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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Announces Three Executive Appointments Strengthening Future Development 

Carlisle, Pa. (March 24, 2017) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) announces the appointment of M. Travis DiNicola as director of development, Eve Pressley as human resources and office manager, and Brigette Plummer as associate director of development. In addition, Sarah Baylor has joined the staff as executive assistant to the CEO.

An expert in fundraising and communications for non-profits, DiNicola comes to CPYB most recently from Indy Reads, an Indianapolis based adult literacy organization where he served as executive director. He is the founder of Indy Reads Books, a non-profit bookstore, gallery and performance venue. He has served on many arts and cultural boards, including Leadership Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Ballet-Indianapolis School of Ballet and the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Society, where he was president of the board. Currently, he serves on the board of the Mt. Gretna School of Art and is a member of WITF’s Community Advisory Board. In his role, DiNicola will develop and implement strategies and programs to raise funds for the growth and future of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Pressley has nearly 20 years of experience in human resources and joins CPYB most recently from American Insurance Administrators, Inc. in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where she served as human resources manager. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Human Resource Professionals of Central PA. In this newly created department and position, Pressley will direct CPYB initiatives in establishing operational processes and procedures and enhancing employee engagement and strengthening performance management.

Plummer has been a member of CPYB’s development team since 2013 where she has fostered donor and community relations, led special events, and implemented successful fundraising campaigns. In her new position, she will continue to support the development department by working closely with DiNicola while also collaborating with other departments to further CPYB’s mission.

Baylor joins CPYB from Graham Architectural Products, in York, Pa., where she served as an administrative/executive assistant. In this newly structured position at CPYB, she will provide support to CEO Nicholas Ade.

Commenting on the appointments, Nicholas Ade, CEO said, “We are proud to welcome these new members to our team and to announce the promotion of one of our long-standing employees to a new position. Each brings a fervent appreciation for the arts, valuable experience, and an understanding about the importance of providing programs to positively impact youth to our organization. I look forward to working with them to strengthen further Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as a leader in the world of classical ballet.”

Director of Development DiNicola added, “I'm thrilled to be offered this opportunity. For many years, I have known of CPYB's exceptional reputation as a top school for training young dancers. It is a great honor to now be part of the team that supports and strengthens this work."


About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of classical ballet. Embracing an attitude of lifelong learning more than 60 years ago, Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary envisioned a school where children would have the opportunity to receive exceptional ballet training. Today CPYB is the nation’s preeminent school of classical ballet with an international reputation for training young men and women. The school’s renowned teaching methodology couples performance opportunities with innovative educational initiatives, an esteemed faculty, and a proven syllabus – all in an environment that promotes the acquisition of the life skills crucial to a child’s development.

Thousands of young people have passed through Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s acclaimed studios. CPYB alumni continually occupy top positions in the leading ballet companies from San Francisco and Miami to New York, London and beyond. Through the organization’s threefold mission – to inspire, educate and enrich – the legacy of Marcia Dale Weary and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet redefines the art form, preserves its history and shapes its future.