Cindee Brown-Mills – President Cindee has been involved with JLO since 2013 when a friend invited her to sing in the MidSummer Vocal Chorus and she’s been hooked ever since. In May of 2015, her involvement with JLO grew when she joined the board of directors contributing her expertise in finance, grant management, love of singing and drive to work hard. For her day job Cindee works for the State Department of Fish and Game as the lead administrative manager. With what time she has left she serves as chauffeur, nurse, coach and all-around Supermom to a wonderful family.
John Clough – Vice-President John Clough practiced law in Alaska for over thirty years before retiring to chase other dreams. In addition to serving on the JLO Board he is the President of Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc and on the board of Partnership, Inc. John was the one of the first students to join Juneau’s North Star Music Academy when it opened in 2010 and continues to perform in their recitals several times a year. Today he spends his time producing and participating in singing events for JLO, raising funds for the new Juneau Arts and Cultural Center, sharing many happy hours with his wife Marian, their four daughters, two sons in law, two very wonderful grand boys and singing in front of whoever is kind enough – or slow enough – not to run away.
Kristen Miller – Secretary Kristen has been involved with JLO since 2005, when she and her husband, David, provided the funding necessary to ensure that The Barber of Seville could be presented in Italian, with supertitles. This was a first for JLO, but quickly became the new standard for Juneau audiences. Since that time, Kristen has produced three fully-staged operas for JLO (Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni), and has even sung in a few productions as well (most notably as The Matron in Hairspray). She joined the JLO Board in 2014. When she’s not producing operas or practicing law, Kristen can typically be found hiking, boating or skiing with her two and four-legged companions.
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Lena Simmons “My involvement in JLO came when Susan Burke asked to come promote JLO’s production of Iolanthe on my Broadway show on KTOO and then said “We need singers in the production.” Since then, I think I’ve done just about every job needed for an opera company – from make-up and sound to singing and dancing on stage. I live a great, full life! I get to organize choral workshops and opera performances, direct my church choir, plan liturgy, and sing everything from Gregorian Chant to Broadway to Sacred Harp to Gospel to Mozart. What more could a girl want? Maybe a few hours of sleep?” -Lena
Wendy Byrnes “Involvement with the arts in our community has always been very important to me. From a young age I sang and played the violin, and was always on the lookout for performance opportunities. I attended Pacific Lutheran University where I earned a bachelors of music in vocal performance, then returned to my home community of Juneau. I now work with children and it is wonderful to see the role that music can play in their lives. My mission as a JLO board member is to create performance opportunities and involvement for people of all ages and backgrounds, I truly believe that music belongs to everyone, and that its benefits are uncountable. When not doing music things, I enjoy hiking, photography, and taking people to see whales with Gastineau Guiding.” -Wendy
Charlie Vice “Having been out of the performing arts scene since the mid 90’s, I decided to jump into the local Juneau scene after moving here in 2011 and settling down. I served in the Coast Guard for 16 years. I have an extensive music collection (including about 4000 vinyl records) and enjoy music from around the world, from all genres. Not currently involved in sports, I am an avid hiker, amateur woodworker, and enjoy shooting photographs with a 35mm camera. I’m involved in JLO because it’s a good organization that focuses on providing the community with good music, incredible entertainment, and best of all the opportunity to participate.” – Charlie
Sara Radke Brown- Executive Director Sara became JLO’s executive director back in January of 2016, but has been involved as a performer and volunteer since she arrived in Juneau in 2013. Prior to her appointment with JLO, Sara served as the executive director for the Juneau Symphony and arts education director for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. She completed coursework for a Doctor of Music in Voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (IUJSOM) where she also completed her Master’s degree. Sara feels fortunate she can work actively as a performer, producer and arts administrator to cultivate her lifelong love of creating art, fostering relationships through art, and advocating for the arts.
Kaari Busick – Office Manager Kaari Busick tried performing in her youth, from staging productions in her backyard to dancing and acting on actual stages. Her artistic accomplishments include dancing in the first-ever Grumpsicle production, playing the flute, singing in choir, bit parts in JDHS drama productions, and two summers at Sitka Fine Arts Camp. In the end she found that she was happier working behind the scenes. As a former Seattle Opera season ticket holder, she is thrilled that her professional background in technology and business operations can be applied with JLO and help foster a thriving arts community in Juneau.