Meet our Acting for Young People, Inc Board of Directors
Board of Directors Officers
Kathy Beyer - President
Born into a family who appreciated and admired the arts, Kathy spent her childhood pursuing her love of classical ballet. She was fortunate enough to be able to dance professionally with the Boston Ballet after graduating from high school in Houston, Texas. After retiring from the stage, she spent the following years raising a family, teaching ballet classes, completing a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, and moving around the states and overseas to accommodate her husband’s career. Returning to the workforce after a two year stay in Shanghai, China, Kathy initially worked in marketing and event planning for a manufacturing company. Yearning to return to the arts, Kathy pursued an M.A in Arts Management from George Mason University. During her studies there, she served as assistant director of development at Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Currently Kathy is serving as administrative director of Classical Ballet Theatre, a nonprofit pre-professional ballet company based in Herndon, Virginia. She also is an instructor at the ballet school. She resides in Reston, Virginia, and enjoys working with young people, encouraging them to appreciate and participate in the arts. Serving as board president for Acting For Young People is a continual joy.
Linda Ferri - Treasurer
Linda, president of Advanse International, has over 25 years of experience in accompanying European, North African and North American individuals, companies and institutions in their international development, providing targeted training, consulting and hosting services. Linda helps clients achieve international growth and profitability by leveraging partnerships across a broad business spectrum, from operations, marketing and finance to administration and logistics. A cum laude graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Arabic and International Business, Linda also holds an International Executive Education Certificate from Georgetown University in International Finance and Global Markets. She has traveled extensively in Europe and North Africa, studied in Fiesole, Italy and Dijon, France and is fluent in Italian and French. Linda is active in her community, focusing on children, education and the arts. She is a champion of incorporating the arts into the core curriculum and volunteers frequently at her children’s schools to support the fine arts programs. She also serves as board member and treasurer of the Vienna Choral Society, board member of the Choral Boosters of Oakton High School, and advisor to Bridges Harmony Through Music, an intensive music education program for under-served youth.
Lauren Yuzon - Secretary
Lauren is a research attorney for the Detroit International Bridge Company and the Relief Services Assistant for the Bethesda office of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Her favorite part of working with the AFYP Board is acting as a liaison between the parents and the staff, and facilitating better communication among families. When she is not promoting AFYP or sitting in the audience as a proud mother of her actor/daughter, Grayson, Lauren volunteers her time making props for the Longfellow Middle School Theatre Department, registers scouts for camp with Boy Scout Troop 128, shelves books in the Longfellow Middle School and McLean High School libraries, and helps with various aspects of the McLean High School Marching Band.
Board of Directors
Andrea, a literacy specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools has spent much of her adult life educating and building students and teacher’s engagement in literacy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific as well as an elementary teaching credential from San Jose State University. After spending over a decade in the classroom, she received a Master’s in Education from George Mason University focusing on Literacy Leadership in Diverse Educational Settings. Currently, she works as a Literacy Coach at Forest Edge Elementary School where she plans and implements school-wide professional development in partnership with the work of Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. A California native, Andrea was always surrounded by the performing arts as both her father and sister are classicly trained pianists while she chose to spend her time on the ice as a competitive ice dancer for over 10 years. Nowadays, she enjoys sitting in the audience watching her sons Teddy and Ben perform in musical showcases, driving them to and from music lessons, and supporting the promotion of the arts in the community.
Brig Gen (retired) Ian Dickinson, founder and CEO of ID Associates, is a career-long leader in cyberspace for military and government organizations. During his Air Force career, Gen. Dickinson served in increasingly challenging roles from the base and squadron level in support of two separate fighter wings to installation command at both RAF Croughton in England and Keesler AFB in Mississippi. He directed all IT and cyber security support to the Joint Staff as the Deputy CIO and led Air Force enterprise network development as the director of communications at the lead major command, Air Force Space Command. After retirement from the Air Force in 2012, he joined FWG Solutions, Inc., and served as its COO. During his tenure he helped grow FWG from start-up into a vibrant federal/state/local HUBZone 8(a) firm, steering multiple projects from engineering solutions for the SEC and Air Force to executive cyber security education for DHS and other federal agencies. As CEO of ID Associates, he has grown a multi-faceted consulting and strategy practice with customers across the technology and financial services sectors. Gen. Dickinson is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he received a B.S. in computer science. He also holds a masters in computer science from the University of Massachusetts and a masters in public policy from Harvard University. He lives in Northern Virginia and serves as a Fairfax County Volunteer Firefighter and EMT.
Dawn Matthews has been a part of the AFYP family since 2010 when her son first attended summer camp. She and her son instantly loved AFYP’s positive, nurturing approach to children’s theatre. Initially an audience member, Dawn began volunteering on performance days and then joined other enthusiastic parents as a member of the Parent Executive Committee. She has a special interest in fundraising and welcoming new families to the AFYP community. Dawn has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. Her favorite projects have included developing submarine software for the U.S. Navy and the Australian Navy, and managing the development of the first handheld trading device for the New York Stock Exchange. Dawn currently works as a transaction coordinator in residential real estate.
Sarah serves on the governing boards and on strategic and operational committees for AFYP, Green Spring Gardens (Alexandria VA), and Reeves-Reed Arboretum (Summit NJ). As Owner & Principal of Connected Gardens LLC, Sarah helps private and public clients craft beautiful, environmentally and people-friendly landscape experiences that interconnect design, science and practical strategies for long-term sustainability.
Kevin serves as program manager and performance faculty for the Mason’s School of Theater. In addition to teaching, mentoring and recruiting Mason students, Kevin oversees a variety of special projects. He teaches students of all ages, both at Mason and during summer camp sessions with AFYP. These experiences led to appreciation of the value of the arts in education, a passion he continues to pursue through his organization, STEAM at Mason, whose focus is to bring together people from all walks of life to share, discover, and celebrate the connection between the arts and sciences. Kevin is also a professional actor. He has appeared in scores of plays, films, television programs and commercials. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. Recent projects include Aftermath with Arnold Schwarzenegger the premiere episode of Veep (HBO) with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, House of Cards (Netflix), and independent films Lovely Molly, Familiar Strangers, and Assumption of Risk.