Our Team

We are a passionate group of people working together to accomplish our mission.

 
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Jari Majewski

Founder/President

Jari Majewski is a Teacher of the Deaf, performer and dancer, as well the founder of Feel the Beat.  She has an extensive education and passion for dance, theater, Sign Language and working with Deaf and special needs children.

Jari holds a BFA in Musical Theater and a concentration on Communication Disorders and American Sign Language from Pace University. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Deaf Education (M.Ed.) and Early Childhood Education (MA) from Columbia University. Jari’s interest in musical theatre and American Sign Language began when she was a young child.  As her skill set grew, so did her passion for these outlets and Jari decided to make it her mission to blend these creative arts and provide opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing children to experience the joy of music and dance.

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Julia Faliano

CO-FOUNDER/ VICE PRESIDENT

Julia Faliano is a Teacher of the Deaf, certified children’s yoga instructor, as well as the co-founder of Feel the Beat.  She has a long history with working with children who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and have special needs both as a volunteer in the community and as a teacher.  She is passionate about bridging gaps in the community to create greater accessibility and opportunity for children. Julia has a BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and an Elementary Teaching License from the University of Colorado.   She is finishing her MA in Deaf Education from the University of Northern Colorado Spring 2018. Julia started volunteering in classrooms for deaf and hard of hearing students as a sophomore in high school and quickly discovered it was a perfect career match.  In addition to teaching, she has used her skills to provide story times in sign language, face paint at deaf events, and conduct research on early intervention and language development.  While dance and music are new to Julia, she is ready to continue empowering young children and making learning fun.

Richard Parker, FSA, CFA- Treasurer   Richard has over 10 years of experience consulting on matters of finance, risk, and investments. He is passionate about helping people and organizations reach their goals, applying his unique skill set spanning multiple financial disciplines. At Feel the Beat, Richard hopes to promote a community built around inclusion and expressive arts.

Richard Parker, FSA, CFA- Treasurer

Richard has over 10 years of experience consulting on matters of finance, risk, and investments. He is passionate about helping people and organizations reach their goals, applying his unique skill set spanning multiple financial disciplines. At Feel the Beat, Richard hopes to promote a community built around inclusion and expressive arts.

Michael Sobota - Technology Director   Michael is a true technologist. He loves enabling success for teams and projects through the thoughtful use of technology. Michael works full time as a Director at Charter Communications, where his mission is to make development teams work harder, better, faster, stronger. He is excited to be a part of the Feel The Beat board and help them accomplish their mission.

Michael Sobota - Technology Director

Michael is a true technologist. He loves enabling success for teams and projects through the thoughtful use of technology. Michael works full time as a Director at Charter Communications, where his mission is to make development teams work harder, better, faster, stronger. He is excited to be a part of the Feel The Beat board and help them accomplish their mission.

Evan Hung - Board Development   Evan is a skilled leader and entrepreneur with a track record of success in marketing strategy, product management, and business development. He has led various teams for multiple companies, which include start ups as well as Fortune 500 companies. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Nikola Power, an energy storage technology company, and was previously the Co-Founder and CEO of Zipskee, a travel-tech start up in Denver, CO. Evan brings a passion for team-building, technology, and entrepreneurship to the Feel the Beat organization, in addition to over 10 years of experience teaching hip hop dance and entering competitions around the world. As an experienced dancer and entrepreneur, Evan is extremely excited to bring the best of both worlds together to help Feel the Beat’s mission of making dance accessible for all.

Evan Hung - Board Development

Evan is a skilled leader and entrepreneur with a track record of success in marketing strategy, product management, and business development. He has led various teams for multiple companies, which include start ups as well as Fortune 500 companies. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Nikola Power, an energy storage technology company, and was previously the Co-Founder and CEO of Zipskee, a travel-tech start up in Denver, CO. Evan brings a passion for team-building, technology, and entrepreneurship to the Feel the Beat organization, in addition to over 10 years of experience teaching hip hop dance and entering competitions around the world. As an experienced dancer and entrepreneur, Evan is extremely excited to bring the best of both worlds together to help Feel the Beat’s mission of making dance accessible for all.

 
Whitney Swales- Marketing   Whitney Swales serves as a volunteer and board member for the Outreach Committee at Feel the Beat. In addition, Whitney is the vice president of guest recognition for RLH Corporation where she leads the email marketing and loyalty program teams. Prior to her current role, Whitney led the loyalty and marketing analytics function and team for the Bagel Brands division of Coffee & Bagel Brands which includes the Einstein Bros. Bagels, Bruegger’s Bagels, Noah’s New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagel brands (JAB Holdings). Whitney has a background in finance, loyalty marketing and marketing analytics with over 12 years of experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. Whitney holds a BS in Finance from Regis College in Denver, CO. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys competitive ballroom dance, hiking, snowshoeing, international travel and time with her boyfriend and two dogs.

Whitney Swales- Marketing

Whitney Swales serves as a volunteer and board member for the Outreach Committee at Feel the Beat. In addition, Whitney is the vice president of guest recognition for RLH Corporation where she leads the email marketing and loyalty program teams. Prior to her current role, Whitney led the loyalty and marketing analytics function and team for the Bagel Brands division of Coffee & Bagel Brands which includes the Einstein Bros. Bagels, Bruegger’s Bagels, Noah’s New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagel brands (JAB Holdings). Whitney has a background in finance, loyalty marketing and marketing analytics with over 12 years of experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. Whitney holds a BS in Finance from Regis College in Denver, CO. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys competitive ballroom dance, hiking, snowshoeing, international travel and time with her boyfriend and two dogs.

Heather Hapke - Community Outreach     Heather Hapke was raised in the Deaf community, and used sign language to communicate with her family because her father, sister, aunt, uncle and cousins are all deaf. She currently teaches at Rocky Mountain Deaf School in the High School as their Transition Teacher. In this role, she prepares students with the skills needed to be college and career ready, while also consciously planning for living independently after they graduate. In the Fall of 2017, she started a Dance Club for middle and high school students at RMDS and invited Jari, from Feel the Beat to come present after the students performed their own choreographed dance for family and friends at the end of the quarter. Afterwards, Heather became involved with Feel the Beat, wanting to join the cause that was helping deaf community members of all ages explore their passion for dance with a one of a kind studio.

Heather Hapke - Community Outreach

Heather Hapke was raised in the Deaf community, and used sign language to communicate with her family because her father, sister, aunt, uncle and cousins are all deaf. She currently teaches at Rocky Mountain Deaf School in the High School as their Transition Teacher. In this role, she prepares students with the skills needed to be college and career ready, while also consciously planning for living independently after they graduate. In the Fall of 2017, she started a Dance Club for middle and high school students at RMDS and invited Jari, from Feel the Beat to come present after the students performed their own choreographed dance for family and friends at the end of the quarter. Afterwards, Heather became involved with Feel the Beat, wanting to join the cause that was helping deaf community members of all ages explore their passion for dance with a one of a kind studio.

Nicci Frick   Nicci loves to apply her background in project management and operations leadership to causes she cares about. She has always been passionate about the joy and healing that can come from dance, and she is thrilled to help support the mission of Feel the Beat. Nicci works full time as the Operations Director at a digital marketing agency where she oversees project management, resource forecasting, recruiting, and process optimizations. She is a Colorado native, and she loves to ski, camp, travel, and salsa dance.

Nicci Frick

Nicci loves to apply her background in project management and operations leadership to causes she cares about. She has always been passionate about the joy and healing that can come from dance, and she is thrilled to help support the mission of Feel the Beat. Nicci works full time as the Operations Director at a digital marketing agency where she oversees project management, resource forecasting, recruiting, and process optimizations. She is a Colorado native, and she loves to ski, camp, travel, and salsa dance.

Lisa White- Marketing   Lisa White assists with marketing for Feel the Beat. She’s been calling Colorado home for 15 years, and loves the people, culture, and beauty of our state. She and her husband have two wonderful children - David, 10, and Catherine, 7. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and event planning for nonprofits and associations. She’s a huge believer in being an active member of the community; in addition to serving as a FTB board member, she also serves as President of the PTO for her children’s elementary school and was also an advisory member on the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) committee for Douglas County. Lisa is a huge champion of FTB’s mission and is thrilled to be a part of the team.

Lisa White- Marketing

Lisa White assists with marketing for Feel the Beat. She’s been calling Colorado home for 15 years, and loves the people, culture, and beauty of our state. She and her husband have two wonderful children - David, 10, and Catherine, 7. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and event planning for nonprofits and associations. She’s a huge believer in being an active member of the community; in addition to serving as a FTB board member, she also serves as President of the PTO for her children’s elementary school and was also an advisory member on the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) committee for Douglas County. Lisa is a huge champion of FTB’s mission and is thrilled to be a part of the team.

 
Figaro Loresto- Grants and Research   Figaro L. Loresto Jr., PhD, RN is a nurse scientist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has expertise in clinical research, data analysis, program evaluation, and strategic planning. For 19 years, he has volunteered in various non-profit organizations in numerous roles, ranging from participating in programs, developing programs, and evaluating programs. He is an avid storyteller of data constantly looking for effective ways to communicate data. A dedicated problem-solver, he often enjoys finding solutions to difficult problems. He is passionate about and experienced in education, health care, public health, and non-profit work.

Figaro Loresto- Grants and Research

Figaro L. Loresto Jr., PhD, RN is a nurse scientist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has expertise in clinical research, data analysis, program evaluation, and strategic planning. For 19 years, he has volunteered in various non-profit organizations in numerous roles, ranging from participating in programs, developing programs, and evaluating programs. He is an avid storyteller of data constantly looking for effective ways to communicate data. A dedicated problem-solver, he often enjoys finding solutions to difficult problems. He is passionate about and experienced in education, health care, public health, and non-profit work.