Our Leadership Team
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 received strong community and family support as a young musician. This experience inspired a desire 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, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Grand Teton Music Festival and, most recently, Dancers’ Workshop. She is driven 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 has served on the boards of The Center for The Arts, Center Residents Council, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Riot Act, Inc., and Old Bill’s Fun Run and as a grants panelist for National Endowment for the Arts.
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.
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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 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.
Nick is a financial advisor with Edward Jones here in Jackson. In his practice, he makes it a priority to learn about what is most important to each of his clients before he helps them with their investment strategy. Helping people reach their goals has been a theme throughout Nick's professional life.
Before entering the financial sector, Nick focused on outdoor education. He originally came to the Tetons to complete the Teton Science Schools graduate program in 2014. During that first year he fell in love with the landscape and the people that make this place so special. He went on to earn a Master's of Science degree in Natural Science Education from the University of Wyoming and his Master's thesis focused on professional development workshops for teachers in Bhutan. He has worked and volunteered for several nonprofits in Jackson, often with a focus on educational programming for children and adults.
Music played a major role in Nick's life since he was a child. He benefitted greatly from music education in school and he went on to earn a music minor in college. He enjoys writing and singing songs for family and friends. By serving on the TMS board, he is excited to be a part of an organization that is expanding music education in our community.
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. 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.
Mark is employed as Vice President of Operations for Crystal Creek Capital, a position he has held since 2022. Mark has extensive experience in capital construction projects, non-profit management and fundraising. He joined the staff after ten years as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Grand Teton National Park Foundation, and 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. Before that, Mark was a senior staff member at the Jackson Hole Land Trust for seven years. In all, Mark has over 25 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, his duties include work relating to budget, finance, and other governance activities.
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 recently served as Program Director for Boundless, a funding opportunity to support children in extra-curricular actives in Teton County, Wyoming.
Liz King is a Geology professor currently teaching at community colleges and is Development Coordinator at Teton Literacy Center. Music has always been part of her life playing piano, violin, and eventually focusing on the oboe through college. After a hiatus through graduate school and her early career, she has returned to playing the oboe with Jackson Hole Community Band and other ensembles in the valley.
Liz has a PhD and MSc from University of Wisconsin - Madison and a BA in Geology from Carleton College. She taught at Illinois State University for eight years before moving to Jackson. She has served on the boards of pARTners, Jackson Hole Community School, the Geologists of Jackson Hole, and currently serves on the Alumni Council at Carleton College.
Liz lives in Wilson with her husband and three boys, the oldest of whom is a jazz saxophone musician.
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 Laurance 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.
A love of movement has always been a way of life for Jessica Zazzara. Growing up in Breckenridge, Colorado, Jessica’s passions for skiing, biking, hiking fishing and dance began at a young age. Continuing to pursue ballet, modern and ethnic dancing Jessica received a BFA with an emphasis in performance and choreography at Stephens College. This led her to work with Ballet Aspen and Ballet West in Salt Lake City, as well as danced and performed around the United States, Europe, South Africa, Brazil, India and Vietnam.
Jessica has been certified through the Pilates Studio of New York since 1997 and intensively trained & taught under the tutelage of Master Instructor Romana Kryzanowski, who trained under Joseph Pilates for thirty years. Jessica opened Pilates in the Tetons in 1999. She has a large passion for teaching Pilates, dance as well as the other body awareness disciplines she is certified in. Her extensive dance repertoire covers many ethnic rhythms East Indian, African, Russian and Tap are a few.
Jessica sold Pilates in the Tetons in 2019 and now spends most of her time supporting her three active children. Nurturing their education and passions. As a Teton music School board memberJessica is excited to represent and be a voice for other young sprouting artists in the valley.
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Cassie Van Gelder, RPT
An expert piano technician, Cassie served as Head Piano Technician for the music school at University of Arizona - Tucson from 2007-2023 and now operates her own private business: Tucson Piano Technology. In 2019, she began her first summer serving as piano technician for Grand Teton Music Festival and her love of music, hiking and the mountains has kept her coming back. Cassie holds a Certificate in Piano Technology with Distinction from the University of Western Ontario and has attended multiple additional trainings with the Steinway factory in Long Island NY. She has held additional piano tech positions with Interlochen Center for the Arts and the University of Michigan. Born into a family of musicians, learning piano, voice and flute from an early age, her undergraduate degree is from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in music; piano emphasis.
Whenever in residence in Jackson Hole, Cassie serves as an advisor to Teton Music School for our piano needs and she would be happy to take care of your piano, too!