Meet Your Team!
J.Cottle B.A, M.Ed, (He, Him, His) is an educator, arts –administrator, musician and writer and is the Founder/Executive Director of Dunamis. He has worked as an arts-educator at the Boston Arts Academy, Dorchester Academy, Boston University/ Malden Public Schools Reach For The Stars Academy, BELL and the Young Civic Leaders Coordinator and Education Specialist at MassVOTE. As an arts-administrator he has supported the Community Music Center of Boston, BPS Performing Arts Department, and the Berklee College of Music. J's work specializes in designing curriculum and O.S.T-programs using integrated arts-techniques and youth development practices to facilitate transformative growth. J is a 2019 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, a member of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice Advisory Board, and the Tisch College Community Partnerships Committee.
Neo Gcabo (She, Her, Hers) is an R&B, Jazz & Neo-Soul vocalist from Pretoria, South Africa, and the Director of Marketing and Community Development at Dunamis Inc. She has toured internationally with the University of Pretoria Youth Choir and has performed with Grammy Award–winning artists Esperanza Spalding and John Oates. She has been a featured vocalist with the Silver Arrow Band since 2017 and toured with the Brown Box Theatre as a performer in 2019. Neo has performed at the Regatta Bar as part of the Berklee Summer In The City Concert Series, at the Boston Public Markets 'Local Libations' and at the 2016 Boston Book Festival. Neo has performed alongside artists such as Lisa Oduor-Noah, Wambura Mitaru, Marcus Prince and has performed with Skybridge, a band for social justice led by Utako Toyama. As a manager, Neo has worked at La Roque MGMT, a boutique artist management company and subsequently managed Tim Reynolds: a young violinist, singer, composer, arranger from Rome, Georgia. Tim has released his debut EP, "From the Heart", with a stellar performance with his band "Tim Reynolds and Family". Neo is currently a voice and piano instructor at the Onset School of Music.
Jasmine Garcia (She, Her, Hers) is a singer, arts-manager, and advocate for self-empowerment through the arts. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Arts Management and Sociology, Jasmine currently works as the Education Programs Director at Dunamis Inc. and as the Associate Teen Programs Manager at the Boch Center. She has performed at the iconic Feinstein's 54 Below as a cast member of This is Treatment as well as at the Oberon with as a part of the cast of The Haunt. She continues to perform with her band Petrichor where she is a featured vocalist. Throughout all of her work, Jasmine seeks to integrate sociology, arts management and performance towards igniting agency, finding identity and making connections through curiosity.
Eliza Malecki (She, Her, Hers) is a Boston-based dancer, choreographer, administrator, and producer. She graduated magna cum laude from Goucher College with a BA in Dance and was a Young Artist in Residence at Bearnstow in Mt. Vernon, ME. Her passion for arts non-profit work arose during her time serving as Studio Manager for Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. Eliza is a founding member of The Picnic Sisters, a quirky dancing duo comprised of herself and collaborator Molly Hess. In 2019 she co-produced "Laugh Track," a dance comedy show featuring dancers and stand up comedians in two nights of laughter and community. Along with her work for Dunamis, Eliza choreographs independently and sells artisan chocolates at Serenade Chocolatier.
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