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 meeting in the fall.

View meeting agendas HERE

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Stan Lujan, President, 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.
Elected 2018; Current term expires 2021

Myrna ElgeeVice-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.
Elected 2012; Current term expires 2021


Beth Pendleton, Vice President, 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 2021


Margaret MacKinnon, Treasurer, 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 2021

Annie Carpeneti, Secretary, and her husband came to Juneau for a one-year job in 1970.  Except for three years for her to attend graduate school, they have been here ever since, raising four kids along the way.   She retired in 2014, and has since then been volunteering with worthy groups, riding a bicycle, gardening, traveling, and enjoying Juneau and the Juneau Symphony.   
Elected 2015; Current term expires 2021

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.
Elected 2012; Current term expires 2020

Nancy Jones 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 2021

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.
Elected 2018; Current term expires 2021

Deborah Rudis 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 2021

Neil Slotnick is a life-long Alaskan.  He is semi-retired from a career in public service and now pursuing an active life filled with travel, cross-country skiing, bicycling, grandchildren, and volunteer activity.  He loves classical music and greatly appreciates the opportunity to serve on the Board of the Juneau Symphony.
Elected 2015; Current term expires 2021

Christian Veliz 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 2020

Lisa Worl is a lifelong Alaskan, born to a Tlingit mother and Filipino father. She grew up in Hoonah and Juneau, graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1987. Lisa put herself through college at the University of Oregon, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992. Now, Lisa works at the Association of Alaska School Boards as a Partnership Coordinator working with education partners throughout Southeast Alaska to align their work while coordinating Family Engagement practices within the schools and communities.   She has volunteered and worked for 16 years in classrooms and schools before being elected and serving for four years on the Juneau School Board.  Lisa has volunteered with Great Alaska Schools and the Huna Totem Scholarship committee and is currently serving on the True North FCU Board and on the KTOO Community Board. She and her husband, Ricardo, a graduate of Dartmouth, have two children who have both graduated high school and now attend college.  Ricardo and Lisa enjoy being active outdoors; running, skiing, hiking and fishing on their boat. Lisa is glad to serve on the Board of Juneau Symphony and looks forward to sharing her connection and knowledge with the broader community of Juneau.
Elected 2018; Current term expires 2021


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