Sarah McNair-Grove, President, has lived in Juneau for over 20 years after moving south from Fairbanks. She is an actuary and recently retired from the Alaska Division of Insurance. She is active in the Juneau music community playing her clarinet in Taku Winds, the Juneau Symphony, the Juneau Volunteer Marching Band and the Gastineau Wind Quintet as well as operas and musicals as the opportunities arise.
Sharon Barton, Vice President, has lived in Juneau for more than 30 years raising two children and many dogs and cats along the way. She worked for the State in several different administrative capacities, retiring reluctantly after some 28 years. With a general love of music and believing that the Symphony adds significantly to our quality of life in Juneau, she was inspired to join the board.
Judy Skagerberg, Vice President, has lived in Juneau over 25 years. She has sung with numerous groups including the Juneau Bach Society, Juneau Symphony Chorus, Juneau Chamber Choir, and Juneau Lyric Opera Chorus. Judy and her husband Verne have enjoyed the Juneau Symphony during all of their years in Juneau, and consider it a wonderful asset of the Southeast community. Judy hopes to improve her rudimentary cello, keyboard, and vibraharp skills in retirement, and perhaps take up the saxophone. She agrees with board member Liz Agnew that it’s never too late to pick up an instrument!
Annie Carpeneti, Secretary
Jill Matheson, Treasurer
Myrna Elgee, 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.
Mark Hunt moved to Juneau after spending 17 years in Nome. He is a Registered Nurse who has worked in clinics, Emergency Departments and as a Flight Nurse. He currently is employed part time at both SEARHC and Bartlett Hospital. His full-time job is caring for his young son, Donovan, who attended his first JSO concert when he was three weeks old! Mark’s wife, Shannon, is an Optometrist employed by the U.S. Public Health Service at SEARHC. Although he dabbles a bit with a harmonica, Mark’s primary musical background is singing. He has sung with the Juneau Bach Society, Juneau Lyric Opera & the Juneau Symphony Chorus.
Gail O’Dell has lived in Juneau for the last 31 years with her husband Bradley, and has worked in business management for the last 25 years. An avid piano player and singer, she has been a long-time King Island Christmas cast member. Gail and her husband love the Juneau arts scene – especially the Symphony, which she says “never fails to amaze and astound us with its talented pool of local musicians”.
When Colleen Torrence is not playing flute with the Symphony or occupied with board duties, she is a mental health therapist in private practice in Juneau while others know her for selling handcrafted baskets and pottery. Her husband Steve and she enjoy boating to various southeast destinations in the spring and summer, and try to get their dogs to come along for the ride. Colleen is grateful for the opportunity to play and proud to serve such a wonderful musical organization.
Board meetings usually occur on the third Tuesday 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 meeting in the fall.