Board of Directors


2020 - 2021 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.

Richard Wood, Vice President

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.

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

Joy Armstrong

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).

Jean Feist

Following a long career with CB Relocation Services, I volunteered with Project C.U.R.E.  Traveling to 34 countries, including Nicaragua where I lived for 5 years.  Returning to the US, I fell in love with Colorado Springs; and, assumed responsibilities as Director of Colorado Springs Jazz Society, organizing concerts and a establishing a scholarship program for music students.

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.

Sean Hennessy

Composer and Trumpeter Sean Schafer Hennessy is one of America's most gifted composer/ instrumentalists. Since winning major competitions since his twelfth year, he remains a brilliant protege of the renowned Wynton Marsalis. Beginning his trumpet studies at age ten, Sean made his concerto debut three years later with the Colorado Symphony. Sean has performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall, appeared as a guest soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and moved audiences with his appearance on the Public Radio International's "From the Top". 

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.

Spencer Slater

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

Keven Stewart, Executive Director (non-voting)

Gary Nicholson, Music Director (non-voting)