Board & Staff
Joe’s Movement Board of Directors
Michael Herman, President
Doyle Niemann,Vice President
Marty Mellett, Secretary
Dr. Nassim Ebrahimi
Brooke Kidd, Founder & Executive Director
Joe’s Movement Emporium Staff
Brooke Kidd is the Founder and Executive Director of World Arts Focus, Inc. and its performing arts center Joe’s Movement Emporium. The organization will expand with a second facility, Creative Suitland, in 2020. She is a cultural arts leader supporting vibrant creative communities with arts-based development strategies. Brooke was part of the team to create the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District. She has created education and arts programs for many organizations and special populations that demonstrate the equalizing impact of dance and creativity. Brooke has choreographed, directed and performed with regional companies and specializes in site-specific public spectacles. She currently teaches yoga and dance. Brooke holds an M.A. in dance education (1998) and a BA in International Relations (1991), both from American University. Brooke served on the Mount Rainier City Council (2001-2003). She has been honored as the Maryland State Arts Advocate of the Year (2015), and Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year (2015) and Gratitude Award (2018). Brooke is a member of Leadership Greater Washington class of 2017. She currently serves as President of the Mount Rainier Business Association and Secretary of Nonprofit Prince George’s. Originally from rural America, she has explored dance as human history, finding that movement is one of the most transformative tools for education, personal development and social equality.
Neena Narayanan, Marketing Director, has been inspired by the movement arts since her parents dropped her off at her first dance class. Ms. Narayanan came to Joe’s in 2013 after receiving her Masters in Arts Management from American University. She works closely with Joe's management team to maintain, develop and improve the Joe's brand through maintaining and updating the website, enews, social media, and print collateral. She brings data management, marketing and fundraising experience from arts and health care non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area including Studio Gallery, DC Arts Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington Project for the Arts. Neena holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester.
LaTanya Robinson, Arts Education Director, has over 17 years experience working with youth as a tutor, mentor, advocate, and paraeducator. She has organized and implemented child care and youth enrichment program since 1998. Provides management and oversight for youth programs in the community of Mount Rainier and the local Gateway Arts District. Establish, evaluate and refine current offerings of performing arts after school classes to meet the needs of parents in the community with children between the ages of 3-13. Provide quality instruction and staff in visual and performance arts for youth during after school hours. Organize and operate youth summer camps focused on self-awareness, confidence, and respect through performance. Ms. Robinson continues to seek opportunities to expand arts programs to youth in local schools.
Jessica Quiroz, Assistant Arts Education Director, graduated from UPOLI College in Nicaragua with a BA in, Business Administration. She has 13 years experience in Administration and quality customer service; and 5 years in child care administration. She began working with Joe's Movement Emporium in 2008, where she teaches Spanish Movement, and Salsa classes. In addition to working with the Arts Education Department, Ms. Quiroz also provides program assistance to Joe's Movement Emporium’s Theatre Tech Program (TTP). Ms. Quiroz’s goal is to cultivate creative expression and positive youth development.
Clara Majors, Clara was born in Lima, Peru where she graduated from Jose Maria Arguedas University with a degree in Folklore. For four years, Clara worked as a Folklore Teacher at Catholic University of Peru. She was also a member of the Theater Group of the Millennium travelling around the globe representing her native Peru in different folkloric dances. Her exposure to diverse cultures strongly influences her painting combining many colors, objects and textures into a tapestry that gives feeling and meaning to her work. Clara considers her art a tribute to the native peoples of the world. Clara’s passion for painting, appreciation of diverse cultures, and love for children has made our world more vibrant and beautiful here at Joe’s.
Linda Cameron serves as program coordinator for the CreativeWorks (formerly Theater Tech) program. Linda began her career in the field of early childhood but after mentoring in a local community organization she decided to work with teens. So she began working with the nonprofit organization, Associates for the Renewal in Education where she served as a job developer and later program manager. She is also a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
Briana Manente, CreativeWorks Program Coordinator, has been in love with the arts since the age of about twelve when she saw her first production of Much Ado About Nothing. Since then, she has worked as a professional actor, stage manager, director, teaching artist, make-up artist, and associate artistic director in her pursuit of making the arts available and accessible for all. In her role at Joe’s she works closely with the CreativeWorks team to organize, develop, and deliver the CreativeWorks theater technology and digital media job training program. Bri brings years of administrative skill, extensive professional theatrical experience, and a certain dramatic flair to the Joe’s Movement Emporium team. Bri holds a MFA in Acting from The Catholic University of America, as well as a BA in Theater, Film, and Media Studies and a BA in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Wail Khalid comes to Joe’s with over a decade of experience producing video for public television and non-profit organizations and a lifelong interest in technology. In 2013, Wail discovered a passion for working with young adults while producing a promotional video for a youth center. Using a workshop model, Wail developed and implemented a curriculum that gives young adults insight and tools to decoding, critically analyzing, and creating visual media. His hope is that this approach to learning will inspire the next generation of programmers, engineers, scientists and garage tinkerers. Wail Khalid has BA in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo, an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City and a Cambridge ESL Certification from Academia in Basel, Switzerland.
Brittany McCullough, CreativeWorks Recruitment & Partner Engagement Coordinator, fell in love with music at a very young age. She dedicated her time to enhancing her talent by joining the chorus in elementary, middle, and high school; where she was introduced to the magical world of theater. She attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Shortly after, Brittany served as a Lead Teacher working with students with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. Since then, she acquired her Community Health Worker Certification from Prince Georges Community College and committed herself to use her creative talents to help the community achieve sustainable Wholistic health, and improve the quality of life by addressing public health and education needs.
Studio manager Supervisor, Ricardo began at Joe’s in December 2006 as a volunteer with Club Joe’s. It wasn’t long after he joined the Arts Education staff in January 2007. Ricardo has worked with children in Club Joe’s and Camp Joe’s helping them develop new skills and working with them to create a positive learning environment. In addition, Ricardo worked with Joe’s workforce training program, now known at CreativeWorks, as a trainee and trainer learning video editing, basic theater tech, and event management. Based on his institutional knowledge of and wide range of experiences at Joe’s, he joined the Studio Management team in 2009 and became the Studio Manger Supervisor in 2016.
Jeniffer Leon is Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Theater Production Coordinator, also a lighting designer and theater technician at M-NCPPC’s Publick Playhouse. She went through Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Theater Tech Program, now known as CreativeWorks, spring of 2009 and returned after 7 years to work as a lighting designer. Through the Theater Tech Program she had the opportunity to attend a summer work program at M-NCPPC’s Publick Playhouse as a camp counselor. During the fall of 2009 she was hired part time at M-NCPPC’s Publick Playhouse where she found a calling for lighting design and has been designing for 8+ years. Jeniffer has worked with many artist including Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Jeff Majors, Regina Belle and many others.
After completing the CreativeWorks program in 2010, Gustavo Alexander Trejo joined Joe’s Movement Emporium staff as a technician and has been with Joe’s for 9 years. He specializes in lighting and sound design, and is a leading team member of the technical crew. Gustavo also works as a technician at Publick Playhouse. In addition, Gustavo has received a certificate at Prince George’s Community College in Theatre and Entertainment Technology. He hopes to continue his career in theater production.
Handirubvi Indigo Wakatama is a visual artist, curator and arts educator. She currently serves as the Project Coordinator for Creative Suitland, a partnership with the Revenue Authority of Prince George's County and Joe's Movement Emporium. Indigo earned her B.A in Fine Arts from Corcoran and M.A in Arts & Teaching from George Washington University.
Britt “Sankofa” Barbour is an educator, filmmaker, and theater artist from Washington DC. She studied film and journalism at New York University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively. In 2013, she relocated to Prince George’s County 7th District and noticed a shortage of accessible resources and programs for local artists. She currently serves as Community Outreach Coordinator for Creative Suitland.
Candy Jo Witter, Community Program Coordinator has always been passionate about creativity, art, and wellness throughout her life. Candy has years of experience in customer service, sales, and management. Candy holds an associate degree in Business Administration while currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Bowie State University.