Our Board of Directors is composed of community members with a strong commitment to promoting dance in Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas. 

Kristen Jespersen, President

Board Member since 2011

Kristen has been on the board of Steamboat Dance Theatre (SDT) since the Summer 2011, first as a board member and now as the President. Grewing up in the San Francisco Bay Area Kristen loved dance at a young age. However she didn’t start seriously taking dance classes until high school. Since that time she has danced Jazz, Modern and African among other forms. Kristen learned about SDT through the annual concert, which she first attended when she moved to Steamboat Springs in 2010. Since then Kristen has performed in two SDT concerts and loves to dance with the African Troupe here in Steamboat. She is excited to serve as the President of SDT and use her professional experience in grant-writing, planning, and non-profit management to help further the mission of the organization.  Kristen is married and has a dog. 

Meg Henry, Vice President

Board Member Since 2015

I wasn't born in Colorado, but I got here as fast as I could.  I grew up just outside of Kansas City and moved to Steamboat after college 5 years ago.  I did not know many people when I moved here, but was able to find like hearted spirits very quickly through Steamboat Dance Theatre.  I had danced in high school and took up hoop dance in college, performing at festivals from time to time.  I never considered myself to be a "dancer," but the love and support I found through the individuals of this organization has made dance a huge part of my life.  I am so honored to serve SDT by continuing to help bring dance, education, and community enrichment to Steamboat Springs.

Rachel Radetsky, Treasurer

Board Member Since 2012

Rachel Radetsky joined the Steamboat Dance Theatre board in August 2012 and performed in the SDT Annual Concert in March 2012. Rachel grew up in the Denver/Boulder area and began dancing at the age of two. She danced with the Dance Network as a part of the performance and competition groups through high school allowing her many opportunities to further her dancing through various dance conventions and workshops. She moved to Steamboat in the summer of 2003 at which point she began college and no longer capable of dancing every day. After attending school at Colorado Mountain College and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design she began her work experience with non-profit art organizations. Since 2005 Rachel has worked in several positions with various non-profit art organizations in Steamboat, including the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Dance has once again become a priority in Rachel’s life 


Elisabeth Salzgeber, Secretary

Board Member Since 2016

Elisabeth was born and raised in Steamboat Springs, and while never professionally trained in the art of dance, has always had a strong passion for it.  After moving back from college in 2008 she became involved with Steamboat Dance Theatre as a dancer, and eventually as a board member.  In 2012, she moved to Portland, OR to pursue a Master’s in Conflict Resolution.  Now finished with graduate school, Elisabeth is excited to be back in Steamboat and to apply her new skills toward the continued growth of Steamboat Dance Theatre.

Rachel Mick

Board Member Since 2015

Rachel has been dancing with Steamboat Dance Theatre since 2006 and joined the board in 2015.  She has also been the Program Coordinator for the 2014 and 2015 Annual Concerts.  Rachel started dancing at age 7 with Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and found her passion for ballet/pointe, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary with Steamboat Ballet School of Dance and Steamboat Ballet Theatre.  She also studied with Colorado Ballet for two summers during high school. Over the years, she has expanded her love of dance to include belly dance, country swing, salsa, and other ballroom and Latin styles. Rachel enjoys walking her dogs, pop culture, and traveling.

Danielle Zimmerer

Board Member Since 2016

D grew up in Colorado- studied Public Relations at Colorado State and has been groovin' on dance floors and been all about YouTube choreography for years. 

Thankful that a few of her friends told her about the annual concert three years, she took the leap into a more structured dance community and has been obsessed ever since. SDT has opened up amazing opportunities; attending dance classes consistently, building a fun community dancers who have become friends, the chance to choreograph and perform and further my passion in photography.

As a professional photographer, her freelance lifestyle and schedule helps her stay active in her community.  D is looking forward to bridging the many organizations and businesses that she has relationships with and provide her experience to further the SDT mission. 

Andrea Kortas

Board Member Since 2016

 Andrea has lived in Steamboat Springs for 24 years. She is hairstylist and mother to three amazing daughters. She grew up dancing, performing and choreographing. Andrea has been involved in SDT on and off for the past ten years and is honored to a part of such a wonderful organization.

Lauren Harnitchek

Board Member Since 2016

Lauren was raised in southern California and has been dancing since early childhood. She is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance.  After moving to Steamboat Springs, she was excited to learn that there was an amazing dance community that included people of all ages, abilities, and styles.  She has been a member since 2014 and joined the board in 2016. Lauren is teacher at Elevation Dance Studio and the Administrative Operations Manager at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.  Lauren looks forward to focusing on SDT’s role in the Steamboat Springs community. 

Allison Plean

Board Member Since 2017

Allison started dancing in high school and was 'classically' trained in every genre and participated in a competitive high school dance team. Allison has been a member of Steamboat Dance Theatre for 9 years – during that time she has danced, choreographed and served as a board member. She brings a professional multimedia background with a degree in film, post BS education in graphic and product design (at Columbia College in Chicago), as well as a professional career in marketing and public relations, journalism and non-profit management, including grant writing to SDT. She is excited to serve the Yampa Valley by bringing dance programming to the community.

Nicci Curd
Board Member Since 2017

Growing up in Steamboat I have been part of SDT for 15 years. I began by dancing and choreographing with my mother and soon I was choreographing my own pieces. Being part of such an influential organization proves to be one of the most rewarding jobs to date. SDT charges my creative side and provides an outlet to serve my community. I love watching kids faces light up when we perform and I hope someday SDT will give them a chance to dance on stage; sky's the limit. 


Kelsey Harkins

Board Member Since 2017

Kelsey grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Steamboat in 2009 after graduating from the University of Georgia.  It was the typical story you hear of moving to Steamboat to work for the ski area and have a fun winter before moving somewhere for a “real” job and settling down, however she fell in love with Steamboat and found reasons and career paths that allowed her to stay.  Kelsey grew up dancing and cheerleading, focusing mostly on hip hop and jazz funk.  She started doing Steamboat Dance Theatre in 2011, and have found it to be one of her favorite things about living in Steamboat.  It’s such a great connection to the community and she’s made fantastic friends through dance over the years.  

Laraine grew up dancing in a tiny studio near the shores of Lake Michigan, taking ballet, tap, and jazz.  She went on hiatus from dance during most of her teens and 20s, and picked it back up in Steamboat after seeing SDT perform on stage. Since then she has danced in jazz, lyrical, hoop, aerial, hip hop, and contemporary pieces, and choreographed for two seasons.  She credits SDT for having taught her the proper fundamentals of a backwards somersault and for giving her a creative outlet that is both a solid workout and an emotional catharsis!  Laraine lives for wintertime and is an avid backcountry skier.  She is a freelance writer and also serves as the local ambassador for SheJumps, a nonprofit which aims to increase the participation and presence of women in outdoor adventure activities.