Board of Directors

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.



Myrna Elgee, Vice-President, 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.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJudy Skagerberg 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

Sharon Barton 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.



Russell Read, CFA, Ph.D. – Permanent Fund Corporation Chief Investment Officer, Student Symphony trumpet player, Taku Winds euphonium/trombone/trumpet player.  Experience serving on 501(c)3 boards for the past two decades.  Russell likes history, teaching/publishing, and international travel including African safaris.



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.

Christian Veliz has spent over twenty years in management experience with various corporations, applying a strong expertise that encompasses retail sales, wholesale, catalogue sales, and direct sales. For the past seven years, he has served as a branch manager and licensed banker (Health & Life Producer) at KeyBank N.A. in Juneau, Alaska. Now providing services as Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He has proudly assisted community members in achieving their financial needs and goals with debt consolidation, long term savings, investments, retirement planning, small business financial guidance, commercial financing, and business growth solutions. Since childhood, Christian has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, Central America, and South America. As a result, it is his passion to learn languages, cultures, and economic environments. After completing his degree in Multimedia & Web Development at The Art Institute of Los Angeles in 2001, he moved to New York City. His work in New York continued to add to his travel experiences between the US and Canada.  In 2005, Christian and his wife Averyl moved to the San Francisco Bay area where Averyl earned her MFA at the Academy of Art University. In 2010, the couple moved to Juneau to be closer to Averyl’s family. They have made Juneau their home with their two children, Vincenzo and Giada. 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 Neighbors Make a Difference Day.
John Cooper is the Facilities Manager for NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Laboratory, Juneau Symphony viola player, percussion player in the Student Symphony and Taku Winds, and participant in the King Island Christmas productions.  John and his wife Alyson are also active in FIRST Lego League and high school robotics among their many other interests.

Keith Comstock

Neil Slotnick

Catherine Wilkins

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.

Information for board members.