Board of Directors

2016-2017 Season

No organization can function without effective leadership and behind-the-scenes efforts. A nine-member Board of Directors governs the choir. The first director is the conductor. Next are six directors who are elected by the membership to bi-annual terms of office. In order to be eligible for election, a member must have been active in the choir for at least one year. Nominations for open board positions are made by choir members during the election process each spring.

Two more directors representing various ongoing areas of service are appointed by the conductor and approved by the elected directors. In addition, the immediate Past-President serves in a non-voting capacity for one year following a change of Board Presidency.

The Colorado Choir has a limited, paid staff. The board plans and implements our day-to-day operations. With the exception of the conductor and pianist, all board members sing in the choir and pay the same dues as everyone else. The Board takes care of financial obligations, contracts, fundraising, concert scheduling, etc.

Back Row: Mel Zeman (President), Kelly Parmenter (Music Conductor Artistic Director), Jim Degner (Vice President) Kris Louden (Choral Librarian), Sharon Nason (Board Member), and Ken Fox (Board Member).
Front Row: Sonja Drugan (Treasurer) and Darlene Tieskotter (Secretary). Not pictured: Mindee Forman (Technology Coordinator).

Music Conductor/Artistic Director
Kelly Parmenter
B.A. Vocal and Instrumental Music Education, Adams State College: M.A. Education, Lesley University. Choral and Orchestral Conductor at Arapahoe High School, Chair of the Performing Ats Department. Active in the American Choral Directors Association and the Colorado Music Educators National Conference. Colorado Choir member since 1980.
Mel Zeman
B.A. Music Education, Adams State College, President Air-Pro, Inc. Colorado Choir member since 1986 and Concert Manager for 30 years.
Vice President
Jim Degner
B.S. Business Administration, Dana College. Jim sang in the College Touring Choir all 4 years. He grew up in a musical family and has been singing in choirs since age 4. Currently, he’s a member of the All Saints Lutheran Church and Choir, and he’s been a Colorado Choir member since 2010.
Sonja Drugan
St. Louis Institute of Music, Degree in Music Education. Piano performance major at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Colorado Choir member since 1990.
Darlene Tieskotter
Business Major, University of Arizona; Member All Saints Lutheran Church, longtime church and school choir member. Colorado Choir member since 1990.
Choral Librarian
Kristin Louden
B.A. History, Earlham College, Richmond, IL. M.A. Library Science, Indiana University. Longtime Pianist and choir member. Colorado Choir Member since 1990.
Board Member
Ken Fox
Retired (2006) as a Physics teacher at Smoky Hill HS in the Cherry Creek District. Received a BA-BS in EE from Brown University (1965) and an MAT from Harvard University (1966). Colorado Choir member since 2007.
Board Member
Sharon Nason
B.S. Mathematics, magna cum laude, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin. MBA with major in management science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. Served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. Past member of Broomfield Choral Society. Long time member of All Souls Church choir. Colorado Choir member since 2009.
Technology Coordinator
Mindee Forman
B.A. Theatre, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington. M.S. in Journalism: Marketing Communications, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Colorado Choir member since 2014.