Emily Jayne Kunz
Emily Jayne Kunz was born in Ogden; however, she moved away when she was three and subsequently grew up in Kansas City. She returned to Utah again for college, earning a B.A. in English with a minor in Dance from Brigham Young University. During undergrad, she also performed with the BYU Ballroom Dance Company. Emily then went on to earn a J.D., magna cum laude, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. After law school, Emily moved to New York City where she practiced as a corporate litigator for a decade. Although by day she represented large financial institutions and international pharmaceutical corporations, she still made time for the arts. She supported both the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, and she attended as many dance and musical performances as she could. In 2012, Emily decided to refocus her career on non-profit work. She returned to school once more, earning a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In June 2016, Emily took over as Executive Director of OSBA. In addition to the arts, Emily loves to hike, travel, read, bake cakes, and spend time with her eight nieces and nephews.
Melissa Klein joined the OSBA staff in April of 2017. She has been a life-long advocate for the arts; beginning her career as a professional musician and studio teacher. Her education includes studies in Clarinet Performance at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree in Business, Public Administration, and Music from Weber State University. She is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in Business Design and Arts Leadership from Savannah College of Art and Design. Melissa has worked in arts management and non-profit development across a wide range of organizations including the Macon Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), KUED – PBS Salt Lake City, and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. When she has a free moment, you will find her spending time with family, gardening, hiking or playing tennis. She is thrilled to be able to contribute to the arts in Ogden through OSBA.
Abby graduated magna cum laude from Weber State University with a Bachelors of Art in Journalism, with both university and departmental honors. Prior to joining OSBA, Abby was the Editor-in-Chief of the Weber State University newspaper The Signpost. While in school, Abby enjoyed studying qualitative research, writing and classical music and completed several academic research projects. Some of Abby's hobbies include opera, musical theater, crocheting, spending time with family and reading.
Andrew Barrett Watson
Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Andrew has recently joined the OSBA, having moved to Utah from Pittsburgh. He’s very excited to have found such an incredibly vibrant arts scene in Northern Utah! While in Pittsburgh, Andrew served as Director of Operations for the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, worked in special events and development for the Pittsburgh CLO and opened a Middle Eastern café & performance space that was voted Best Coffeehouse in Pittsburgh. With a BFA in the theatre from Montclair State University, he has worked most of his life in and around the performing arts. He has traveled to 33 countries and lived in Marrakech, Istanbul & New Zealand. He believes that great cities deserve great art.
Dr. Robert Fudge, President
Melissa Bennett, Vice-President
Jennifer Webb, Secretary
Kristina Olsen, Treasurer
Mark Stratford, President-Elect
Paul Kunz, Past President/Nominating Chair
Dr. Val Johnson
Russ King, Ex Officio, Chair of OSBA Foundation Board
Dr. Scott Major
Dr. Robert Newman
Dr. Carolyn Rich-Denson
Dr. Shane Schvaneveldt