board of directors
The Rosin Box Project is always seeking voices to add to our team. If you are a passionate arts advocate with fundraising, administrative, or event planning expertise, please email Thom Dancy at Thom@therosinboxproject.com to discuss joining our Board of Directors.
2021-2022 Board of Directors
Michael Angelo Camacho
Michael Angelo earned an M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences. A nonprofit professional, he has solid experience in finance, fundraising, and philanthropy.
With top-tier relationships across a broad range of sectors in San Diego, Michael has been involved in evidence-based program design, financial analysis, resource development, and civic engagement. His portfolio of past client organizations includes: Dreams for Change, the YMCA, and Kids Included Together.
The arts have a special place in Michael’s heart. He has done dance demonstrations at the San Diego Fair and been invited to display his work at the Spanish Village Art Center.
Michael has also contributed towards producing his favorite musical by securing the venue, and funding partners for an up-and-coming theater company. He is proud to say that their production shed a light on the immigrant issues present in the community.
After earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Catherine Cheng obtained her osteopathic medical degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at UCSD and has been working as a primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente since 2009.
After a brief dalliance in dance as a child, she only seriously stumbled into the world of ballet 8 years ago after attending a friend’s adult summer intensive performance. Not long afterward, she became a ballet student herself and has been passionate about the art form ever since. She credits her teachers at City Ballet of San Diego and the Lynch Dance Institute by providing her instruction and experiences that have contributed to her personal growth well beyond the dance studio. She is continuously inspired by the commitment and work required of professional dancers in that elusive pursuit of artistic perfection. As such, she is extremely excited to be in a position to support the unique choreographic voices within San Diego through The Rosin Box and strongly believes in the additional community outreach mission of this nonprofit organization.
Ryan Field is Microbiologist and has spent the past 15 years working in a diverse range of science industry settings—settings ranging from education, research, and the private sector. He is currently performing Quality Control Microbiology here in San Diego, CA for biotech companies under regulatory guidelines or standards such as: FDA, ISO, EPA, USP, and CLIA.
Ryan’s previous non-profit experience ties heavily with Education Outreach. He has spent time with facilities such as the Museum of Arts and Science and Saturday-at-the-Sea program in Tallahassee, FL. He is a patron of the arts and enjoys looking through the lens where art and science intersect.
Theodore McCombs has been an enthusiastic supporter of the San Diego arts community since seeing his first opera as an undergraduate at U.C. San Diego. After law school at U.C. Berkeley, he practiced commercial litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. In New York, he served on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Violence Project, a nonprofit empowering LGBTQ+ communities to end all forms of violence. And with the help of that city's incredible ballet scene, he developed his passion for dance as an artistic and expressive medium. From 2014-2018, he served the State of Colorado as an Assistant Attorney General, protecting vulnerable children, defending social services programs, and advising the State Board of Human Services as its general counsel. Returning to San Diego in 2018, he joined the California Attorney General's office as an environmental lawyer. He is a published writer as well, with his fiction appearing in national magazines and anthologies.
As a storyteller himself, Ted is fascinated by dance's power to connect emotionally to audiences without language--or rather, with a physical language that each dancer creates anew. He was thrilled to play host and emcee for the Rosin Box Project's 2019 season and is excited to share future seasons with San Diego as the Rosin Box Project's Founding Board Chair. He lives in Hillcrest with his partner, dancer Rony Lenis, and their beloved cat, Kamala.
Polly Toledo is a San Diego native who grew up in the South Bay. As a first generation American with dual Mexican citizenship, she is interested in the concept of duality and identity explored through visual art and culture. Through her work and volunteering she seeks to cultivate accessibility and to empower individuals and their communities.
Polly works as a grant writer for the San Diego Housing Commission and as the consulting Executive Director to San Diego Book Arts. She received her M.A. in Art Galleries and Museum Studies from the University Leeds, UK and her B.A. in Art History from Dominican University of California. Polly has previously worked at the New Americans Museum, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She also serves as an Executive Committee member to the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition (SDRACC).
Samuel Topazio is an Applications Analyst for Scripps Health who has been a lifetime advocate of both local arts and local entrepreneurs. He has worked diligently in the non-profit healthcare industry for the last seven years. In that time, he has worked in both the information technology and financial analysis departments. His goal has been to advise senior management on strategic initiatives by providing up-to-date data and industry trends. Samuel spent time in Guatemala working with non-governmental organizations (NGO) and local non-profits to improve both the local culture and economy. There he was called upon in order to help local entrepreneurs sort out their businesses and devise plans for marketing, budgeting, and supply chain management.
He is a project management and analytics enthusiast with academic training from the business schools of both the University of Connecticut and Boston University. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut as well as a Master’s in Business with a concentration in Strategy & Innovation from Boston University. While attending Boston University he was a co-founder of the Strategy & Innovation Graduate Association to help students identify their future paths. Samuel also holds several certifications which include a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma and the following Epic Electronic Medical Records Software Certifications: Customer Relationship Management Certification, Eligibility & Enrollment Certification, and Claims & Contracts certification.
John Velasco started dancing at the age of 10 in San Diego at the Naismith Academy of Scottish Highland Dancing. He competed nationally and internationally winning numerous championships. He started his ballet training with the California Ballet Principal Xavier Hicks and Wayne Davis and furthered his ballet studies at University of California, Irvine where he majored in classical Greek and Latin Language.
After college John worked in the field of Human Resources for San Diego companies such as Qualcomm and Ace Parking. He made the jump to professional ballet dance in 2012 with the California Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. In his first year John won Dancer of Year of the California Ballet. During his time at the company John has danced many classical and modern productions of the company’s repertoire including Maxine Mahon’s Nutcracker and Thor Sutowski’s Swan Lake. Additionally, John served as the Community Engagement and Social Media Manager of the company, working with local groups and populations to ensure the broadest stroke of the classical dance performance medium in the city.
John completed a certificate in nonprofit management at Harvard University in 2018 in Cambridge, MA. He also serves as a Visitor Experience associate at the Timken Museum of Art. His passion is arts administration and dance education. This is John’s first time serving on a nonprofit board. In his spare time, he is also a passionate classical musician playing flute, piano and guitar and enjoys singing.
2021-22 Advisory Board Members
Ryan Beck, Rebekah Brown, Judy Berman Silbert, Khamla Somphanh
The Rosin Box Project is currently seeking new Board Members with fundraising, event planning, and administrative backgrounds. Please view our Board Information Packet below and message Managing Director Thom Dancy at Thom@therosinboxproject.com with any queries. Thank you!