Executive Committee


Beverly Lindsay-Johnson, President

Joseph “JoJo” Nelson – 1st Vice President and Chairperson, Community Affairs

Jacque Ballard – 2nd Vice President and Chairperson, Membership Services

Markus Smith – 3rd Vice President for Youth and Young Adult Affairs

Marsha Letsinger – Corresponding Secretary

James H – Sergeant At Arms

Navada “Peaches” Warren – Chaplain

Kim Frazier – Historian

Earl Pope, President Emeritus

Immediate Past President – Cassandra Newsome


Membership Services – Jacque Ballard

Community Events Calendar – Renita Smith

Hand Dance Ministries – Navada “Peaches” Warren, William “Billy” Parker – Chairpersons

Newsletter – Judine Slaughter


Beverly Lindsay-Johnson, President


Beverly Lindsay-Johnson, President In 2008, Beverly Lindsay-Johnson took over the reign of the Office of the President of the National Hand Dance Association (NHDA).  She reconstructed the organization with her vision of Hand Dance being identified by artistic and humanities institutions as …

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JoJo Nelson, Vice President

1st Vice President

Joseph “JoJo” Nelson, 1st Vice President & Chairperson, Community Services Affectionately known as JoJo, he has been a dedicated member of NHDA since 1995. He has enjoyed the Hand Dance community since 1990 and supports all Hand Dance activities. His introduction to …

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Jaque Ballard

2nd Vice President

Jacque Ballard  – 2nd Vice President and Chairperson, Membership Services Jacque has been a member of NHDA since 2005, and began serving on the Board immediately as the Recording Secretary. Jacque has been the CEO and Lead Instructor of the Rhythm N Style Hand …

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Markus Smith

3rd Vice President

Markus Smith – 3rd Vice President for Youth & Young Adult Affairs Markus has been NHDA’s 3rd Vice President for Youth and Young Adult Affairs since 2009. He was appointed to head this new addition to NHDA.  Markus is one of …

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Corresponding Secretary

Paula E. Davis – Corresponding Secretary Since 20010, Paula Davis has been a member of NHDA through the Rhythm In Style affiliate.  In 2012, she took office as the NHDA Corresponding Secretary. Paula is retired from the Army and still working.  Paula is also …

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Navada Peaches Warren, Chaplain


Navada “Peaches” Warren – Chaplain Affectionately known as “Peaches”, she is one of the original members of the National Hand Dance Association formed in 1994, and currently serves as the NHDA Chaplin and the Chairperson of the Hospitality/Benevolence committee. She is considered …

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Nick Johnson – Parliamentarian Nick Johnson, a native Washingtonian, spent 38 years in the Federal Government as an Air Traffic Controller, Air Traffic Supervisor and Air Traffic Division Manager.  He retired in 2006. Nick has been a mobile DJ for about …

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Sergeant at Arms

James H – Sergeant at Arms Known as “James H”, he has been NHDA’s Sergeant at Arms since 2009.  He graduated from the Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute in April 2006, and has been dancing ever since.  In 2008, James participated in 25 …

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Alwanda Higgins


Alwanda Higgins – Treasurer Alwanda Higgins is an experienced in accounting and bookkeeping as she has worked with non-profit organizations in accounting and other various positions.  Although quiet in demenor, Alwanda loves old school hand dancing.  She is currently a …

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Renita Smith, Community Calendar Coordinator

NHDA Committees

Community Calendar – Renita Smith, Coordinator Renita joined the NHDA in 2008, and has been the Community Calendar Coordinator since that time.  She is a dedicated member of NHDA and not only coordinates the monthly NHDA Community Calendar, Renita also volunteers in assisting with activities …

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