Our Board of Directors is composed of community members with a strong commitment to promoting dance in Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas.
Meg Franges, 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 Mick, Vice-President
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.
Kelsey Harkins, Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board Member since 2018
Term expires 2021. A lifelong dancer, Kat moved to Steamboat Springs from Atlanta, GA in 2011 and immediately became involved with Steamboat Dance Theatre; as a board member, choreographer, and current Artistic Director of the Annual Concert. Being an engaged member of the local dance community is an important part of life in the Yampa Valley for Kat. Studying ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern technique and performance throughout her formative years and at university, she has shared her love of dance with students K-adult since 2004. Her professional career as Residence Manager at a luxury resort combines hospitality with property management, and resort operations. She is passionate about growing the dance community and ensuring dance is approachable, enjoyable, and accessible so all can experience the joy of dance!
Board Member since 2018
Term expires 2021. Michelle has been the Co-Producer of the Annual Concert since 2017. She has been dancing since middle school and has continued ever since. Her strength is in hip hop, but she dances jazz, contemporary, hula, and Tahitian, as well. She earned her B.A. in elementary education and her M.A. in Administration of Student Affairs. Michelle spends her days working with college students while coordinating housing and student conduct. She teaches hip hop at Elevation Dance studio and Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs and has taught at two institutions prior. She has a passion for community and enjoys seeing people form new connections through their interest of Dance.
Rachel Radetsky, Emeritus (non-voting)
Foremer 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
Kristen Jespersen, Executive Director
Former Board Member
Kristen became the Executive Director in 2018 and was previously the Board President 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.