Who We Are
Board of Directors
John Gaeddert, President
Katherine Rixon, Vice President
Kathleen M. Jones, Secretary
Kirk Riedinger, Treasurer
Tim Black | Robert DeGennaro | Sandy Figge | John Gaeddert | David Hanks | Tod R. Hamachek
Barbara Lehman | Rob McGowan | Wendy Pesky | Trina Peters | Priscilla Pittiglio | Ann Puchner
Jennifer Roberts | Judith Smooke | Lisa Stelck | Ryan Waterfield | Tim Wolff | Sarah Woodward
Kristin Poole holds an MA in Modern Art History from the University of Chicago (1989) and a BA in Studio Art and English from Denison University (1980). She has served as Artistic Director at the Center since 1997. Prior to joining the staff at the Center she worked as an Independent Lecturer, Consultant, and Art Historian. Previous experience includes: Director of Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Director of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Gallery, and Director of Lill Street Gallery (Chicago).
Director of Performing Arts
Kristine has been with The Center since 2000 and coordinates The Center’s marketing through publications, advertising, website and digital communications. She has transformed her love of attending live performances into booking and coordinating the winter and summer concert series and in bringing artists (both musicians and dancers) into our local schools. Kristine Bretall is a graduate of Middlebury College in Political Science and Spanish and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University.
After spending 12 years in Aspen, Colorado, Holly is a recent transplant to the Wood River Valley. She brings her love of the arts, the outdoors and mountain town communities with her for her new role at The Center. Holly’s previous positions as graphic designer and Director of Marketing & Communications at Anderson Ranch Arts Center position her well to bring both her visual and design sensibilities and extensive marketing experience to The Center’s marketing efforts. Originally from Connecticut, Holly graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Art History.
Special Events Fundraising Manager
Christine moved to the Valley after attending Colorado College. She earned a BA in political science and art history. Christine’s prior professional experience included 12 years as a marketing manager for Smith Optics. Joining The Center in 2013, she focuses on all aspects of fundraising events for The Center including the Wine Auction. No stranger to fundraising or special events, Christine currently chairs the Pioneer Montessori Board.
Hillary is a lifelong Idahoan and lover of the arts. She holds a BA from the University of Idaho in English with a Creative Writing emphasis in Fiction, along with minors in Interior Design and Music Performance (2010). Currently, she is working on her MFA in Writing through Pacific University’s low-residency program in Forest Grove, Oregon. When she is not holed up reading or writing, you will find her hanging with family or enjoying the sights of the valley from the bike path.
Curator of Visual Arts
Courtney Gilbert holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in art history from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. Most recently she worked at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, where she coordinated the planning for a major exhibition of Latin American abstract art. Prior to joining The Center, she also taught Art History at Columbia College Chicago, and Texas State University.
Core Company Artist
John Glenn is a founding member of Company of Fools and has served as one of the Core Company Artists since 2000. He has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of professional theatre. Prior to his time with the Fools, John served as the artistic director of the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Virginia and spent 10 years as the associate artistic director for Theatre IV, the nation’s largest touring theatre for children. He started his career as an actor and spent years playing roles at various theatres across the country.
Albert is responsible for the implementation and execution for all Center events big and small. Before joining the Center in 2010, he worked in commercial real estate and managed a large portfolio of industrial and commercial properties in the Bend, Oregon area. Prior to that, he worked in the golf industry and was instrumental in planning, developing and producing major multi-day golf tournaments and other golf related events. He was born and raised in California and attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
Education Coordinator and
Arts and Crafts Festival Director
Sarah Kolash was born and raised in the Wood River Valley. Sarah received her BA in Spanish from the University of Idaho in 2004 and joined the Center’s staff in 2006.
Joe received his introduction into theatre in 1995 by none other than Company of Fools. A graduate of Boise State University with a degree in Theatre emphasizing scenic design, Joe joined Company of Fools staff in 2006. Since that time, he has built all – and designed numerous – sets for the Company. Joe has been a resident of the Wood River Valley since 1994 and lives in Hailey with his wonderful wife Jen and precocious daughter Ava.
Data and Information Specialist
Sara Loree earned a BA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the staff, Sara was the Director of Web Services at the Sandor Teszler Library at Wofford College.
Director of Development
Kathryn, who hails from Worcester, MA, graduated from Bowdoin College (2002) and worked for the Animal Rescue League of Boston and as Assistant Marketing Manager for Adirondack Beverages in Massachusetts before joining the Center staff in 2003.
Production Stage Manager
A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, KO spent many years in the L.A. area working as a freelance stage manager with a number of theater companies, including the Center Theatre Group. After a long tenure with Universal Studios as an event manager and coordinator, KO followed her soul and moved to the mountains of Idaho where she has happily served as stage manager for Company of Fools since their 2005/2006 season.
Kris spent a lot of time in the audience at the Liberty Theatre before she joined the staff at Company of Fools in 2010. She moved to the Valley in 1985 after earning a BA in French Language from the University of California, Davis. She has over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit sector and 20 years in the photography production industry. Kris lives in Hailey with her husband Michael and son Zachary.
Special Events Assistant
Born and raised in California, Heather moved to the Wood River Valley in 2007. Heather has a BA in Media Arts and a minor in Business, from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the center, Heather worked in entertainment publicity in New York. She also spent time working in real estate in Southern California. Heather enjoys and has experience in planning catering events from being involved in the hospitality and the restaurant industry.
Born and raised in the Wood River Valley, Danica decided to try out city life by moving to Southern California. She attended Orange Coast College and transferred to California State University, Long Beach whee she graduated with a BA in Art Education and a Single Subject Credential to teach art. After falling in love with the fiber department, she earned a BFA in 3D Mixed Media Fiber and decided to move back home to Idaho.
Core Company Artist
Denise Simone is a founding member of Company of Fools as well as an accomplished director, teacher, playwright and actor with more than 30 years of experience in the world of professional nonprofit theatre. She was the Director of Community Outreach for Theatre IV, the nation’s largest touring theatre for children as well as developing and teaching classes in theatre and creative writing Richmond’s School for the Performing Arts, St. Catherine’s and the Henrico’s Center for the Arts. She also served as an arts commissioner for 6 years for the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Director of Education & Humanities
Katelyn is excited about the opportunity to live and work in Sun Valley’s mountain community. Originally from Colorado, Katelyn graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Art History and is completing a MA in Education from Saint Michaels College. Katelyn has spent the last six years in Vermont, as the Adult Programs Coordinator at Shelburne Museum. She also has experience working with the education department at the Denver Art Museum and the Fleming Museum of Art.