Matt Wynalda

Matt Wynalda comes to Moving in the Spirit following a stint as Director of Program Operations at Linden Resources in Arlington, Virginia, where he helped launch a federally-funded program supporting low-income fathers. He previously served in leadership roles at two youth mentoring organizations and has worked as a freelance writer and editor for the past dozen years. He is drawn to the written word and loves the power of a well-told story.

Matt stepped into the role of Fundraising and Development Manager in 2017. He is impressed by what he has found at Moving in the Spirit: a sound program model, a deep organization-wide commitment to evaluation and meaningful results, and most of all, inspiring success stories of young leaders making their mark and an organization with a proud history and a promising future.

Crystal Faison-Mitchell

Crystal Faison-Mitchell officially joined Moving in the Spirit in 2015 after serving as a volunteer, mentor, and choreographer for the organization since 2007. With a professional background in human resources, mental health counseling, and program management, Crystal’s previous positions have included: Assistant Director of Business Operations for the SEED School of Washington, DC; Training and Development Specialist for the State of Georgia; Human Resources Business Partner for MarketSource, Inc. She has also served as an organizational consultant for several small businesses and mental health agencies in Raleigh-Durham, NC. In her breadth of roles, Crystal’s main focus is working collaboratively in an effort to transform individual potential into collective success. Her love for the arts, specifically her love of dance, has inspired her compassionate, holistic approach to building strong teams. Crystal holds a BA in dance studies from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing her PhD in human development from Fielding Graduate University.

Chelsea Vill, M.S. BC-DMT

Chelsea Vill is a Brooklyn native whose passion for dance has expanded well beyond leisure. Chelsea began dancing at the age of four and has never stopped. During high school, she became the artistic director of her school’s dance company, where she exhibited leadership through dance choreography and fundraising initiatives. Chelsea is an alumna of Spelman College where she majored in drama with a concentration in dance. During her time at Spelman College, she was very active in Ashietu, the African dance ministry at Spelman College.

Chelsea received her Master’s degree in dance/movement therapy from Pratt Institute in 2016, where she focused her study on the therapeutic effects of West African drumming in a dance movement therapy session. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of dance and choreography, Chelsea now uses her passion and love for dance to help people with emotional traumas and psychological disorders strengthen their coping skills.

Chris Shepard

Chris “Twix” Shepard is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance. A dynamic and engaging dancer, Chris performed in children’s theatre for over 18 years with Rhythmically Speaking in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chris danced in Oklahoma City’s  R.A.C.E. Dance Collective for ten years and served as the company’s community engagement director for five years. Other affiliations include: O’City Crew, Oklahoma City Thunder’s dance team; Generation Why, a nonprofit organization centered around bullying and mental health; Sparklahoma, a sound painting group; and dance crew Band of Misfits

In addition to dance, Chris loves to act and sing. Notable credits include Pollard Theatre’s productions of In the Heights, Shrek The Musical, The Color Purple, Hairspray, Fences, and Bring it On, as well as Lyric Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.