Shalyn BrownBoard of Director, Cooking and Dance Instructor
Since she was 3 years old, Shalyn has loved music and dance. Performing and teaching her skills has always come naturally to her. Seeing the personal growth of her students through their imagination and creativity as well as their expression through the arts is the highlight of her career.
Phone: (208) 541-1080
McKenzie OstergarMusic and Theatre Instructor
McKenzie discovered her love for performing arts when she performed in Oliver! at six years old. She grew up performing in CATS, Seussical, Oklahoma and more, as well as many different choirs. She studied Music Education at Boise State University, and has studied piano for 20 years.
Phone: (208) 680-1525
Linda LarsenDance and Theatre Instructor
Linda has been performing her entire life. She trained and danced professionally in Los Angeles and has done many local and regional Broadway productions including Les Miserables, Cats, The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat, Beauty and the Beast, Footloose and many more. She has traveled extensively as a professional performer and teacher and enjoys sharing her knowledge with master classes In Dance, Musical Theater, Acting, Modeling and film. She has three beautiful children and 3 adorable grandchildren. Miss Linda is thrilled have her programs at the Leavitt Center!
Jessalyn SellersArt Instructor
Jessalyn Sellers has always had a passion for art. With a Bachelor of Arts/ Secondary Education, she has dabbled in many different mediums. Jessalyn’s personal favorite is acrylics, letting landscapes influence her work. Jessalyn hopes to share what she knows with those who also have found their calling in art.
Phone: (208) 547-7538
Joanna JenksArt Instructor
Art is powerful! It can enable us to have new experiences through which we can express a wide range of emotions and ideas. It can also allow us to see the world from new perspectives such as from studying art history. Through teaching studio and art history courses, I have seen the benefit of students learning the “visual language” of form, which can help them interpret the world around them.
Hanna KeatingDance Instructor
Hannah Keating is excited to be teaching as a part of Empower Humanity. A junior at Century High School, Hannah loves to be involved in musical theatre productions and has taken first place at State Competition with a Tap Musical piece. She loves to teach, loves to learn, and loves to perform in all sorts of ways because of the freedom and creativity it provides.
Kara WilliamsDance Instructor
Kara Williams is excited to teach Hip Hop as well as bringing Clogging to Empower Humanity.
Melissa BowmanDance and RockStarz Instructor
Melissa Bowman teaches a triple threat program called RockStarz which focuses on Music & Voice, Dance, Theatre & Stage Presence. She is also thrilled to start an adult contemporary dance club allowing teens and adults of all ages and experience to enjoy the exhilaration and physical benefits of dance and social interaction.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Shalyn BrownBoard of Director (Arts Academy)
Shalyn is the glue that holds our world together! Shalyn’s perceptive and team centered mentality as well as her willingness to quickly learn anything has been the backbone and one of the greatest assets of our organization. Shhh…(she is our secret nuclear weapon)! Since Shalyn was 3 years old she has had a love for music and dance. Performing and teaching her skills has always come naturally to her. She joined the Leavitt Center in 2013 and has been actively involved in the marketing and management of the Leavitt Center and the incorporation of “Empower Humanity.” She has accomplished this as well as taught cooking, music and dance. Seeing the personal growth of her students through their imagination and creativity as well as their expression through the arts is the highlight of her artistic career.
Phone: (208) 541-1080
Ryan LeavittBoard of Director (Education)
Ryan Leavitt grew up in Blackfoot Idaho where he developed a love for song writing, performing music, and entrepreneurship. In 1997, Ryan moved to Pocatello to attend Idaho State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Health Education. In 2004, Ryan founded an alarm company called Homeland Security Inc. which he operated in Idaho, Texas, and Hawaii. In 2010 Ryan and his wife, Katie, bought and remodeled the building now known as the Leavitt Center. In 2013 the Leavitt Center opened its doors and offered its first classes in dance, musical theatre, voice, and percussion. Soon the Leavitt Center grew in popularity and became know as premier center for arts instruction. In 2016 Ryan, Katie and Shalyn Brown created Empower Humanity, a non-profit organization to take over the Leavitt Center arts classes. They also added community education and humanitarian work as the new mission. Ryan became a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Empower Humanity and currently serves as the Community Education Chairman. Ryan and Katie have been blesses 5 beautiful children, and a cat. He loves life and is excited to see the Empower Humanity programs perpetuate and grow into the future.