Staff & Board of Directors

Meet our Staff!

Octavia Rose Hingle

Octavia Rose Hingle

Communications Assistant

Octavia Rose Hingle is a dance artist, administrator & educator born & raised in the East Bay Area.  Octavia holds a BA in dance from Middlebury College, and has worked administratively and creatively with AXIS Dance Company, Luna Dance Institute, ODC/Dance, and Headlong Performance Institute.


Dalton Valerio

Dalton Valerio

Managing Director

Dalton Valerio, Managing Director, is a contemporary dance artist, writer, and researcher in the Bay Area. Originally coming from New Mexico, he received his Master’s in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, UK. Aside from managing, Dalton dances with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, works for Touchstone Climbing, and writes opinions, reviews, and articles for various publications and his own blog under ‘Dalton Alexander’. He advocates politically for the arts, environment, and society and is diligently working to create a more sustainable life for freelance performance artists.


Join our Community:

"It takes a village" as the old adage goes, and so it does for non-profit organizations in the arts. Without the unflagging support of our Staff and Board of Directors, Deborah Slater Dance Theater simply would not have had the spectacular longevity of the past 30 years. For this DSDT is immensely grateful and we give them our sincere thanks here.

Our goal for the company's next 10 years is growth and that means our village needs to grow too. DSDT is currently seeking to recruit additional board members with a passion for elevating the arts to their rightful place in our cultural landscape, and the expertise to facilitate and strengthen the business that supports the artwork.

If you are interested being an integral part of DSDT's future and would like to learn more about becoming a board member, please contact us at (If you would like to lend a hand in a more casual capacity, please consider volunteering for a project or event.)


  • Kim Teevan– President
  • Michael Berger
  • Milton Diaz
  • Anne Pearlman
  • Deborah Slater
  • Dalton Valerio
  • Nastaran Mousavi


  • Heather M. Kitchen
  • Gwyneth Baron
  • Sarah Greenberg
  • Beth Sweetow


  • Dean Bosche
  • Deborah Crooks
  • Nisha Singh
  • Beth Sweetow
  • Karen Wright
  • Gary Apotheker
  • Joanne Bender
  • Gwyneth McKay Baron
  • Boman Abadan
  • Marsha Underhill
  • Susan Patton Fox
  • Sandy Bragar
  • Fe Bongolan
  • Jean Hopkins
  • Marci Brown
  • Kristin Cummings Streed
  • Sarah Greenberg
  • Debra Varner
  • David Grossblat
  • Brechin Flournoy
  • Jane Mermelstein
  • Joe Sikoryak
  • Cheryl Stelzig
  • Jason Swartz
  • Barbara Slotnik
  • Paulann Thurmon
  • Brian Trumm
  • Harold Walker