Board of Directors
Hillary Krieger-Toth | Executive Director
Hillary has over 25 years of classical ballet experience, including training at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and studying under well-respected dance instructors such as John Magnus, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Francesca Corkle. Additionally, she trained at the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah under the tutelage of Conrad Ludlow, Attila Ficzere, Bene Arnold, Sharee Lane, Maureen Laird and Richard Wacko. She and her husband, Gabor Toth, co-founded the Southeastern School of Ballet in 2006 and SPSA in 2009.
Cary J. Krieger | Co-Executive Director & Treasurer
Cary has been a South Carolina resident since 1996 is a longtime supporter of the Arts. His extensive professional career as a Senior Financial Executive includes broad domestic and international experience in accounting, strategic planning, financial reporting, cash management/bank relationships and administration. He has served on the SPSA Board since 2009.
Gabor Toth | Board Member
Gabor began his formal dance training at the world-renowned Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest. He is trained in ballet, folk dance, acrobatics, stage dance, acting, historical dance, pantomime, partnering and contemporary dance. Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to the School of Alicia Alonso in Madrid, Spain, where he received instruction in Spanish folk dance and classical ballet. He and his wife, Hillary Krieger-Toth, co-founded the Southeastern School of Ballet in 2006 and SPSA in 2009.
Jaquelin Bailey | Board Member
Jaquelin, originally a native of Upstate South Carolina, has lived in Columbia for 23 years. She graduated from University of South Carolina with a Degree in Biology and Nursing. She has been affiliated with Southeastern School of Ballet and Southeastern Professional School of the Arts for the past 13 years. She has helped organize numerous fundraising events and showcases during this time. She has two daughters currently enrolled in Southeastern School of Ballet. Her time with the organization has helped her develop a true appreciation for the arts and the endless benefits they provide to the community and all those involved.
Kimberly Walker | Board Member
Kimberly Walker has spent over a decade in higher education with a background that includes continuous improvement, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, accreditation, and curriculum design. Kimberly earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UofSC Columbia, a master’s in education from Columbia College and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University.
Kimberly is a ballet mom with two children dedicated to dance. Kimberly resides in Columbia, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to NPR, and spending time with her dog, cat, ball python, and axolotl.
Haiqing Kaczkowski | Board Member
Haiqing is a registered Professional Civil Engineer who has over 25 years of experience in coastal engineering, beach restoration, marina design, numerical modeling, and construction administration. She has led engineering teams and served as Project Manager in numerous operations in the United States and internationally. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses and directed research projects in universities. She and her husband, Dr. Stephen Kaczkowski, are longtime supporters of the Arts, and she has been taking classes at the Southeastern School of Ballet since 2013. As an adult dancer, Haiqing encourages other adult students to pursue their dreams of dancing at any age in the midst of their busy lives.
Haiqing shares the SPSA’s belief that hard work, disciplined study, compassion, respecting others, and awareness of physical and psychological well-being are traits that will help an individual lead a healthy and productive life. Therefore, Haiqing is pleased to serve in the SPSA to help them achieve their goals of providing professional, high-quality artistic instruction to the greater Columbia community.