Board of Directors
Message from President Sue Hillhouse
Welcome to Ouray County Performing Arts Guild! For over three decades, our organization has been bringing the finest in performing arts to the residents and visitors of beautiful Ouray County, Colorado. We work hard to present these fine events and hope that you, too, will enjoy what we have to offer. Thanks for visiting our site!
Sue Hillhouse, President – Happily a full time Colorado resident since 1999, Sue (with husband Tom) quickly became interested in the arts programs in Ouray County and offered to serve on the OPAG Board. Her former life included 22 years as a teacher and mom and as a student of dance, piano and violin as a youth. That was enough to give her a great appreciation for the arts and desire to share that with others.
Don Reed, Treasurer – Don Reed retired to Ridgway in 2002 after working and living in seven foreign countries. Don and his wife Yvonne – born in South Africa – enjoy their horses, dogs, cat, and assorted wild “critters” in these gorgeous mountains.
Bob Albrecht, Vice President – Bob is a 40-year resident of Colorado and a resident of Ridgway since 2011. He has been a lover of classical music since his childhood growing up in New Jersey where TV cartoon watching introduced him to much of this music. He started his professional life as an aerospace engineer, switched to the IT industry and spent over 25 years as an executive recruiter. Bob is delighted by the variety of cultural events in Ouray County and surrounding area and by the enthusiastic support of the residents.
Ulli Sir Jesse, Secretary – Before moving to the U.S., Ulli taught music and P.E. in Munich, Germany. She has lived in the Telluride region since 1986, where she has worked as a music teacher and organizer of musical events. She loves all kinds of outdoor activities and is happy to call Ridgway her home since last year where she now teaches piano lessons and roams in her beloved San Juan Mountains singing with her friends.
David Vickers – David has some 20-plus years’ experience working with singers in public education, church and civic choirs. He has a love and affinity for singing. This love currently finds outlets both as director of the Ouray County Chorus, and as the Rector at St Johns Episcopal Church in Ouray and Vicar at St Paul’s, Montrose. He thinks there is something amazingly wonderful when singers of all ages blend their voices together in song. David is married to Barbara, a very fine teacher in the Ouray Schools. They have four children: two adult sons and a younger son and daughter who are enrolled in the Ouray schools.
Kelvin Kent – Kelvin is a transplanted Brit and previous army officer who has spent 35 years in the US as a business owner, community leader and adventurer. He has taken part in numerous expeditions around the world and is the published author of five books. He spends summers in Ouray and winters in southern Arizona.
Sara Sharpe – Sara has been passionate about the performing arts since she took her first ballet lesson at the age of four. Having long ago given up any idea of a career in dance, Sara has concentrated instead on a different performing art, catering. Having left Sara Sharpe Catering in Miami in the capable hands of staff, Sara was unable to resist the temptation to create another catering business here in Ouray County. Sara is also the proprietor of Secret Garden in Ouray, a five-room Bed and Breakfast and event space enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Sally Swartz – Sally and her husband Don live in a home in Loghill Village which was designed by their architect son. She grew up thoroughly enjoying practicing the piano from age 5-17 in the midwest and Florida, then transformed into a lifelong concert-goer. She feels privileged to live in Ouray County and to work in public health here, Telluride and Norwood.
Samantha Wright, administrative assistant – Ouray native and independent journalist Samantha Tisdel Wright has a passion for the mountains and all things artsy. She also helps keep things running smoothly behind the scenes at OCPAG.