BOARD of DIRECTORS
The Paige Fraser Foundation’s Board of Directors governs the work of the Foundation and formally meets three times annually. The Board ensures the mission of the Foundation, which is to inspire young emerging artists, with or without physical challenges, to reach their full potential, is upheld. Oversight of leadership, key policies, and finances to ultimately establish a performing arts center and facilitate a safe space for inner-city youths to study dance, theatre, music, art and writing are responsibilities of the Board.
PAIGE E. FRASER, BFA
Founder/Artistic Director & Program Developer (2017-present)
Paige E. Fraser, Founder and President of The Paige Fraser Foundation, is originally from the Bronx, NY and is a young dancer of color who is breaking boundaries and paving her own road. As a child she trained at Ballet Atlantic Academy under the direction of Leslie Otto. She went on to continue training at Professional Performing Arts High School which had a dance program tied to the Ailey School. Throughout her training Ms. Fraser attended many summer intensives all as a scholarship recipient; ABT, DTH, Complexions, Jacobs Pillow, and The Juilliard School. In 2008 Ms. Fraser attended Dominican University/Alonzo King's Lines Ballet and later transferred/graduated Cum Laude from Fordham University/Alvin Ailey BFA in 2012. Ms. Fraser was a member of Ailey II for the 2011-2013 seasons under the artistic direction of Sylvia Waters and Troy Powell. While in Ailey II she traveled both domestically and internationally, performing works by Alvin Ailey, Amy Hall, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Donald Byrd, and Troy Powell. In 2013 Ms. Fraser became a founding dancer of Visceral Dance Chicago and is now in her 5th season with the company. She has performed works by Autumn Eckman, Brian Enos, Harrison McEldowney, Marguerite Donlon, Nick Pupillo, and Sidra Bell. Ms. Fraser has been a guest artist with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Ruth Page Civic Ballet, and Randy Duncan's highly acclaimed finale for Dance For Life Chicago (2014-2016). She has appeared in Beyonce's "Bow Down" 2013 tour opener and in V Magazine's holiday video featuring model Chanel Iman. Ms. Fraser has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Essence, Lucky, and graced the 2016 cover of both Revolution Dancewear and Streetwise Chicago. Paige can be seen dancing in season 3 of Empire and in Jussie Smollet's music video "FUW". She finds joy in teaching and giving back. She has taught several workshops all over the world and has choreographed works for competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and Exclamations Dance Company under the direction of Kenneth Epting. Ms. Fraser has received a steady stream of recognition over the last few years; from winning a Princess Grace Award, to Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch, and landing an international commercial with Intel. As a Scoliosis advocate who faced the prospect of surgery at an early age that might have ended her dream of becoming a professional dancer, Paige embraces what she has overcome to raise awareness about pursuing dreams and overcoming challenges. Her story was recently featured by ELLE "The Movement Series.
LESMAH J. FRASER, MPS, LFACHE, NYAM Fellow
Co-Founder, President, & Treasurer (2017-present)
Lesmah J. Fraser serves as Board Chair of the Foundation and is an avid patron of the arts and has supported and contributed to numerous organizations such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Visceral Dance Chicago. She is also a seasoned healthcare professional and innovative educator with over 30 years’ experience in executive leadership roles. She has worked with large New York City public and private healthcare systems as well as with a New York City private university. Ms. Fraser is a results-oriented leader and teacher, with proven record of accomplishments, in both healthcare and educational organizations. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at New York University School of Professional Studies in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies. Ms. Fraser recently retired from New York Presbyterian Hospital where she was Director of the Ambulatory Care Network for over fourteen years and held executive positions at several New York City Health and Hospitals facilities for over twenty years. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies from the New School for Social Research and is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
MICHELLE N. JOHNSON, Esq.
Executive Vice President/Secretary (2017-present)
Michelle N. Johnson, Esq. serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for the Foundation. Since 2014, Ms. Johnson has served as the Chief Diversity Officer/Director, Employment Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Prior to William Paterson, Ms. Johnson spent nearly 8 years as Senior Counsel with the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Johnson is a New York licensed attorney with over 17 years of experience in education/labor and employment law. After serving as a law clerk with the Superior Court of New Jersey, she was an associate attorney with a New Jersey civil defense law firm. She has worked in the public education sector (NY/NJ) for the past years specializing in labor/employment law, Title IX, employee/student discipline, collective bargaining/union procedures, compliance, investigations, and relevant training. Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. in American Government from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law-Wilmington, DE.
ALEXIA E. FRASER, P.A.
Vice-President/Public Relations & Marketing (2017-present)
Alexia E. Fraser serves as Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing, responsible for collaborating with leadership, employees, stakeholders and community partners, to communicate and ensure understanding of the mission, vision and value of the Foundation are known. Prior to her current role, Ms. Fraser has extensive experience in the arts, as a model, actress and producer. Her ability to engage audiences in pursuit of art fueled her drive to publish a memoir, Memories of Mom, the heartfelt journey of a daughter facing her mother’s mortality. Her work in organizing and managing offices and establishing strong relationships supported her life-long commitment and support of the arts as an expressive force for change, a message she has leveraged to raised awareness about the arts and the positive effect they have on reaching goals and overcoming life’s challenges. Ms. Fraser brings to her current position extensive work history in public-facing positions in sales, management and community-based organizations.
Lawrence Hammond, D.Min
Vice President/Community Development (2018-present)
Lawrence Hammond is a Vice President and Mortgage Officer in the Community Preservation Corporation’s (CPC) New York City Originations division where he is responsible for the company’s lending activities throughout New York City and Long Island. In this capacity he facilitates the growth of CPC’s efforts in providing construction and permanent financing opportunities that seek to reflect CPC’s core mission to stabilize and revitalize communities.
Mr. Hammond joined CPC in 2015 after spending over 30 years with various financial institutions inclusive of Popular Community Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, and JP Morgan Chase Bank. Throughout his banking career, he has continued to demonstrate an ability to cultivate established relationships with leaders in the public and private sectors of business and government.
Mr. Hammond earned a Doctorate of Ministry and Masters of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). He is married to Primrose Hammond and has three sons and two granddaughters.
ALEX EINGORN, DC
Vice-President, Chief Clinical Officer (2018-present)
Dr. Alex Eingorn serves as Vice-President and Chief Clinical Officer and oversees the clinical programs for the Paige Fraser Foundation. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree in 1986 from New York Chiropractic College and has been in private practice since 1987. He developed a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare in one of the first integrative healthcare facilities in New York City. Dr. Eingorn is certified in Manipulation under anaesthesia by National College of Chiropractic/Cornerstone Professional Education Seminars, Inc, NC. He is board certified in Scoliosis recognition, classification, treatment, and prevention by International Scoliosis Research Center/Parker College of Chiropractic, Texas.
Dr. Eingorn’s professional memberships and affiliations include: American Chiropractic Association; American Council of Chiropractic Radiology; American Academy of Pain Management; American Association of Spine Physicians; American Academy of Disability Analysts; International Association of Counselors and Therapists. His selected research, publications and professional projects include: New York University Medical Center, New York (1994) - Participated in a Multi-disciplinary Forum - " Low Back Pain - Multi-disciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment"; Better Health Chiropractic, PC, New York (1994-Present) - Short and long term effects of SMT on ANS using Power Spectral Analysis of Heart Rate Variability; New York Chiropractic College , New York (1996 - Present) - Research Associate, Rationale for Assessing the Effects of Manipulative Therapy on Autonomic Tone by Analysis of Heart Rate Variability. Eingorn, A, Muhs, G. JMPT 1999;22 (3):161-165; Time Life Medical, New York (1995) - Member of Editorial Review Panel on "Low Back Pain". Was Interviewed and Videotaped; Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York (1996-1998) - Complimentary Care Center - Volunteer.
Dr. Eingorn is fluent in Russian and Hebrew and has practiced Martial Arts since 1973: Karate, Kung-Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Wu-Chu, Chi-Gung