Board of Directors

Board meetings occur on the second Wednesday of each month at the Symphony office.
If you would like to attend a board meeting please call the office at 586-4676.

New board members are elected at our annual fall membership meeting.

Beth Pendleton

Beth Pendleton

President

Beth retired as Alaska Regional Forester in 2018 following a 33-year career with the U.S. Forest Service and natural resources sector. As Regional Forester, Pendleton oversaw management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. She worked closely with the region’s diverse stakeholders and communities of interest, especially on issues related to forest restoration and strengthening rural community health. She holds a bachelor’s in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont, a master’s in wildlife and fisheries from South Dakota State University and a master’s in communications from the University of Wyoming. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Senior Executive Fellows Program and American University’s Key Leadership program.  She brings management and communications expertise to the Board of Directors, as well as, a recognition that the arts are central to a community’s health and vitality.
Elected 2018; Current term expires 2022; beth@juneausymphony.org

Connie McKenzie

Connie McKenzie

Vice President

Connie decided to make Juneau her winter home in 1988 after working several summers in Skagway in the tourism industry. She split time between the two communities until making Juneau her year-round residence in 1993. After a 15 year career in tourism, Connie worked for Alaska’s Congressional Delegation staffing the Juneau office doing constituent relations and community outreach throughout Southeast Alaska until she retired at the end of 2018. She loves the outdoors and all of the activities available in Juneau for herself, her husband and her dog and looks forward to serving her community on the Symphony Board.
Elected 2019; Current term expires 2023; connie@juneausymphony.org

Margaret MacKinnon

Margaret MacKinnon

Treasurer

Margaret arrived in Juneau in July 1976 with her husband Allan. She spent her career with the Department of Education & Early Development first as a math teacher for the correspondence study school, then as an administrator. She has been active with a variety of arts and non-profit organizations over the years, including singing with the Juneau Oratorio Choir, the church choir, and more recently the Holiday Pops. She organized the local MDA Telethons for a number of years, and served in elective offices at church and president of the National Title I Association. Since retiring in June 2018, she is ready to take on more volunteer service. She has been an audience member and supporter of the symphony for many years and is excited to serve on the Juneau Symphony board to continue to support quality music for Juneau audiences.
Elected 2018; Current term expires 2022; margaret@juneausymphony.org

Myrna Elgee

Myrna Elgee

Secretary

Myrna, having grown up in NE Montana, first experienced live symphony orchestra in college and was deeply affected. She has called Juneau home for 31 years after having lived in the Seattle area, Honolulu, Anchorage, and Washington D.C. Myrna has always enjoyed singing in groups and dabbles at piano. She served on the JAHC Board of Directors for five years. Since retiring from teaching she has worked part-time at a local CPA firm and has enjoyed the flexibility to travel extensively.
Elected 2012; Current term expires 2021; myrna@juneausymphony.org

Susan Bell

Susan Bell

 A lifelong Alaskan, Susan moved to Juneau in 1987. She is President of McKinley Research Group (formerly McDowell Group), providing research and consulting services to clients in all sectors of Alaska’s economy. Susan previously served as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, as Vice President for Goldbelt, and in several tourism marketing and operation roles. She appreciates Juneau’s rich cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, and vibrant arts community.

Elected 2021; Current term expires 202; susan@juneausymphony.org

Cherie Curry

Cherie Curry

Cherie is a lifelong Alaskan, growing up in Kenai. After 9 years living in Anchorage, Cherie moved to Juneau in 2018 to become the Southeast Alaska Market Manager for Frontier Media. Cherie’s career includes sales and marketing leadership and management in broadcast, print and digital. Cherie is also the Chief Operating Officer of WINfluence Strategies, a public relations and consulting firm. Cherie has served on several boards throughout Alaska and understands the importance of giving back to the community she lives in. Cherie has been a woodwind player since 1972, is a charter member of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, has performed with The Kenai Dixieland Band, The Kenai Big Band, The Anchorage Community Concert Band and other various music organizations throughout Alaska and the Northwest including Gray’s Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington. Cherie is passionate about the promotion of live, local music and believes a healthy community can only exist with strong arts programs. Cherie currently plays Clarinet II in the Juneau Symphony and is excited to serve as Co-Chair
of the Marketing and Development Committee, as well as serving on the JSO Board. Cherie is married to Scott Curry, has raised three daughters in Alaska and has four grandsons in Anchorage.
Elected 2020; Current term expires 2023; cherie@juneausymphony.org

 

Nancy Jones

Nancy Jones

Nancy moved to Juneau from Minnesota in 1980 “just for a year” and has lived here ever since. She is a retired English teacher, counselor, and cross country and track coach, and recently retired from the legislature. Nancy has served as president of the Juneau National Ski Patrol and of the Southeast Road Runners, and is currently on the Juneau Community Foundation’s Parks, Trails, & Recreation field of interest. In high school she played clarinet and piano, but now her instrument of choice is voice; Nancy has sung with the Juneau Lyric Opera, the Juneau Symphony Chorus, and the Juneau Bach Society. You’ve probably seen her volunteering at many of Juneau’s arts organizations. She is excited to promote high quality symphonic music for the community!
Elected 2018; Current term expires 2022; nancy@juneausymphony.org

Deborah Rudis

Deborah Rudis

Deb grew up in the Boston area and has fond memories of Boston Pops and Symphony concerts. Deborah first came to Alaska to assist with a research project in Denali National Park and was soon ready to leave Maryland and move to Alaska.  She moved to Juneau in 1989 and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill quickly launched her into the world of oil spills and seabirds. She was part of a national team that developed an oil spill response training program for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Her favorite part of Alaska (besides Juneau) is the Aleutian Islands where she worked on WWII contaminants and seabird studies. She retired from the federal government after 35 years and now finds ample time to hike, ski, run, garden, travel, and keep chickens and support the Performing Arts Program, such as the Juneau Symphony.
Elected 2018; Current term expires 2022; deb@juneausymphony.org

Christian Veliz

Christian Veliz

Christian is a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He and his wife Averyl made Juneau their home in 2010, where they are now raising their two children Vincenzo and Giada. Christian’s love for classical music is in addition to his passion for learning languages, cultures, economic environments, and outdoor adventures. Both Christian and Averyl are active in the community and have volunteered with non-profit organizations such as the Juneau Symphony Board, Juneau Ski Patrol, Juneau Community Preschool and on the KTOO Community Advisory Board.
Elected 2017; Current term expires 2023; christian@juneausymphony.org

 
 

SYMPHONY FOUNDATION

The Juneau Symphony Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization since 1999 under Federal Tax ID number 92-0177037. An independent board of directors sets policies for investing and managing contributed funds.

Mary Borthwick, President
Ryan Beason, Treasurer
Myrna Elgee
Stan Lujan
Margaret MacKinnon
Bob Mitchell