WHO'S WHO
FOUNDER
Jarvis Green
Founder & Producing Artistic Director
jarvis@jagproductionsvt.com

Jarvis Antonio Green is the Founding Artistic Director of JAG Productions, a Vermont and NYC based black theater company founded in 2016. He is the recipient of the New England Theatre Conference Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre for his work with JAG in its inaugural year. Every year he produces five new plays, nurturing the work of five budding playwrights at JAGfest, one of the nation's leading incubators of new works by Black playwrights. In 2020 he launched the Black Joy Project, a three-tiered project: a Black Theatre methodology, a play embodying the method and a documentary film capturing its inception. Jarvis was acknowledged by Native Son as a Black queer man who impacted the world in 2020 and sees himself playing a key role in bringing actors and stories from all over the diaspora to stages worldwide. He has a robust artistic resume having directed and performed in numerous professional productions all over the country. As an educator and scholar, he created a Black Theatre curriculum for Northwestern University, Notre Dame, and Northern Vermont University. Green is a New England Foundation for the Arts National Theatre Project Advisor and is a founding member of the Black Theatre Artist Council at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.

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Serena Nelson
Operations Associate
operations@jagproductionsvt.com

Serena Nelson joins our team as the Operations Associate, assisting with day to day logistics within the office and re-amplifying the systems and softwares utilized by JAG to create streamlined efficiency as an organization. Serena comes to us with a background in theatre work, hailing experience from the HOP and Pentangle Arts. Her skill sets in videography, database management and communications software coupled with her passions for nature, animals, and people makes her an invaluable asset to the JAG team.

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Tamara Waraschinski
Director of Developement
management@jagproductionsvt.com

Tamara grew up in Germany and then moved to Australia, where she worked as editor and researcher, and received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Adelaide. As a social theorist and death scholar with work and volunteer experience in aged and palliative care, she is particularly interested in how capitalism affects experiences around end-of-life. She co-founded the non-profit “The Collective for Radical Death Studies”, a collective of Scholars, Funeral Directors, Death Work Practitioners, Activists, and Students of Death Studies who view death work as synonymous with anti-racism work, and as a way to validate cultural and social life among marginalized groups. In the summer of 2019 she moved to the Upper Valley, via Oregon, where she now finally lives close to family. Tamara is excited to use her background in sociology and as researcher to help spread the vision of the JAG Team and to foster meaningful community relations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Vincent Mack
Chair

Vincent Mack is fascinated with all things at the intersection of culture and leadership and strives to be a continuous learner in this field. This passion leads Vincent to often serve as a coach, predominately situated in academic settings where he seeks to support students, staff and faculty reimagine their existing ideas of effective leadership practices through a more culturally informed non-traditional lens. Vincent is the inaugural Associate Director of Intercultural Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. In this role, Vincent develops intercultural competence based leadership programs, is a leadership coach, advises international students, and supports Tuck’s recruitment efforts in Africa. Vincent is also the co-founder of Measured Leadership, LLC a culturally focused leadership and strategy consulting practice. Vincent is asked to lecture and coach individuals on specific skillsets that help individuals and teams develop greater capacity to leverage difference. Prior to Tuck, Vincent was the Program Officer at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. Before Vincent’s tenure at Dartmouth, he lived and worked in Germany for nearly four years. Vincent holds an MA in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and a BS in Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs. Vincent's experiences abroad continually inspire him to encourage all audience to broaden their global perspective through leadership in service to others.

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Nancy Boyd Grant
Treasurer

Nancy Boyd Grant has over 35 years of experience in both staff and board leadership roles in the education and non-profit realms.  As a Principal of Grant Associates along with her husband David, she consults with schools and nonprofit organizations, specializing in strategic planning and the creation of effective administrative systems.  She also holds a half-time position with the Appalachian Mountain Club as Director of Volunteer-led Camps and Cabins. Nancy began her career in education at Cushing Academy (MA), and has worked at Milton Academy (MA), Newark Academy (NJ), Dartmouth College (NH), and as Interim Head at Crossroads Academy (NH).  She was the co-founder, along with her husband, of The Mountain School of Milton Academy, an innovative, nationally recognized one-semester academic program for high school juniors located on a working organic farm in Vershire, VT.  She also served as Director of Programs for New Jersey SEEDS, a non-profit organization based in Newark, which assists low-income students in preparing for and gaining admission to private secondary schools and colleges. Nancy was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Antioch University New England, and is currently Chair of the Provost’s Advisory Group. She is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Advisors of The Mountain School and a trustee of The Childrens’ Initiative, a Portland, ME-based organization that supports children and their families in small villages in Honduras, Haiti and Vietnam.  Over many years and in several capacities, she has served on the governing committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Three Mile Island Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee.  While living in New Jersey, she was a member of the Boards of Trustees of New Jersey SEEDS and the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. Nancy holds a BA in Urban Studies from Connecticut College, and a M.Ed. from the Department of Organization and Management at Antioch University New England. 

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Jameson C. Davis

Jameson C. Davis is a Juris Doctor (JD) Candidate at Vermont Law School and a Selectboard Member for the Town of Hartford, Vermont. During his time as a student at Vermont Law School thus far, Davis has earned a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) Degree and helped found the Environmental Justice Law Society, of which he is now a Co-President for this academic year. Outside of his roles and responsibilities as a student and Selectboard Member, Davis served as a Volunteer Member for the Vermont Attorney General's Advisory Panel on Racial Disparities in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice System. Currently is also serves as a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO). Davis was also appointed Chairman of the Data Collection Practices for Vermont Law Enforcement Subcommittee while serving on the Attorney General's Advisory Panel

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Alka Dev

Alka Dev has worked for over 20 years as a global health professional. Currently, Dev is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth College, working to reduce neonatal mortality in southern Haiti. Her work focuses on building integrated technical and management systems in complex medical settings with the goal to improve neonatal outcomes and support maternal well-being. While her work currently takes her to Haiti, she dedicates her personal time to working with local organizations that promote social justice and the arts. She is delighted to be currently supporting JAG Productions' mission. She has worked for several non-profits in New York and is a former Board Member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC). Dev holds a dual Bachelors in Chemistry and Women's Studies form the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate in Public Health from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has traveled to over 40 countries and finds her roots in India and North Carolina, the two homes of her younger years.

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Marcela Di Blasi

Marcela Di Blasi has been inspired and delighted by JAG Productions since it’s very first year, and was graced with the distinct honor of being elected to the board in 2020. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Marcela left the warmth of the lone star state to go to school at Williams College, before following her studies to the UK for a fellowship and MPhil at Cambridge University, and ultimately returning stateside to earn her Ph.D. in English at New York University. Now an assistant professor in the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program at Dartmouth College, Marcela focuses on multi-ethnic American literature, with a particular focus on Latinx coming of age stories and what they can tell us about who gets to inherit the future. Something that drew her to JAG was its focus on telling stories about the flawed world we live in without limiting our ability to imagine wildly beyond this world. Marcela is also a member of the Hanover School Board. She now lives in Hanover with her husband, Treb, two daughters, and dog.

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Keiselim A. Montás (Keysi)

Born in the Dominican Republic, at age 16 he migrated to Queens, NY, where he completed high school; he earned a BA in Spanish and Secondary Education from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a MA in Spanish Literatures from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Keysi moved to the Upper Valley in 2007, to work for the Dartmouth College Department of Safety and Security, where he currently serves as Director. He is an accomplished writer, and has published 5 poetry books, 2 books of short stories, and 2 books of essays. He has won multiple literary prizes and is the editor and founder of Élitro Editorial del Proyecto Zompopos a small independent publisher. Keysi is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer.