Leadership Commitee


Meet our 2017 - 2018 Leadership Committee members - Latin Ballet of Virginia’s board is elected by the entire professional membership board and plays a crucial role in determining the on-going mission of LBV, ensuring that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past, present, and future members in both the arts and educational aspects of the organization. The Latin Ballet of Virginia board members are elected by the entire membership and serve a five-year term.

If you are interested in joining or knowing more about our Leadership Committee feel free to contact us.


Vidal Torres


Vidal Torres oversees mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate transactions, corporate governance and regulatory matters for Genworth Financial in Richmond. He came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at the age of 5. From there, he earned scholarships to the Hotchkiss School and Hamilton College, and completed the joint J.D. and M.B.A programs at the University of Richmond in just three years. Mr. Torres was named to the University of Richmond top 35 under 35 in 2013, to the Lawyers of Color Hot List in 2014 and to Richmond Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2014.

Raphael holds a PhD in English Literature from Brandeis University, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins, and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell. An independent Shakespeare scholar, he has numerous publication credits. He has held editorial positions with the U.S. Military Academy and Cornell University Press, plus several faculty positions in the Humanities. A violinist, he is a founding member of the ensemble Jefferson Baroque.

In the nonprofit realm, Raphael currently teaches music to disadvantaged schoolchildren through the FRIENDS Association for Children. He is a past president of Henley Street Theatre, Virginia Heroes Inc., and the National Investor Relations Institute Richmond Chapter. Recently, he served as a board member of the Rotary Club of Richmond and oversaw a youth leadership institute for Rotary’s District 7600.

President and Chairman

President and Chairman

Chair of Grant Writing Committee

Raphael Seligmann


Dr. Raphael Seligmann is a communications consultant, instructional designer, and business communicator. His firm, Seligmann Consulting, Inc., serves businesses and nonprofits of all sizes. Raphael has taught business people, soldiers, and students in topics ranging from banking compliance to classical rhetoric. A veteran teacher of English as a Second Language, he often coaches foreign-born executives. He also translates technical and scholarly writing from French and German.

Chair of Financial Committee/Treasurer

Chair of Financial Committee/Treasurer

Carlos Carillo


Carlos has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of San Diego (1996). Upon graduation he began working for as a CPA for a small accounting firm in Carlsbad, California. He then joined KPMG LLP (New York) performing financial audits and providing M&A due diligence services for potential acquisitions. In 2001, Carlos began working for Philip Morris USA. He has held several finance and budget positions within Philip Morris USA and related companies. In 2008, Carlos joined Altria Client Services working closely with the investment community through the Investor Relations Department. Additionally, Carlos has held various leadership roles at Altria including Corporate Audit and marketing finance. Carlos completed his MBA at the Robins School of Business in 2013. He currently works in the Altria tax department.

Chair of Marketing Committee

Chair of Marketing Committee

Janet Santana


Janet Santana serves as Manager, Brand Development System for Philip Morris USA (PM USA) in Atria’s Headquarter facility in Richmond, Virginia. She has held this position since September 2014. In her current role, Janet leads the Brand Management Leadership

Development System (BMLDS), which supports the leadership development for the brand organizations across all of Altria’s Operating Companies. BMLDS is the training system that supports recruiting, onboarding, and the development of current brand personnel for functional intelligence and leadership advancement. Throughout her 21 year career with Altria, Janet has held multiple leadership positions in Field Sales Force, Altria International Sales, and PM USA.

Janet is also the chair of Sí!, Altria’s Hispanic Employee Resource Group where she is focused on creating a strategic framework that will allow Sí! to not only realize its vision, but also deliver robust programming to its membership and the enterprise. Janet has a Bachelor of Science degree from Le Moyne College and a Master’s Degree from Adelphi University.



Beth Astruc

Community Member

more to come....

Board Members


J. Latane Ware


Latané was born in Richmond, Virginia and attended St. Christopher’s School. After graduating from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, he briefly lived in South Florida before moving back to Richmond and working as a commercial real estate agent for the Virginia Landmark Corporation, specializing in industrial land sales in addition to office sales and leasing. Latané left real estate to become involved in the construction industry. He worked as President of Dover Contractors, a local home builder and spent ten years working for Moore Brothers Company, a Heavy Highway contractor that built roads and bridges in Northern Virginia. In 2005, he went to work for JW Burress, a heavy equipment sales and leasing company, as a territory manager. Several years later, H&E Equipment Services, Inc. purchased JW Burress and Latané was promoted to run their Northern Virginia division. After living in Warrenton, Virginia for ten years, Latané, his wife and two children moved to Argentina for four years. During this time abroad, he studied Spanish at the University of Buenos Aires in addition to getting his Master’s in Business Administration. Returning to the United States, Latané and his family moved to Richmond, VA. Currently he works as an independent contractor in the semiconductor industry. Latané is proud to serve on the board of directors for the Latin Ballet of Virginia and looks forward to being an active and impactful member of the LBV family.


Sharon Feldman


Sharon G. Feldman is Professor of Spanish and Catalan Studies in the Department of Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies at the University of Richmond, where she holds the William Judson Gaines Chair in Modern Foreign Languages. Before arriving at Richmond in 2000, she was Cramer Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas.
A specialist in theatre and performance from the Iberian Peninsula, she has held visiting appointments in the graduate programs in performing arts at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and the Institut del Teatre de la Diputació de Barcelona/Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer. She has been the recipient of grants from the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, the Institut Ramon Llull, the Sala Beckett, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Teatre Lliure. Her many publications include the book In the Eye of the Storm: Contemporary Theater in Barcelona / A l’ull de l’huracà: Teatre català contemporani (Bucknell and L’Avenç), which was awarded the Serra d’Or Critics’ Prize for Research in Catalan Studies in 2010. Her translations of Catalan plays have been staged and read at venues in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, and the United States.
She is affiliated with the Grup de Recerca en Arts Escèniques (GRAE) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Projecte de Recerca de les Arts Escèniques Catalanes (PRAEC) of the Institut del Teatre de la Diputació de Barcelona. She also serves on the advisory boards of Revista Don Galán (Centro de Documentación Teatral/Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y la Música) and Catalan Review: International Journal of Catalan Culture. In 2015, she was named a “corresponding member abroad” of the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona (the Royal Academy of Good Letters of Barcelona).


J. Larkin Brown

Executive Sales Professional

J. Larkin Brown is a graduate of the University of Troy were he received a B.S. in Theatre and Ancient History. He received his M.F.A. Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Theatre Management, Scenic Design and Set Construction. He attended Florida State University for a Ph.D. in Arts Research and Management. He worked at the Swift Creek Mill Dinner Theatre as Stage Manager and Resident Actor. He was the Cultural Art Supervisor for Henrico County for 12 years and was the design consultant for the Cultural Arts Center @ Glen Allen. Larkin served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for 9 years. During that time, he also served as a design and fundraising consultant for 11 public/private partnerships involving the conversion of vacant Center City public school buildings into visual, literary and performing arts centers. He also designed an amphitheater located in North Chesterfield County. For the past nine years, he has worked as an independent agent in the fields of insurance and residential real estate.


Solomon Plater

PHilip morris usa, brand manager

Solomon Plater Serves as a Marlboro Brand Manager for Philip Morris USA in Altria’s Headquarters Facility in Richmond, Virginia. He has held this position since May 2015. In his current role Solomon leads marketing activities inclusive of one to one marketing programs, both online and offline as well as marketing strategy and brand positioning.

Through his 10 year career at Altria Solomon has held multiple leadership positions in brand management and field sales.

As the chair of Spring, Altria’s Young Professional employee resource group, Solomon has displayed his passion for helping others realize their dreams. Volunteering his time, Solomon has worked with his team to develop a strategic framework that will empower employees to develop themselves, the company and the community. Solomon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University. But most importantly he is a Father, Husband, Son, Brother and Uncle…. In other words a human that has a vested interest in leaving this world better that he found it.