MEET THE BOARD


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.


Gina Toothaker

Board Member Since 2007

Gina began dancing with Steamboat Dance Theatre in 1986 and also danced with Ballet Northwest from 1988 to 2000. She has been on the SDT Board since 2007. Never having studied dance while growing up in Steamboat, Gina credits SDT with giving her the opportunities to develop her talent, perform, and even choreograph.  She appreciates that SDT makes this possible for everyone, whether they have danced professionally or never danced a day in their life.  Gina has also created her closest friendships through her involvement with SDT.

In her real life, Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Program Director for Mind Springs Health.  She is married and has two "adult" kids. 

Michael Smith

Board Member Since 2013

Mike Smith was born and raised in Tennessee, and attended College at Western Kentucky University. He moved to Steamboat Springs in 1981, and began a career in restaurant wholesale in 1983. A quest for new life experiences led him to his first dance lesson at age fifty, and he hasn't stopped dancing since. He performed in the Steamboat Dance Theatre Annual Concert in 2012 and 2013, and enjoys Country Swing, Latin and Ballroom dancing, as well as dabbling in Tango, Flamenco, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Off the dance floor his interests include motorcycles, hiking and camping. In 2013 Mike became an Alternate Board member for Steamboat Dance Theatre in the interest of giving back to Steamboat's amazing dance community.

 

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.

Mandy Quinones

Board Member Since 2016

Mandy is a Routt County Native who has always had a strong interest in the dance community. She began dancing in Oak Creek at 'Let's Dance' studio and eventually started driving into Steamboat for more diverse dance classes such as hip hop and African. After graduating from CSU with a BS in Psychology, she moved back to Steamboat Springs and became heavily involved in the dance community. She has attended jazz funk, leaps and turns, contemporary, modern, aerial hammock, aerial silks, and hip hop classes and will soon be teaching at Let's Dance. She has been a member/performer of dance theatre since 2014, a Producer since 2015 and she is choreographing for the first time for the 2017 Annual Show. 

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 looks forward to focusing on SDT’s role in the Steamboat Springs community.  

Chad McGown

Board Member Since 2015

Chad has lived in the Valley for 29 years and regularly attended the Annual Concert with his family.  Although he struggles to term what he does has dancing, he has been a Steamboat Dance Theatre member and eager Concert participant since 2010.  He is very proud of the Steamboat Dance Theatre, it's mission and is honored to be part of it's energetic board.