People


Board of Directors and Trustees

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John Cowles is the President & Chief Executive Officer of FXI, a leading producer of innovative foam products for the Home, Healthcare, Electronics, Industrial, Personal Care and Transportation markets. Prior to joining FXI in 2011, Mr. Cowles was CEO of Touchstone Wireless and President at George Weston Bakeries of Horsham, Pa. Mr. Cowles also served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Kraft Foods where he ran the Beverage, Cookies, Confections and Condiments businesses. Mr. Cowles also worked for 9 years at Campbell Soup Company where he led organizations in Asia Pacific and the U.S. Mr. Cowles began his career at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. Mr. Cowles received an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Cornell University. Mr. Cowles resides in Wayne, Pa. with his wife and children.

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Steven Crystal is the President & CEO of Crystal Ball Services specializing in metals, energies and stock indexes. His company provides advisory services to floor traders, institutions and banks. Mr. Crystal also owns and operates a network of real estate, motorcycle sales and auto parts businesses and contributes his time to many philanthropic organizations. He began trading in 1969 and, in 1980, purchased seats and began floor trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange and the New York Commodities Exchange. He traded on the floor until 1992 when he launched office trading at the offices of Crystal Ball Services. Mr. Crystal received his Bachelors degree from Rutgers College and Masters from George Washington University.

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Jason Luks is a co-founder of Performing Hearts. He has hosted many of the organizations’ events, including participating as a workshop leader and as a performer. Jason is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Jason's recent commercial credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Ted Kennedy's birthday celebration hosted by President Obama at the Kennedy Center, Saturday Night Live, MTV's Video Music Awards and Law and Order. His modern and tap choreography has been featured in several shows in New York City, Michigan, Illinois and Las Vegas. Jason performed in the 55th Presidential Inauguration celebration along with featured dancer Hilary Duff in America's Future Rocks Today: A Call to Service hosted by the President’s daughter, Barbara Bush, and attended by the President and First Lady! Jason led the USA Tap Dance team as its Gold Medal World Solo Champion in the 2003 and 2004 International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Festival in Riesa, Germany.

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Jordyn Luks is a co-founder and Director of Performing Hearts. Jordyn has been a frequent performer at events supporting numerous community service organizations including Kids for Kids, Dancers Responding to Aids, Stand Up to Cancer, Hancock French Woods Arts Alliance and the Challenger program. Jordyn graduated from the University of Richmond (Class of '14) and is an alumni of Newark Academy (Class of '10). Jordyn is currently working in media planning with iCrossing, a leading digital marketing engagement agency.


Faculty

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Dr. Patti Krapels is the director of the Performing Hearts Program at DANJ. She is a chiropractic physician specializing in pediatrics. As her children began to demonstrate a love for dance at a young age, Patti became actively involved in a program specializing in children’s dance education -- starting at the beginner level with rhythmic movement, and thereafter, developing skills in ballet, tap, lyrical and jazz. Since then, Miss Patti has become a children’s dance program lead teacher at several area dance studios and preschools. Miss Patti earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology at Michigan State University and her Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University.