Administrative Staff

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Michael Scolamiero

Executive Director, Ballet West

The Elizabeth Solomon Executive Director Chair

Michael Scolamiero recently joined Ballet West after an extensive international search led by Michael Kaiser, President Emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Mr. Scolamiero previously served as Executive Director of Miami City Ballet for three years, during which time the organization achieved a significant reduction in debt, as well as robust growth in ticket revenue, contributions, and touring income. Prior to Miami City Ballet, Mr. Scolamiero was Pennsylvania Ballet’s Executive Director for 17 years, the longest tenure in the Company’s history and among the longest of any leader of a major ballet company. During his tenure, Mr. Scolamiero led the organization’s first capital campaign that raised $11.9 million (against a $10 million goal) to build an endowment and fund repertoire expansion. At Ballet West, Mr. Scolamiero is set to implement a newly completed strategic plan and excited to guide a growing and robust Company.


Administration and Finance

Liz Crawford

Chief Financial Officer

Felicia Cowan

Director of Human Resources

Sarah Taylor

Director of Company Management

Hilary Hancock

Company Management Coordinator

Jennifer Bailey

Senior Accounting Manager

Madeline Harris

Accounts Payable Coordinator

Teri Percy

Assistant to the Executive Director and Board Liaison 



Sarah West

Chief Development Officer

Natalie Cope

Director of Major Gifts

Jyn Van Putten

Foundations and Government Giving Manager

Bretleigh Sandorff

Development Data Manager


Joshua Jones

Director of Communications

Marissa Hodges

Interim Marketing Manager

Lisa Jensen

Retail Sales & Boutique Manager

Beau Pearson


Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy

Peter LeBreton Merz

Artistic Director, Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy

Shawn Spainhour

Managing Director, Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy

Maricar Drilon

Principal, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation
Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point

Heather Fryxell

Principal, Ballet West Academy Salt Lake City Campus

Cati Snarr 

Principal, Ballet West Academy Peggy Bergmann 
Park City Campus

Cynthia Ridler

Principal Faculty and Assistant to the Student Ballet Master

Calvin Kitten
Jeffrey Rogers
Heather Thackeray

Principal Faculty

Leslie-Ann Campbell
Sandy Flury
Emily Franklin
Victoria Koelkebeck

Academy Administrators

Silver Barkes
Tonia Blomquist
Bruce Caldwell
Jenna Clark
Beth Colton
Natalie Desch
Wendee Fiedeley-McCulloch
Lindsay Folkman
Adrian Fry
Jenna Rae Herrera
Lisa Hoyt
Katie Johnson
Chelsea Keefer
Alexa Knutzen
Justine Sheedy-Kramer
Sharee Lane
Abbey Lasley
Ginger Leishman
Stacey Mahan
Constanza Murphy
Sawyer Player
Abby Rubin
Joanne Rupinskas
Christopher Sellars
Connie Smith
Jessica Thompson
Nichele Van Portfleet
Chelsea Weidmann
Jaclyn Weisenbeck
Natalie Whitney
Alena Wilson
Elise Wood
Jamie Lynn Zollinger


Chelsea Weidmann

Summer Intensive Coordinator

Maggie Wright-Tesch

U of U/BW Joint Trainee Liason

Max Hall
Jim Kuemmerle
Sarah Lund
John Rukavina

Academy Pianist

Jennifer Hildreth
Shelli Jenkins
Lindsay Preece

Administrative Assistant


Education and Outreach

Peter Christie

Director of Education and Outreach

Dana Rossi

Education Associate/Assistant Director, I CAN DO

Heather Fryxell

Associate Director, Adaptive Dance

Shelly Cordova

Assistant Director, Senior Steps/Forward Steps

Silas Campos
Shelly Cordova
Ashley Creek
Audrey Dodd
Jennifer Heighton
Sarah Lovett
Stacey Mahan
Wendee Fiedeley-McCulloch
Moisés Próspero
Amy Simkins
Alicia Trump
Ashlee Vilos
Trish Wilstead


Ticketing and Subscriber Services

Jack E Stahl

Associate Director of Technology and Ticketing

Natalie Thorpe

Manager of Patron Services

Jane Harris

Lead Patron Advisor

Hilary Hancock

Patron Services Coordinator



Bob Crowder, Josh Crowder, and Aaron Crowder are the official IT consultants to Ballet West.
Ballet West is an American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Company.Ballet West is an American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Company.

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