Board of Directors

Ernest Marquez, President
Ernest received a degree in music performance from the University of Houston in 1977.  After marrying Louise, they spent the summer in Aspen where Ernest was a student at the Aspen Music School. In 1978 they moved to Evanston, Illinois where Ernest studied the French Horn with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He played semi-professionally with regional orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. In 1983, he and his wife moved to Boulder where Ernest attended law school, practiced law as a Public Defender in Denver and Salida. He opened a private law practice (Marquez Law Office, P.C.) in Salida in 1990.  Working in the field of criminal defense, family law and civil litigation, he has been in private practice for 24 years serving Chaffee County and Central Colorado. Ernest was a member of D’Anza, a chamber group in Salida, from 1998 to 2004. He has been a board member of Salida Concerts, Inc. since 2008, serving as musical liaison with Aspen Music Festival and School.

Molly Walker, Vice President
Molly and her husband Jim moved to Salida from Manitou Springs in 1998. Much to their delight, they discovered the Salida Aspen Concert series and have enjoyed the concerts every summer since. Molly, an attorney, opened the first legal aid office in Chaffee County, then spent four years as a deputy district attorney, and opened her elder law practice (the Law Office of Margaret B. Walker) in 2006. Now retired, she represents pro bono clients through Colorado Legal Services and was just appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Judicial District. Molly has served on the boards of Neighbor to Neighbor/Chaffee Shuttle, Alliance Against Domestic Abuse and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation.

David Hearn, Treasurer
David and his wife, Cynthia, moved permanently to Salida in 2011 after 36 years of General Surgery practice in the NASA/Clear Lake area south of Houston, Texas. He is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. They have four daughters, eight grandsons and one granddaughter. Music has always been an important part of their lives. David has sung in choral groups since age 9 and currently sings with the Methodist Church Choir and You’ve Got Male. Cynthia has played the piano and organ and is the accompanist’s assistant for The Noteables and YGM. While in Texas they were season tickets holders and supporters of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. David is very pleased to be a part of Salida Aspen Concerts and the very talented Board of Directors. He looks forward to working with Jean Hanfelt on the financial support of the concerts. 

Don Bauder, fund raising and publicity
Don moved to Chaffee County in 2003 after a 30-year career as a financial columnist and editor of the San Diego Union Tribune and earlier as bureau chief for Business Week. During that time he was a board member or advisory board member of the San Diego Opera. He continues to write a column for the San Diego Reader. Don joined the Salida Concerts board in 2006 and serves on the publicity and fund raising committees. He contributes to the printed program notes and writes a special article in advance of each concert for the Mountain Mail and Chaffee County Times.  He and his wife, Ellen, live on Highland Circle, Salida.

Chris Derick, communications
Chris grew up in Riverside, California in a family of professional musicians.  In his youth he played double bass with various regional orchestras and spent a summer of serious music study at Interlochen National Music Camp.  After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1964 and again in 1966 he served in the Army and saw a tour in Vietnam. Returning home Chris entered the communications industry as an executive for several national cable television companies.  He also worked in the same industry in Asia and Latin America.  Chris and his wife moved to Colorado in 2001.  He has returned to his musical roots, helping to create the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival in Westcliffe and is currently playing with community orchestras in Colorado Springs and Santa Barbara, California. 

Susan Williams
Susan settled in Salida in 2004, following a 30-year-administrative career with the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. She was drawn to Salida by the beauty of this small mountain town and the opportunity for a more active life style and was thrilled to discover the brilliant Salida Aspen Concert series. She is a StarPoint board member and a volunteer at the Salida Boys and Girls Club and with the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center. And, after volunteering for some years at the concerts, she is pleased to join the Salida Aspen Concerts Board of Directors.

Chuck McKenna
Chuck moved to Salida in 1997 and has been attending Salida Aspen music concerts since that time. He has played Jazz guitar and Classical Flute professionally, and was a K-12 music teacher for 10 years in Cotopaxi. He is currently the principal of Longfellow Elementary School here in Salida with more than 440 beautiful students, a fancy new school and a talented and dedicated staff.  He loves living in this fine community with his wife Wendy and two daughters Faith and Melissa and loves what this concert series brings to Salida and our surrounding communities.

Sheryl Wight

Sheryl Wight moved to Salida in 2004, having visited Chaffee County on vacations since the 1980s. The beauty of the area, lack of crowds, and friendly natives were strong draws. Also, as a retired college teacher, she found extremely attractive the fact that a rural community with a large population of retired folks actively supported the schools even to the extent of new campuses.  She immediately became active on the first board of the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County.  Having moved often with her husband, Bob, living in communities large and small, Sheryl was delighted to learn about the entertainment opportunities in Salida, including the Salida Aspen concerts.   Growing up in a musical family, she has sung in choirs most of her life, and played piano, flute and percussion instruments in younger days.  She feels most fortunate to live in a community that values classical music and provides such excellent musical opportunities. 

David Kisiel
For over 30 years, David has toured the world and shared the stage with such stars as from Tim Allen and Jerry Seinfeld to Pat Benatar, Andy Williams and The Temptations. He has appeared on the television series, Star Search as well as The Comedy Channel and The A&E Network. He was nominated for a Local Emmy Award for his writing and appearance on a WGN Television Special. 
He majored in communications and minored in physiology at Perdue University and did some post graduate studies at Denver Seminary. 
He resides with Jake The Wonder Dog, 2 llamas and a plethora of plants and books. He is a fountain pen enthusiast, tech geek, rabid baseball fan and is currently authoring a book on The Arts and civilization.

Jean Hanfelt, Administrator
Jean has been a supporter of Salida Aspen Concerts since 1978 and the organization’s administrator since 1990. She has shared her bookkeeping and secretarial expertise during the tenures of six Board of Director presidents (Charles Melien, Jeff Snyder, Georgiana Smith, Lori Denoyer, David Sanger, David Clark, Earle Kittleman and Kate Larkin). Jean was born in Colorado but grew up and attended schools in southwestern Wyoming. After graduating from high school she accepted a secretarial job with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and lived in the remote government town of Dutch John, Utah, during construction of Flaming Gorge Dam. After its completion, she transferred to the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project and moved to Salida in 1966 and subsequently enjoyed a 26-year civil service career before “retiring“ in 1984.  From 1985 to 1994, she and her late husband, John, an electrical engineer, were owners/partners in two local firms which designed and fabricated specialized electrical control panels. Jean enjoys painting and photography.