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Cincinnati Ballet announces new Chair of the Board of Trustees

October 12, 2020

Cincinnati Ballet proudly announces its new Board Chair, Thomas “T” H. Quinn, Jr. Quinn first became a friend of Cincinnati Ballet more than a dozen years ago when his daughters attended the Otto M. Budig Academy Children’s Division. “I know firsthand the impact ballet can have on our community,” Quinn said. “I am deeply honored to be helping lead this wonderful company, as well as our committed and engaged Board of Trustees.” Quinn assumes the new leadership role after serving as Vice Chair, alongside outgoing Board Chair Debbie Brant. “We are so pleased to welcome T as Board Chair during such an expansive period in Cincinnati Ballet history,” said Scott Altman, Cincinnati Ballet President and CEO. “With the opening of the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance next summer, I know he will be an integral part of taking Cincinnati Ballet to new heights.” Quinn is a strong supporter of not only Cincinnati Ballet, but also a champion of arts and education across Cincinnati and serves on Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors and Cincinnati Museum Center’s Board of Trustees.  Quinn is the President of the Bardes Corporation, a multi-generational Cincinnati company with investments in industrial and real estate businesses. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law School, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and degree in history from Boston College. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Halle and two daughters.

Cincinnati Ballet is also pleased to announce new and returning members to the Board of Trustees for the 2020-2021 Season.

Bruce Halpryn resumes a leadership role after his first appointment to the Board of Trustees during the 2011-2012 Season. “It gives me great joy to continue to support one of the pillars of the Cincinnati arts scene as a donor and through my role on the Cincinnati Ballet’s Board of Trusteess,” Halpryn said. Halpryn also serves as President of the Board of Directors, FotoFocus; Board of Directors, Miami City Ballet; Chair of Board School Committee, Shareholder, Cincinnati Art Museum. Halpryn is the CEO, President & Co-founder, Eikonoklastes Therapeutics, Inc. After several years conducting biomedical research at Palmer Station, Antarctica, and seven years at NASA, Ames Research Center, Halpryn spent much of his career leading new drug development at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. After retiring from P&G, Halpryn went on to join N8 Medical and then Kinnear Pharmaceuticals as Chief Operating Officer. He and a partner then went on to co-found Myonexus Therapeutics, where he also served as Chief Operating Officer. Halpryn and a partner then went on to found Eikonoklastes Therapeutics, which is developing a novel immunoconjugant to treat solid tumors, with the lead indication being Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  When not working on bringing new treatments for diseases to patients, Halpryn is active in supporting numerous arts organizations. He enjoys spending time on his boat with friends and traveling between homes in Cincinnati and Miami Beach.

Jennifer Knight-Zelkind also returns to the Board of Trustees this season. Knight-Zelkind previously served on the Cincinnati Ballet Development, Marketing, Finance, and Executive Committees, as well as Nominating Chair. “I’m excited to be back on the Board and help lead through these unusual times as we find new ways to experience our shared love of dance,” Knight-Zelkind said. Knight-Zelkind also sits on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board for Jewish Federations of North America. Knight-Zelkind serves as Managing Partner of Evolo Design in Montgomery, leading the Evolo team in bringing beauty and taste to the homes of Cincinnatians. She holds degrees from the College of St. Catherine and is a 2020 Graduate of WE Lead, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s leadership program for women. Knight-Zelkind says you may also know her as a recovering soccer mom, a member of Heritage Club and Isaac M. Wise Temple, or from DanceFix. Watch for her at local farmers’ markets promoting 80 Acres Farms, a family business that is changing the way the world eats.

Andrea Costa Laden is a new member to Cincinnati Ballet’s Board of Trustees, although she is certainly not new to the organization. Costa Laden is a longtime patron, as well as a member of Étoile, Cincinnati Ballet’s affinity group for women.  Costa Laden has a lifelong love of dance, having studied ballet and musical theater from age 2 through 23 before she was injured. “My passion for ballet has always been a common thread tying all phases of my life together. I look forward to putting my professional skills to use to support my personal passion for the arts, and specifically ballet, in our beautiful city,” she said. Costa Laden in an attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC, with a focus on corporate, business succession, and estate planning needs of high net worth families and business owners. In addition to her patronage of Cincinnati Ballet, Costa Laden has held a variety of positions with ArtsWave. She also sits on the Planned Giving Committee for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and is active in the advocating for animal welfare. She graduated from the University of Florida and moved to Cincinnati to pursue further study at the NKU Chase College of Law.  Andrea did not initially plan to make Cincinnati her long-term home, but she changed her mind when she fell in love with the local arts organizations and the beauty of Music Hall. Andrea also admires the sense of kinship and community that Cincinnatians share and appreciates the uniquely collegial nature of Cincinnati’s financial services and legal communities.

Dr. Smokey J. Clay is also a new member of the Board of Trustees, who fell in love with ballet the first time he experienced a Cincinnati Ballet performance when he moved to the Queen City 11 years ago. “The Cincinnati Ballet was on the top of my list of arts performances to attend as soon as I moved to the area.  I was captivated by the dancers during that first performance,” Dr. Clay said.  “My friends and family knew immediately that I was going to be a fan for life. I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to participate as a Trustee of the Board, and I am looking forward to the innovative season ahead.”  Dr. Clay first became a friend of the Ballet in 2013. Since that time, the relationship has deepened as our family’s commitment and love of the organization continues to grow. Dr. Clay completed a Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and has been on faculty for 10 years. His professional career is focused on the education and training of Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows while providing anesthesia for the children of our area and those traveling to Children’s Hospital from around the world. He lives with his family near Eden Park.

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