Leadership Team

Many people help out to make Thrill Day a success. Here are just a few...

Ines Markeljevic - Creator, Founder, Director 2000-2009, 2018-Present

Ines Markeljevic - Creator, Founder, Director 2000-2009, 2018-Present

Ines Markeljevic - Creator, Founder, Director 2000-2009, 2018-Present

 Ines is the Creator, Founder and Director of Thrill The World!  The event was founded in 2006 in Toronto, Canada and has now spread to six continents!  Every October thousands of  people/zombies around the world come together  to honor the genius of Michael Jackson and raise funds for charity. 

Tricia Porter – Webmaster, Data and Reporting Specialist

Ines Markeljevic - Creator, Founder, Director 2000-2009, 2018-Present

Ines Markeljevic - Creator, Founder, Director 2000-2009, 2018-Present

 Tricia was inspired to organize her first Thrill The World event in 2009 by her daughter, Christine, and managed events that benefited a local horse sanctuary until 2013. In 2011 Tricia joined the Thrill The World Global Team and continued to dance with local Thrill The World groups until a job change moved the family to Oregon in 2017.  She remains active as website admin for Thrill The World.  Throughout the year Tricia enjoys spending time with her family, three dogs, two cats, two horses and a chinchilla.

Sheri Kinley – Communications Director

Ines Markeljevic - Creator, Founder, Director 2000-2009, 2018-Present

Aimee Benoit - Web Team Support Specialist

 Sheri has been dancing since the age of five.  She performed dance routines on a weekly television show and she was also in television commercials.  Sheri took ten years of classical piano, participated in the piano guild yearly, was awarded the Paderewski award for piano achievements, and was a concert pianist at sixteen.  In college Sheri competed in water skiing and later competed in ice skating.  Sheri has been couples dancing since 2004.  A few of the dance styles Sheri enjoys are social ballroom, west coast swing, Latin, east coast swing, country two-step, and night club two step.  She has performed in various genres of flash mob dance routines in Seattle and has co-choreographed dance routines that she has performed on stage.  Sheri initially performed in Thrill The World Seattle in 2008 and has been the organizer and one of the dance instructors for the group since 2009.  Throughout the years the Seattle Thrillers have been raising money for various charities. 

Aimee Benoit - Web Team Support Specialist

Aimee Benoit - Web Team Support Specialist

Aimee Benoit - Web Team Support Specialist

Aimee began performing with Thrill The World Seattle in 2010 and became one of their assistant organizers in 2012.  She supports the Global Team with managing web content, copy, and editing.  Aimee enjoys drawing, painting, photography, needlework, writing novels, and writing professionally.

Vishnu Balan - Video Editor

Aimee Benoit - Web Team Support Specialist

Vishnu Balan - Video Editor

 Vishnu is a software engineer for Costco, one of the world's largest retailers. He has been a fan of Michael Jackson since the age of 6. Originally from Kerala, India, Vishnu took an interest in dancing when his uncle presented him with a poster of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ World Tour. As a child, he learned to dance a few of MJ's signature moves by playing  a VHS of the ‘Dangerous’ concert repeatedly. Vishnu moved to the United States in 2012. He began dancing with a local Thrill the World group in 2016, and in 2019 he joined Thrill The World Seattle, became one of their assistant organizers, and joined the Global Team.