The mission of the Dimensions Youth Ballet is to provide pre-professional dance training and performance opportunities to dancers and to share our passion and the artistry of dance with the greater DeKalb area.
Board of Directors
JoAnna is a partner in BKD’s Chicago office. She focuses her practice in matters of federal and state taxation, serving privately-owned, middle-market companies primarily in the greater Chicago area. She has clients in many industries, including manufacturing, distribution, technology, retail, and professional services. JoAnna is a member of BKD’s Commercial Services Group, as well as an executive member of SKY, the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiative. JoAnna is a graduate of The Ohio State University and DePaul University. She serves on several committees for the Illinois CPA Society, including the Diversity Advisory Council and Tax Executive Committee. She is a Member At-Large of the AICPA Council and a frequent presenter on various tax topics. JoAnna is also on the Board of Directors at Chicago Youth Centers.
JoAnna grew up dancing ballet from the age of three, performing in many dance competitions and recitals. She has a passion for the arts and often studied both visual and performing arts in her education. Culture, heritage, and the arts are important to her, and she enjoys going to museums and seeing shows. In her free time, she enjoys traveling as well as spending time with her husband and two children. JoAnna got involved with DYB to support the greater DeKalb community and the beauty of dance. Dance can be a catalyst for developing strong bodies and minds and help young people accomplish great things!
Drew Simek is a Partner with Southcrest Consulting, a state and local tax consulting firm, and is based in the Chicago office. He grew up in DeKalb, attended DeKalb High School and Northern Illinois University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Drew has worked in tax consulting for 15 years, formerly with PricewaterhouseCoopers before starting his own firm in 2015.
Drew is the brother of Dimensions Dance Academy Owner, Miranda Cordes and therefore DYB and DDA are very meaningful. Having grown up in DeKalb, Drew has extensive ties to the local community and visits friends and family regularly. Drew resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.
Growing up in Sycamore, Illinois, Ashton fell in love with ballet at an early age. From ages five to eighteen she danced with the Beth Fowler School of Ballet where she loved to take classes, perform, and teach. This passion for dance followed her to Elizabethtown College where she earned her BA in International Business and participated in the college dance group,
In addition to dance Ashton has a passion for data. She has worked for 10 years with the most trusted and recognized name in the baby and children’s furniture industry, Delta Children, where she is currently a Senior Data and Insights Analyst. Ashton is excited to return to the world of dance as the Secretary of Dimensions Youth Ballet. Ashton currently lives in St. Charles, Illinois, with her husband and two young sons. When not working she enjoys the theater, taking family bike rides along the Fox River, and trying new vegetarian recipes.