Board of Directors

Lara Craig

Lara Craig

Chair

Bio

Lara Craig is a lifelong resident of Steamboat Springs. Growing up in Steamboat, she had a unique opportunity to develop a love of music at a time when the performing arts in Steamboat was just budding. The piano instruction she experienced throughout her childhood eventually led her to study piano pedagogy at Baylor University. Ultimately, she chose to pursue French and English as a major course of study but has maintained her participation with music throughout both of her children’s classical music instruction by accompanying their recitals and performances. Retiring in 2019 with 30 years of experience as an educator in Texas and in Colorado, Lara taught middle school language arts, social studies, French, and choir in the Steamboat Springs Middle School. She has served her community in various capacities including Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. Currently, Lara serves as a member of the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education as well as a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Board of Directors. Lara’s belief in the power of music to inspire, to create beauty, and to connect with others is central to her dedication to the SSO. Lara has supported orchestral music in the Yampa Valley for the last four years as a member of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, serving the last two years as Board Chair.

Carol Davidson

Carol Davidson

Vice Chair

Bio

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Carol was brought up in a musical family and spent her K-12 years playing violin in public school as well as in the Tacoma and Seattle Youth Symphony programs. She played recreationally in college then turned her focus to Graphic Design. After getting her BFA from the University of Washington, Carol spent 15 years working in Seattle as a graphic designer, branding consultant, and advertising executive specifically in the fashion and outdoor industries. With many years as a team leader and on cross-functional leadership teams, Carol has experience with strategic planning, team building, presentations, and relationship building. She is also known for her ability to get things done. Carol moved with her family to Steamboat Springs 20 years ago to head up Smartwool’s global marketing department. Now retired, she devotes her free time to participating in various community non-profit organizations including the Yampa Valley Community Foundation Grants Committee. As a member of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors for her third year, Carol brings together her passion for education and her talent in marketing and branding to support the SSO, specifically in music education programming and the SSO brand.

Susan Petersen

Susan Petersen

Secretary

Bio

Susan is a Colorado native who grew up in Fort Collins before attending college at the University of California San Diego and then moved to Steamboat for “one ski season” over 30 years ago. After a season of ski-bumming, she settled into a long career with the Steamboat Parks & Recreation Department overseeing recreation programs and events. She then joined the Yampa Valley Community Foundation where she worked with donors to support the many nonprofit organizations in Routt County. Susan acted as the Community Mobilizer for a statewide prevention effort that focused on youth before joining the team at Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) in 2020. As the Executive Director of STARS, she cultivates relationships with donors, oversees the entire organization, and works to support its mission every day. Susan grew up attending orchestra performances in her hometown as a required family event but developed a lifelong love of the orchestra. She served on the SSO Board of Directors from 2017-2019 and recently rejoined in November of 2021 to share her passion for the SSO.

Abby Hoffner

Abby Hoffner

Treasurer

Bio

Bio coming!

Liliana Hargis

Liliana Hargis

Bio

Liliana Hargis joined the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors in January of 2022. Working with local boards and community organizations around the Yampa Valley, Liliana brings over 15 years of experience to the SSO. She is a graduate of Leadership Steamboat and currently serves as a member of LatinX Alliance. During her high school years, Liliana was fortunate to have participated in a youth orchestra in her hometown of Bogotá, Colombia. During that time, she made a connection with orchestral music that would last for the rest of her life. As an SSO Board member, Liliana is passionate about creating a culture of music development and education for youth in the Yampa Valley that is inclusive and accessible to all. She believes music has a powerful impact in a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Liliana, her husband Ted, and son Jayden live in Hayden, Colorado. In addition to other outdoor activities our beautiful valley has to offer, her son Jayden also enjoys playing the violin and participating in the SSO Immersion Program.

Paul Sachs

Paul Sachs

Bio

Paul is an attorney with a diverse general practice in Steamboat Springs, including advising many non-profit organizations. He has also been the Municipal Judge for the City of Steamboat Springs since 1993. He received a history and literature degree from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being on numerous local boards, he has directed the Steamboat Marathon since 1999 and has also co-directed the Run Rabbit Run Ultra Marathon since 2007. Three of Paul’s daughters currently take music lessons (piano, violin, and flute) and during COVID, Paul was able to resurrect his own French horn practice. He was happy to be asked to join the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors in the spring of 2022. Paul and his family have enjoyed the SSO performances for many years, and he is honored to be involved in the stewardship of this organization.

Art Stewart

Art Stewart

Bio

Art’s love of classical and choral music began when he was able to participate in singing parts of the Messiah with a boys’ choir of seventy voices accompanied by musicians from the Boston Conservatory of Music. His love of orchestral and classical music continues with his participation as a member of the Board of Directors of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. Art enthusiastically joined the board in 2022 with a unique lens to support the inner workings of the Board and the organization. His talents and diverse viewpoint contribute to the creative energy that fuels the SSO.

Art brings a sense of calm in solving the inherent conundrums that arise in sustaining an organization such as the SSO in a community that has much competition for one’s attention. As a mediator of 44 years, Art uses his measured observation and perfect timing to bring solutions to light. In his 44 years as a mediator, he has trained UN peacekeepers in negotiation skills in Canada. In 2014, he successfully trained mediators in an effort to achieve peace after post- election violence occurred in Kenya. His experience extends to testifying before Congress on the use of mediation in special education issues in public schools. He received the Governor’s award for his work in reducing racial conflict in greater Boston public schools. He continued to serve for six years as President of the Massachusetts Association of Mediators and Mediation Programs. 

Retired and living in Steamboat for the past 3 years, Art integrates his passion for community into supporting Advocates of Routt County. He enjoys his free time with his son, daughter-in-law, and his two grandchildren. He especially enjoys seeing his grandchildren participate in SSO youth education programs and concerts.

Julie Tourigny

Julie Tourigny

Bio

Dr. Julie Tourigny is the Founder and Director of the Colorado Center for Pediatric Learning and Development. She has dedicated her educational and professional careers to developing cutting edge strategies and programs that promote the vital sensory, motor, and social-emotional skills young children need for success in school. Dr. Tourigny’s experience and history show that with the right methods, all children have the capacity to be competent and successful students, regardless of socioeconomic, cognitive, or other challenges they may face.

She is the author of Organized and Engaged: Simple and Effective Strategies to Support Executive Function, Calm and In Control: Simple and Effective Strategies to Support Young Children’s Self-Regulation, and the Letter Leaders Handwriting Program. She has developed and taught courses on topics related to sensory processing, self-regulation, executive function, and handwriting nationwide for the past two decades.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy at Boston University, Dr. Tourigny went on to earn her Master of Business Administration
from the University of Denver, a master’s in therapeutic studies, and a doctorate in occupational therapy from Boston University.  Julie devotes her time in Steamboat Springs to raising awareness and funding for organizations and causes that support children’s healthy development and educational pursuits. She has served on the board of Junior Achievement, BookTrails, and is currently the Chair of the District Accountability Committee for the Steamboat Springs School District. Having a passion to champion opportunities for children in our remote locale, Julie enthusiastically joined the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Board in November 2023. Her commitment extends to actively engaging in the SSO’s initiatives, dedicated to delivering the power of orchestral music to both K12 students and to the wider community.

Dagny McKinley

Dagny McKinley

Bio

Dagny is the Executive Director of Undiscovered Earth, a non-profit organization that seeks to support the built facilities for the performing arts, and the co-publisher of Art with Altitude Magazine. An author in her own right, Dagny’s books include The Springs of Steamboat: Healing Waters, Sparkling Soda and Mysterious Caves; Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature; The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog. Dagny is also a photographer whose work has been featured by Kodak, Frontier Magazine, the Associated Press, Steamboat Magazine, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Gerber Berend Design Build, and True North Furs. She has exhibited her work at the Depot Art Center.

In her spare time, Dagny currently contributes her time to serve on the Mineral Springs Protection Committee through the City of Steamboat Springs. She is also a member of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts advocacy committee. Dagny is determined to see a performing arts center and housing spaces for visiting artists in Steamboat Springs come to fruition. Dagny believes that anything can happen when you believe the impossible is possible. As a member of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra board, she hopes that her love of Steamboat Springs arts and culture, her personal artistic savvy, and her participation in other important organizations throughout the city will support the thriving community orchestra that is the SSO.