Board Member: Charlene Achki-Repko

March 4, 2021

Charlene Achki-Repko

As we continue our mission of providing ‘transformative dance’ to thousands of underserved youth across Los Angeles through our programming, we also strive to utilize the passion and versatile experience our robust board members.

In this post, we highlight one of our latest additions to the board, Charlene Achki-Repko. Charlene holds a BA in Business, Management and Finance from USC’s Marshall School, leading to a long and accomplished career in publishing, advertising sales, and marketing. Charlene has held management roles with Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Hearst Magazines (Food Network Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, HGTV Magazine).

We were able to ask Charlene a few questions about her background and what she hopes to bring to The Gabriella Foundation!

 

What do you hope to bring to The Gabriella Foundation? What drew you to becoming a member of the board for our dance nonprofit?

 As a lover of all kinds of dance, the mission of TGF, immediately drew me to the organization.  More than that it is an opportunity to give back to underserved youth who are passionate about dance. I believe that dance can be a strong foundation for growth in so many aspects of kids’ lives.  I am also excited about potentially getting more involved in a hands-on-way – be it mentoring youth, providing guidance to children and families directly, etc. 

We have heard that you have your own passion and experience dancing – especially in tap dance. Can you let us know a little bit about that?

I took tap, jazz and ballet for many years starting as a young kid and it was such a pivotal experience for me. My interest and passion for dance began as a result,  As an enthusiast and champion of dance I love all genres of dance but I still have a soft spot for tap.  It just makes me “happy”….it’s transformative…connects the mind, body and soul.  I always wanted to return to tap lessons as an adult and have finally found the time to do that along with two friends (also board members of Gabriella) who love tap!

 

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