Program Director: Visual Arts
Michael Tudor has been an art educator since 2006 when he graduated from University of the Arts, in Philadelphia PA with his bachelors in Fine Arts. He has taught every grade from Pre-K at Trinity Cathedral Academy in Trenton, to substitute teaching Middle & High School in Union & MIddlesex County, to teaching as an Adjunct professor at Mercer County Community College. During all this time in the education field, he has worked as a freelance as graphic designer, illustrator, and animator for his own company Paperface, LLC. At this point he has a wealth of information to share from the valuable experiences in creating visual art for clients such as: Axe, Reebok, Nike, Snoop Dogg, and various others. A list of skills he can provide knowledge on include: pencil drawing, pen & ink, water color, adobe photoshop, illustrator, indesign, after effects, premier pro, and audition. I'm looking forward to teaching all I know about art to anyone willing to learn.
Mary Ann Penzero
Program Director: Theater/Drama
Mary Ann Penzero has her own production company and has worked in theater for over 25 years. Penzero Productions provides strategies for Performing Arts and Education Programs. Her vast network includes affiliations with The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Mercy College Graduate School of Education, Central Park Dance, The Steps on Broadway, The Broadway Dance Center, The Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Ballet Atlantic.
Mary Ann learned about TPFF, a 501 (c) (3) organization named after Paige Fraser through a shared passion for Dance. Mary Ann and Paige have collaborated over the years in productions such as “The Nutcracker” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Mary Ann has also collaborated with Alexia Fraser on her book, “Memories of Mom,” as well as her play “Blind Trust”. Mary Ann’s most recent work, sponsored by TPFF, is a new program entitled “Creating Theatre in the Curve.” The program is offered to community residents in libraries, Community Centers and theatres in New York City. Participants are given the opportunity to read monologues in the development of “Twisted”, a play written by Alexia Fraser and made possible by an Artist grant from NYSCA.
Mary Ann is a graduate of Mercy College School of Education with an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a Certificate of Completion in School Building Leadership, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Mary Ann has taught at the United Nations Childcare Center, N.Y.C. Parks and Recreation and Greenburgh Eleven U.F.S.D serving The Children’s Village. Recent appearances include singing at Lincoln Center in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s “Search for Spring.”
The Theatre program, offered through TPFF, provides opportunities for participants to perform in staged reading workshops in their community as well as professional stages such as Theatre Lab NYC and The Ripley-Grier Studios. The experience offers community residents the opportunity of working with professionals and finding their own voices.
Paige E. Fraser-Hoffman, BFA
Program Director: Dance
Paige Fraser is originally from The Bronx, NYC. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Paige danced professionally with Ailey II, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. In 2016 she was featured in an INTEL commercial “Experience Amazing.” She is a Princess Grace Award recipient (2016) and Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2017). Theatre: West Side Story(Lyric Opera) and The Lion King National Tour.
In addition to being a professional dancer and Scoliosis advocate, Ms. Fraser actively contributes to the community. She has taught workshops all over the world; The U.S., Jamaica, Haiti (Milk Carton on a String) and Europe. She has also collaborated with Cook County Arts Collective to teach dance to incarcerated women in Chicago.
Through (TPFF) Paige has created two programs “Dance is Healing” and the “Spine Series”. These programs offer free classes to the community through dance and spinal wellness. Ms. Fraser is actively learning more about scoliosis and believes in the healing qualities of Schroth Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Floorbarre, and Massage Therapy; all of which help her to maintain consistency in her dancing on stage and live a healthy life. She hopes to guide others to a healthy and pain free life.
Darryl J. Hoffman
Program Director: Music
Darryl J. Hoffman Is a Bronx, NY native composer and lives in New York. With his life long love for music, he developed a curiosity for sound and began creating at the age of 13. His resume of compositions include works on Kansas City Ballet for choreographer Stephanie Martinez, in collaboration with cellist, Desiree Miller. Visceral Dance Chicago's "Synapse", choreographed by Nick Pupillo. Danceworks Chicago with choreography by Owen Scarlet. Minnesota Dance Theatre, for choreographer, Darwin Black. Three Philadanco works choreographed by Anthony Burrell & Christopher Huggins. Works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Ballet X, Choreographed by Rena Butler. As well as full compositions for both Ebony Williams’ pieces entitle “Title lX” & “Victoria”, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow in August of 2019. In 2020 he collaborated with Rena Butler and BalletX for their Works and Process at the Guggenheim Virtual Commissions. He is the director of music for Regional Dance America's 2020 choreographic virtual intensive.
As Darryl continues to live in his gift, he intends to shape the culture of dance with his sound, while continuing to contribute in other aspects of the arts.
Program Director: Folk & Traditional Arts
As Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at NYC Health + Hospitals | Bellevue, Gladys Lowe the organization’s efforts to champion patient rights and advocacy through a disciplined approach to the design and delivery of patient experience. In this role, she supports understanding patient and family needs, creating connections between patients and staff. She plays an integral role in facility relationship patients with staff by holding the organization accountable for providing outstanding services. As CXO, Gladys oversees the Office of Patient Advocacy, Language Services, Hospitality Services and Organizational Effectiveness.
Gladys holds bachelor’s degrees from the Universities of Yaounde and University of Douala, Cameroon, in political science and Business Management and is a Certified Coach with the Erickson Coaching International. She is Certified in Patient Advocacy, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Bioethics and Humanities and Lean Management. Gladys is also a certified French Medical Interpreter and has conversational command of Spanish.
As a life-long supporter and participant in the arts, Gladys is actively involved and collaborates with community artists to enrich patient and staff personal journeys. She believes in the power of the individual voice and expression in and through the arts. Gladys is originary from Cameroon, West Africa, where she discovered her passion for traditional dance. African dance is rooted in her upbringing as a celebratory fashion and is a symbol of her traditional heritage. She trained in her native country and other West African countries where she had the opportunity to learn various rhythms and local dances and performs with the Alvin Ailey repertoire. Currently offering folkloric West African Dance classes in Pleasantville, New York, she engages student in discussions about dance, culture, and the power of artistic expression in society.
Her program provides a complete body workout while giving students the freedom to express themselves to the powerful beat of live drumming. Each steps are broken down so all students, including those who have never danced can build confidence around their body movements.
Program Director: Creative Arts Therapy
Milica Zgaljic-Ramirez is a licensed creative arts therapist, licensed mental health counselor and the Director of Creative Arts Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation at NYC Health + Hospitals | Bellevue, where she leads a dynamic team of art, music, drama, and dance/movement therapists as well as rehabilitation counselors. For more than 30 years at the city’s flagship safety net hospital, Milica has championed initiatives to de-stigmatize mental illness by organizing annual public health awareness events and staff /caregiver wellness programming. Under her management, the creative arts have been offered to every medical and mental health service in the hospital and to every healthcare worker. A pioneer in the development of the peer counseling profession in the Department of Psychiatry and Co-chair of the Mental Health Consumer Advisory Board at Bellevue, she understands the value of both lived experience and the importance of community in health and recovery. Milica comes to us with leadership experience on several steering teams in therapeutic arts within the public health system. She received recognition for her clinical work as a recipient of the Bellevue Clinical Excellence Award in Psychiatry early in her career. In turn, she has been passionate about elevating and expanding the role of creative arts in healing. More recently she was a Kula for Karma 2021 Gala Honoree, acknowledged for bringing yoga and meditation sessions to health care heroes, especially during the pandemic. Milica is an avid tennis player, student of yoga, proud wife of a NYC school teacher and even prouder mother of an artist/ environmental educator. Through work, play and family she is embraced by the principles of the arts and education in reaching one’s full potential.
Alexia E. Fraser, Pub. Author
Program Director: Fashion & Design
Alexia E. Fraser serves as TPFF Program Director, Fashion & Design. Prior to her current role, Ms. Fraser has extensive experience in the arts, as a model, actress and producer. Her ability to engage audiences in pursuit of art fueled her drive to publish a memoir, Memories of Mom, the heartfelt journey of a daughter facing her mother’s mortality. Her work in organizing and managing offices and establishing strong relationships supported her life-long commitment and support of the arts as an expressive force for change, a message she has leveraged to raised awareness about the arts and the positive effect they have on reaching goals and overcoming life’s challenges. Ms. Fraser brings to her current position extensive work history in public-facing positions in sales, management and community-based organizations.
Alex Eingorn, DC
Dr. Alex Eingorn serves as TPFF Program Director Spine/Scoliosis, Meditation, and Research and oversees the clinical programs for the Paige Fraser Foundation. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree in 1986 from New York Chiropractic College and has been in private practice since 1987. He developed a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare in one of the first integrative healthcare facilities in New York City. Dr. Eingorn is certified in Manipulation under anaesthesia by National College of Chiropractic/Cornerstone Professional Education Seminars, Inc, NC. He is board certified in Scoliosis recognition, classification, treatment, and prevention by International Scoliosis Research Center/Parker College of Chiropractic, Texas.
Dr. Eingorn’s professional memberships and affiliations include: American Chiropractic Association; American Council of Chiropractic Radiology; American Academy of Pain Management; American Association of Spine Physicians; American Academy of Disability Analysts; International Association of Counselors and Therapists. His selected research, publications and professional projects include: New York University Medical Center, New York (1994) - Participated in a Multi-disciplinary Forum - " Low Back Pain - Multi-disciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment"; Better Health Chiropractic, PC, New York (1994-Present) - Short and long term effects of SMT on ANS using Power Spectral Analysis of Heart Rate Variability; New York Chiropractic College , New York (1996 - Present) - Research Associate, Rationale for Assessing the Effects of Manipulative Therapy on Autonomic Tone by Analysis of Heart Rate Variability. Eingorn, A, Muhs, G. JMPT 1999;22 (3):161-165; Time Life Medical, New York (1995) - Member of Editorial Review Panel on "Low Back Pain". Was Interviewed and Videotaped; Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York (1996-1998) - Complimentary Care Center - Volunteer.
Dr. Eingorn is fluent in Russian and Hebrew and has practiced Martial Arts since 1973: Karate, Kung-Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Wu-Chu, Chi-Gung.