Meet DK's New Board Co-presidents
Dance Kaleidoscope’s Board of Trustees is now under the leadership of Co-presidents Jeremy Ecenbarger and Jessica Reckamp. They bring dynamism and a wealth of experience to their new roles: Reckamp is currently the director of member experience at Indiana University Health Plans, and Ecenbarger is a consultant in US Migraine Portfolio Integration at Eli Lilly and Company.
“I first saw DK perform at an IndyFringe Festival and was blown away,” said Ecenbarger. “From that moment, I knew I wanted to become more involved. I have a love for the arts in general – whether that be performing arts like music, film, theater and dance, or visual art like painting, sculpting and architecture. DK brings all those worlds together for me.”
For Reckamp, connections go back to her childhood and now involve her daughter. “I became aware of DK 11 years ago when I moved to Indy and began taking classes from Jackie Virgin, a former DK dancer and daughter of Executive Director Jan Virgin,” said Reckamp. “Then I found out David Hochoy was the artistic director — I knew David when I was a kid in Texas because he taught at Texas Christian University, where my dad is a professor. DK is a place for me to not only give back to the dance community that I love so much, but where I can share my love of dance with my daughter, who is now one of the little DK Kids.”
Ecenbarger and Reckamp meet regularly to discuss DK’s needs, then divide workloads according to areas of expertise and interest. Ecenbarger handles finance, marketing, governance and the newly created Young Professionals Board, while Reckamp focus is on education, development, succession and strategic planning. They are supported by numerous board subcommittees, as well as a strong administrative staff.
“I hope we are able to get to have live audiences again in 2021,” said Reckamp. “Once we are able to do this, my hope is that DK can offer more programming to a wide variety of audiences, including performances geared toward families attending together. I bring a fresh perspective around how we can utilize this opportunity to expand the ways in which technology will help to expand audiences.”
Ecenbarger said, “My hope is that DK will continue to stay as fresh and relevant in our next 50 years, as we’ve been in our first 50 years. We’re only just getting started.”