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

Felicia Cowan

Director of Human Resources

 Chris Yoakam

Interim Director of Finance

Sarah Taylor

Company Manager

Jennifer Bailey

Accounting Manager

Robin L. Holt

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

Tracy Waters

Corporate Relations and Events Manager

Nicole Levy

Individual Giving Manager

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

Marissa Hodges

Marketing Coordinator

Beau Pearson


Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy

Peter LeBreton Merz

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

Peggy Dolkas
Calvin Kitten
Cynthia Ridler
Jeffrey Rogers
Heather Thackeray

Principal Faculty

Shazell Ellerbeck

Head Academy Administrator

Shanika Ells
Sandy Flury

Academy Administrators

Katlyn Addison
Christa Anderson
Colleen Barnes
Tonia Blomquist
Brenda Butcher
Nikki Bybee
Bruce Caldwell
Ginger Christopher
Patrick Cubbedge
Natalie Desch
Wilson Domingues
Lindsay Folkman
Hannah Gagon
Jenna Rae Herrera
Brittany Holt
Lisa Hoyt
Katie Johnson
Nikolai Moroz
Michelle Player
Sawyer Player
Anne Marie Smith
Connie Smith
Paige Sparks
Jessica Thompson
Sara Turner
Juliana Vorkink
Chelsea Weidman
Natalie Whitney
Alena Wilson
Elise Wood


Maggie Wright-Tesch

U of U/BW Joint Trainee Liason

Jim Kuemmerle
Sarah Lund
John Rukavina
Heidi Slagle

Academy Pianist


Virginia Hicks

Summer Intensive Coordinator

Leslie-Ann Campbell
Lindsay Preece
Allene Snow
Cole Walkenhorst



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
Ashley Creek
Ulysses Gonzalez
Jennifer Heighton
Lisa Johnson
Sarah Lovett
Stacey Mahan
Wendee Fiedeley-McCulloch
Audrey Olsen
Moisés Próspero
Alison Russell
Amy Simkins
Anne Marie Smith
Joni Taylor
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

W. Powell Smith

Patron Advisors


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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