Board of Directors

Members of our Board of Directors insure that Culture Shock DC accomplishes its mission of conducting innovative performances, artist development, and community enrichment. They are also responsible for the organization’s financial development and long term strategic planning.

Kimberly Washington
Acting President, Correctional Program Specialist, D.C. Department of Corrections

Kim Washington
Kimberly is the President of the Board of Directors. She comes to Culture Shock DC from the Culture Shock San Diego Board of Directors. She first joined the San Diego BOD as a way to get involved with the dance community and help carry out Culture Shock’s mission. She has a BS in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. She also has a JD from the University of San Diego, and is a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey.

David Cobb
Manager Chief Accountant’s Department, TD Bank Group

David Cobb

Dr. Richard Delaquis
Information Technology Specialist, U.S. Department of the Navy

Dr. Richard Delaquis
Dr. Delaquis has served over 3 years on the Board of Directors for Culture Shock D.C. Dr. Delaquis learned about Culture Shock through his Cousin who is married to the Choreographer for the Swiss Culture Shock Dance Troupe. While attending a Culture Shock performance, Dr. Delaquis was impressed with the quality of the dancers and wanted to so something to help. The Operations Director, Ms. Margareta Chugthai, asked if he would be interested in serving on the Board of Directors and he agreed. Dr. Delaquis is a retired Navy Commander and is employed with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs where he is an Information Technology Specialist.

Damon Silas, Psy.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professional Performance Development Group (PPDG)

Damon Silas
Dr. Damon Silas has been involved with the Culture Shock DC organization since just after its inception in 2002. He began as a scholarship dancer and eventually worked his way from a principal dancer to team captain, and ultimately to Assistant Artistic Director. Following a brief hiatus due to traveling extensively for his job as a military contractor, Damon returned to the organization in 2012, at which point he began to dance with Afta Shock. He eventually took over the Artistic Director position in 2013 and held that position until 2016, when he relocated to the Charlotte, NC area. He has been a board member since 2012, and remains active on the board. Culture Shock DC has proven to be an immense part of Damon’s overall growth and development, not only as a dancer but as a professional and as a person. It has enriched his life in many ways, including having opportunities to travel with the continental US as well as abroad (to Switzerland and China); to see youth mature and develop into amazing dancers and positive influences within the community; and to teach others dance, thus sharing his love wherever he goes. He is forever indebted to the Culture Shock organization and family for all they have done and been to him on this music and dance filled journey of his.

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