Board Chair
Ahava Silkey Jones
Executive Directory, DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science

Professional Affiliations 

  • Americans for the Arts, Council Member
  • Minneapolis Arts Commission, Commissioner
  • Harvard Club of Minnesota, Education Chair


Board Vice- Chair
Johnny Figel


Acting Secretary
Jazmine Reynolds

Event Associate, GCM Grosvenor


Jazmine’s work with GCM Grosvenor involves planning and managing large conferences, meetings, and other corporate events of sizes from 25 to 1,000 attendees. 


Acting Treasurer/ PTDYA Technology Officer
Robbie Balan

President - Offbalans Branding

PTDYA Technology Officer

Robbie founded OffBalans Branding in 2009, designing websites from the ground up, developing product packaging, and creating visual corporate identities. With her degrees in architecture, fine arts, and product design, Robbie is adept at tackling projects across disciplines for a wide range of clients from engineering firms to personal care companies to non-profits. 


Board Member/Marketing Consultant

Cherie Balan
Marketing Consultant

Professional Affiliations:

  • Arts and Business Council of Chicago
  • Impact Grants Chicago

Cherie Balan is a brand and marketing consultant with a focus on Chicago non-profits. Through her work with the Arts and Business Council of Chicago she has developed brand strategies, marketing plans, and strategic plans for a variety of arts organizations. Her work on Grant Review Committees for Impact Grants Chicago has helped provide major grants for deserving non-profit organizations. Cherie’s marketing expertise was developed as an Account Planner in Chicago’s advertising community, including over two decades at ad agency FCB where she developed communications strategies and worked on product development, trend forecasting and brand stewardship with a wide range of clients.


Board Member

Hugh Smith


Board Member

Jarred Brown
Assistant Director for UChicago Charter School, Donoghue Campus  

Jarred has twenty-two years of experience in the field of education. He has worked at several Chicago schools on the south side, beginning with teaching and moving into administration. Jarred’s administration positions have included Asst. Principle at Lionel Hampton Fine Arts and Performing Arts Elementary and Director, UChicago Charter School, Woodson Campus. Jarred is currently the Assistant Director for UChicago Charter School, Donoghue Campus.




Board Meeting Minutes