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
Sean Berry Drummer AAS Music/Performing Arts, Westchester Community College
Jocelyn Gutierrez Hip Hop Instructor Bronx Leadership Academy Dance Performer and Instructor
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
J. 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
Keny Guzman Zumba Instructor Crunch Norwood Zumba Instructor
Geneva Jenkins Ballet Instructor BA in Economics, Fordham University; Professional arts training, Alvin Ailey School. Rehearsal Director, Alivin Ailey school. Ballet teacher at NYU
Monica Johnson Ballet Pre-Pointe Instructor BFA, City College of New York
Kimberly Jones Tap, Modern, and Adult Praise Instructor BFA in Dance, Marygrove College; MFA in Dance, Ohio State University
Kanzada Juste Creative Movement, African and Hip Hop Fundamentals Instructor B.A. SUNY Potsdam
Jordan Lloyd Modern and Hip Hop Instructor BFA SUNY Brockport
Noelani Love African and Modern Instructor B. S. Mercy College. Program director at Boy's & Girls club, Dance Instructor at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
Qwadasia Lovett African, Modern, Ballet and Jazz Basics Instructor Millenium Dance Company
Dea'Shinique Ramsey Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop Trained at Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem; Attending American Musical Dramatic Academy; H.S. Diploma: La Guardia H.S. of Performing Arts
Michelle Summers African and Modern Instructor B.A. Hunter College. Alvin Ailey Dance Center Certificate Program
Javon Brewster Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap National Dance Institute, LaGuardia H.S.of the Arts; Has taught at Urban Dance League and Broadway Dance Center
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
Hsinwei Chiang Keyboard and Piano Instructor B.A. Music/Classical, Taipei National University of Art; Music/Jazz, Queens College CUNY
Yuko Fujiyama Keyboard and Piano Instructor B.A. National Hokkaido Educational College Japan; Certified Yamaha Music School Instructor
Stella Siwon Hwang Piano Instructor B.M. Berklee College of Music
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
Luca Santaniello Drum Instructor B.M. L. Perosi Conservatory, Italy; Artist Diploma Jazz, The Julliard School; Professional Musician, Instructor at Julliard School
Michael Sinicropi Trumpet Instructor B.M. Oberlin College, M.M. Boston University Principal Trumpet, Bronx Opera Co. and Bergen Symphony Orchestra
Adriana Socoski Suzuki Violin Instructor B.M. The Julliard School, M.F.A. Columbia University
Cheryl Lynne Skinner Keyboard and Voice Instructor B.M. University of Louisville, M.A. Berklee College of Music; Professional Musician, Composer, and Recording Artist
Jairo Quinonez Violin Instructor M.A. Lehman College; B.A. Queens College; Teacher with Multicultural Music Group; Professional Musician
Eric Zolan Guitar Instructor B.M. William Paterson Univserity
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
Brittany Scott Pre-K Assistant Teacher A.A. Bronx Community College