Tony Santelli, board chair


Tony Santelli retired as a senior executive of IBM in 1999. He is an owner of the Niwot Tavern since 2005. He was elected President of the Niwot Business Association in January 2007. Tony assumed the role of Chair of the Rotary Foundation for the Longmont Rotary in June of 2009. He became Board President of the Boulder Symphony in June 2010. He has been an Angel investor, helping small startup businesses during the incubator stage since 2000.

Tony is married to Felicia Santelli and has 3 children and 12 grandchildren.

dana schmidt, treasurer

Dana Schmidt has been associated with the Boulder Symphony since 2006 serving as director and now as financial manager. She was previously a founding Board member of the Longmont Youth Symphony serving as President of their Board and President of the Board of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra for two years.
She operates her own accounting business in Estes Park and has extensive background in both accounting and finance. She lives in Estes Park with her husband, Larry.

michael o'brien, board member

Michael O'Brien moved to Boulder from Connecticut in 2012. He had a 31 year career as an IBM executive followed by 12 years as teacher and Chair of Mathematics Department at Darien High School, Darien, Ct.
He has two sons and three grandchildren in Boulder, a daughter in California, and a son and two grandchildren also in CA.

Sarah Fish, Board Member

Sarah Fish is a bassoonist with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Concert Band. An Ohio native, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Music from Ohio Wesleyan University. During her time there, she was a member of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra and a featured soloist, performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ongarese, Op. 35 for Bassoon and Orchestra. The Delaware Gazette music critic Paul Schwartz described her performance as having “”¦a sweet tone and astounding technical facility...”. Sarah went on to earn her Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, where she was a fellow with the graduate woodwind quintet and bassoonist with many of the University ensembles. She can be heard as one of the bassoonists performing Elliott Schwartz’s Reflections for 5 bassoons and contrabassoon on the recording Blue Dawn Into White Heat (Innova Recordings, 1998), featuring performances by the University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble, U of MN faculty, and the Bergen Woodwind Quintet.

Sarah has performed with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers include John Miller, Jr. of the Minnesota Orchestra, Nancy Gamso of Ohio Wesleyan University, and Robert Moore of Bowling Green State University. She has also participated in master classes with Per Hannevold, Kim Walker, and Christopher Weait. Sarah enjoys playing chamber music and teaching bassoon to area middle school and high school students. A Suzuki-trained pianist, she also enjoys working as a piano accompanist.

When not playing bassoon, Sarah can be found running on the roads and trails of the greater Boulder area and she has completed numerous 5k – marathon races. She also enjoys hiking, snowboarding and gardening. Sarah works as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at CA Technologies, and lives in Louisville, CO with her husband Ben Johnson, a tuba player and middle school band, orchestra and choir teacher at Manhattan Middle School in Boulder.

Andrew Haller, Board Member

Andrew Mehlhorn Haller joined the Boulder Symphony board to evolve classical music in Boulder by injecting more youthful presence into the experience and delivery of symphonic music. 

Since that time Andrew has grown to appreciate how many wonderful, passionate and remarkably different people make up the Boulder Symphony family and is grateful for the opportunity to broaden his understanding of how music is created, interpreted and performed. Andrew is consistently impressed by classical music's timeless quality and its ability to transform, transcend and transmogrify our understanding of the world. He loves learning about the lives and idiosyncrasies of the classical music world (both past and present) and looks forward to being an idiosyncratic part of its future. 

Andrew was born in Columbus, Ohio over 30 years ago. While he attended University at Ohio State (and graduated) he would say that his education began after moving across the world and severing his 23-year-old umbilical cord. He met and fell in love with his Slovak wife, Janka (pronounced Yahng-ka), while living and working in New Zealand. They later moved to Prague and got married in her home town in Slovakia. Now they have a 4-year-old son named Eliyah, whom you may have seen galavanting through the halls of FPC during our concerts, and a second son, Lake, born in June 2017. They currently live in a small, comfy home in Coal Creek Canyon with 1 dog, 2 cats and a varying number of chickens.

John Mendez, Board Member

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John Mendez is a Publisher for N2Publishing, a national publishing company with over 1000 publications nationwide. He has worked for several Fortune 100 companies and well as 2 start-ups in the money transfer industry.

An entrepreneurial a heart, John enjoys working with companies or entities in their early stage and leading them to become market leaders. He has lived in Boulder County for the past 24 years and loves everything this area has to offer from music, outdoor activities and quality of life.

Robert Russell, Board Member

Bob Russell spent 36 years with IBM and retired in 2002 as a Human Resources executive. He spent an additional 10 years with IBM and Ricoh in a part time status supporting IBM's acquisitions and divestitures programs.

For the past 12 years he has been a part owner of the Niwot Tavern.  He and his wife Maureen have 2 children and 4 grandchildren in Colorado and 1 child, 2 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter in Minnesota.