Our People

 
 

Resident within the Wonderbound family is a collection of multi-talented individuals who have been selected for their capacity, creativity and daring. They revel in the idea that Wonderbound is forging a new path and building a new model for how the performing arts are created, supported and shared in a rapidly evolving world.

 

Wonderbound in Garrett Ammon’s DIVISIONS with Flobots. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

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Our Leaders

 
 

Wonderbound Artistic Director Garrett Ammon. Photo by Martha Wirth. 2017.

Garrett Ammon

Artistic Director, Choreographer
Joined Wonderbound in 2007

Garrett Ammon began his tenure as Artistic Director of Wonderbound in 2007. Under his direction, the organization has been transformed into an open laboratory for cross disciplinary exploration and creation. He has been recognized for his work as both an artist and leader through a Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture and a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellowship.

Having choreographed nearly 60 works over the past sixteen years, Ammon has developed a trademark aesthetic that seamlessly blends tradition with adventurous new ideas. He keeps Wonderbound continually engaged in collaborative endeavors with the region’s finest arts organizations including Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Central City Opera, the Colorado Symphony, Curious Theatre Company, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Mizel Arts & Culture Center, and Newman Center Presents among many others.

In addition, Ammon’s deep belief in the value of live music as an integral part of the dance experience keeps Wonderbound actively creating with a wide range of independent musicians and composers like Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe, Ofer Ben-Amots, Chimney Choir, Confluence String Quartet, Ian Cooke Band, Tom Hagerman, Jesse Manley and His Band, and Paper Bird.

Always pushing the boundaries of dance and the performance experience, Ammon brings an eclectic range of other collaborators into Wonderbound projects as well. These individuals include visual artists Eric Dallimore, Mark Allen Henderson, Andrea Pliner and Tom Varani as well as poet Michael J. Henry, digital artist Kristopher Collins, photographer Amanda Tipton, illusionist and mentalist Professor Phelyx, and perfumist Michelle Roark.

In recent seasons, Ammon has also had the pleasure of bringing Wonderbound’s artists together with the dancers of Israel’s Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Dance Company as well as Brazil’s Companhia Urbana de Dança to share the studio and stage.

As a dancer, Ammon was a member of Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis and Trey McIntyre Project where he toured to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, HIDC’s Dance Salad and Wolf Trap.

Ammon lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and muse, Dawn Fay. They have worked alongside each other continuously since they first met in 1999.

Explore Garrett's choreography for Wonderbound. →

 

Wonderbound Producing Director Dawn Fay. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2018.

Dawn Fay

Producing Director
Joined Wonderbound in 2007

Dawn Fay was named Producing Director of Wonderbound in 2007, and her professional career spanned more than twenty years, including being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Dawn is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and received her professional training at North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her career at Ballet Oklahoma and went on to dance with Miami City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ballet Memphis. Dawn has performed classical works including Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Fleming Flindt’s La Sylphide, as well as GiselleCinderella and Coppelia. She has danced contemporary works by Garrett Ammon, Trey McIntyre, Jiri Kylian, Choo San Goh, and Lila York among others.

In 2005, Dawn became a founding member of Trey McIntyre Project, dancing at festivals around the country including The Vail International Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. Dawn has also staged Mr. McIntyre’s work for Trey McIntyre Project, The Washington Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Augsburg and Smuin Ballet.

As Producing Director at Wonderbound, Dawn works closely with Artistic Director Garrett Ammon on the development and creation of his new works and facilitates the collaborations with Wonderbound’s plethora of multi-genre artists. Dawn plays a key role in all of Wonderbound’s fundraising efforts, and she is also deeply involved in all of Wonderbound’s community programs.

Dawn is married to Artistic Director Garrett Ammon.

 
 

Our Company Artists

 

Wonderbound Dancer William Clayton.

William Clayton

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

William Clayton is from Riverside, California. He began performing with color guard teams in 2006, eventually touring with world-class groups such as Pacific Crest, The Cavaliers and Fantasia. In 2016, he received his BFA in Dance Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. That year, he continued to train at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet summer program, and upon returning to Los Angeles, he began to work with numerous companies and choreographers. He has worked with Ezralow Dance, Invertigo, and Brockus RED; and choreographers such as Spencer Liff, Tessandra Chavez, and Ashley Wallen. In 2017, he performed in Musical Theater West's Evita and most recently West Side Story at the Glendale Center Theater. He is excited to join Wonderbound for their 2018-2019 season and is forever grateful for his friends and family for all the support a long the way.

 
 

Evan Flood

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Evan was raised in Vineland, New Jersey. He attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he was awarded the Florence Schnepf Domeshek scholarship for excellence in dance, as well as his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at MGSA he had the opportunity to perform the repertory of Merce Cunningham, Brian Brooks, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak, Randy James, and Doug Elkins. Evan has also trained at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City as well as The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Milton Myers, where we worked with Judith Jamison, Ohad Naharian and Tony Fabre. Prior to joining Wonderbound, he worked with LustigDanceTheatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as well as Oakland Ballet Company, Molissa Fenley & Company and Zella Dance. Some of Evan's featured roles since joining Wonderbound include The Fool in A Gothic Folktale and Hermes in Aphrodite's Switchboard

 Wonderbound dancer Evan Flood. Photo by  Amanda Tipton , 2017.

Wonderbound dancer Evan Flood. Photo by Amanda Tipton, 2017.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Amy Giammarrusco. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

 

Amy Giammarrusco

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Amy began her dance training at age nine, studying all disciplines of dance in her hometown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She left Minnesota at age 16 to complete her studies at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov and Marat Daukayev. She has also had the pleasure of studying with many different companies; some of her favorites being, American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and the New National Theatre Ballet of Tokyo. Amy moved to Denver in 2008 and has since danced professionally for numerous companies performing principle roles in some of her favorite classical ballets. Since joining Wonderbound, Amy's favorite roles include The Maker in Garrett Ammon's "An Occasional Dream" and dancing with the lovely Damien Patterson in Garret Ammon's DIVISIONS. Amy fell in love with Wonderbound from the first time she saw the company perform and is ecstatic to be entering into her fourth season. When not dancing, Amy can be found hiking and exploring the wonderful state of Colorado with her lovely husband and their golden retriever.  

 
 

Isaac Huerta

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Finding dance at a young age, Isaac began his dance cultivation studying at studios across Southern California. Graduating from Orange County School of the Arts, Isaac signed with BLOC Talent Agency. He has contributed to the music videos of artists Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Foxygen, and was able to take the Grammy stage with Perry in 2017. Isaac’s heart lies on stage, and he has danced with KDV Dance Ensemble, Invertigo Dance Theatre, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, BrockusRed, Clairobsucr Dance, Carlon Dance and Luminario Ballet. Isaac has also worked with Daniel Ezralow with Ezralow Dance, Margie Gillis, Oguri with Bodyweather, Joelle Martinec, Alia Harlan, Kitty McNamee with the LA Opera & LA Philharmonic, Michael Pena, Tyce Diorio, Erin Murray, Kathryn Burns and John Todd with the Pacific Symphony. Whether it is being on screen, stage or in an immersive location, Isaac is thrilled to be doing what he loves. In today’s climate, it is important to listen to and act out our passions. Better yet, dance them out.

Wonderbound Dancer Isaac Huerta.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Deanna Lefton. Photo by Bill Cameron.

deanna Lefton

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Deanna is from New Hampshire and began her training at Londonderry Dance Academy where she sufficiently completed all of her RAD ballet exams. After graduating high school early, Deanna continued training at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Professionally, she has performed works by Sharon Eyal, Paul Vasterling, Myron Johnson, Johanna Kotze and many more. Deanna has danced with James Sewell Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Arena Dances, Black Label Movement, Burnswork and Live Action Set. She is thrilled to be dancing with Wonderbound.

 
 
 

Henry Maximilian McCall

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Born and raised as the youngest of four boys in St. Louis, Missouri, Henry started dancing at COCA. He studied at a series of schools, including the Ailey School Junior Division and Manhattan Youth Ballet, before graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Arts under Michael Owen. This was followed by a move across the country to work and study at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, in their Professional Division Program, under Peter Boal. While there, he performed in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Kent Stowell’s The Nutcracker, while also working with choreographers such as Crystal Pite. Since then, he moved back across the country to study in, and graduate from, the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in the class of 2018. While in New York City, he spent time freelancing with various artists and companies including being an apprentice with Ailey II. He joined Wonderbound after graduation for the 2018-2019 season.

Wonderbound Dancer Henry Maximilian McCall.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Damien Patterson. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

Damien Patterson

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2009

A former member of Ballet Memphis and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Damien has studied at the Arena Players Youth Theatre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Damien has performed his choreography at Wonderbound, Ballet Memphis, Morgan State University, Theatre Project, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History. He has appeared as a guest artist for Towson University, Dance Baltimore! and the Men’s Project at Theatre Project. Since joining Wonderbound, Damien has been featured in Garrett Ammon’s DIVISIONS, Winter, Snow,  Marie, and Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry’s Intersection, among others. He has also performed in Alex Ketley’s Kill the Anthem and Maurya Kerr’s Groundling.

 
 
 

Morgan Sicklick

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Morgan Sicklick, originally from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, received her training at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet under the direction of Irine Fokine, Eugene Petrov and Jeanette Hoffman. In 2013, Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Marketing from Butler University. While at Butler, she had the privilege of dancing Myrtha in Giselle, The Mistress in Paul Taylor’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), and Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero. In August 2013, Morgan became an inaugural member of Kansas City Ballet’s (KCB) Second Company. Her repertoire with KCB includes works by Michael Pink, Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, George Balanchine, Todd Bolender, Devon Carney, and Anthony Krutzkamp. She also had the opportunity to set her original piece of choreography, "In the Moment of Not Knowing," on the Second Company. In addition to KCB, Morgan has performed with the Kansas City Dance Festival and Quixotic Cirque Nouveau. Since joining Wonderbound, Morgan has been featured in Garrett Ammon’s "Love of my Life," Winter, Snow and Celestial Navigation. She is thrilled to begin her fourth season with Wonderbound!

Wonderbound Dancer Morgan Sicklick. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

 

Wonderbound Dancer and Choreographer Sarah Tallman. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2018.

 Sarah Tallman

Dancer, Choreographer
Joined Wonderbound in 2004

A native of Colorado, Sarah holds a BA with honors in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Northern Colorado, where she was the two-time recipient of the esteemed honor of Dancer of the Year. She has participated in the Inside ODC Professional Workshop, Baardar Dance Institute in Oslo, Norway and Perry- Mansfield Performing Arts School. Sarah has danced with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Lynn Barr, and Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet. Off- season, Sarah has been a Principal Artist with Central City Opera performing in Carmen, Anna II in Seven Deadly Sins and Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!. Since joining Wonderbound, Sarah has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s "When the Power Goes Out," Intersection, Boomtown, Gone West, and Love in the Digital Age, among others, as well as Dawn Fay’s Like An Onion. Sarah has been featured in world premieres by Alex Ketley, Maurya Kerr, Amy Seiwert, Mark Godden, Ma Cong and Lauri Stallings. An accomplished choreographer, she has created several works for Wonderbound including “See Yourself,” “In-Between Seams,” “Intimate Letters” and “I Didn't Hear You, I Was Away with the Fairies.” Sarah has taught and created works for the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and has directed the Intermediate Program at Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Sarah's interests include her loving husband, yoga, the mountains, twinkling lights and the color orange.

Explore Sarah's choreography for Wonderbound. →

 
 
 

Nayomi Van Brunt

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

A California native, Nayomi began her formal training at age nine when she moved to Georgia with her family. She trained with Atlanta Festival Ballet under Nicolas Pacana and Gregory Aaron as well as Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education. She began her professional career with the Atlanta Ballet. During her time with the Atlanta Ballet, Nayomi performed roles such as "Marya" in Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, James Kudelka’s Four Seasons, and Juel Lane’s Moments of Dis. After leaving the Atlanta Ballet, Nayomi danced with Winston Salem Festival Ballet and New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB). At NYTB she performed in works by Pam Tanowitz, Gemma Bond, Richard Alston, and Matthew Neenan, and Donald Malher’s Cinderella at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Nayomi has also had the pleasure of performing in music videos for emerging artist in the Atlanta area. With Wonderbound, Nayomi has been featured as Fanney in Snow and Amelia in Celestial Navigation. She would like to thank her parents, six siblings, and amazing friends for all of their love.

Wonderbound Dancer Nayomi Van Brunt. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Ben Youngstone. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

Ben Youngstone

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

Ben began dancing in his native Virginia with the School of Richmond Ballet and the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. Eventually, he moved on to dance at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory under Victoria Mazzarelli, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Kirk Peterson. During his time at the Nutmeg, Ben attended Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s summer intensive and won a gold medal at the Connecticut Classic ballet competition. After his graduation, Ben was able to perform with a modern dance company at Jacob’s Pillow and joined the Charlotte Ballet. He spent one year as an apprentice there and another as a member of their second company as well as being in residence at the Chautauqua Institution. In Charlotte, he was fortunate to perform works by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Dwight Rhoden, to be coached by Patricia McBride, and to be a part of new creations by Sasha Janes and Mark Diamond. Ben has been featured in Wonderbound's Celestial Navigation and Snow. He also has a strong interest in dance film and has created a number of collaborative projects with friends. 

 
 
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Our Staff

 
 
 Wonderbound Patron Services Manager Elaine Adair.

Wonderbound Patron Services Manager Elaine Adair.

Elaine Adair

Patron Services Manager
Joined Wonderbound in 2011

Elaine Adair was raised in Cripple Creek, CO where she was first introduced to the art of dance, taking part in an after-school ballet program during her elementary years. This process trained her to appreciate dance, as well as the artistic world as a whole. She then moved to Greeley, CO in order to attend the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado to pursue her passion for creativity and organization in the marketing field.

In 2010, Elaine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Marketing and a minor in English. Following graduation she worked with the Inside Sales Department of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. Elaine joined Wonderbound in 2011 and quickly became a pivotal member of the administrative team.

 
 Wonderbound Technical Director Caitlin Goldstein.

Wonderbound Technical Director Caitlin Goldstein.

Caitlin Goldstein

Technical Director
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Caitlin has been working for Wonderbound in various technical roles since 2016. She stepped in the role of Technical Director this year and is excited to take on more responsibilities within the company that she loves. She grew up with quite a lot of exposure to theatrical arts, as her mother was a ballet dancer and both parents took her to countless plays, performances, concerts, and musicals. She is thrilled to be able to make a career out of something she loves so much. Caitlin is a Colorado native and received her Bachelors from CU Boulder in Creative Writing. She has been working in the Denver area technical theater scene since 2007. Her previous work experiences include Macky auditorium, Boulder Dinner Theater, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She lives in Arvada with her husband Drew and their three birds.

 
 Wonderbound Accounting Manager David Lohr.

Wonderbound Accounting Manager David Lohr.

David Lohr

Accounting Manager
Joined Wonderbound in 2012

Dave started in the corporate tax department of Bethlehem Steel a long time ago but did not do accounting for many years, in fact he was in management in the furniture business for quite a while before he retired. He is now as he puts it 'semi-retired' and doing the books for Wonderbound.

He and his wife, Carole have always been interested in the arts and have been singers since they were in high school together. They have performed with the Charlotte Chorale Society, the Evergreen Chorale and many church choirs.

He loves being involved with the exciting younger group of creative people at Wonderbound.

 
 Wonderbound Production Manager Eleanor Moriarty.

Wonderbound Production Manager Eleanor Moriarty.

Eleanor Moriarty

Production Manager
Joined Wonderbound in 2008

Eleanor joined Wonderbound in the fall of 2008. She is a native of southern Wisconsin and has had the pleasure of working with Janesville Performing Arts Complex, United Arts Alliance, American Player’s Theatre, New Court Theatre, and Armory Dinner Theatre. Eleanor’s dance experience began at age of 5 but after 12 years of on stage performing she found her true passion to be behind the scenes. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a BS in theatre arts management and fine arts. In addition to working with the Wonderbound Hares, Eleanor proudly oversees the Wonderbound partnership with the Pinnacle Charter School in managing the Performing Arts Complex at PCS. Through this partnership, she has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of organizations from all over the country.

 
 Wonderbound Pari Passu Coordinator Heather Sutton.

Wonderbound Pari Passu Coordinator Heather Sutton.

Heather Sutton

Pari Passu Coordinator
Joined Wonderbound in 2011

Heather is a former professional dancer from Boston Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Bridgewater State College with a BA in Special Physical Education with a concentration in motor development. Heather moved to Colorado in 1999 to attend Naropa University where she received an MA in Somatic Psychology, and she is currently a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. Heather began working with Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Colorado Conservatory of Dance) in 2011 as an adaptive movement specialist and has been central to the creation of their adaptive dance program Ballet Expressions for students with disabilities. Shortly after, she became involved with Wonderbound on the development and implementation of Pari Passu, Wonderbound’s outreach program in collaboration with St. Francis Center. Facilitated by Heather and regularly assisted by the Wonderbound dancers, Pari Passu provides weekly dance/movement sessions with the homeless population—utilizing dance as an instrument for positive social change and to promote social equality.

 
 Wonderbound Marketing & Communications Manager Lauren Turner.

Wonderbound Marketing & Communications Manager Lauren Turner.

Lauren Turner

Marketing & Communications Manager
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Lauren fell in love with Wonderbound—and became part of the team—all within the same month. She is a Denver native, once NYC-er, ex-dancer, and an advocate for being the change you want to see in the community. Before bringing her passion to Wonderbound, Lauren received her BA in Magazine Journalism and Sociology from Drake University in 2014 (We know, she’s a baby). But age aside, Lauren has worked for some of the biggest names in publishing, doing primarily editorial writing for publications like Every Day with Rachael Ray, Woman’s Day, Essence.com, Mountain Living, and a handful of digital publications. When faced with the harsh reality that is the NYC corporate world, she decided to return to home and put her skills to use. Despite her change of address, Lauren continued to work with New York organizations. Over the past year, she’s been the lead in building the brand of a NYC-based non-profit, focused on preventing sexual harassment and assault in the nightlife scene. 

She works hard, plays harder, and loves with her whole heart. When she’s not writing, Lauren spends her time doing yoga wherever she is, reading whatever she can get her hands on, and testing out new breakfast recipes (often at midnight).

 

Our Designers

 
 
 Wonderbound Lighting Designer Karalyn Star Pytel.

Wonderbound Lighting Designer Karalyn Star Pytel.

KARALYN STAR PYTEL

Lighting Designer
Joined Wonderbound in 2013

Karalyn Star Pytel has been doing Lighting Design in and around the Denver Metro Area for well over 10 years. Star has worked as a Lighting Designer for the following companies: Baton Rouge Theatre, Miners Alley Playhouse, Town Hall Arts Center, The Lakewood Cultural Center, Cherry Creek Theatre, Theatre OR, The Avenue Theatre, and the Old Denver Victorian Playhouse. Some of Star’s accolades include A Henry Nomination for “Best Lighting Design”, 3 Denver Post Ovation Nominations for “Best Lighting Design” and a few David Marlowe awards for “Best Lighting Design.” Star would like to extend her many thanks to Dawn and Garrett for the amazing opportunity to work with the company. It is always such a delight to work with the talents that Wonderbound surrounds itself with. Star would also like to extend her many thanks to the production staff who constantly remind one another to have fun, and to all of Wonderbound for one amazing experience after another.

 
 

TOM QUINN

Sound Designer
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

Since 2016, Tom has been Wonderbound’s resident sound designer. He has been nominated for a Henry Award, and past production favorites include sound design for Wonderbound's DIVISIONS, Cherry Creek Theatre's Driving Miss Daisy, Vintage Theatre's Miss Saigon as well as Ignite Theatre's Tick..Tick..BOOM!!, RENT, 35mm, and See What I Wanna See, among others. Thank you for supporting live performance!

 
 
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Our Board of Trustees

 
 Julie Wolf.

Julie Wolf.

Julie Wolf

Chair
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Dr. Julie Wolf leads RHR International’s U.S. business, operations and IT, and oversees the private equity business. She is a leading consultant in the firm’s Board & CEO Services practice area and consults with RHR’s Fortune 100 clients on their most high-stakes talent and organizational challenges.

Julie works with boards, CEOs, and management teams during times of transition and change, helping leaders quickly identify opportunities to improve individual and group leadership effectiveness. Julie has worked in diverse arenas from Fortune 50 public companies to technology sector innovators. Specific industries in her client base include retail, private equity, technology, financial services, consumer products, healthcare, manufacturing, and professional services.

Prior to joining RHR in 1999, Julie was a Harvard University Clinical Psychology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Julie graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Julie is a licensed psychologist in Colorado and a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology. She is active in her community, serving on the board of trustees of Wonderbound, Mile High United Way, and as a Tocqueville Society member and providing pro bono CEO selection and consultation services to numerous nonprofit agencies.

 Dennis Ryerson.

Dennis Ryerson.

Dennis Ryerson

Secretary
Joined Wonderbound in 2013

Dennis Ryerson retired in 2012 as editor of The Indianapolis Star and soon thereafter moved to Denver to be near his two adult children and their families. His career includes senior editing positions at The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Denver Post and The San Jose Mercury News.

The Iowa native served for more than six years as editor of The Des Moines Register, during which time he moderated three nationally televised presidential debates and won national awards for service to the First Amendment and for coverage of issues involving children.

Ryerson has a strong record of professional and community involvement. He was a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror and chaired juries three of those four times. He was a founding board member and past president of the Indiana Debate Commission, a non-profit, non-government organization formed to broadcast voter-oriented political debates statewide. He moderated three of those debates involving candidates for governor and U.S. senator.

Since retiring, Ryerson has translated his love of the arts into service on the boards of professional dance companies in Indianapolis (Dance Kaleidoscope) and now, Wonderbound. When he is not working as a communications consultant, he enjoys hiking, sailing, photography, travel, exploring Denver and Colorado, and spending time with his three grandchildren.

 
 Peter Quinn.

Peter Quinn.

Peter Quinn

Treasurer
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Peter is a partner at Helm Investment Management, a Denver-based firm that manages investment portfolios for some of the most successful families around the world. Prior to joining Helm, Peter worked as an analyst and portfolio manager, with roles managing both equities and fixed income assets for large investment firms. Peter began his career on Wall Street, structuring investment banking transactions for one of the world’s largest investment banks. 

In addition to Wonderbound, Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors for CFA Society Colorado, the largest association of investment professionals in Colorado. Past community involvement includes extensive service as an officer or trustee for several not-for-profit organizations in Denver. In 2011, the Denver Business Journal recognized Peter for his leadership in the community, naming him one of Denver’s top “40 Under 40.”

Peter graduated from Cornell University with distinction, earning a BA in English literature. He has also completed the requirements to be able to utilize the CFA Charter. He lives in his hometown of Denver, with his lovely wife and infant daughter.

 Evan Anderman.

Evan Anderman.

Evan Anderman

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Evan Anderman is a social-landscape photographer based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado who seeks to challenge our understanding of the relationship between human development and the natural world. His award-winning aerial photography endeavors to bring into focus the difficult to see ways we use the land. Evan is especially attracted to less-traveled, and often barren areas such as Eastern Colorado, the high deserts and forests of the Western United States, and the polar circles, where he has traveled extensively. He finds peace in the solitude that these places offer, and is empowered to rise to the challenge of portraying these landscapes with optimism.

In his youth Evan spent a great deal of time with his geologist father in the mountains and plains of Colorado and the Western United States. This love of the land eventually led him to pursue the earth sciences as a career and he obtained several degrees in Geological Engineering, a BSE from Princeton University and a Masters and Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines. After working nearly two decades in the field, Evan took his love for the landscape and pursued his passion for photography to become a full-time artist in 2005.

Evan’s photography has been exhibited at institutions nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections across the country.

Evan cares deeply about his community and has supported numerous causes over the years including Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, History Colorado, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and CENTER Santa Fe.

 
 Lovedy Barbatelli.

Lovedy Barbatelli.

Lovedy Barbatelli

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Lovedy has been a flipper, cartwheeler, and mover since she could walk. As a small girl her Grandmother referred to her as a “Mexican Jumping Bean.” Her childhood was steeped in the aesthetic of her mother – her namesake. She became enchanted by the indigenous peoples of the west and at 17 she lived on a Navajo Reservation for three months prior to beginning college in New Mexico. Her love of the West continued and she staked it out as her home.

Lovedy began studying Dance as a child into high school and her love of the art form continued into college at the University of New Mexico, where she studied, performed modern dance, and graduated with a BA in Dance. As her dance career continued in the bay area, and then in Colorado as well, she was a member of 3 dance companies, a freelance dancer, and also taught dance in Boulder. She also choreographed a number of pieces, and loved this process. Voice work and singing has been something she has enjoyed for years.

Lovedy has a deep passion for fine art, fashion, music, film, and the theater. After twelve years of dancing she began to realize her deep appreciation and passion for design, and so upon retiring as a dancer she began an Interior Design career. (To learn more go to lovedy.com). She has been an active member of the Denver/Boulder Art world, starting with “The Mudmen,” an urban aboriginal performance art group in Denver. She served on BMoCA’s board for 10 years and has volunteered and found reward in donating her time to many arts & humanitarian organizations.

Lovedy is a personable, outgoing, straight shooter and is known as a passionate art collector, and has a spirited ability to connect people. In her free time she enjoys riding her bike, hiking, Pilates and snowboarding & social dancing. In a continuation of her love of movement, she often dances in her living room with the music turned up, as well as dance classes of many varieties. She also looks at a lot of art – life itself is her palette.

 Noabeth

Noabeth

Noabeth Bruckenthal

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Noabeth is originally from the East Coast, but grew up an Army brat and has lived, worked and travelled all over the world. She is a supply chain and business management consultant with 20 years of experience in various areas of logistics, manufacturing, production and strategy. Her passions include travel, winter sports, the arts, cooking and being a life-long learner.

 
 Meme Stokes Callnin.

Meme Stokes Callnin.

Meme Stokes Callnin

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

Meme is super excited to be a part of such an amazing organization that gives so much to the community and to the individuals who are privileged to experience their magic. Meme began dancing at the age of 4 and continued with her love of dance through college. At that time she entered the corporate world and started her career journey. Thankfully in 2003, Meme’s daughter, Stevie, started ballet and gave Meme an avenue to reconnect to the dance she has always loved! Stevie started her ballet training with Sarah Tallman and this relationship led Meme to the doorstep and the beauty of Wonderbound.

Meme is the Denver Market Leader for Aon Hewitt, a global human resource consulting firm whose mission is empowering organizations and individuals to secure a better future through innovative human capital solutions. The experience Meme has gained throughout her career has helped her become adept at building strong partnerships with organizations, creating strong relationships, and mastering the art of networking. It is this skill that she looks to leverage to help bring an awareness of Wonderbound to a broader audience.

In 2013, Meme and Stevie (now a dance major at Denver School of the Arts) rounded out their family with her husband Sean and his four wonderful children Patrick, Matthieu, Bryce, and Sara. (Yes, a lopsided Brady bunch!) Meme loves hiking, cooking, good wine, music, travel and photography. However, top of the list is spending time her family and friends. 

Meme has a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in computer science from Winthrop University.

 Angela Giunto.

Angela Giunto.

Angela Giunto

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Angela started dancing at the age of 3 and it has always been a passion in her life. She started dance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but continued with a local studio when she moved to Denver with her family in 1989. She also enjoyed competing nationally on the Cherry Creek High School Pom Squad. After high school, dance became less of a focus and more of a pastime when time permitted. Angela graduated from the University of Kansas and Syracuse College of Law and returned home to Denver in 2004. Angela work for Aon Risk Solutions in Denver and is the local Account Executive Practice Leader. She is honored and thrilled to be a part of the Wonderbound board and looks forward to dance being a constant in her life again. She is newly married and loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and two puppies, Harvey and Ivy.

 
 Leah Hamilton.

Leah Hamilton.

Leah Hamilton

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

Having been raised in a family of professional musicians, Leah has a love for the performing arts that is written into her genetic code. As a classically trained vocalist and educator she knows the importance of keeping the arts alive and thriving. After several years of teaching music in the public schools she “retired” and devoted her time to her family, her performing and to her now thriving real estate career. Leah can still be seen singing and acting professionally in the Denver area and continues to feed her teaching bug by educating in the real estate field. Leah has been named one of the top realtors in the Denver Metro Area for the past 7 years. Thankfully her 2 children inherited the performing gene too! Her son Grant is an accomplished singer and her daughter Jordan is an amazing dancer. Thanks go to her supportive husband who holds down the fort while the rest of the family is performing.

 Kerry Jamison.

Kerry Jamison.

Kerry Jamison

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Kerry Jamison is happiest when surrounded by art. Believing Wonderbound to be a creative treasure in Denver, she is thrilled to join the Board. Kerry works as a Senior Program Manager for Adobe, where she manages a portfolio of strategic global initiatives. For five years Kerry served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Lone Tree, focusing on affordable, accessible and excellent Children’s Programming. Several of Kerry’s programming ideas have become annual traditions in Lone Tree. Kerry is also a member of the Denver Ballet Guild.

Before moving to Colorado, Kerry worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for several software companies, including Expedia/Hotwire and Netscape. She also worked for a television network, a broadcast syndication company and a comedy club. Kerry earned an MBA and a bachelor’s in journalism and graduated both programs with honors. While still a student, the Missouri Broadcaster’s Association awarded Kerry a radio reporting and documentary award.

Kerry lives in Lone Tree with her husband, a tech entrepreneur and her two daughters.

 
 Amy Keller.

Amy Keller.

Amy Keller

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Amy Keller is the Chief of Staff and Business Operations Director for the Americas Components division at Arrow Electronics located at headquarters in Centennial, Colorado. She has the responsibility to ensure the priorities for the organization stay in focus while overseeing multiple strategic programs. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Marketing & Transportation/ Logistics. After graduation, she decided to make Denver home. 

Amy’s progressive spirit keeps her active and always looking forward. She is one of three women to serve on the executive board for Women in Electronics, a national non-profit organization centered around professional development. One of her more recent passions comes from serving on the board of Wonderbound. While always having a great appreciation for the arts, Amy quickly recognized the immeasurable qualities of Wonderbound’s ability to captivate and uniquely energize like no other performing arts company. Amy’s husband and daughter are also supporters of the brilliant Wonderbound experience.

 Emily Musser.

Emily Musser.

Emily Musser

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2014

Emily joined the Wonderbound family in 2014, and is currently the Board Secretary. Outside of Wonderbound, Emily is the Vice President of Client Relations at AMG National Trust Bank. Emily's nonprofit experience includes working as the Director of Business Relations for both the Colorado and Dallas Symphonies. Emily attended Luther College in Iowa, where she was an active member of the Tri Delta sorority. She enjoys spending her free time with her two sweet daughters and her husband Johnathan. 

 
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Rachel Namoff

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Inspire. Execute. Innovate.

Rachel has a vision for Americans to be financially educated and inspired. Her work has taken her all around Colorado. She has been instrumental in bridging the gap between education and financial acumen.   Within AAM’s framework, she has flourished benefiting clients, colleagues and the company by bringing her passion and consultation into harmony.

Rachel is at the helm of business development, executing strategies that are seemingly large and unattainable. She is adamant about providing an in depth experiential process for clients and advisors. Her work includes curriculum development, fostering relationships with colleges, corporations, and creating a future where each American is aware of how to get to where they want to go financially.

Rachel has been listed on ColoradoBiz Magazine’s annual list celebrating 100 top visionary women-owned companies in Colorado in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She is CBS4’s Financial Literacy Expert, and featured regularly in local and national publications.

Rachel is confident that everything is possible, and figure-out-able. Rachel is a founding member of AAM, a financial literacy expert, a professional Pilates practitioner and overtly happy and positive.

 David Powell Jr.

David Powell Jr.

David Powell Jr.

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Mr. Powell is an Equity Shareholder in the national labor and employment law firm of Ogletree Deakins. His practice focuses on representing employers in litigation matters arising from the employer-employee relationship. Before entering private practice, Mr. Powell worked as a prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney’s Office and served as a law clerk for the Honorable John L. Kane. Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Powell resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife Patty and daughters Kara and Erin. When he is not practicing law, he enjoys golf, good wine, good bourbon, and jazz.

 
 Alexander Ooms.

Alexander Ooms.

Alexander Ooms

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Alexander Ooms is Managing Partner at ClearCreek Partners, a financial advisory firm that works with entrepreneurs and CEO’s of private companies to help them raise capital or pursue strategic transactions.

Prior to joining Wonderbound his pro bono service includes STRIVE Prep, Roots Elementary, Colorado Succeeds, A+ Denver, the Colorado Charter School Institute, Dalkey Archive Press, and tenure as a Senior Fellow at the Donnell-Kay Foundation. Earlier in his career, he was a Program Officer in the Literature Program at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Alex holds an MBA in Finance and Management Strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University, an MA in English Literature from Georgetown University, and a BA in Philosophy from Vassar College. Once able to Pilé but never to Jèté, Alex lives in Denver with his wife, three children, and a big furry dog.

 Julia Rhine.

Julia Rhine.

Julia Rhine

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Julia Rhine is an attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where she specializes in natural resource, land use and energy law. With notable experience in regulatory and environmental issues in the aggregate, real estate and oil and gas industries, Julia helps private and public companies find solutions to complex problems. She has successfully represented clients in litigation concerning oil and gas preemption, hazardous waste decommissioning, enforcement of oil and gas regulations, and zoning and development disputes. Prior to joining Brownstein, Julia was a federal judicial clerk first to the Honorable John L. Kane and then to the Honorable Richard P. Matsch.

Julia believes that dance is for everyone and that Wonderbound, through its art and outreach programs, lives that belief. She is thrilled to be a part of Wonderbound and hopes to see you at a show soon.

 
 Cassidy Smirnow.

Cassidy Smirnow.

Cassidy Smirnow

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2017

Cassidy Smirnow is Chief Customer Officer at Vertafore, a software company serving the insurance industry headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Cassidy has spent her career in software, in the startup space as well as with Fortune 100 companies. Her passion is around customers, and she strives to bring the customer’s voice to an organization, using that voice to drive innovation and improved customer experiences.

A lover of the arts, and a dancer herself, Cassidy is honored to be a part Wonderbound. Prior to joining Wonderbound, Cassidy was active in the Community, helping to grow the Sunnyside Music Festival, a local music festival that has become a mainstay in Northwest Denver bringing musicians and local businesses together creating opportunity for everyone to experience the amazing power of live music.

Cassidy holds a degree in Geology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Being lovers of the outdoors, Cassidy and her husband moved to Denver from the Washington DC area twenty years ago and have never looked back. At last count, Cassidy is surrounded by over 20 instruments in her home as her husband and 2 children are very musically inclined. To date, Cassidy has not been asked to join the family band, but is seriously considering taking up the banjo.

 Liora Spiess.

Liora Spiess.

Liora Spiess

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Liora Powers Spiess is the founder of Powers Coaching and Consulting. Her practice caters to professional women throughout the United States and Europe and is informed by her study of education, parenting, psychology, philosophy, mindfulness, meditation and more. She has studied with psychologist Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and master coaches Dr. Martha Beck and Brooke Castillo. Liora has continued to expand the depth and breadth of her firm’s work by incorporating positive psychology, nature immersion and movement.

A lifelong arts consumer and supporter, Liora traces her love of the arts to years of childhood piano and flute lessons, a very short stint as an aspiring ballerina and her starring role as the green, camouflaged “Toad” in “Wind in the Willows,” which she and her fourth-grade classmates adapted from the children’s novel. It was after becoming a mother, however, that she discovered the transformative, healing power of movement, especially the Japanese practice of “shinrin-yoku” or “forest bathing” and the exquisite joy she found in dancing, imperfectly and without judgment, with others. She is currently studying “Let Your Yoga Dance,” a fusion of yoga and dance, which her clients have embraced enthusiastically.  

After more than twenty years in New York, Liora, her husband, two sons and three unwieldy dogs are thrilled to make their home in Denver, where you may find the walls reverberating to the music of Yo-Yo Ma, or Eminem, depending on who controls the Sonos equipment.  In a previous lifetime, she practiced corporate law and earned a juris doctor degree from Cornell Law School and a bachelor’s degree in History from Columbia University. Liora records her exploits regularly at her blog, yourhappybrain.com

 
 Eileen Van Scoy.

Eileen Van Scoy.

Eileen Van Scoy

Trustee
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Eileen Van Scoy joined Great-West Financial / Empower Retirement in December of 2014, as vice president, Recordkeeping Systems. She leads the recordkeeping arm of the organization, which includes: our core recordkeeping system, analytics and reporting, Robotics, Data Warehouse, Call Center and voice response solutions, Workflow and content management, data governance practice, service delivery, and the analysis and on-boarding of new business from system bids through client conversions. She reports to Jeff Knight, our CTO.

Previously, Van Scoy was executive vice president for wealth and retirement administration at SunGard Financial Systems. She has 35 years of leadership experience across broad operational and profit-and-loss disciplines in large financial technology firms. Throughout her career, she has worked with financial institutions and partners worldwide to design, develop, sell and deploy critical solutions to help customers reach their growth and productivity objectives.

Van Scoy earned a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor from Widener Law School and a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a FINRA Series 99 license.