant
Aliza Rodriguez Bursar/Registrar
Sharleen Martelliere Enrollment Coordinator
Natalie Diaz Receptionist
Sakia Hussain Fiscal Assistant
Sierra Nelson Marketing Associate
Angel Rodriguez Custodian
Elvin Hernandez Custodial Assistant


Mind-Builders’ instructors are not only expert musicians, dancers, or actors, they are also dedicated coaches who share their passion and skill with our students, encouraging them to hone their own creativity. We believe it takes a special kind of teacher to be a “Mind-Builder”.

Faculty List

Dance Department Title Credentials
Jocelyn Gutierrez Hip Hop Instructor Bronx Leadership Academy Dance Performer and Instructor
Michelle Summers African and Modern Instructor B.A. Hunter College. Alvin Ailey Dance Center Certificate Program
Marcelle Williams African Drum Accompanist and Instructor ASA Health, Univ. of Phoenix Axia African/ Afro Caribbean Drum Performer, Accompanist, and Teacher
Phillip Williamson African Drum Accompanist Master Drummer/Accompanist with Chuck Davis Company, Repertory Dance Company of East Harlem, Forces of Nature
Billie-Joe Bouey Ballet and Modern Instructor BFA in Dance, Arizona State University; Company Director and Teacher at NuEvolution Dance Studio. Contemporary Ballet Instructor at Abby Bella Dance Studio
Geneva Jenkins Ballet Instructor BA in Economics, Fordham University; Professional arts training, Alvin Ailey School. Rehearsal Director, Alivin Ailey school. Ballet teacher at NYU
Enetha Kelly Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Praise Instructor Dance Teacher at New Dance, Performing Arts Director at Greater Faith Temple, Dance teacher at NYC afterschool program.
Noelani Love African and Modern Instructor B. S. Mercy College. Program director at Boy's & Girls club, Dance Instructor at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
Jasmine Porter African and Hip Hop Fundamentals Instructor B.A. Dance Hunter College; A.A. Childhood Education Bx Community College; Teaching Artist, Bronx Arts Ensemble
Nina Rivers Ballet Pre-Pointe Instructor International Studies, University of S. Carolina ; Dance Intern, Columbia Music Festival Association
Tarice Spencer Hip Hop, Mommy and Me Instructor AA. BMCC Community College; Current student, Hunter College English Major, Dance Minor; Community program dance instructor
Music Department Title Credentials
Marcelo Cardozo Guitar and Bass Instructor B.A. Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda, Argentina Professional Musician, Teacher, Composer and Recording Artist
Charles Carrington Piano Instructor B.A. Ithaca College; Professional Musician and Recording Artist
Juan Pablo Carletti Drum Instructor B.A. Univ. of Santa Catalina, Argentina Professional Musician and Teacher
Yuko Fujiyama Keyboard and Piano Instructor BA. National Hokkaido Educational College Japan; Certified Yamaha Music School Instructor
Lon Ivey Drum Instructor Carnegie Hall Institute; Berklee School of Music. Professional Musician and Recording Artist
Andrew Lamb Woodwind Instructor SUNY Old Westbury; Professional Musician and Recording Artist
Nina Riley Voice Instructor B. A. Manhattan School of Music M.A. Manhattan School of Music in Vocal Performance; Professional Singer
Michael Sinicropi Trumpet Instructor B.M. Oberlin College, M.M. Boston University Principal Trumpet, Bronx Opera Co. and Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Cheryl Lynne Skinner Keyboard and Voice Instructor B.M. University of Louisville, M.A. Berklee College of Music; Professional Musician, Composer, and Recording Artist
Luca Santaniello Drum Instructor B. M L. Perosi Conservatory, Italy; Artist Diploma Jazz, The Julliard School; Professional Musician, Instructor at Julliard School
Jairo Quinonez Violin Instructor M.A. Lehman College; B.A. Queens College; Teacher with Multicultural Music Group; Professional Musician
Victoria Mercado Piano and Keyboard Instructor B.M Piano Pedagogy, Bob Jones Univ.; National Certification, Music Together; Piano Instructor and Performer
Positive Youth Troupe Theater Department Title Credentials
Lavonda Elam Theater Arts Instructor B.A. Goodman School of Drama; Professional Theater Artist and Educator
Martial Arts Department Title Credentials
Thomas Bennet Martial Arts Director and Instructor Martial Arts Master, 8th degree black-belt "Goju Ryu"
Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Department Title Credentials
George Zavala Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Interim Director Universidad Catolica de PR. Previously, Teaching Artist at Horizons
Universal Pre-Kindergarten Department Title Credentials
Audrey Salgado Pre-K Assistant Teacher B.A. Early Childhood Education - Boricua College