333 N Main Ave | 28 NE 3rd St

Instructors and Staff

We simply cannot say enough about our instructors! Some we have found, while others found us. In either case, the teachers at SALT Academy are second to none and your students are in great hands. You may even recognize a few teachers who were former students!
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  • Regina "Mimi" Stewart-Badger
  • Kirk Moormann
  • Gabriella Pirisino
  • Judy Gregoire
  • Melanie Giblin
  • Charlie Chrisman
  • Liah Krachinski
  • Tasha Pirisino
  • Harvest Moormann

    Co-founder, President

    Harvest's path to a career in performing arts began as an elite rhythmic gymnast in California at age 8, attending the U.S. Olympic training camp by age 13. Her high school years in Springfield, OR found her in lead roles of several popular musical productions followed by her education at Western Baptist College pursuing a major in music education.

    Harvest continued with dance and gymnastics by becoming a coach and instructor teaching at places such as American Elite, Gym Kids, Mt. Hood Ballet Academy and others. From cheer leading to costume design, Harvest brings a rich diversity to the world of performing arts.

    Her competitive nature combined with her depth of experience as a performer and instructor are the catalyst for her passion to see kids of all ages and skill sets to enjoy the performing arts to their fullest.

  • Regina "Mimi" Stewart-Badger

    Co-founder, Artistic Director

    Co-founder with Harvest Moormann of Salt Academy for the purpose of serving the youth and adults of our community. Regina began her music studies at the age of 9 with piano, accompanying by age 12 and voice instruction at age 14. By 17 she was singing as a soloist in a folk trio and gospel rock band that toured California for 10 years. Her early experience in Madrigals and ensembles; cheer and dance; then performing in lead and supporting roles in high school, college and adult musical productions, sparked her love for the theater and performing arts. Her later education was both private and public but her unconventional education became the most valuable, studying with professionals in Southern California in the Hollywood entertainment and music industries, helping to lay the foundation of her methods of teaching.

    Regina’s career spans over 40 years in performing arts and includes production administration and artistic oversight, writing and directing. She has acquired and maintained an extensive knowledge and understanding of multiple styles of vocal techniques and drama methods. Her desire, is to see anyone who wishes to be a performer, be given the opportunity to acquire a solid working knowledge of voice, acting and dance. She believes that a student’s self-discipline, accountability and hard work applied with heart and motivation can bring hidden talent and enriched opportunities to life no matter what career is pursued.

  • Kirk Moormann

    COO

    Kirk Moormann (yes, married to Harvest Moormann) is our Chief Operations Officer and handles many of the back-end tasks necessary to keep the organization running. From payroll to marketing and set-building to building maintenance, he helps our growing company meet the needs of our students, staff and community.

    Kirk's professional background is in the mortgage industry. With over 16 years combined experience he was involved in home loan origination, processing and underwriting for a variety of companies both large and small.

    He also is the owner of 4site Web Services, a local website and digital marketing company which he started in 2016.  

    Making people laugh and helping others succeed are two of Kirk's favorite things in life - apart from spending time with his beautiful wife and seven wonderful children!

  • Gabriella Pirisino

    Instructor

    Gabriella is a former SALT student and has had a passion for singing and dancing since 2007 when she first attended the Academy. She has landed several lead roles in previous SALT theatre productions, performed dance and vocal solos and choreographed many of her own dance routines.

    Advancement as a student positioned her to become a student-teacher and now teaches Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Drama classes full time. Gabriella’s enjoyment comes from being able to impart her knowledge into her students while encouraging them to have fun.

  • Judy Gregoire

    Instructor

    Judy is an organic home-grown Portland girl. Through most of her life she’s endeavored to serve God and others as a teacher of dance. Along with her husband Ted, they have adopted and raised three children (now adults), Leah, Jon-Michael and Carolyn.

    In 1998, Judy and Ted spent time as volunteer missionaries in Liberia, West Africa. While there, she started a free school for children who could not afford private school tuition (there are no public schools in Liberia). An outgrowth of that program continues today, where over 1,300 Liberian students will receive tuition to attend schools this year, through God’s Precious Children.

    As an instructor, Judy began in her basement with Judy’s School of Dance, she continued as the artistic director at Finale’ Dance, then started Footwork Dance Studio (Milwaukie), and Dance Connection (Welches). Her students have gone on to work in Portland area theater productions, teach at other dance studios, along with the direction of choreography and dance numbers for several school plays in the Portland area.

    Judy is delighted to impart her knowledge as a tap instructor with the SALT team and looks forward to encouraging the very best in her student’s talents.

  • Melanie Giblin

    Instructor

    Melanie loves staying active. She is a fitness enthusiast and loves taking hikes with her husband.

    What gives Melanie her “edge” is her upbeat personality and high energy. She likes helping her students express themselves through dance and movement. Her diverse background in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and ballet keeps her routines fun and challenging.

    Melanie started dancing at the age of 8. In high school she was dance team captain and varsity member. After high school, she continued her training at a well-known local studio, Mt. Hood Dance Academy, where she gained valuable teaching experience. She became a student-teacher and was later promoted to dance instructor. While teaching part-time, she studied at PSU to obtain a bachelors in marketing and continued her study of dance. Melanie’s experience also includes Precision Elite Gymnastics & Dance.

    Melanie continues her passion for excellence through advanced training top facilities such as Body Vox, Vega Dance Lab and NW Dance Co.

  • Charlie Chrisman

    Instructor

    Charlie Chrisman has over 35 years’ vocal and musical teaching experience. He began music studies playing trumpet in elementary school with goal of one day becoming a band teacher. In middle school he added singing; performing in concert choirs, show choirs, and also in musical theater.

    Charlie holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music Education (k-12) from Central Missouri University and a Master's in Church music from Western Seminary, Portland Oregon.

    Throughout college he sang lead tenor in a Barbershop Quartet and performed throughout the state at various venues. He studied classical voice privately as well as performed in madrigal groups, concert choirs and various ensembles. Other college vocal experience includes singing in and directing a contemporary gospel ensemble that traveled to multiple states.

    Charlie’s experience as an instructor also began during college where he taught trumpet and voice, later adding piano and guitar as well.

    After moving to Oregon in 1990, he was the first full time Worship Arts Pastor at Greater Gresham Church (now known as Pathway Church). He spent 13 years developing the music, drama groups and media programs which included multiple adult worship teams, musical theater events, youth worship bands and gospel choirs. He continues to teach privately and in other local organizations such as Journey Theater Arts.

    Charlie's music interests span from musical theater, instrumental, classical, EDM, opera, choral, jazz, gospel, rock, blues, to country! He is passionate about the power of music to change the lives of both those who study and perform AND those who hear and experience those performances. He is excited about sharing that passion with families at SALT!

  • Liah Krachinski

    Instructor

    Liah has been with SALT Academy for over five years. She started as a student and for the last two years has been a teacher assistant in various classes with an emphasis on tumbling.

    Liah began her performing arts journey at the age of four when she took her first gymnastics class. She continued in gymnastics through age eight stopping only to recover from an injury and move across the country with her family. Shortly after moving to Oregon she trained at Top Flyte Gymnastics where she spent three years as a member of their competitive team.

    Her desire is to impart an excitement for dance and movement to her students, challenging them to acquire new and foundational skills.

  • Tasha Pirisino

    Instructor

    Tasha's dancing journey began when she was just 2 years old, attending Mt. Hood Ballet Academy. Within the 5 years of her attendance, she was a two-time performer in The Nutcracker as well as several recitals. She later danced competitively for Body and Soul Creative Dance where her love for a variety of dance styles developed. Dance competitions included New York City Dance Alliance, Spotlight Dance, and A Dance Xtraordinaire. Tasha also studied gymnastics at Top Flyte Gymnastics.

    Tasha continued her love for dance, joining SALT Academy in 2007. She has since held several lead dancing, acting and singing roles in multiple productions including, “We've Got Annie”, “The Jungle Book” and “Guilty by Association”.

    In 2015, Tasha joined SALT Academy as an instructor with a focus on Balance Flexibility and Strength, Advanced Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical/Contemporary and Advanced Jazz. With additional training from The Oregon Ballet Theatre, she continues to provide excellent instruction to her students year after year is well-loved by all.

Hours of Operation:
Office hours are typically Mon-Wed 4:00pm to 8:00pm
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Studio Locations

Studio A, SALT Works Theatre | 333 N. Main Ave

Studio B | 28 NE 3rd St

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