Malashock Dance Board of Directors

Meet Our Current Board of Directors


Julie Strong, Board Chair

Julie Strong is the Upper School Dean of Faculty and a member of the Science Department at La Jolla Country Day School, where her professional interests include faculty mentoring, curriculum design, and change management.  Julie holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California, San Francisco. Julie’s interest in dance as a viewer started at a young age with trips to Jacob’s Pillow and the New York City Ballet with family, and she began taking dance classes in high school. After moving to the San Diego area in 2006, she found Malashock as a student following a long hiatus from the art form. Julie’s other interests include cycling, travel, and outdoor activities. Julie joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and in has been the Chair since mid-2016.

Heather Hawkins, Treasurer

Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario Canada, Heather fell in love with Malashock Dance in 2008 and joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2009. Heather is the Corporate Controller for Kyocera International Inc. and holds two accounting designations; she is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA) in Canada and holds a Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) license in the State of California. Although she was an avid dancer in what seems like another life; she now prefers to support Malashock Dance as the Treasurer and continues to dance primarily in her living room.

Jennifer Landers, Secretary

Jennifer Landers earned Bachelor of Arts from Rider University in Communications and Philosophy. After working in Television and graphic design, Jenny received a License in Massage Therapy in 2012. Jenny is originally from New Jersey and New York, where she lived for many years and worked in the Television Industry. While living and working in New York, she rekindled her love for dance after many years away from it. In addition to NYC, Jenny has lived in  Seattle, San Diego and currently Los Angeles. She also recently completed the Business of Wine Certificate from SDSU, in addition to studies with the Wine Spirit Education Trust. Jenny volunteers with the San Diego Humane Society,  and is currently managing a historic property in Hollywood, where she lives with her husband and Persian rescue cats. Jenny is passionate about giving back to her community, and joined the Malashock Dance Board of Directors in  2016. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board.

Christian Fenton, Director

Mr. Fenton is a partner at Goode Hemme & Barger, where he works with individuals and companies, big and small, to assess, secure, manage, and enforce their intellectual property rights in the fields of trademark, patent, and copyright. Mr. Fenton is licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii, is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has been practicing law for over ten years. Mr. Fenton’s experience with both litigation and transactional matters affords him a broader perspective when working with clients to identify and apply the best and most efficient solutions to challenges and opportunities. Mr. Fenton obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his law degree from the University of Hawaii. Continuing the streak of living in beautiful cities, he moved to San Diego where he has lived since 2011. Mr. Fenton has a wide range of legal experience, from running a solo practice, to being the managing attorney of a 15 person practice division in a large San Diego law firm.

Evelyn Lamden, Board Member

Evelyn is an experienced marketing executive with 30+ years in management roles. She managed media budgets exceeding $60 million and worked for companies such as Goodyear, Foodmaker (Jack-in-the-Box Restaurants), and Jenny Craig International. She also was Account Director handling the Nissan Dealer Assoc. of So. California for International Communications Group, now part of Carat N. America. Prior to cofounding Red Kite as a marketing consultancy in 2007, she was with Aviatech, a full-service ad agency specializing in digital marketing.

She co-founded Red Kite as a marketing consultancy in 2007 as Experts in Women. Red Kite is certified as a WBE with WBENC, advocating for supplier diversity by working with other WBEs and minority-owned businesses. She’s a former Chair of WBEC-West San Diego Leadership Forum (four counties), the western regional partner of WBENC, a national organization representing women-owned businesses, and a Platinum Supplier Program graduate.

She has been recognized twice as a finalist for Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine in 2013 and 2014, and was a recipient of Women Who Mean Business Award from San Diego Business Journal in 2012. She also is a recipient for San Diego’s Performing Arts League 2014 “Star Award” for her community service, and was a recipient of the same award in 2009. And most recently, Red Kite received the Southern California Edison Diversity Business Enterprise Award in 2017 as part of their 12th annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. Active in her community, Evelyn served as Chair of the San Diego Symphony Board of Directors for three years, and remains a board member and member of the executive committee. She is also a board member San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation, of SDSU’s MFA Musical Theatre Program Sounding Board, and Malashock Dance Company.

John Malashock, Board Member

JOHN MALASHOCK brings 35 years of experience in dance, theater, and film to his current role as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance. He has created more than 70 choreographic works, dance/theater collaborations, theater and opera productions, and award-winning dance films. John founded Malashock Dance in 1988, after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York, where he performed worldwide; appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus; was featured in numerous television specials, and performed in numerous concerts with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Under John’s leadership, Malashock Dance has become one of California’s premiere dance companies, and his work has been presented throughout the United States, Central America, Japan, and Central Europe. Malashock has many notable collaborative credits to his name: he has choreographed productions at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre; his work has been commissioned by the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Music Society, and San Diego Opera; and he has garnered six Emmy Awards for his dance films, which have aired on over 30 affiliate PBS stations nationwide.

John has served as guest faculty for the American Dance Festival, Cal State Long Beach, Dance Space New York, ADF/Tokyo, Connecticut College, and the University of Utah, among many others. A leader within the local and national dance communities, Malashock has served on the Board of Trustees for Dance USA and is proud to have taken the leadership role in conceiving, developing, and establishing Dance Place San Diego at Liberty Station, where he teaches classes and workshops throughout the year.

Patricia O’Connor, Board Member

Pat O’ is President Emeritus of Fashion Careers College, a college she founded in 1979 in San Diego.  She closed the college when she retired in 2012.  She has created and chaired several charity events in the city.  Art of Fashion for the Timken Museum of Art.  Fashion: Past, Present, and Future for the San Diego History Center.  She created and chaired the Golden Hanger Fashion Gala for 25 years.  She currently serves on two Boards:  Malashock Dance Company and the Maktaba Project.  She created and chaired a charity event for the Malashock Dance Company last year.  She currently volunteers as a docent and guest lecturer for the Timken Museum of Art. She has received several awards for her charitable contributions in San Diego.