Lucy Wallace, MA, Founder
Since Lucy was 8 years old, she has been dancing. In 2010 she bought a Boulder based dance studio after receiving her master’s degree in Psychology. Her psychology background led to the birth of Dance To Be Free due to the therapeutic and cathartic quality of her teaching style.
As one student shared:
“Wallace is a gifted and compassionate teacher whose style is vocal and impassioned, raunchy and raw, while simultaneously elegant and fluid. To be in one of her classes (I have attended classes at the studio) is to be both vulnerable and strong, to have fun and push oneself physically, to feel what one feels, and to move about it. Imagine how powerful that could be for incarcerated women.” Jane Perle
Lucy has been invited to speak at several speaking engagements including Emerging Women and the first ever live streamed Tedx Talk at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women. Her work is spreading and catching on throughout the prison industrial complex.
Ramona Clark, Operations Manager
Ramona received her BFA from the University of Colorado. After moving to Washington State, she worked in stained glass then as a glassblower in Seattle from 1988 to 1994.
Because she missed Colorado, she moved back and became a farm manager for Burke Organic Farm and served as the President of the Board for the Boulder County Farmers’ Market for 2 years.
In 1998 Ramona founded the nonprofit, Growing Gardens, with its mission to create community through sustainable urban agriculture. She served as its Executive Director for 15 years During this time, she also served as President of the Food and Agricultural Policy Board in Boulder County for 3 years.
In 2016, she became the Executive Director for the Sheila Fortune Foundation, a nonprofit that gives to organizations supporting at risk youth through the arts.
Ramona is currently retired and is passionate about bringing her skills to support and develop the tremendous potential and gift to the incarcerated that Dance To Be Free represents.
Demetrius Gatson, Dance Instructor
Demetrius taught DTBF curriculum at Nebraska Correctional Center for Women for 2 years. Released from prison in 2018 she has been active in her community, teaching dance at her church and participated in a performance with ReEntry Dance collaborative in Boulder Colorado. She is currently a ReEntry Specialist. As a traveling Instructor, she has taught DTBF curriculum in Nebraska and Florida.
Misa Terral, Program Instructor
Misa Terral joins the Dance To Be Free team as a Program Instructor. She is honored to carry the teaching torch with Lucy in taking DTBF to more women in prisons around the U.S.. Grateful for how dancing transformed and healed her own life, Misa became a certified SoulSweat™ instructor in 2015 after dancing with Lucy since 2012. After moving to Asheville, NC in 2018, Misa founded Soulpower Dance™, teaching and empowering individuals to reveal their most authentic selves by connecting body, heart and spirit through the healing power of dance.
As a Certified Death Doula and a licensed Occupational Therapist, Misa brings compassion, presence, and experience working with groups, individuals and families through intense emotions and difficult life transitions. Her spirituality and connection to Earth medicine brings joy, aliveness, depth and potency to her teaching style.
Katherine Shoulders, MS, Southern Regional Director
Katherine has been the Southern Regional Program Director for Dance To Be Free, since 2016. She brings 30 plus years in the health and fitness field to our mission. She has worked closely with the Arkansas Department of Corrections on wellness program design and implementation. Offering workshops at the Arkansas Department of Corrections training academy and at various facilities, she has experienced first hand the unique challenges and opportunities present in the world of corrections. Katherine also leads our students in instruction on strengthening the back, improving posture and the benefits of self regulation through breathing exercises.The Virginia Department of Corrections featured Shoulders as a presenter in a recent Department Heads Conference.
Chloe Weber BA, Program Assistant
In 2018, Chloe started working for DTBF as an intern during her last year of her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2019, Chloe transitioned to the staff position of Program Assistant. She assists DTBF in teacher trainings across the United States and plays an integral role in supporting day-to-day operational tasks, DVD production, research, fundraising and grant writing. Her role currently partners operational tasks with capacity.
Angi Moyer, Nonprofit/Philanthropic Counsel
Angi joined Dance To Be Free in April 2019. As part of the Dance To Be Free’s team, she provides strategies and a sounding board to inspire opening doors to new ideas and conversations that strengthen existing operations, cultivate new partnerships and expand donor relationships. This capacity building partnership will assist Dance To Be Free in reaching ambitious goals with a long lasting social impact.
With over 25 years of professional experience working for and with a large scope of non-profit organizations nationally, Angi brings a depth of experience in nonprofit and philanthropic management. Her experience as a direct service provider and executive leader within non-profit organizations, as a board member, and as a capital campaign consult with organizations seeking to raise between $1 million to $10 million, allows her to see projects and challenges from all vantage points.
Prior to consulting, Angi’s professional career and volunteer work centered around working with and advocating for individuals facing traumatic experiences. The mission and vision of Dance To Be Free has reignited her passion and commitment to focus on serving those affected by life’s trauma.
Rachelle Reichley, Board President
A West Virginia native, Rachelle considers herself a little bit country and a little bit Rock and Roll. Growing up in a small town she learned the importance of family, friends, and community. She’s a graduate of West Virginia University and admits that she still tears up every time she hears “Country Roads Take Me Home.”
Her twenty-plus years experience in the service industry ignited her passion for taking care of people and she is a certified “Calling in the One” coach and has founded several successful businesses. Currently, she is a REALTOR® with Live Urban Real Estate in Denver, CO where she loves empowering people through the real estate process.
Dance has been a huge part of her healing journey in her own life and she’s thrilled to be a part of Dance to be Free.
Kristin Quigley, Board Treasurer
Lois Shannon, Board Secretary
Lois is the founder of TheWomansNetwork.com (TWN) a space of authentic connection where women reclaim their worth and ignite a passion for change. She has spent the last several years on an intensive path of self exploration, training to facilitate Trauma Constellations in a year long program in London, England and is a UCLA certified Mindfulness Facilitator. Lois is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Somatic work, Five Rhythm Dancing and numerous other approaches to self-awareness.
Lois spent the last 19 years in Europe, originally sent there as a Director in Sales and Marketing for Apple Computer in Paris in 1995. She was subsequently a Partner at Russell Reynolds Associates in London, an executive search firm where she established and ran their Internet practice. She was in the Wall Street Journal in 1999 as one of the top 30 Business Women in Europe and she and her husband, Tom Virden, were in the WSJ in 2000, as the Internet Couple of Europe. Before leaving the U.S., Lois was with Apple Computer in Cupertino and prior to that was a Consultant at Bain and Company in Boston, MA. Lois is an intrepid explorer having traveled extensively, covering all continents. She and her family (three teenage children) recently moved to Boulder in August 2014. Lois holds a B.S. degree in French and Economics from Duke University.
Jen Stanzel, Board Member
Jim Guggenhime, Board Member
Jim received his degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado. He was Director of the School Aged Learning Program at the Family Learning Center, a nonprofit in Boulder, and has served on the board of the nonprofit, Growing Gardens. He was instrumental in establishing the Cultiva! Youth Project. He is currently involved in real estate development in the Boulder/ Longmont area.
Alissa Peterson, Board Member
Alissa joined DTBF’s board in 2018 as a repeating donor, local dancer and supporter with previous board experience as she sat on the Board of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. After earning a B.A. degree in Literature and History from Colorado State University, Alissa entered her initial career as an Executive Recruiter in San Jose, California. She established a reputation as a top recruiter before moving to Tucson, Arizona, to join the field of real estate.
Jill Emich, Board Member
Jill has owned and run restaurants and gathering places in Boulder, Colorado for 20+ years, most currently Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar. Jill is also the founder of Shine Potions an herbal and energetic beverage company that nourishes from the inside out and invites you to tap into the Magic within. She is a dance instructor and a coach in Body Centered Transformation guiding participants to have full access to their emotional experience and expression. Through her endeavors she has always enjoyed bringing people together and building community. Her mission and purpose in life is to continually encourage people to explore and dig deeper into their personal beings, share their gifts and passions and SHINE from the heart.