Malashock Dance Board of Directors

Meet Our Current Board of Directors


Patricia O’Connor, Board Chair

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.


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.

Karen Roque, Secretary 

Karen brings over 10 years of experience with event coordinating related to fashion design and the arts to her board member role. She is passionate about actively engaging in programs and services that support related community values and visions. Currently, Karen is a licensed agent, office/escrow manager for a luxury real estate brokerage in La Jolla, CA.


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.

Cathy Rempel, Board Member

Cathy Rempel is currently President of American Security Integrators and President of The Summit Group, an executive advisory organization. Her career has expanded through the business community for over 30 years in various business building and executive positions, including Xerox Corporate Vice President. She has been actively involved in many industries as a keynote speaker, trainer and executive coach. As a trusted adviser to many companies across the nation she has a unique insight into industry best practices and business trends. In addition to Cathy’s business focus, she is an active community supporter and has served in the following roles:

California Security Association President, San Diego Security Association President, San Diego Chamber Orchestra Vice President, San Diego Business and Education Executive Board, San Diego Symphony Board, Bethel Seminary Executive Board, Bethel Seminary Marketing Chair, The Association of American University Women Executive Board, Mainly Mozart Executive Board, National Electronic Security Association Board, The Monitoring Association Membership and Education Boards, Campanile Foundation Arts Committee, San Diego Youth Symphony Board, Consumer Electronics Board, The Alberta Ballet Board, The Banff Center for Fine Arts Board, National Association of Women Business Owners Board, Electronic Security Expo Board, Electronic Security and Technology Association Executive Advisor, International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Advisor, American Society for Industrial Security Executive Advisor, Security Industry Alarm Coalition Executive Advisor, International Security Conference Executive Advisor, San Diego Chamber of Commerce Advisor, San Diego University Club Advisor, and SCORE Advisor.