BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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    ULLI LANGE

    Ulli is active on several boards in town including the Rotary, Cherry Days, and the Blue Sage.

ULLI LANGE

PRESIDENT

 

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    ROBIN NICHOLOFF

    Recently-retired building contractor and not-yet retired from organic farming.

ROBIN NICHOLOFF

VICE PRESIDENT

 

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    SPENCER LIGHTFOOT

    Spencer Lightfoot is passionate about making sure the arts are accessible to everyone. And believes everyone has a creative streak, they just need to find their perfect process.

SPENCER LIGHTFOOT

SECRETARY

 

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    DON GRANT

    Since 1980 Jan Dolan has been a bookkeeper in the construction and healthcare industries.  She has recently moved to the North Fork Valley.

JAN DOLAN

TREASURER

 

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    A former newspaper reporter and editor, Bobby Haas works now as a freelance book editor. He is the author of several novels, one of which is published. Arriving in 2015, Haas is a relative newcomer to the North Fork Valley, but he’s bought a house in Paonia and is rapidly putting down roots.

BOBBY HAAS

BOARD MEMBER

 

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    Kyle has been involved with technical training and education for over thirty years. In this capacity she has managed and developed training programs and materials. Corporations she has worked for include MCI, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and on government contracts through SAIC. She was also a public school teacher for 10 years.

KYLE HOPKINS

BOARD MEMBER

 

Our mission is to provide education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors Include:

  • Provide leadership and advisement for the Blue Sage.
  • Actively engage in the community in promoting the Blue Sage.
  • Oversee program planning and evaluation as well as personnel hiring and evaluation.
  • Develop sustainable fundraising and outreach.
  • Supervise the officers, committees and affairs of the Blue Sage consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws
  • Set fees, policies and procedures regarding the use of the Blue Sage.
  • Be familiar with the Blue Sage financial needs, budget, and policies and procedures.
  • Keep records of all actions of the Board and Blue Sage affairs.

STAFF

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    DEBRA MUZIKAR

    Debra’s extensive background in nonprofit management includes experience in program coordination, gallery curating, marketing and public relations, development, and fundraising.  Adding to this repertoire is her experience in property management which has given her a highly developed skill set to manage a community center and more specifically an art center.   She is also a recipient of the highly prized award from the Colorado Arts Education Award for Outstanding Service.

DEBRA MUZIKAR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

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    LAURA LEE

    Laura Lee Yates joined the Blue Sage staff in August of 2019 after years of volunteering, attending music & other events, and serving as the Paonia Library representative on the Sage’s Literary Committee. She is a dedicated writer of historical fiction (as well as an art quilter when she can find the time) and loves exploring the mountains and beyond, preferably with a beloved canine. Human companions are good, too….

LAURA LEE YATES

ROCK STAR

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    NINA CLOUSE

    Nina Clouse is a lover of art and beauty. She’s a mom, grad student and newest assistant at the gallery.

NINA CLOUSE

ASSISTANT MANAGER

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    SUSAN ELLINGER

    Susan officially joined the Blue Sage in January of 2012 after starting our classical music series. She received her undergraduate degree in music from Oberlin, and her graduate degree from The Manhattan School of Music (The Juilliard School).  Her years of experience as a pianist, composer, and producer, have made her uniquely suited to program and perform in an annual music series at the Blue Sage.

SUSAN ELLINGER

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

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    NEAL SCHWIETERMAN

    Neal used to be the Mayor of Paonia and is happy to put his administrative skills to use helping local kids gain access to quality arts education. A self proclaimed over achiever, he contributes to the community in many ways, including free kayak instruction for kids, and a perpetual smile.

NEAL SCHWIETERMAN

ARTS FOR ALL COORDINATOR