Laurie has lived in the Bitterroot Valley since moving to Hamilton in the fall of 2014. She is a native of Seattle WA with family roots originating in Whitefish, MT. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Washington. Laurie has over 30 years of experience working to develop leaders in the public, private, and non-profit business sector; helping them to improve their abilities to manage and develop their people. She believes that this is accomplished by working collaboratively with people and that “none of us is as smart as all of us.” She enjoys all aspects of the Performing Arts to include music, dance, opera, symphony, and comedy/plays. Laurie is passionate about the Performing Arts and believes that the arts are a vital key to strengthening and unifying our communities through shared experiences and educational opportunities for students of all ages. She is honored to be able to contribute to our under-served valley communities by working to bring world-class performing artists to our Hamilton Montana Performing Arts Center. Laurie’s spare time is spent exploring her passion for fly-fishing; especially on Rock Creek where she and her husband Marty have had a cabin off the grid for years. She also enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, and cooking.
Jacque has lived in the Bitterroot Valley since 1995, and calls Corvallis, Montana her home. She has a degree in Business Administration. She is no stranger to the performing arts in the Bitterroot Valley and served nearly 10 years as President of the Board of Directors for Ballet Bitterroot Performing Arts, as well as being involved in several non-profits in the Bitterroot Valley. She is originally from the other Corvallis; Corvallis, Oregon. Jacque really enjoys being in Montana. In the summer, you will often find her pool side cheering on the Bitterroot Swim Team, and in the winter skiing at Lost Trail and Chief Joseph. During the rest of the year don’t be surprised to find her backstage at the ballet, attending plays at our local playhouse, or taking time for a fieldtrip with students New York or even just Bozeman. “I love seeing children finding the joy of the arts.”
Kierstin started volunteering with BPAC early on and became part of the staff in 2006. Over the last 10 years she has had an incredible opportunity to be involved in the performing arts locally. Her main job is as the office manager and prevention coordinator at Emma’s House Children’s Advocacy Center. This allows her to contribute to the other most important part of our world- kids! And, the blend of opportunities for kids to experience the arts and meet performers is one of her favorite aspects of the Series, especially watching her daughter learn songwriting from Vienna Teng. Kierstin is thrilled to continue being a part of this amazing organization and the phenomenal performances they bring to our special place in the world.