Founder and Executive/Program Director –  Marsha Ovitz

Marsha Ovitz has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. Her formal training began at the age of 5 in Chicago, IL. Trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance, she was drawn naturally to fusing these disciplines into becoming a contemporary dancer, teacher and principal performer during the early years of Loyce Houlton’s Minnesota Dance Theatre. Marsha also worked for over 35 years as an independent commercial interior designer and project manager for corporate relocations. In 2007, she founded Breanna’s Gift in honor and in memory of her granddaughter and served as the organization’s President from 2008-2009. The disciplines of dance along with the creativity, detail and organizational skills required for interior design and project management work have created a smooth transition into her current position as executive director. All of these experiences have brought her full circle as she shares her passion and love of dance and the creative process as executive director of the Breanna’s Gift organization.

Program Coordinator – Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon is a fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator and teacher. She attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she received a BS in Art Education. She has received additional training at the University of Minnesota, The Center for Book Arts and Minnetonka Center for the Arts. She has participated in many group juried and one person shows throughout the Midwest. As principal of Open Cupboard Designs in Minneapolis, Kim has created a line of illustrated greeting cards and luminaria. She is particularly drawn to the bond between individuals and the landscape, and this interest in a sense of place is evident throughout her work. Kim has taught workshops in landscape painting, observational drawing for biology majors, and a wide range of children’s art classes, art classes for disabled adults and classes for specific populations. She is a member of PAN (Project Art for Nature), Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota. She also studies Iyengar Yoga and Sogetsu Ikebana. Kim shares her love of all things art with the children.She joined Breanna’s Gift staff as a teacher in the fall of 2015 and in 2017 took on the added responsibilities of Program Coordinator.

Events Coordinator – Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards has been an interior designer for over 17 years. Her main project focus has been in health care design. She is currently working as an Architectural Representative for Daltile. Jennifer worked as an event planner/chair for the IIDA Summer Event with the Saints from 2006-2008 and again in 2012. She joined Breanna’s Gift as the Volunteer Events Coordinator in 2012, where she is in charge of all organization and third party events held in support of Breanna’s Gift. Her main responsibility is planning and executing the Breanna’s Star Event held annually in April.