Oliva Hubert (Co-Chair), Olivia has many years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, and is currently the Philanthropy Manager for the Humane Society of Charlotte. A native of Columbia, SC she grew up training in tap, ballet, and lyrical, and has a passion for all forms of dance and arts. Olivia graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Public Relations before moving to Charlotte to receive her Masters degree in Public Administration at UNC Charlotte. Nearly five years ago, she discovered the aerial arts and currently trains in lyra, trapeze, sling, and silks at Bloom Movement Artistry. Olivia holds leadership roles within the Junior League of Charlotte and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is also a co-founder of Charlotte Change Starters, which is a networking group for nonprofit professionals. She is looking forward to combining her love of both nonprofits and the arts as co-chair of the Board of Directors for CC&Co.
Mary Wyant (Co-Chair), is a choral and theatre director with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and our current board secretary at CC&Co. In addition to teaching, Mary is also a voice coach and has adjudicated performances for Florida Vocal Association and Florida Theatre Conference. A native of Tampa, FL, Mary previously worked for Pinellas County Schools where her interest in global arts advocacy grew. She is a past board member for Arts for a Complete Education, Pinellas Referendum Advisory Board, and served as District Coordinator with the Florida Vocal Association. Mary recently interned with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, through which she collaborated on marketing, publicity, and fundraising campaigns for the Chorale’s 40th Anniversary Gala and concert series. Mary supports the mission and vision of CC&Co. A fierce believer in Arts for All, she is passionate about this company’s continued commitment to the inclusivity of its students, patrons, and stakeholders, and strives to uphold CC&Co as stand-out community artists of Charlotte and beyond.
Jay Reitzes (Treasurer), has over 20 years of experience as a multi-disciplinary professional. He is a Certified Public Accountant with a JD from Villanova University School of Law and a BBA from Ohio University. Jay's firm Reitzes Consulting, Inc. provides the full spectrum of accounting, tax, and finance services to multi-state corporations, partnerships, non-profits, and individuals. Plus, his advice and counsel is relied on for strategic planning, compliance, negotiations, and relations. Jay enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors - hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, and playing tennis and disc golf. He is actively involved with the Sierra Club and has a passion for live music, performances, festivals, and sporting events. "Caroline Calouche & Co furthers my appreciation of art, culture, and community."
Dr. Bridget Kelly Sinah (Secretary), is a physical therapist and the owner of Balanced Physical Therapy and Dance Wellness in Matthews, NC She attended Elon University where she began training as a BFA Dance Performance and Choreography major. After many dance-related injuries, she began studying dance biomechanics and injury prevention. This interest led her to develop an independent major in Dance Science. After completing her BA in Dance Science, Bridget worked as Director of Dance Medicine and Conditioning in a physical therapy practice. While working closely with physical therapists there, it became clear that physical therapy would be a great career path to help both dancers and non-dancers rehabilitate from injuries and improve their quality of life.
Bridget went on to attend the University of Kentucky, where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Prior to relocating to Charlotte, she has been a practicing physical therapist in Minneapolis, MN where she specialized in working with dancers, runners, and treating chronic low back and neck pain. Bridget has also worked as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor. Her dance biomechanics research has been presented internationally. She is also an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She is honored to be involved with Caroline Calouche & Co to help foster the dance community in the Charlotte area. A global pandemic has shown us that the arts are a fragile commodity but more important than ever!
Gina Antilus (Board Member), is an attorney by training, currently provides legal support for various organizations to help enhance their efficiency and profitability. Her expertise includes assisting these entities with their pre-litigation document review process when legal complications arise.
Gina is passionate about serving the needs of children and is an advocate for education equity. She received her B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Gina is a Pilates enthusiast who also enjoys international travel, cooking, curating events, and canvas painting with her toddler. She is passionate about the arts and making it accessible for all; specifically performing arts. Gina is a native of New York City currently residing in Charlotte. She is a proud member of the Junior League of Charlotte.
Patricia Brinson (Board Member), is a proud graduate of SC State University! I currently serve as a Youth Success Coach for the Reentry to Resilience Program with Communities in Schools NC as well as a Certified Youth Life Coach with The Future Project. I have 10 years of experience teaching dance and fitness to children and have taught at various Mecklenburg and York County Parks and Recreation Centers and Johnston YMCA. When teaching dance, I like to use physical movement to express stories and emotions in innovative ways, and I am a strong proponent of teaching others how to do the same. I consistently view the arts as a way to enrich both performers’ and viewers’ lives. My passion is introducing dance and the arts to persons who for whatever reason cannot or has not engaged in the arts. In my spare time, I like spending time with the loves of my life(my husband, our 3 mini-adults and dog Ziggy). They help balance me.
Christopher Huntley, CPA (Board Member), CFA can barely contain his excitement over being invited to join the board of the coolest nonprofit in Charlotte.
He's spent the last six years doing executive-level consulting work for small- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations across a variety of practice areas including: strategic planning and financial modeling, capital formation, improving governance and implementing internal controls, audit management and grant reporting, board development and effective communication of financial information to non-finance stakeholders.
Prior to nonprofit consulting, Christopher spent 15 years working private equity in the Cayman Islands and Virgin Islands both as an analyst and an operating partner.
Jody Koonce (Board Member), Bio Coming Soon!
Elizabeth Ann Petersen-Vita, PhD (Board Member), is a native New Yorker, Elizabeth Peterson-Vita, PhD (aka “Dr. EPV”) obtained her BA from New York University and her PhD in clinical psychology from Long Island University, with a focus on neuropsychology. She is licensed as a psychologist in NC and NY, and worked in private inpatient and outpatient practice before coming to Charlotte in 2000 to become the Clinical Director of Mecklenburg’s Area Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She was subsequently Clinical Director of the managed care organization MeckLINK, and later served as Clinical Director of Mecklenburg County’s Clinical and Contractual Services Division of DSS. She then became Executive Director-Behavioral Health for United Healthcare’s Community Plan, assisting with North Carolina’s Medicaid Transformation. She is currently a consultant in behavioral health, particularly engaged with child behavioral health systems. She has charted a parallel lifetime course in theatre arts as a writer, actor, director, and producer, and her work has included stage productions, streamed radio theatre productions, and dramatic audio CDs, including numerous Grammy submissions. In addition, she has been a theatre and film reviewer for print and on-line media, including BroadwayWorld.com. She views the arts as transformational experiences, and is honored to support Caroline Calouche & Co. in their outstanding work and in making a difference within the Charlotte arts landscape and beyond.