Our Team


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Administration and Customer Service

Emily Weber
Emily WeberOwner/ Arts Center Director

Emily Weber’s vision to start a complete arts center offering classes in dance, music and theater is an extension of her passion for dance and her love of music. She has the unique ability to teach dance for all ages and styles. She considers this a gift and loves to pass it along to students and adults who want to learn and enjoy this art of expression. Emily has 30 years of dance experience including 15 years of teaching and choreography. She received her B.A. in Dance Performance and Education from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she performed pieces from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, David Parsons, and Randy Duncan to name a few. Emily is an entrepreneur, mentor and inspirational speaker who is setting the highest of standards to promote a positive atmosphere in the arts. It is her mission to pioneer personal growth in individuals equipping them with empowerment, service and sustainability through the efforts of YPAC, Up2University, Artist Universe and The Witness Initiative.

Brian Weber
Brian WeberBusiness/Accounts Director

Brian has been a singer, musician and actor most of his life as he started performing at age 8. His passion for the arts lead him and Emily to open YPAC in the fall of 2013 as a place for people of all ages to experience community through the arts. Brian graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Preaching a long, long time ago. When not attending to his day job he loves helping with improving the YPAC experience and growing the center alongside Emily and acting as Facilities Manager.

Jeanette Norman
Jeanette NormanCenter Director

Jeanette Norman graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Education with an Emphasis in Marketing. She was a High School Business Teacher for 4 years and an Assistant to the School Administrator at Trinity Christian School for 1 year. She serves as a Worship Leader, Producer and Small Group Leader at Community Christian Church in Shorewood, IL. Jeanette excels in systems management and customer satisfaction. She is very excited to be a part of the YPAC team.

Kendra Budill
Kendra BudillCustomer Satisfaction Initiator

Kendra loves people and helping in any way she can. She is an engineer by degree and has been homeschooling her 4 children for the past 11 years. Originally from Michigan, Kendra and her husband Jeff have called Aurora their home for the past 18+ years. Kendra enjoys serving alongside her husband in ministry opportunities through their church, studying the Bible and cheering her children on in their activities. Kendra is excited to be a part of the warm YPAC family and will greet you with a smile.

Bernice Gulbro
Bernice GulbroSatisfaction Team Director

Bernice Gulbro graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Math Education. She taught middle school and high school math for three years until making the decision to stay home with her children. She has played the violin since the age of six and serves as a worship leader at Community Christian Church in Yorkville. Bernice is passionate about social justice issues and loves serving alongside her husband and three kids with such ministries as Feed My Starving Children, World Relief and Compassion International. She is excited to be a part of the positive vision and mission of YPAC.

Bridget Nameche
Bridget NamecheCommunity Relations Director & Customer Satisfaction Initiator

Bridget is a customer service professional with over 25 years of experience. When she is not behind the desk at YPAC you can find her behind the lens of her camera, or “making magic” at the Disney store. She loves dance, music and theater and has planted firm roots in the YPAC community with her three children. Bridget grew up in Aurora, graduated from Rosary High School and now lives in Montgomery. She has always enjoyed spending time with kids and has volunteered in the school classrooms for the past 9 years. Bridget loves to watch her kids perform and share their talent with the community. She is excited to watch your kids grow, make friends, and discover their value here at YPAC.

Dina Cooper
Dina CooperCustomer Satisfaction Initiator

Dina Cooper graduated from Illinois Institute of Art with a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual communication and illustration. She has worked as a graphic designer for over 15 years, but she has had a lifetime passion for the arts and its importance in childhood development. She has expressed that passion through children’s portraiture, teaching children’s art classes and illustrating children’s pieces.
Dina has two grown children and two grandchildren. She has recently returned to the Yorkville area to be near them after spending three years in Green Bay, WI, assisting her aging parents.
Dina is thrilled to be a part of the YPAC community built on its bigger picture!

Mia Beale
Mia BealeEnrollment Coordinator

Mia Beale has been active in the field of art and musical theatre for 16 years. Mia possesses a love for performing, as well as an undeniable passion for creating the behind the scenes magic! She has appeared on stage as Miss Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” and in the ensembles of “Bye Bye Birdie” and Godspell Jr. Creating props, costumes and set designs is Mia’s favorite activity on a Saturday night. She was awarded the Lucille Gustafson Scholarship for Leadership by Waubonsee Community College where she received an A.S. in Liberal Arts. Her hopes are to inspire creativity, help others find confidence in their abilities, and showcase the amazing talents of the growing community at YPAC!

Dance Community

Lucas Segovia
Lucas SegoviaBallet Master

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lucas started training at 16 and danced with Ballet Municipal de Santiago, Chile and Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires before joining Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino at 19 as a soloist, later becoming a principal dancer for the company. Under Julio Bocca’s leadership at Ballet Argentino, he performed an eclectic repertoire by many choreographers including Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Bigonzetti, Tharp, and Stekelman, among others.
He has toured around the globe, performing in major theatres of USA, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Cuba, and many more. In June 2006 he appeared in a gala with Cirque du Soleil in Buenos Aires, performing a piece created especially for him by Chet Walker. In December 2007 he danced with Paris Opera’s Etoile Manuel Legris in Julio Bocca’s farewell for more than 300,000 people. They were the only two dancers performing a solo piece.
In 2008, he joined The Washington Ballet, and was later awarded with the Premio Clarín, the most prestigious Argentinian award as “Outstanding New Dancer.” During the 2009-2010 season he joined Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, dancing pieces by Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky and performing at venues such as New York City Center, London’s Sadler’s Wells, and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam.
Lucas joined Joffrey Ballet in July, 2010. He has appeared in Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Robbin’s The Concert and Wheeldon’s After the Rain.

Megan Edwards
Megan EdwardsDance Instructor

Megan Edwards began her dance training at the age of four, where her love for dance grew and sparked her passion to become a professional. Upon graduation from high school, Megan received both dance and academic scholarships to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, a private performing arts school. While at PPU, she worked with many choreographers including Lauri Stallings, Michele de la Reza, Peter Kope, and was a featured dancer in many of the Point Park faculty pieces. She had the pleasure of attending the American College Dance Festival, dancing in Bruce Weber’s “Psychobabble.”
Megan graduated from PPU with a BA in jazz and modern dance and continued her training by dancing and performing professionally in rEvolve Dance Theatre, under the direction of Marissa Balzer. Upon completion of the company, Megan moved back to Illinois, where she returned to teach and choreograph for her home studio, one of Chicagoland’s greatest competitive dance companies. Megan is known for her making her vision become reality through her incredible choreography and artistry. She is excited to bring her passion and vision as well as her wealth of knowledge and gift to the YPAC community.

Alyssa Bulin
Alyssa BulinStudent Instructor

Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 4. She started under the direction of Pam Simpson at Forte Arts Center. (formally Pam’s Academy of Dance)She was first taught by the owner of Your Performing Arts Center™, Emily Weber. She has danced at YPAC since the first year it opened and continues to dance here to this day. She has been on a competitive dance team for 8 years where she has won numerous overall and special awards. In 2011 Alyssa was apart of the Wizard of Oz children’s cast. In 2013-2014 Alyssa was a part of the Joffrey Ballet Studio where she was trained by many Joffrey professionals and performed in The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. She also participated in Youth American Grand Prix at the age of 14 and was offered a trip to New York. She has been assisting classes since the age of 11 under the mentorship of Emily Weber. She continues to take class and grow with YPAC and take leadership roles. Alyssa is more than honored to join the YPAC team and can’t wait to see where this journey leads her!

Kara Zimmerman
Kara ZimmermanBallet MIstress

Kara Zimmerman was born in Hershey, PA and trained at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA. She has been dancing professionally for the past 16 years, and most recently with the Victor Ullate Ballet Company in Madrid, Spain.
After graduating High School, Kara moved to Seattle, WA to attend the Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Professional Division program on full scholarship. She trained there for two years before joining the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2000. During her 8 seasons with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, she had the privilege of traveling to England, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Turkey to perform with the company.
In 2008 Kara joined the Cincinnati Ballet as a Senior Soloist. Then one year later, she joined the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL where she danced in the company for the next 6 seasons.
While dancing at the Joffrey Ballet, she has performed lead roles in ballets such as Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Aria II), In the Night (2nd pas), The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, Arabian), In the Middle Somewhat Elevated (main pas), Cinderella (Summer Fairy), Don Quixote (Dryad Queen), Age of Innocence (2nd pas), Tulle (Lead Woman), Lilac Garden (The Other Woman), Prodigal Son (Siren), After the Rain, Reflections, Othello and Infra to name a few.
In August of 2015 Kara moved to Madrid, Spain to join the Victor Ullate Ballet Company. During the past year she has been performing all throughout Spain and France and toured to South America where the company performed in Uruguay and Colombia.

Janell Larson
Janell LarsonI.D. Company Director

Janell is originally from Milwaukee, Wisc. and has over 15 years of teaching experience. She started dancing at the age of 6 under the direction of Sandra Young at Young Dance Academy. While at Young she toured around the country competing and training with many of the country’s top teachers and choreographers. Her passion for teaching began early. She was assisting classes at the age of 12 and she was teaching and choreographing for Young by the time she was 16. While in college, Janell taught for Misty’s Dance Unlimited, under the direction of Misty Lown (founder of More Than Just Great Dancing). She co-directed their Performance Company for four seasons. While living in the Atlanta area, she was on faculty at the Oconee Youth School of Performance for two years. Following her time in Georgia she relocated to the Midwest with her husband and taught full time for Forte Arts Center (formerly Pam’s Academy of Dance) for five years. Janell currently travels to local studios subbing, choreographing and holding workshop classes. She is known for her highly energetic style and ability to adapt to multiple disciplines of dance. Many of her former students are currently performing in NYC and LA, as well as, for Disney, cruise lines and college dance teams all over the country. Her choreography has won numerous top-honors at the regional and national levels. When she is not dancing, she loves to spend time with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Aubrey (4 years) and Paisley (8 months). Janell is honored to join the YPAC Team and looks forward to leading and inspiring both members of the YPAC Dance Community and ID Company.

Chelsea Kuhel
Chelsea KuhelCheer Community Director

Chelsea is originally from Morris, Illinois, and she has a tumbling and cheerleading background. She studied English Literature and Secondary Education at Lewis University and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in 2010. She also earned her Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from Olivet Nazarene in 2015. Chelsea was a high school English teacher for 4 years and a middle school teacher for 2 years. She has also been a fiction editor with Madison Seidler Editing Services for 4 years. She was a tumbling instructor at Pam’s Academy of Dance and she coached competitive and sideline cheerleading squads at Joliet West High School and Ottawa Township High School. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Danny, and their 4 children. Chelsea is so excited to join the YPAC team and combine her two passions of cheerleading and working with children and young adults to teach, inspire, and motivate.

Jaclyn Kenyon
Jaclyn KenyonDance Community Director

Former trainee with The Joffrey Ballet and regional title winner. Jaclyn has performed both classical and contemporary ballet and has worked with world renowned choreographers. She was also a part of The Bravura Ballet Company and competed at Youth American Grand Prix, the most prestigious ballet competition in the Nation, where she was awarded an opportunity to go to New York. She has performed “The Nutcracker” with The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago in the children’s cast at the age’s of nine and ten, appeared on stage with the Joffrey Ballet Company in “Infra” in 2012, performed in a contemporary ballet showcase called “Choreographers of Color”, performed in “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella” in 2012 as well.

Amanda Arnold
Amanda ArnoldPeer Director

Dancing since the age of three, Amanda Arnold has two decades of dance experience. Growing up she was a member of competitive dance and convention teams. She is a former student of YPAC owner, Emily Weber. Amanda is trained in the areas of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, and Lyrical. Amanda is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Dance minor. While dancing in college, she had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers through exploring and performing a wide variety of new styles of dance. In addition, Amanda was selected to attend and perform at the American College Dance Association throughout her college career. From an early age, Amanda knew that she had a passion for teaching. She believes in the importance of a well-rounded dance environment where children are encouraged and challenged to reach their fullest potential. She is committed to helping children develop the skills needed to spark a passion for dance, just like former teachers have done for her. Amanda is thrilled to be the P.E.E.R. Ensemble Director. Her mission is to enhance each dancer’s talents while promoting a positive relationship with the community.

Kaityn Crowther
Kaityn CrowtherDance Instructor

Originally from Morris, Illinois, Kaityn Crowther has been dancing since she was three years old. From a young age, Kaityn new she wanted to become a teacher. After high school, she decided to pursue her dream of dancing and teaching at Illinois State University. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Dance Performance and is currently working on finishing her Bachelors Degree in Special Education. While attending college, Kaityn instructed and choreographed at the Next Step Dance Studio for 4 years. She was also a member of the Illinois State Dance Theatre company all 4 years and president of the registered student organization Dance Association. Kaityn has a passion for teaching and loves watching kids grow and learn new things. She is very excited to begin her journey with YPAC!

Music Community

JD Kostyk
JD KostykMusic Experience Director and Guitar/Ukulele/Bass Instructor

JD is originally from the southwest side of Chicago, has studied the guitar for close to twenty years, and has taught guitar to students of all ages for fifteen years. Soon after his skill on the guitar began to flourish, he started to delve into the subjects of music recording, sound reinforcement, and electronic production which lead him to obtain a degree from Columbia College Chicago in Audio Production and Design. After graduating college he began working as an audio instructor with an after school program geared at providing inner city youths with a working knowledge of sound reinforcement and music recording called the Sound Alternative. In addition to his work with the Sound Alternative, JD has served as a recording engineer for various bands and artists, and has held positions as Lead Audio technician for a variety of events and venues.
JD has made it a life goal of his to surround himself with opportunities to work with music, and especially enjoys sharing his passion with others through performance and his teaching practice.

Beth Jackson
Beth Jackson Theatre Community Director - Theatre/Vocal Instructor

Beth Jackson is a graduate from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Communication, Media and Theatre, Beth has 13 years experience in theatre and over 16 years in music. She helped develop and co-taught theatre classes at Curtain Up Classroom and also served as a Stage Manager for their children’s theatre productions. Beth has stage managed for Profiles Theatre, Rare Terra and Buzz22Chicago. Her most recent stage work has included: Jean Farrell in Emma’s Child, Mrs. Birling in An Inspector Calls and Kilroy in Don’t Drink the Water.
For four years she sang and danced in a co-ed show choir, Commotion, where she performed in a Disney competition and went to Show Choir Nationals; two of these years of which she served as Dance Captain. While working with the Yorkville Fox Country Players for their production of Beauty and the Beast she served as dance captain and chorus member. She has performed in a vocal jazz group, Stay Tuned, and nationally recognized A Capella Choir. Performing at her church since 2002 and Beth pretty much sings everywhere she goes!

Sladjana Saric
Sladjana SaricVoice Instructor

Sladjana Saric, soprano, was born in Novi Sad, Serbia. She graduated from the University of Music in Belgrade, Serbia where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Opera performance. She has a master’s degree in flute performance from the Academy of Music in Novi Sad, Serbia. She specialized in Vocal Performance at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary and was a student of opera star Eva Marton. After her studies she participated in Opera Studio at the National Theatre in Belgrade where she debuted as Giorgetta from Puccini’s Opera Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica from Puccini’s Opera Suor Angelica, and Senta from R.Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Her other roles include: La Boheme (Mimi), Tosca (Floria Tosca), Un ballo in maschera (Amelia). She was a finalist in the 2011 Grandi Voci competition in Salzburg, Austria.
She was awarded the best Verdian voice in Montecatini erme Topera Festival in Italy.
Her other concert and stage appearances have taken her to Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Croatia, Romania, and the United States.

Chris Mrofcza
Chris MrofczaPercussion/Drum Instructor

Chris Mrofcza is an up-and-coming Chicago based percussionist who specializes in contemporary chamber performance as well as percussion instruments from other musical cultures. Chris has his hands in several aspects of percussion performance including orchestral and classical playing, ethnic styles and instruments like the Berimbau, as well as the DCI and WGI marching activities. Mrofcza is a co-founder of the Project Two percussion duo which has presented programs of percussion duets, including original works, and has collaborated with other percussionists throughout Illinois. Chris has studied music performance at Harper College, where he is a previous member of the Continuing Education music faculty and InZone educational program. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance with Greg Beyer and Michael Mixtacki at Northern Illinois University. Chris is new to the YPAC family and is excited and thankful for the opportunity to share his knowledge of percussion in such a fantastic center for the arts.

Jennifer Lucrezio
Jennifer LucrezioPiano Instructor

Originally from the rolling hills of upstate New York, Jennifer has pursued her ever-growing passion for performance and song in various forms since her move to Chicago in 2006. After earning her bachelors in Music and Communication, she followed her love of music by forming and touring with, both regionally and nationally, a songwriting acoustic duo – Lucrezio. While actively performing and recording, she gave ambitiously to the life of her local church, serving as a Worship Arts Director in Rockford, IL, and now currently as Creative Arts Director at Community Christian Church. Jennifer has been teaching students of both piano and voice since the summer of 2014, and is grateful to be a part of the YPAC team.

Mila Taylor
Mila TaylorPiano Instructor

Mila Taylor started her music education in piano at the age of six. After graduation she was accepted to the Rostov College of Arts where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Piano Education. During her studies, Mila was awarded several honors as a performer, competing at the regional and country level. She continued her studies at Moscow State University where she earned a Master’s degree in history and theory of art. She also studied at Loyola University Chicago, University of Luxembourg, and Sotheby’s Art Institute.

Mila has taught in music schools and privately in Moscow, Brussels, and the Chicago area. She also has performance experience as a soloist, accompanist, and with a symphony orchestra.

Mrs. Taylor teaches all ages and levels – from the beginning up to the conservatory level. Her goal is to help each student open the world of music and enjoy the rewards that music brings.

Kelly Poretta
Kelly PorettaVocal and Violin Instructor

Kelly joined YPAC in April of 2014 with professional experience performing, teaching private music lessons, and working with musical theater groups. She has a great love for music and the performing arts and enjoys working with students of all ages. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Millikin University, she performed professionally in regional theater and national tours for 15 years. Favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and the fiddler, MaryLou, in the first national tour of Cowgirls.
Kelly enjoys performing for weddings, memorials, and special occasions. She also loves to share the healing power of music with the residents of assisted living communities, and is a member of the Worship Team at New Life Church in Yorkville. Kelly maintains her strong belief that experiencing music and the performing arts is inspiring and life changing. She is happy to be part of the YPAC team!

Michelle McCallough
Michelle McCalloughViolin Instructor and Music Therapist

Michelle has been teaching private violin lessons for the last 2 years. She is also board certified music therapist and special education teacher. She started her music journey at age 7 with the violin. Since then she has also learned the guitar, piano and various hand-held percussion instruments. She is currently learning the ukulele. Michelle has been a violinist in the DuPage Symphony Orchestra since 2003. She is also a park board commissioner at the Oswegoland Park District. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside in nature, reading, cooking and playing with my kids.

Theatre Community

Beth Jackson
Beth JacksonTheatre Community Director - Theatre/Vocal Instructor

Beth Jackson is a graduate from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Communication, Media and Theatre, Beth has 13 years experience in theatre and over 16 years in music. She helped develop and co-taught theatre classes at Curtain Up Classroom and also served as a Stage Manager for their children’s theatre productions. Beth has stage managed for Profiles Theatre, Rare Terra and Buzz22Chicago. Her most recent stage work has included: Jean Farrell in Emma’s Child, Mrs. Birling in An Inspector Calls and Kilroy in Don’t Drink the Water.
For four years she sang and danced in a co-ed show choir, Commotion, where she performed in a Disney competition and went to Show Choir Nationals; two of these years of which she served as Dance Captain. While working with the Yorkville Fox Country Players for their production of Beauty and the Beast she served as dance captain and chorus member. She has performed in a vocal jazz group, Stay Tuned, and nationally recognized A Capella Choir. Performing at her church since 2002 and Beth pretty much sings everywhere she goes!

Michelle Moore
Michelle MooreVoice and Theatre Instructor

Rock Island, Illinois native, Michelle Moore received her bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies with honors from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in 2003.
Michelle remained in Chicago, performing in numerous artistic fields throughout the city and surrounding areas which included singing with her own jazz quartet, working on the release of “Endless Motion,” the debut album from The Mike Gallagher Group, and performing in the world premiere of the musical “Nefertiti.”
In the summer of 2004, Michelle moved on to Florida where she played both female lead roles and danced in the Broadway-caliber stage production “Katonga: Musical Tales from the Jungle” at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

In early 2006, Michelle headed to Korea to combine her performance skills with educational initiatives. As an “Edutainer” at the premiere English Village, Michelle was involved in over 8 productions from the ground up, including writer, actress, and musical director for the longest running children’s television show in the country. As a voice actor, Michelle had the privilege of recording several educational series for the English learning curriculum including Disney’s read along storybooks for ESL learners. After wrapping up the year-long position in Asia, Michelle returned home to the Naperville/Aurora area where she worked as Director of My Gym Children’s Fitness Center. The fantastic endeavor allowed her to continue working with children in a fun and energetic atmosphere teaching “mommy and me”, Explore programs, summer camps, and beginning gymnastic skills to children ages 6 months – 12 years.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Michelle and her husband are the proud parents of 3 children who have kept them moving, laughing, and learning. Having more recently settled in the city of Plano, IL, she is extremely excited to join the YPAC family, and is eager to grow with the company in both the Theater and music arenas.

Emily Schreiber
Emily SchreiberStage Manager

Emily is very excited to be joining the YPAC family! Emily has worked in all different areas in theatre: from acting, directing, and even designing shows. In 2016, she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in English Studies from North Central College in Naperville. Emily is a former theatre director for the Elk Grove Park District where she worked on Elf Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr. She is also a former Artistic Education intern with the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago where she assistant directed a Youth Ensemble production based on an adaption of the book The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. Emily hopes to continue to grow as an artist with YPAC and is so excited to work with passionate and artistic students.