American Repertory Ballet Welcomes Three New Board Members
American Repertory Ballet is pleased to announce the addition of Daphne Jones, Stephen Loughran, and Rachel Samoil to its Board of Trustees, effective immediately. They bring to the Board backgrounds in dance, music, science, and business in addition to personal connections with ARB and Princeton Ballet School.
A native of Michigan, Daphne Jones graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a degree in music and violin performance. After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, she started her surgical residency at the University of Chicago and continued her training at Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick. During that time, Daphne also spent two years as a visiting scientist in Molecular Biology at Princeton University.
Now a stay-at-home mother of three, Ms. Jones has been bringing her daughters to classes at Princeton Ballet School for 13 years, enjoying increased exposure to ARB's company performances. Ms. Jones has volunteered at her children's schools, at Trinity Church, and for Trinity Counseling Service. She has been an active community member in and around Princeton, serving as a board member for the Princeton Regional Scholarship Fund (now Fund 101), as an officer of the Princeton Skating Club board for the past three years, and on the board of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County for the past six years.
Steve Loughran was also introduced to American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School through his children, two of whom have been studying at Princeton Ballet School for several years. A Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, where he has worked for more than 20 years. At Merrill Lynch, he was active in establishing programs supporting the PGA Tour and Association of Tennis Professionals for the company. Mr. Loughran has also worked for Kidder, Peabody & Co., and IBM in New York City.
Mr. Loughran serves as a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve and currently is a Deputy Director for Intelligence in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. In this role, he provides intelligence support for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as other senior leaders regarding worldwide areas of instability.
Mr. Loughran graduated from Princeton University in with a degree in Economics and earned an MBA from Harvard. In addition to his service in the Navy, Mr. Loughran has been active in local organizations including Springdale Golf Club. He recently completed a six year term on Springdale's Board of Governors, and was President during the last four years.
Rachel Samoil studied with Princeton Ballet from early childhood through high school, participating in the regional company and PB II (precursors of the current ARB Workshop). >From 1973 through 1982, she performed in The Nutcracker and in other productions with the then newly-formed professional company. Her father, Sol Leader, was recruited from the Princeton Folk Dance Group by company founder Audrée Estey to perform with Princeton Ballet in the late 50's.
Mrs. Samoil graduate Carleton College in Minnesota, where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Mathematics. While in college, she studied in Austria and Germany. Following graduation, she studied math and German at Philipps Universität in Marburg, Germany, during which time she taught children's ballet classes through a nearby Volkshochschule (community school). Mrs. Samoil taught math and science at Rutgers Preparatory School before embarking on an actuarial career in 1990. She has been an actuary for Insurance Services Offices, Inc. in lower Manhattan, GRE in Princeton, and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in Warren Township, NJ.
For the past 9 years, Mrs. Samoil has worked part-time for Liberty International Underwriters (a division of Liberty Mutual), where she is currently a Director of Special Projects in the Global Actuarial department. She is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Mrs. Samoil is a regular in Princeton Ballet School Open Enrollment classes for adults, and, for the past ten years, she and her husband Ken have performed in Princeton Ballet School's annual spring productions and in the Party Scene of ARB's Nutcracker.
"Princeton Ballet and American Repertory Ballet have been an important part of my life for nearly as long as I can remember," Mrs. Samoil remarks. "It has been a great pleasure to see the school and company develop into the major arts institution it is today, while holding true to the vision Audrée Estey set forth so many years ago. I'm excited to take a new role in the organization and to join with other board members in support of the excellent management team, staff, teachers, musicians, and dancers."