Profile Category: Staff

Ana Stephenson
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Ana Stephenson

With Ana’s versatility in the arts of photography, graphic design, and marketing, she falls nothing short of consistent excellence in the execution of each of these divisions.
Ana graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, and there she began her career first interning at ESPN West Palm, then building her own photography business–Via Daci LLC, and continuing onto her first corporate job at Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach.

Since starting Via Daci LLC and joining Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach, Ana has expressed her unique talents in the visual arts through taking headshots and promotional shots for commercial use of Hubbard Radio employees and on-air talents. Additionally she has also photographed over 40 music artists, namely Charlie Puth, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Ludacris, and many more through concerts; Hubbard Radio’s annual country music festival, ‘Rib Round Up’; interviews; meet-and-greets; and morning tv shows occasionally hosted at our studios as well as generating graphics for events and updating the websites of the company’s seven radio stations.

For Rise Above, Ana continues her excellence in graphic design, designing promotional and marketing content for each upcoming show.

For photo work, Ana’s portfolio and contact is at www.viadaci.com

Melissa Rand
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Melissa Rand

Melissa Rand is so proud to be a part of Rise Above. She has watched this group from afar and is thrilled to work more hands on and share her experiences with them! Melissa has been in Florida for 6 years and has appeared in many productions at The Players Centre.

Her favorite recent credits include Will Roger’s Follies (Betty Rogers), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth Benning), and Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl).

Krista Baker
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Krista Baker

Krista is an educator who has helped direct numerous productions including Seussical Jr., Little Mermaid Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Aladdin Jr. Krista has always enjoyed the arts. In high school and college, she was on Dance Teams and involved in Concert Bands.

Krista has extensive experience in marketing and management. She has a unique talent for bringing stakeholders together to support the work of Rise Above. Krista possess a passion to help individuals find and express their gifts and talents.

Jacob Ruscoe
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Jacob Ruscoe

Jacob holds a Doctoral degree in Administration and Management and has personally helped aspiring actors attain their lifelong performance dreams. In addition to his work with Rise Above, he dedicates his time to help local elementary school students learn and experience the art of the theatre in ways that equip and prepare them for future success. Jacob brings a relentless dedication and virtuoso skill set to every production he produces.

Joi Chapman
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Joi Chapman

Joi holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University, and has taught elementary, middle, and high school music at different times in her teaching career. She is a high performing, model music teacher for Sarasota County Schools. Along with being a performer herself, she has directed musical theatre productions for several elementary schools, as well as for a local dance studio’s musical theatre encore program. She also teaches private piano and voice lessons.

Joi directs multiple Choir and Show Choirs and brings an engaging and instructional approach to her musical direction. Under her tutelage, performers are able to expand their musical talents as she continually produces Nationally Award winning productions including her most recent accomplishment where her Concert Choir placed first in the nation

Rachael Johnson
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Rachael Johnson

Rachael discovered her love for dance and theatre at the age of 4. Since then, she has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet and musical theatre at multiple studios. She is a graduate of Booker High School’s VPA Theatre program and the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has been seen in readings and productions o A (Funny) Imagination! At Dixon Place, Dramatists’ Guild and New York Theatre Winterfest originating the role of Dee’s Sister. She has also appeared in numerous local theater productions throughout her childhood in Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton. Her favorite roles include Into the Woods (Little Red), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Fools (Sophia), Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate), and Grease (Frenchie). Rachael has choreographed for various schools and theatre companies including AMDA, Ashton Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Stage Door Studios, and Booker High School. She has trained with Broadway Artists Alliance and worked with Musical Theatre International as part of the choreography DVD for Lion King JR. She participated in the Junior Theater Festival for three years and received a national award for Excellence in Student Choreography.

Rachael has learned so much from these experiences and has made invaluable connections. Rachael is so proud to be a founding member of this amazing company and to work with so many sweet and insanely talented kids!

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