The Young Artists Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and supporting the young talent of our community through education, performance opportunities, and competition.
Working Board of Directors
Rosalie Keith: Executive Director
Rosalie has worked as an arts volunteer for the city of Thornton and Adams County for 20 years. She is the creator and administrator for the TASHCO Young Artists Festival. She served on the TASHCO Board of Directors, the Adams County Cultural Council and on the Board of Directors for Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Rosalie is a graduate of Metropolitan State College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations. For 15 years she owned Tremont Printing in downtown Denver with her husband. This small business ownership gave Rosalie experience in financial management and planning, as well as the day –to- day business operations required for successful customer service. Upon retirement, Rosalie continues with her arts volunteerism and teaches 15 piano students.
As executive director for the Young Artists Alliance, Rosalie oversees the management of the organization which includes program development, grant writing, fundraising, and program supervision. She works closely with TASHCO, the city of Thornton and the YAA Board of Directors in establishing long-range goals for the community. Rosalie is the 2004 recipient of the SCFD Rex Morgan Award.
Pamela Luhrs: President
Pamela has served on the board of several organizations. At Stargate Charter School, as board president, she organized the charter renewal process and served on the committee to build a new school building. At Legacy High School, she served as secretary of the Legacy Choir Booster Club where $20,000 was raised for choir programs, and helped organize the booster club as a non-profit organization. In 2001 she received the School Volunteer of the Year Award for Congressional District 2 from the Colorado Association of Partners in Education. She recently retired after serving for 5 years as an assistant director of Youth Theatre at the Art Underground in Louisville, Colorado.
Karin Gritz: Secretary
Karin is the owner of Premier School of Dance located in Thornton, Colorado. She has owned this studio for over 20 years, and has been teaching dance for over 25 years. Karin trained with Gwen Bowen School of Dance, and began teaching at age 18. She spent several years teaching at the Pueblo Ballet and Metropolitan School of Dance while raising her family. Karin’s studio specializes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and acrobatics. She employs 6 dance instructors, has over 175 students, and is a member of the Colorado Dance Alliance. Karin has had participants in the TASHCO Young Artists Festival since its inception in 1996. Several of her students have gone on to pursue dance degrees in college and to perform in pre-professional companies.
Valerie Price: Treasurer
Valerie has spent her entire life in Adams County. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Regis University. She has spent the last 20 years working as an accountant in the City of Thornton and the City of Broomfield. Her knowledge of the workings of city governments as well as her training in accounting makes Valerie an indispensable member of the board. Her daughter, Alexandra, participated in our programs for several years, giving Valerie an understanding and appreciation for the goals of the Young Artists Alliance.
Wendy Jensen: Board Member
Wendy graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science. She taught private piano lessons for ten years, early childhood music classes for three years, and is currently a substitute teacher for Adams 12 Five Star Schools and Stargate Charter School. Wendy is an active volunteer having served on Silver Creek Elementary’s PTO board, Quail Valley HOA’s social committee, and as the children’s music director in her church. Wendy loves the arts and is grateful for the opportunities TASHCO and the Young Artists Alliance have provided her own children. She is excited to be part of an organization that nurtures the youth in the community and gives them an opportunity to connect with the arts.
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