Melissa Klein joined Ogden Symphony Ballet Association in April of 2017 as Development Director. 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. Additionally, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Business Design and Arts Leadership from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Utah.
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.
Taylor is beyond thrilled to join the incredible team at Ogden Symphony Ballet Association! Most recently, he spent two years at United Way of Northern Utah, working on their community engagement and development teams. Taylor graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and an emphasis in Production and Stage Management and also holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University.
Taylor hopes to bring to his new position as the Development Director his passion for the arts and for Ogden City. He's greatly looking forward to getting to know each and every patron who shares a love for our work and want to thank the Board of Directors and the OSBA Staff for their dedication to the organization!
Marketing and Box Office Manager
Camille is elated to join the OSBA as Marketing and Box Office Manager. She also serves as Co-Director of Good Company Theatre in Downtown Ogden, Utah's only African American owned and and administrated theatre. Before her current posts, she was Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and also held positions at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, and New Langton Arts in San Francisco. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Utah (2006), and her MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute (2009).
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!
Ginger Bess Simons
Audience Engagement Coordinator
Ginger is a big fan of OSBA and what it does for Ogden City. Being able to work for such a worthwhile nonprofit is a dream come true. Ginger is a professional actress/singer and proud member of Actor's Equity. She has taught Voice at both Weber State University and Utah State University. She has music directed at both local and professional theaters such as Utah Festival Opera, Park City Egyptian Theatre, Dark Horse Company Theatre, Murray City, Good Company Theatre, Las Vegas School of Rock and Seattle's Village Theatre. She studied opera at Utah State and has a BA from Weber State University.
Dr. Robert Fudge, President
Melissa Bennett, Vice-President
Jennifer Webb, Secretary
David Malone, Treasurer
Mark Stratford, President-Elect
Paul Kunz, Past President/Nominating Chair
Dr. Val Johnson
Russ King, Ex Officio, Chair of OSBA Foundation Board
Paul C. Kunz
Dr. Robert Newman
Dr. Carolyn Rich-Denson