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The Dairy Arts Center | 26th & Walnut Street | Boulder, CO 80302 | Phone: 303.440.7826
Hartman Box Office: 303.444.7328 |  Boedecker Theater Box Office: 303.440.7826 x110

To reach any member of our staff, dial 303.440.7826 and the appropriate extension.


Melissa Fathman | Executive Director |  melissa@thedairy.org  x180

Melissa Fathman is thrilled to join The Dairy Arts Center following over 20 years of nonprofit administrative and performing arts experience. Previously she was Director of Development & Community Partnerships with the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts and before that, Assistant Director of Development with Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA).
 
Prior to her move to Colorado, she spent 10 years with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center where she served as Education Director, overseeing a wide array of educational concerts and programs for school children, families, and adults, serving over 16,000 people. She created and launched a nationally recognized arts administration teen program, featured in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and established and maintained collaborative relationships with arts organizations throughout the New York City greater metropolitan area, including the Lincoln Center Institute, the Americas Society, Harlem School of the Arts, and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.
 
In addition to her administrative background, Fathman has enjoyed a vibrant and eclectic performance career performing in a variety of settings from Carnegie Hall, the Joyce Theater, Joe's Pub, the Aspen Music Festival, to commercial recordings for Nickelodeon and the celestial voices in New York’s Hayden Planetarium space show The Search for Life: Are We Alone? narrated by Harrison Ford. 

Amarie Soderlind | Director of Operations and Finance | asoderlind@thedairy.org x101


Amarie Soderlind is pleased to join the Dairy Arts Center as the Finance and Operations Manager. In this position she works with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the Leadership Staff to maintain fiscal oversight. She comes to The Dairy Arts Center with nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit arts management. Her background spans finance, patron services, front of house operations, development, and general management. Previous employment includes Colorado Symphony Association, Third Rail Repertory Theater, Portland Center for Performing Arts, Portland Center Stage, Live Bait Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and others.

Craig Bushman | Technical Director | craig@thedairy.org x102

Craig Bushman received his BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 1992. He began working in The Dairy Center for the Arts that same year as technical manager for the Space for Dance. He served as production manager for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in 1996 and 1997. He then became production manager for the Colorado Dance Festival in 1998 and 1999. In the summer of 2000, he served on the production staff of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. In October of 2000, he was hired as the technical director of the Performance Space (now Gordon Gamm Theater) at The Dairy Center for the Arts and has been here ever since. As a freelance lighting designer, he works for Hannah Kahn Dance, 3rd Law Dance Theatre, Frequent Flyers Productions, Boulder Ballet, among many others. He has toured nationally and internationally as a technical director and lighting director for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Doug Varone And Dancers, and others.

Glenn Webb | Director of Programs | glenn@thedairy.org x106

Before coming to The Dairy, Glenn Webb had a long career as a sound engineer. The range and quality of artists with whom he toured was exceptional, including Grammy winners Tim O'Brien and Nickel Creek, Grammy nominees Alison Brown and Hot Rize, and Tony-award winner Savion Glover. In addition to his touring career, he spent a decade as production manager of the Boulder Theater, and a year working in the Performing Arts Center at the Naropa Institute. He has been the resident house engineer for various jazz, folk, and bluegrass festivals in the West, as well as technical director for summer concert seasons at Chautauqua Auditorium. His time as a Latin American Studies major at the University of Colorado has given him an appreciation for many cultures and their artistic traditions, as well as some facility in Spanish and Portuguese language.

Kathy Blegen-Huntley | Development Director | kbhuntley@thedairy.org x113
 
Kathy’s has worked for more than 16 years with non-profits focused on building relationships, increasing revenue and nonprofit capacity.  Career fundraising achievements include raising more than $370 million dollars through events, sponsorships, grants and individual giving.  She recently completed managing a $9.2 million-dollar capital campaign raising funds to build a new performing arts center in Minnesota. Prior to working with non-profits, Kathy spent fifteen years in a corporate career including sales, training, marketing and project management. Kathy has served on boards of directors and in many volunteer capacities focusing in areas of advancement for women and girls and the humane treatment of animals. Kathy formed a community action collaborative, which is a partnership of four non-profits, working together to build social awareness using the arts as a catalyst for change. Kathy is a Racial Justice Facilitator, teaches a grant writing class for artists and recently chaired the board of directors for Theatre Unbound, The Women’s Theatre.
 

Kit Marcy | Cinema Manager | kmarcy@thedairy.org


Kit Marcy is a published author, award-winning photographer, award-winning lighting designer, and has a degree in mathematics. He has danced the role of the Rat King for Boulder Ballet's "Nutcracker," and is co-creator of Frequent Flyers Productions Nutcracker parody, "The Ratcracker." Most recently, Kit has narrated "Carnival of the Animals" for Boulder Ballet, become a Truth Be Told: Boulder Storyslam Grand Slam finalist, and has performed his one-man show, "Coloring My Time Sheet" as part of the 2015 Boulder International Fringe Festival.

Shay Wescott | Box Office Manager & Membership Manager | swescott@thedairy.org x105

 

Shay Wescott serves as the Box Office and Membership Manager at the Dairy. A lifelong lover of independent film, she also assists in programming the Friday Night Weird series at The Dairy’s Boedecker Theater. Shay is also on the programming committee for the Crested Butte Film Festival. Originally from upstate New York, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ithaca College and moved to Colorado in 2014. Shay first discovered The Dairy Arts Center as a volunteer and immediately felt at home. She is incredibly proud to represent the arts and the community here in Boulder.  

Jessica Kooiman Parker  | Curator of Visual Arts |  jkparker@thedairy.org  x107

 

Jessica Kooiman Parker believes in the power of art to change lives. She strives to bring thought provoking and process-based work to new audiences, while promoting art collecting and paying artists fair compensation. She fostered her love of art and design by acquiring a BFA from the University of WI-Stout. Since that time she has held the role of Small Business Owner, Freelance Graphic Designer, Creative Director, Executive Director and Curator.
 
Most notable was her role at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont where she was Executive Director/Curator for 4 years. Under her guidance, the Firehouse emerged as the leading space for contemporary art in the area, winning the Times Call Best Art Gallery in 2014-17 and the Daily Camera Best Art Gallery 2013-17. She founded a monthly film program in 2012 and created Longmont’s only film festival – the Front Range Film Festival in 2013. Her work as Creative Director for Colorado Festival Productions continues to drive independent film in our region.
 
Recently Kooiman Parker partnered with multi-disciplinary artist Drew Austin and founded Studio.Public. Through podcasts, digital interviews, critical discussion, and a print publication, Studio.Public documents what makes an artist thrive and brings the person behind the work to the forefront.
 

Jacqui Mirelle | Marketing   Coordinator  |   marketing@thedairy.org x 111
Originally from Chicago, Jacqui has lived in DC, London, NYC, and South Florida before calling Colorado her home. She graduated with a BA in Communications from American University and took graduate courses in Arts Advocacy at New York University, dedicated to a career in nonprofit arts administration. She has worked at a gallery and event space in New York, a medical nonprofit, a ballet company, and a multi-media arts organization. She is thrilled to be in Boulder, and equally excited to be a part of the team at the Dairy Arts Center!   

Sophia Katsikas | Development Coordinator | skatsikas@thedairy.org x 112

Sophia Katsikas currently serves as the Development Coordinator of The Dairy Arts Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017, where she double majored in Cultural Anthropology and Creative Writing. She grew up in a small town on the Hawaiian Islands immersed in the arts of native Hawaiian culture—from chanting for morning protocols to participating in the Makahiki games. Her background varies from interviewing and writing for her hometown’s newspaper, to caregiving for the elderly and children, and even a position as a research assistant at Denver Public Health. As a writer and arts advocate, Sophia can inhabit a range of perspectives: from analytical writing that discusses culture as expressed through the arts, to poetry that constantly switches between English and Hawaiian language. “Back home in Hawai’i, my daily arts experiences flourished naturally alongside the delicate Kalo (Taro) stem and hearty ‘Ulu (Breadfruit) meat. It helped mold me into the person-being I am today. Because of this, I am constantly seeking to bring the arts back into people’s lives, to make it accessible for every living being.”
   
Juliette Leon Bartsch | Community Engagement Manager | Juliette@thedairy.org x108

Juliette is thrilled to join the Dairy Arts Center as the Community Engagement Manager. For the past 20 years she has curated the Concert Series and cultural programming at the Boulder Public Library. Prior to moving to Boulder, Juliette worked for the Chautauqua Institution’s School of Music and Dance Program. She taught art and music at the International School of Peshawar, worked as a research assistant at CBS News in NYC, and directed a choral group at James Madison University. Juliette is also a soprano and has had the honor of performing with the Kronos Quartet, beneath the Frequent Flyers Aerial Dancers, as nun number 9 in ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’ and worked with the composer William Bolcom. 
   
Allison Toth Sales & Client Services Manager | atoth@thedairy.org x100

Allison currently owns & operates Old Gold Vintage - a refurbished mini school bus boutique. With her business partner / sister, she manages all financial, marketing and social media, and operates an online store using the Etsy platform. She has extensive experience organizing various sales events and artists' markets around the Boulder & Denver areas.
 
She is passionate about vintage clothing, recycling clothing (to help save our Mother Earth!), and aspires to provide styling & wardrobe services for local and national theaters. 
 
Previously, she managed a high-volume local restaurant, managing numerous front of house employees and performing daily duties including the opening & closing of the restaurant, inventory, and payroll. 
 
Allison taught English overseas for several years - in Madrid, Spain and Prague, Czech Republic - to students of various ages and levels, from children and teenagers to adults. She loves to travel & aspires to visit every continent some day. 
   
     
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Conar Donovan | Polk Café Attendant


Conar is currently a junior at CU Boulder. Born and raised in Denver, he moved up to Boulder after returning from a two-year stay in Hong Kong with family. Originally, his focus was on engineering. However, after a year of classes Conar felt called to something else. Thus, he has chosen to major in psychology and minor in Spanish. With these degrees, Conar hopes to become a therapist who is able to work with a broader demographic of people. During his employment search at the beginning of the semester, he came across the Dairy Arts Center. “ I have just recently become a member of The Dairy but despite my adolescence with the company, I feel like I've been part of this team for quite a while. It's truly a pleasure and privilege to be one of the staff members running the Polk Café. All the staff members here are absolutely wonderful and I look forward to continuing my life alongside them at The Dairy.”

Olivia Dwyer | Patron Service Associate
Caroline Early | Patron Service Associate
 

Caroline moved to Boulder in the spring of 2015 and immediately fell in love with everything it has to offer, including the Dairy. Originally from Indiana, she earned her bachelor's degree in Communications from Purdue University and her master's degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University. In addition to working as a Patron Services Associate at the Dairy, Caroline also works for a remote-based software company. When she's not at the Dairy, you can find her practicing yoga, biking around downtown, and exploring all of what Colorado has to offer.
Paige Frisone | Patron Service Associate

Paige Frisone is a Chicago transplant, beginning her schooling at Butler University in Indianapolis to study English Literature, Creative Writing and Spanish. Now, finishing her BA at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Writing, Paige uses the written word to connect all of her cultural passions. She's also versed in event marketing and uses her many interests to delve further into the operations of the arts. In her free time, Paige embodies a holistic lifestyle through mind-body connections, spiritual practices and mindful, contemplative explorations.
 

Stephen Geering | Patron Service Associate


Originally from Cincinnati, Stephen has been with The Dairy since 2014. He has spent his life working in the arts, and has a BA, MA, and MFA in theatre. He has performed locally with the Catamounts and in the Boulder Fringe Festival. You can often find him at the Boedecker on Friday night, reveling in the strangeness of Friday Night Weird. He hopes that you enjoy the wonderful art that the Dairy helps bring to Boulder! 

 

Frank Lucero | Patron Service Associate 


“I have always been compelled by great storytelling whether from my grandparents or the stranger sitting next to me. There is great beauty in the strength of others to overcome and survive the weathering of life. I find that there is an importance to creating greater communication about who we are and where we come from. As an abstract painter, I create complex layers that pull people in and take them on a visceral journey that explores and reflects multiple emotional layers.”
www.frankelucero.com

Lisa McClellan | Patron Service Associate

Vonda Neely | Lead House Manager

Anne Pendergrast | Patron Services Associate


Anne Pendergrast was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She works part-time at The Dairy Arts Center to support her ceramic business, Mud Whimsy. Her work can be found at various local shops and galleries as well as vendor markets and festivals. More information about Anne and her business can be found at www. mudwhimsy. com. 

Katayoun Rostamian | Patron Services Associate


Katayoun started working with the Boulder Fringe Festival when she first moved to Boulder from Vancouver many fun filled years ago. Through the Fringe, she discovered The Dairy, and has been working here as a house manager ever since. She is a mom to sweet Adam, a massage therapist by day, and forever a theatre enthusiast! Make sure you catch her in and around The Dairy for a hug or a high five!
 

Brenda Taylor | Carsen House Manager


Brenda Taylor moved to Boulder with her husband in 1978. He is now retired from the City of Boulder Fire Dept and she has been photographing professionally in Boulder since 1982 with her business, Brenda Taylor Photography. Brenda holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Mary Washington College
in Fredericksburg, Va. She has taught drama classes and directed musicals and plays for Boulder Valley middle schools for 13 years and briefly assisted with directing and choreography for  CenterStage Theatre. Brenda has also danced with One Big Yes Productions (formerly 40 Women Over 40) and especially loves taking classes and performing at The Dairy! When she’s not dancing,  photographing or just being in the theater, you can find her spending time with her actor son,   photographer daughter, golden retriever, skiing, camping or just reading in her hammock!  She is thrilled to be now working at The Dairy Arts Center!

K. Woodzick |  Patron Service Associate


Woodzick is an actor, director, writer and current MFA in Contemporary Performance candidate at Naropa University. They spent the last nine years living in the Seattle area, helping to manage a non-profit, youth-run coffeehouse and working in arts marketing. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Woodzick feels very at home while working at The Dairy. 
 

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