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

Jennifer Bailey

Accounting Manager

Madeline Harris

Accounts Payable Coordinator

Teri Percy

Assistant to the Executive Director and Board Liaison 



Sarah West

Chief Development Officer

Jyn Van Putten

Manager of Foundations and Government Giving 

Nicole Levy

Individual Giving Manager

Natalie Cope

Corporate Relations and Special Events

Amy Falls

Development Coordinator


Sara M. K. Neal

Chief Marketing Officer

Joshua Jones

Director of Communications

Lisa Jensen

Retail Sales & Boutique Manager

Alex Moya

Graphic Designer

Beau Pearson


Marissa Hodges

Marketing Coordinator


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

Silver Barkes
Calvin Kitten
Cynthia Ridler
Jeffrey Rogers
Heather Thackeray

Principal Faculty


Leslie-Ann Campbell
Sandy Flury
Emily Franklin
Victoria Koelkebeck

Academy Administrators

Joey Alatorre
Christa Anderson
Alexx Baxter
Tonia Blomquist
Brenda Butcher
Bruce Caldwell
Natalie Desch
Wilson Domingues
Lindsay Folkman
Jenna Rae Herrera
Brittany Holt
Lisa Hoyt
Eldon Johnson
Katie Johnson
Alexa Knutzen
Abbey Lasley
Ginger Leishman
Constanza Murphy
Hope Parker
Michelle Player
Sawyer Player
Joanne Rupinskas
Christopher Sellars
Anne Marie Smith
Connie Smith
Paige Sparks
Jessica Thompson
Chelsea Weidman
Natalie Whitney
Alena Wilson
Elise Wood
Jamie Lynn Zollinger


Maggie Wright-Tesch

U of U/BW Joint Trainee Liason

Max Hall
Jim Kuemmerle
Sarah Lund
John Rukavina
Heidi Slagle

Academy Pianist

Tori Holmes
Lindsay Preece
Cole Walkenhorst

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

Temria Airmet
Nikki Bybee
Kira Coelho
Shelly Cordova
Leigh Cornu
Ashley Creek
Jennifer Heighton
Sarah Lovett
Stacey Mahan
Wendee Fiedeley-McCulloch
Audrey Olsen
Moisés Próspero
Alison Russell
Amy Simkins
Anne Marie Smith
Joni Taylor
Ashlee Vilos
Krista Widdison
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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