Board of Directors


2019 - 2020 Board of Directors


Rose Marie Lyda, President

Compliance Project Manager, a performing pianist each week in downtown Colorado Springs, and can often be found listening to live music or watching independent films.

Deron Hickman, Vice President
Deron is a Financial Advisor, Vice President – Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. Deron works with a larger Financial Advisor team in Colorado Springs who all share a passion to serve clients and a mutual appreciation for the arts and community. Deron also serves on the Board of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild.

Shannon Jones, Treasurer
Shannon had two sons participate in CSYSA, was a Store Manager with King Soopers, sang in the Mt. Calvary and Ascension Lutheran Church Choirs and is a community volunteer.

Ellie Bontrager
Music lover and parent of two CSYSA alumni. She also coordinates the Limon Community blood drive.

Judith Casey
Retired principal, active in various teaching and leadership roles in public education in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Active as a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Gary Foote
Outreach Committee Chair, moved to the Springs following a NYC career in marketing/ new product development with Lever Brothers, Clairol, and global confectioner Ferrero. Gary sings in the Broadmoor Community Church Choir.

Melissa Foster
A retired career educator in both elementary and secondary schools, and is a committed advocate for music education and performance experiences for young people. She is a trustee with the Palmer Land Trust, is a committed community participant and is active in her church.

Jim Mahoney
Consultant and Trainer, International Baccalaureate Organization(IBO), Retired Academy School District #20 Administrator and music consumer.

Nancy Pittman

Nancy is a past CSYSA board president, past president of Philharmonic Guild and a community volunteer.

Rusty Powell

Rusty is an Executive Director and Chief Engineer with Millennium Engineering and Integration Company following a career in the Air Force as an engineer. He has one child who is a CSYSA alum (4 years) and one who is in her final season (8th year). He has supported CSYSA in multiple ways including as a chaperone at orchestra camp multiple times, and is active in his church.  

Glen Whitehead
Associate Professor & LAS Co-Director, Bachelor of Innovation, UCCS.

Richard Wood

Rich is a local attorney in private practice whose experience in community service includes ten years as a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Care and Share Food Bank, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, and the District 20 Education Foundation.  Rich is an avid patron and supporter of the local arts, a season subscriber with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and TheatreWorks, a music lover, a very bad strummer of simple guitar chords, and an even worse singer.

Carrie Johnson, Parent Council Chair

Carrie is a former news anchor and producer for ABC and NBC news in several markets.  She also dedicated many years to helping grow and development a Catholic school in Ohio.  Her passion is her children and helping to advocate for children and families with special needs. 

Keven Stewart, Executive Director (non-voting)

Gary Nicholson, Music Director (non-voting)