Board of Directors

Pamela Trokanski (President)

Kimberly Baxter (Vice President)

Myvanwy Morgan (Secretary)

Robin Carlson (Treasurer)

Board Members:

Lyn Liuzzi

Akiko Ogura

Advisory Board Members:

Linda Clevenger, Taylor Herrera, Virginia Salomon, Virgil Smith

Interested in working with us?
As we expand our presence in the community, we are looking for additional board members who would bring their energy, skills, and a love of dance to our vision.

Board of Directors Biographies

Kimberly Baxter joined the board in 2020. She began dancing in 1989, studying with Pamela and performing with PTDT, Momentum Dance Company, and in student productions at San Francisco State University and UC Davis. She has also choreographed for, and performed with, Blueprint Dance Company and High Release Dance. Kimberly works in the pharmaceutical industry supporting development of new therapeutics, and enjoys staying active with her family.

Robin CarlsonRobin Carlson (Treasurer) served on the PTDT Board of Directors between 2014 to 2017 and rejoined the Board in 2019. Robin performed as a dancer with PTDT in 1989-1993, 2000-2004, and 2006-2007. She co-founded Blueprint Dance Company with two other dancer/choreographers, which produced three seasons of performances between 2003 and 2007 in Sacramento and Davis. Robin is a natural science illustrator currently focused on ecosystem dynamics after disruption, especially how species and habitats respond to wildfire and changing fire regimes in the West. She has illustrated interpretive panels, posters, informational backdrops, species and habitat information cards, playground equipment, and is currently at work on a book about fire ecology. Robin is very interested in non-profit development and is currently serving on three Boards of Directors, for PTDT, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and the Davis Waldorf School.

Lyn Liuzzi has lived in Davis since 1979 when she started teaching school at Emerson Junior High. She later moved up to the high school to teach mathematics and retired after 40 yrs of teaching. She is a regular Participant in the Second Wind dance class and works with youth in the CASA program.

Myvanwy Morgan (Secretary) has been a board member since Fall of 2010. She first met Pamela in high school as an enthusiastic budding stage technician and since that time has stage managed and designed lights for many PTDT concerts.  Myv spends her working time managing the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop (PTDW) office, and she is on the stage crew at the Mondavi Center at UCD. While she doesn’t have a background in dance, she does thoroughly enjoy Pamela’s Earth Rhythms class at PTDW.

Akiko Ogura joined the PTDT Board of Directors in 2017.  She has worked in the medical field for the past 30 years in various roles; nurse, nurse practitioner, and in the medical device arena. Currently, she works for Medtronic supporting two devices that are utilized for managing chronic pain and one for spasticity. She has also had an opportunity to dance with ACDC (Alaska Contemporary Dance Company) 1985 and PTDT 1995-1998.

Pamela Trokanski (President) is the Founder, Director, and Choreographer of Pamela Trokanski Dance Theater, a professional contemporary dance company, and the Third Stage, a multigenerational contemporary dance company. She has been teaching, choreographing, and performing for over 30 years. She received her BA in Dance from Empire State College (New York) and holds a current California State Teaching Credential in Physical Education (including CLAD certification,) and teaches dance at Davis Senior High School for both the Physical Education and Fine Arts Departments. In her 36 years in Davis, she has received multiple Arts Contracts from the Davis Civic Arts Commission as well as grants from US Bank and Davis Waste Removal for her outreach programs for elementary school children. Her teaching experience includes the Dance for Parkinson’s program in collaboration with the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Mark Morris Dance Group and directing the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, where she teaches with a faculty of nine other teachers. She has also written as a Dance Critic for the Davis Enterprise.

In Memoriam

Louise Kellogg  was a professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Davis and did research and taught on geophysics and scientific visualization, including science-technology-arts collaborations. She began taking classes with Pamela around the turn of the millennium.  Louise was a long-serving PTDT board member and she is greatly missed.