Our vision is for Teton Music School to be the heart of music education and performance experiences for our diverse community. We value inclusion, creativity, passion, and transparency.
Passionate about supporting the arts, Amanda's experience receiving strong community and family support as a young musician has inspired her to want to do the same for others. With more than two decades of arts administration, marketing and fundraising experience, Amanda has worked for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Indiana University School of Music, Grand Teton Music Festival and, most recently, Dancers’ Workshop. She is inspired by possibility and committed to building bridges through music within our community, as well as between our community and the larger arts world.
A Jackson resident since 2002, Amanda can be found both on stage and behind the scenes, participating in local events and performances. She plays French horn in the Jackson Hole Brass Quintet and dabbles (in the privacy of her own home) on a haunted family accordion. She is a current board member of The Center for The Arts, chairs the Center Residents Council and has served on the boards of Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Riot Act, Inc., and Old Bill’s Fun Run.
Amanda earned a BA in Music, Spanish and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with continued work in Music and German literature from the University of Minnesota.
Joe Rudd, a Wyoming native, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer. He has a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Utah and is a certified Apple professional, where he taught music production for 7 years. During that time he also worked for a live sound company based in Hollywood as an engineer, and worked with Jeff Goldblum, Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Gavin Degraw, and other top studio jazz musicians on the west coast.
Joe has many performance credits as a saxophonist and has worked with hip hop artist Nipsey Hussle and producers Larrance Dopson and DJ Mustard. Notable performances include opening for B.B. King, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, and playing at Hugh Hefner’s wedding. As a composer, some of Joe’s original compositions were recently featured in a documentary by Academy Award-nominated Matthew Cooke.
Joe now works out of his Jackson Hole studio. He is passionate about performing, teaching, producing music, and his golden retriever, Mina.
Board of Directors
Michele's duties include compliance with applicable laws and human resource matters. She is a practicing attorney who concentrates her law practice on mediation and arbitration, and workplace investigations. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University School of Law where she taught an advanced course on Dispute Resolution. She is licensed in Washington and Wyoming.
Before opening her own law practice, Michele served as an in-house attorney for a global technology company and was a partner at a prominent Seattle law firm, Preston Gates & Ellis. She has served as Past-President and Trustee of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, and as Chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Michele is a graduate of Oberlin College and Georgetown University Law Center. In her free time, Michele plays the piano. Both of her grown children learned to play musical instruments and participated in jazz and marching bands throughout high school.
Mark is employed as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Grand Teton National Park Foundation, a position he has held since 2012. Mark has extensive experience in capital construction projects, non-profit management and fundraising. He joined the staff after five years as vice president of a general engineering contracting firm in California.
Prior to relocating to California, Mark was executive director of the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming. In this capacity, Mark managed the organization during its formative years, including completion of its $35 million capital campaign and successful phased construction. Prior to this, Mark was a senior staff member at the Jackson Hole Land Trust for seven years. In all, Mark has over 22 years of professional nonprofit experience in Jackson Hole.
Mark earned a B.A. in geography from University of Oregon in 1992. As a member of Teton Music School’s board, Mark attends meetings of the board and votes on board decisions. His duties include work relating to budget, finance, and other governance activities.
Lesli joined the Teton Music School board because she highly values music in her life and believes learning to play a musical instrument enriches a student’s life. She has played the flute and piano since childhood and more recently learned to play the cello. Over the years she has performed in bands, community orchestras, and ensembles and continues to play the flute today as a member of the Jackson Hole Community Band. One of the highlights of her first year living in Jackson was playing patriotic songs on the back of a flatbed truck in the town Fourth of July parade.
Lesli holds an MBA in Marketing from Columbia Business School and a BA in Mathematics from Wellesley College. She worked as a marketing brand manager at Kraft General Foods and Del Monte and as a commercial banker at Marine Midland Bank. She served as PTA President, fundraising auction chair and trustee at the Bay School of San Francisco. Lesli’s other non-profit experience includes working with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Santa Barbara Toba Sister City Group.
Lesli lives in Jackson with her blues guitarist husband and has two musically-talented adult children. As a new member of the board, Lesli hopes to contribute her marketing and business background and her experience as both a music learner and as a parent of musicians to expand music education for students in the Jackson community.
Marilyn’s work has focused on brand identity development and product development, largely in the consumer packaged goods sector. Working for brands such as Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, M&M Mars and Bumble & bumble, she has managed the creation of new products from ideation to launch, and has overseen the revitalization of existing brands. Marilyn has extensive experience in the development of retail environments, merchandising displays, packaging, and marketing collateral. She also brings experience in public relations and marketing communications.
Marilyn has an MBA in marketing from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in economics from Vassar College. Her duties on the board include marketing and communications. She lives in Jackson with her husband, Marc, and three children, including a (loud!) drummer and pianist.
Over the course of her diverse and successful career as an actress (AEA), singer, director, educator, and now business owner, Nicole has dedicated thousands of hours to mastering the art of a compelling performance. She has extensive experience in the performing arts, with over 25 years performing on a stage or directing others in productions. She has two recorded albums. Her last album, In My Life, was recorded with the late Keith Phillips.
Her business, PRESeNT, is a professional coaching service that specializes in presentation skills, clear and concise communication, and public speaking. Nicole is a Professional Coach through Co-Active Training Institute, an ICF accredited organization.
Nicole earned a degree in Theatre with a minor in French from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As well as professionally coaching, Nicole is a certified teacher of Theatre Arts. She taught at Park City High School for three years and received the Excellence in Teaching Award all three years. She was also nominated for the Sarah Doiley Utah Teacher of the Year Award.
In the non-profit arena, Nicole directed the Annual Youth Musical at Off Square Theatre Company for nine seasons and worked as their Education Director. Nicole is Program Director for Boundless: Opportunities for Children in Arts and Athletics. Boundless has been in operation since 2000 and provides funding to children for extra-curricular actives in Teton County, Wyoming.
Charley Hutson is a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for UBS Financial Services where he has worked for the past 38 years.
Charley first came to Jackson Hole in the 1970s for the climbing and mountaineering unique to the Teton Valley. Having had a home here since 2005, he and his wife Vicki permanently relocated to Jackson in 2014 from Washington D.C. They have three adult children who live in D.C. and Atlanta. Charley is an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman. He volunteers for the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve, as a ranger for the Wildlife Brigade, and for the winter Ski Ambassador program in Grand Teton National Park.
He is a drummer and vocalist and is active in the local music scene. He is a graduate of Vassar College and is a native New Yorker.