Kyle is the founder of the Teton Music School. As a musician, he has been an avid pianist since he was a child, learning to play at first by ear, and later studying with a skilled teacher. In 1997, he started his own private piano teaching business that enrolls 40 students for weekly individual lessons.
In addition to teaching piano, Kyle continues to instruct adaptive skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a job he has held for 27 consecutive years. In the past, he has taught at-risk teens in the wilderness, worked as a support staff at a group home for mentally ill adults, served as a supervisor and cottage parent at a residential school for emotionally disturbed children, developed employment opportunities for adults with cognitive disabilities, and guided whitewater rafts on the Snake River. In all, he has been actively involved in teaching and mentoring in the Jackson community for 29 years. A father of two, Mr. Johnson earned a BS in psychology from Johnson State College in 1991.
As Executive Director, Kyle’s primary duties are communicating and working with the Board of Directors, managing day-to-day operations, and overseeing financial affairs. Program development, teacher recruitment, and quality control are some of the other duties of the Executive Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.