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Who We Are

Meet Our Team


Dan Gordon - Executive Director

From growing up with a traveling anthropologist father and a mother devoted to performing arts and special education, Dan has naturally developed a passion for performing arts education and created Gordon Education Initiatives for the Performing Arts to produce educational media for kids with a focus on varying cultural expressions.


As an educator, Dan has taught performing arts and film classes  for youth of all ages and demographics since 2002 in Houston, Los Angeles and New York City.  He has taught in professional theatres, schools, museums, camps, juvenile probation departments and community centers.  As a filmmaker, his documentaries focus on cultural arts communities and bridging divides.

Dan is a graduate of Meadows School of the Arts at SMU where he received his BFA in theatre and he continued to complete a film certification program from CUNY's College of Technology and Brooklyn College.

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Kathy Starr - General Manager

Kathy is the General Manager of Gordon Education Initiatives for the Performing Arts and manages day-to-day operations, bookkeeping, strategic planning, and community relationships.


As a life-long child advocate, Kathy studied early childhood education at the University of Houston and served multi-year terms as the chairperson on boards throughout Houston that championed arts education and kids with disabilities.  Some of her favorite positions include 7 years as Cultural Arts Chair at Haude Elementary in Klein ISD, 4 years on the board of Class Act Productions and 4 years on the Klein Oak High School Theatre Booster Club.  She managed accounts in publicity, events, bookkeeping and development. 


She is a long-time volunteer for The River Performing and Visual Arts in partnership with Theatre Under the Stars where she facilitates weekly art projects for kids with special needs.  Previously, Kathy owned and operated a business to assign care providers for the elderly, ensuring a safe environment and allowing them to stay in their own homes.  Texas born and bred, Kathy is married and the mother of two daughters, Morgan and Maitland.


Executive Board Members

Jason Bernal
Superintendent of ResponsiveEd

Krista Calaway
Former Exec. Director of HISD Foundation

Kristen Golden

General Counsel and Vice President of Strategy at Grid United

Dan J. Gordon

Exec. Director of Gordon Education

Cindy Leong-Wu

Biomedical Consulting

Juliet McBride

Partner in King & Spalding’s Government & Regulatory (Healthcare) Practice Group 

Our Partners

Creative - Professional - Bilingual

Creating original educational content requires the collaboration of film/tv professionals, teachers, students, artists, parents, and kids.  This process of working together is essential in ensuring that the media is of the highest quality so our programs remain a trusted brand among schools and families.

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