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Emily Weber
Emily WeberOwner/ Visionary Leader

Born creative, Emily found her passion for dance at the young age of two, in small town rural Illinois. Overcoming physical limitations at a young age, she realized the fruits of her labor and the truth that hard work, applied consistently over a period of time, fosters massive improvement. The work ethic learned in the dance studio is the same work ethic that has helped her and her husband Brian build a family of companies including their multi-location performing arts center, real estate investment company, and wholesale retail company.
She has committed her life to serving others by passing on her philosophy that personal growth and accountability are the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and our world. As a pioneer of change herself, Emily has taken her experiences to intentionally influence leaders, entrepreneurs, families, and students from a variety of backgrounds and in locations around the world.

Emily gives credit to her mom, Jackie, for teaching her that you can do anything you put your mind to and that every person you meet matters. She gives credit to the arts for the great impact it has had on her life and credit to God for saving hers. Because of these influences, Emily works to pay it forward with their family mission to give every child access to the arts.

If Emily is not at the studio, she can be found in one of her two favorite places in the world-sitting on the porch listening to her husband Brian sing with their four children:

Nikki- Their passionate pursuer
Brinlee- Their intuitive strategist
Haven- Their creative artist
Gevyn- Their busy builder

The other is sharing life in Cite Soleil, Haiti. Emily believes we are given this life to share it and is thankful for each and every opportunity given to her to do so.

Brian Weber
Brian WeberOwner & Business Administrator

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 with a specific mission to give every child access to the arts. Brian graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a B.A. in Music and loves helping provide a community for artists. He loves helping with improving the YPAC experience and growing the center alongside Emily while watching their own children grow in the arts as well.

Bernice Gulbro
Bernice GulbroHost

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.

Miranda Knox
Miranda KnoxHost & Theatre Assistant Stage Manager

Miranda Knox has always had a passion for art, and she is thrilled to bring her creative ideas to life through production design. She performed in Yorkville Middle School’s productions of “High School Musical” and “Alice in Wonderland” as ensemble roles, but found her place in the theater community designing and creating the sets for Yorkville High School’s productions of “Seussical” and “Grease.” She is currently studying Film and Media with an emphasis in Production Design through Arizona State University. Her favorite part about set design is seeing the actors’ reactions when they view their set for the first time. She received her first taste of the YPAC Theater Community when she began The Learning Experience with Mia Mellecker and fell in love immediately. She cannot wait to continue her journey and help tell more beautiful stories on stage!

Maria Yeomans
Maria YeomansHost

Maria Yeomans is excited to start her new career here at YPAC! She joins our team with more than 25 years of customer service and training experience. Sharing a deep love for the arts with her daughter is one of her greatest joys. Watching her young daughter flourish as she performs both within our YPAC community and out is the other. Her enthusiasm when it comes to the life-changing powers of the performing arts can’t be denied. When not smiling as she greets you “Hello”, Maria can be found volunteering and supporting our local community. She looks forward to getting to know both you and your child!

Bridget Nameche
Bridget NamecheCustomer Care Champion

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.

Chelsea Kuhel
Chelsea KuhelCommunications Champion

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.

Stephanie Beery
Stephanie BeeryCommunity Relations Builder

I am beyond thrilled to become a part of the wonderful YPAC community. I grew up dancing, singing and playing flute but now spend my time fostering the amazing talents of my three children and sharing life with my hard-working husband.
I have a degree in Business and English from Illinois State University and a deep love for non-profit work. God definitely put me here to serve! As the Community Relations Builder, I am looking so forward to sharing what a fantastic community YPAC is and giving more young people the opportunity to flourish and live more passionately through YPAC!

Mia Mellecker
Mia MelleckerCreative Director & Executive Assistant

Mia Mellecker 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!

Arianna Vallejo
Arianna VallejoHost

Arianna Vallejo is currently a high school senior. She is a member of The National Honors Society. She is a public relations officer for Latinos Uñidos and active member of her school’s Model U.N. She volunteers as a Kids City toddler small group leader at Community Christian in Plainfield. She also loves to volunteer for The Big Serve, GiftMart, Feed My Starving Children, and The Plainfield Historical Society. In her spare time she learns the piano, guitar and drums.

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.

Hannah Polhill
Hannah PolhillDance Instructor

Hannah Polhill’s love for dance sprouted at the age of three when she attended her first ballet class at a local studio. From then on, her passion for the art continued to grow each year. What started off as one ballet class turned into hours and hours of training each week as Hannah begged her parents to enroll her in new styles each year. Throughout her 15 years of training, ballet, contemporary, modern, and lyrical became her favorites. She also trained in jazz and hip-hop and learned to love those styles as well. At the age of 12, Hannah was introduced to the world of competition dance and was instantly attached. She loved being able to perform on stage and grow closer to her team. After training at two previous dance studios, she found her dance home at Yorkville Performing Arts Center in 2013 and fell in love with her new family there. As an incoming freshman in high school, an abundance of change was occurring in her life, but YPAC kept her at ease with their loving environment. This community was unlike other dance studios Hannah had formerly experienced. Beyond the dance training, YPAC provided it’s students with life lessons and high morals that would shape each person for the rest of their lives. Not only did Hannah grow exponentially as a dancer, but her character grew as well during the four years at the studio. Outside of YPAC, Hannah was a part of Yorkville Varsity Poms from her freshman year to her senior year. Similar to dance, she enjoyed being able to grow close to her team and perform under the Friday night lights at the football halftime shows. Now that she is graduated, Hannah is attending Waubonsee Community College and helping out with dance classes at YPAC. She is excited to be a part of the team in her new journey and looks forward to helping the young students each week in different tumbling and ballet classes. It has been a pleasure for Hannah to be a part of Your Performing Arts Center from the first time they opened their doors to currently. She finds the amount of growth the studio has undergone throughout the past few years fun to experience, exciting, and well deserved.

Katie Martin
Katie MartinDance Instructor

Kathryn Martin studied under many great instructors including Elise Flagg, Carl Cory, Joel Hall, and Sherry Moray. She even had the pleasure of studying under the legendary Nathalie Krassovska. Kathryn’s dancing has taken her all over the United States and parts of Europe. She has been teaching for over seventeen years and has served as ballet mistress for multiple schools. She has also served as the company director for multiple competitive dance companies. Kathryn has been a master instructor for summer intensives and workshops for dance studios thought the country. Her choreography has won many regional and national awards including numerous regional and national titles for her soloists. Her soloists have also competed at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. Kathryn’s students have been awarded multiple scholarships to ballet intensives throughout the country. Her dancers have gone on to perform with the Joffery Ballet and Dance Chicago, as well as the Chicago Honey Bears, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and both Disney World and Disney Land. Kathryn also serves as both a regional and national judge for Creation National Dance Championship. She lives in the western suburbs with her husband Ryan and their six children.

Janell Larson
Janell LarsonPerformance Group Director, Dance Instructor & Dance Community Coach

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.

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!

Amanda Hipperson
Amanda HippersonYorkville Dance Community Director & Graded Technique Director

Training intensively under Sherry Morray and Kenneth Von Heidecke at a young age, Miss Amanda’s love for ballet blossomed. At 13, she began studies under Legendary Master Teacher, Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation in Chicago, IL. She was invited to join the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, performing works from renown choreographers such as Ruth Page, Melissa Hale Cole, and Lou Conte. Her summer intensive studies include American Ballet Theater NY, the Alonso King Lines Ballet, and Broadway Theater Project under the wings of Ann Reinking, Gregory Hines, and Ben Vereen. Her performance credits include leading roles in a national tour of The Nutcracker such as Clara, and as a principal dancer in the Civic Ballet. Her career transitioned when Walt Disney World invited Miss Amanda to relocate as a full time cast member of Festival of the Lion King. Transitioning even further beyond her wildest dreams, Tokyo Disney Sea then invited her to soar to new heights, performing the role of Ariel, as lead aerialist in Mermaid Lagoon Theater, Tokyo, Japan.

While living and performing in Japan, Miss Amanda met her husband Gary also a dancer from London. Together they danced for Celebrity and Norwegian cruise lines. Today, they have two boys, and are so thrilled to join the YPAC team!

Miss Amanda has a passion for teaching, and enjoys paying forward the lessons from her invaluable teachers and mentors. Helping each student develop towards their true potential, Amanda is so grateful to call YPAC her home.

Emily Diederich
Emily DiederichDance Instructor

Dancing since the age of three, Emily Diederich has always had a passion for dance. Emily has trained in various styles of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern. At the age of eight, she began to dance competitively. Since then, she knew she wanted to perform or see her work on stage. After 11 years of dancing, Emily calls YPAC home. Since joining YPAC, Emily had been apart of their Dance Teacher Training program for two years to help her prepare for becoming a teacher. Emily is excited to share her passion for dance with others and continue her journey at YPAC.

Jaclyn Schuch
Jaclyn SchuchDance Community Champion, Plainfield Dance Community Director & Dance Instructor

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 Arnold HR Champion, PEER Dance Ensemble Director, Theatre Choreographer, Dance Instructor

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.

Wendy Taylor Appling
Wendy Taylor ApplingDance Instructor

WENDY TAYLOR APPLING holds a B.A in Theater/Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University where she was a dance scholarship recipient, president of Northern Dance Theater and received the Dean’s Award for the College of Visual And Performing Arts. Wendy began her professional career dancing and teaching as a member of The Chicago Moving Company, one of the longest running modern dance companies in Chicago, under the direction of Nana Shineflug; one of the founders of the Chicago modern dance scene. Wendy enjoyed years performing contemporary dance as a founding member of the Cindy Brandle Dance Company and climbed to new heights with Aerial Dance Chicago as a guest artist/choreographer. Wendy had the privilege to dance with trailblazers such as Bob Eisen Dance, Clinard Dance, Maggie Kast and Company, Melissa Thodos Dance and numerous independent choreographers. Her own choreography has set the stage ablaze at Athenaeum Theatre, Ruth Page Theater and Hamlin Park Theater in Chicago IL. While in Chicago Wendy studied with some of the best instructors in the world of dance at Hubbard Street Dance, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Joel Hall Dance Center,Homer Bryant Ballet, Rast Ballet and at The Dance Center of Columbia College. She spent many years teaching dance around Chicago including residencies in public schools. She taught different forms of dance, integrated movement into curriculum , lead students in the creation of in-school performances, worked with special needs children, students in arts camps, summer camps, and after-school dance and drumming programs. She has taught people of all ages from toddler through adult and believes everyone can dance. Wendy is excited to be a part of the incredible YPAC team and considers it an honor to work with your amazing children.

Music Community

JD Kostyk
JD KostykGuitar, 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!




Mary Hunt LeCuyer
Mary Hunt LeCuyerVocal/Piano Instructor

Mary has been singing her entire life. From a very young age she knew she would love to perform on the stage. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While at Berklee, Mary studied voice with Jeannie Gagne and vocal jazz with Mili Bermejo. Mary has recorded with recording artist and world renown DJ, Morgan Page and has performed with country folk star Jonathan Edwards. Mary has performed on stage at Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago with the Chicago Blues Angels. Mary has taught voice lessons for 13 years and piano lessons for 8 years. She performs regularly with her group, the “Mary Hunt Band” around the Chicagoland area.

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.




Michael McSweeney
Michael McSweeneyMusic Community Director & Percussionist/ Piano Instructor

Michael is a freelance percussionist and educator with more than 10 years of private teaching experience. He received his M.M. from Northern Illinois University as well as his B.M. and B.A. from the University of Kentucky, studying with renowned musicians and educators such as James Campbell, Mike Mixtacki, Jean Leroy, Robert Chappell, Liam Teague, and more. He has performed and been a guest clinician around the Midwest as well as Ghana, Trinidad, Colombia, and Indonesia sharing stages with many notable artists such as Jeff Coffin, Liam Teague, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Andy Narell, and more. Michael performs regularly in the greater Chicagoland area with groups such as his Salsa band Salsa del Norte as well as PanZheng Duo, Hiraeth Quartet, and others.




Roxana Anderson
Roxana AndersonVocal Instructor

Soprano Roxana Anderson, fluent in English and Spanish, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Hartford and has performed in several theaters and venues of the United States and Mexico. Some of her roles and scene work are The Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, Lauretta in Gianni Schichhi, Musetta in La Boheme and Juliette in Romeo et Juliette. Besides Opera, she is passionate for other styles like Art Song, Pop, Rock and Jazz.
Roxana has been teaching voice lessons for five years, motivated to help the students in finding their own way of expression and to become the best version of themselves. She focuses on developing a healthy vocal technique along with ear training skills in a positive environment where she encourages the students to explore their voices with freedom.

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!




Chris Mrofcza
Chris MrofczaDrum Instructor

Chris Mrofcza is an, educator, drummer, and counselor-in-training. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University where he studied with Greg Beyer, Mike Mixtacki, and Robert Chappell. During his time at NIU, he was deeply involved with contemporary music and world music. He has performed in many settings from the concert hall to the football field and even had an opportunity to perform and travel in Brazil during his undergraduate career. Since his graduation in 2015, Chris has been working towards a bigger picture outside of the performance world. In the Fall of 2017, Mrofcza began pursuing his M.S. Ed. (Master of Science in Education) with an emphasis in Counseling at Northern Illinois University. Through his Master’s studies, he plans on growing his capacity for education in music and beyond, inclusion of his background in the arts into the counseling process, and working within a multicultural perspective.

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!




Emily Schreiber
Emily SchreiberStage Manager, Theatre Instructor & Show Director

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.




Ryan Neil
Ryan NeilShow Director & Theatre Instructor

Ryan Neil is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Sciences in Media & Cinema Studies with a Minor in Theatre. He has had theatre training since childhood, and has acted, directed, written, and worked tech for a myriad of full-length and short form plays and musicals over the years. At U of I, he served as the President of the New Revels Players, a student-run theatre company, for a year, and since graduating, he has directed at the high school level, most recently for Plainfield East High School’s 2017 fall play, Pride & Prejudice.




Amanda Arnold
Amanda ArnoldChoreographer

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.

Aaron Holbach
Aaron HolbachStage Manager, Theatre Instructor & Show Director

Aaron found the wonders of musical theatre in high school. He started learning behind the scenes with stage management and eventually stepped onto stage, playing various roles in school and local community theatre. He started helping at YPAC with set movement for the theatre productions and has enjoyed every minute. He is so happy to share his tech background with the YPAC students and community.




Tumbling & Youth Cheerleading 

Chelsea Kuhel
Chelsea KuhelCheerleading Community Director & Tumbling 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.

Renee Porter
Renee PorterTumbling Instructor

Reneé is originally from Plainfield, and began tumbling at age 8 at her local dance academy. She wanted to share her love of tumbling and became a teaching assistant when she was 13. She soon took over the tumbling program, while also attending North Central College, where she earned her bachelors degree in psychology. Renee then moved to Wisconsin, where she attended the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater and received her Masters in Education for School Psychology. She served as a school psychologist in Yorkville for 10 years, and now serves the Somonauk School District. She is thrilled to be a part of the YPAC community.

Jamie Kalina
Jamie KalinaGT Tumbling Director, Tumbling Community Coordinator, & Tumbling Instructor

Jamie was a cheerleader for many years. She started Cheering at the age of 10 with the Wheaton Rams. In High school Jamie Cheered at Glenbard South HS for 4 years, while cheering there she was named a UCA All-star and traveled to London, UK. In College Jamie Cheered at College of DuPage for 2 years on a Coed team. When not working or coaching Jamie enjoys her time with family and loves to travel. Jamie is excited to be a part of the YPAC team as her children have been taking classes at YPAC since it opened.

Sammi Bryant
Sammi BryantCheer & Tumbling Instructor

Sammi cheered for 3 years at Spirit All Stars, and tumbling since she was young from home. She was a volunteer coach for 2 years. She loves her animals and loves to coach cheerleading! When she isn’t coaching or cheering, she is either playing her French horn, playing her piano, or reading. She is hoping to help little girls learn the basics of cheer and she wants to help older girls continue gaining skills!