Turning Pointe School of Dance
Board of Directors
Please click on a name below to learn a little more about our Board Members.
Chip Brown, President
Contact Turning Pointe’s Board President at: President@turningpointedance.org
Board Member since 2015
Chip Brown is a leader with over 25 years’ experience in media and entertainment, including television, film, internet, live theatre, radio, animation, music and publishing. He has experience in both business and creative roles at major companies such as The Disney Studios, Walt Disney attractions, The Disney Channel, The Family Channel, Gaylord Entertainment, HarperCollins, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, and the Lightsource channel on Broadcast.com and Yahoo! He has also held leadership positions at start-up companies in Dallas, Orlando and Los Angeles, and has served in leadership roles at Walk Thru the Bible and The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Shortly after completing his Master’s degree in Media Management and Film Production, Chip wrote his first feature-length screenplay in only eight days. This animated script placed him as a finalist in Paramount Pictures Chesterfield Film Project competition, founded by Steven Spielberg, and won Chip literary representation in Beverly Hills. Relocating to L.A., Chip joined Disney Theatrical Productions, where he built a consumer direct and group sales ticketing company that led Disney’s Tony® Award-winning, The Lion King, to become the largest financial opening in Broadway history. He was thereafter promoted to a managing producer role with P&L responsibility, overseeing several theatre companies with a cast and crew of nearly 100 people each. Reporting through the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, Chip also participated in Walt Disney corporate Synergy initiatives, contributing to the development of marketing strategies for motion pictures, TV shows, theme parks, CDs, consumer products and Disney’s Blast, one of the first subscription web sites and the number one site on the web for kids.
Chip currently consults for companies and authors through his content and marketing company Proper Media, and develops entertainment and publishing properties through his company Titus Entertainment. Both companies are based in Holland, Michigan. An involved member of the Holland community and Christ Memorial Church, he is the husband of Dana Brown and father of three children including one daughter, a member of the Performance Ensemble. No stranger to pointe shoes and bobby pins, Chip is eager to share his expertise in growing the Turning Pointe Ministry.
Pastor Jesse Cabrera
Board Member since 2019
Pastor Jesse Cabrera has been in ministry for ten years and is currently on the Pastoral Team at ResLife Church in Grandville. Jesse is a Holland native who graduated from of Holland Public Schools in 2005. He completed his Associate’s Degree in Ministry at Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008
Pastor Jesse’s passion is to reach the city of Holland by serving its community. Having been raised on the south side of Holland, he recognizes the enormous need to reach the people and youth of this city. Active in volunteering, Pastor Jesse played key roles in the foundation of the Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland and continues to support and reach the youth of Holland today by ministering at school chapels.
Pastor Jesse’s love and commitment to serve God in this community are evident as he continues to lead and volunteer in the city of Holland. Serving Turning Pointe School of Dance since 2016 has been his privilege.
Jesse is married to Marisol Cabrera and they live in the north side of Holland. Together they are raising four children, who currently attend Holland Christian Schools.
Kathi Jo DeYoung, Vice President
Kathi Jo DeYoung is a Business Coach and owner of IgniteMe Business Coaching. She started her coaching business in 2005 after 30 years of experience in human resources, non-profit organizing, and administrative management in manufacturing.
As a board member for Turning Pointe she brings her communication skills, process and goal setting experience, and diverse business background to support Turning Pointe and in the stewardship of financial, personal, and spiritual resources.
Kathi Jo says, “God has given each of us time and talents to be used for His glory and as His representatives here on earth. In Matthew, we are charged ‘to love God above all and our neighbor as ourselves.’ As a board member it is my goal to support the planning and vision of Turning Pointe in both the personal and spiritual growth of the dancers and the message of salvation they can bring to the community through the gift of dance.”
Following many years of involvement as the parent of a Turning Pointe dancer, Kathy felt the calling to be on the board of Turning Pointe. Turning Pointe’s emphasis on high-caliber dance training in combination with heart-changing spiritual instruction has been transformative not only for her dancing daughter, but for her whole family as well. Through serving on the board Kathy hopes to help Turning Pointe continue its mission of using artistic excellence to reach the community for Christ.
Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in Business and History. She currently works at Western Theological Seminary as an Educational Design and Technology Specialist, primarily supporting adjunct faculty and distance learning students. Prior employment includes positions in human resources, accounts receivable, and administrative support.
Past and present volunteer service includes Beechwood Church consistory, Tiffany Shores Board of Directors, nursery director, Vacation Bible School director, “I Believe” program mentor, Children’s Worship teacher, and school volunteer in multiple areas.
Favorite verse: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Connie Knap, Secretary/Treasurer
Board Member since 2021
Connie spent 30 years in the Food Manufacturing industry working at Request Foods, Inc. in the Finance Department. She had the privilege of being one of the early hires of the company. As the company grew, she was able to take on expanding roles in the Finance Department. In October of 2020 she made a career change and started working for a small, family-owned and operated Real Estate Management and Development Company – KJK Real Estate Management, Inc. She is still involved in the accounting side of the business, and is also enjoying learning about the different aspects of the real estate world.
Over the years Connie has been involved in various youth ministry programs of the churches with which she has been affiliated. She has also been a Bible study discussion leader both in her church and in Bible Study Fellowship. She has served multiple terms on her church’s Finance and Administrative Committees.
Connie says, “I have appreciated the way Turning Pointe presents the Gospel message through its performances. I am also excited by the vision of the school to not only focus on the ‘outward technique and mastery of an art form,’ but to ‘look inward at the hearts and minds of our students.’ It is important to me that Turning Pointe cares ‘about their preparation spiritually and mentally.’”
One of Connie’s favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 10:31 ~ So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. It reminds her that “everything I do needs to be done for the Glory of God. For me this includes my service on the Board of Turning Pointe.”
Board Member since 2021 Nichole Sadek is a business attorney and founder of Sadek Law PLC. Nichole started Sadek Law PLC with a passion for educating and serving small businesses. Her legal experience ranges from organizing business entities and preparing contracts to advising on intellectual property matters.
To her role as a board member, Nichole is happy to bring legal insight, but also her passion for and experience in the dance community. As a student of dance for 17 years, Nichole found the combination of discipline and free expression that dance brings to its students irreplaceable in her own life and is grateful for the opportunity to bring her professional skills to an area so near and dear to her own heart.
Nichole also spends time each week coaching and leading in her women’s program at her church, as well as volunteering in her church’s children’s ministry. The shorthand for Nichole’s favorite verse is “the heart spills,” Proverbs 4:23. Nichole strives to spill that which is life-giving. She views her time with Turning Pointe as an invaluable piece of that endeavor.
Board Member since 2020
Pete is retired Human Resources Consultant at SpartanNash. He also served in the capacity of Store Director and District Manager with D&W Food Centers. He was on the founding boards of two Grand Rapids area non-profits, Jabez Ministries, an active campus ministry to special needs college students and Roosevelt Park Ministries, an outreach to the inner city of southwest Grand Rapids.
Pete has served as a Deacon and as an Elder at his church. He remains active as a Worship Team leader, Faith Formation Team member, and a Catechism teacher for high school youth. He is married and has four children and ten grandchildren. He loves the vision and uniqueness of the integration of faith and the arts that Turning Pointe offers.
Pete’s favorite Bible verse: Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5-16-18