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.


Annie Carpeneti, Secretary

Jill Matheson, Treasurer, has lived in Juneau since 1992. Jill started singing in church choir, then moved on to singing with various vocal groups in Juneau including Juneau Symphony Chorus, JLO, Opera to Go and Orpheus Project, and as a Victorian Caroler. She is an Optometrist practicing at Alaska Vision Center, Inc. and has raised her family here in Juneau.




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!


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.

Catherine Wilkins is an architect and construction project manager, currently working for the State of Alaska. She first moved to Juneau more than 30 years, taking off several times for opportunities elsewhere, but always returning to Juneau, where she loves the wonderful sense of community and the beautiful natural setting. Originally from Pittsburgh she has lived in many places, including New Orleans, Paris, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and speaks Spanish and French fluently. Raised in a family of musicians, she has played the cello since she was very young. She plays with the Juneau Symphony and other musical groups.



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.

Stan Lujan lived in six different communities across Alaska during his education career.  He is now ‘almost’ retired and loves living in Juneau.  He and his wife Amy, a cellist in the Juneau Symphony, chose to move to Juneau in 2008 in large part because of the incredibly active arts community, and because he and Amy already had many wonderful friends here.  Over the past ten years, Stan has worked on contract for UAS and the Juneau School District, and he has served on numerous boards: Perseverance Theatre (current, since 2016); Juneau Symphony Foundation (current, since 2015); Juneau Symphony (5 years) and the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC, local and state, 5 years).  Stan holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.  Stan loves yoga, the arts, and activities with Amy and their border collie Rosie.  He enjoys using his energies to work with others and to add value to the quality of life here in Juneau.

Heather Parker has been a proud violinist with the Juneau Symphony since 2009. Playing with the Juneau Symphony and taking part in Juneau’s vibrant arts community is one of most important parts of living in Juneau for Heather. She also regularly plays in the Alaska Folk Festival, with the Orpheus Project, Bach Society and has participated in Juneau’s Gospel Workshop. Besides music, Heather’s other interests include speaking Spanish, she was an interpreter in Ecuador where she studied abroad, running, and being a board member of the Juneau World Affairs Council. Heather holds a Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law, was previously employed as a law clerk for Judge Pallenberg, and now works in the Governor’s Office. Heather says she feels so fortunate to live in a community with such depth and variety of arts options for Southeast Alaska residents to participate in and enjoy, and is committed to making sure that others can enjoy those opportunities for generations to come.

Keith Comstock

Neil Slotnick 

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.