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Board & Staff


Melissa Klein

Executive Director

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 Knuth

Development Director

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!


Abby Payne-Peterson

Marketing Manager

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


Ann Eliis

John Gordon

Linda Forest

Dr. Val Johnson

Russ King, Ex Officio, Chair of OSBA Foundation Board

McClain Lindquist

Dr. Scott Major

David Malone

Stephanie Moore

Dr. Robert Newman

Dr. Carolyn Rich-Denson

Dr. Shane Schvaneveldt

Jan Slabaugh


Our Impact Last Season

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