BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bill Ballou is the Technical Director at REDCAT in Los Angeles and was the Technical Director for NBC’s presentation of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.  He has coordinated construction and designed special machinery and rigging for many feature films and theater productions, including Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014), Julie Taymor’s The Tempest (2008), Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited (2007), Mel Brooks’ The Producers (2006) and John Sayles’ City of Hope (1990).  His work on music videos included crumpling three million dollars in fake bills for AD/DC’s “Money Talks.”   He served as Faculty Head of the Technical Direction Department at the California Institute of the Arts, won the LDI Technical Director of the Year Award (2003), and was awarded a Bessie for Set Design (1997).  Bill has worked on various projects at the Tank and was instrumental in its original renovation as a public assembly hall in 2013.

Foster Brashear is an inventor, engineer, and light-sculpture artist. He recently retired from Adastra Designs, Inc., a company he founded in 1974. The company designed and built a variety of amusement devices ranging from electronic basketball games to unique musical instruments (including a giant “Walking Piano” like the one featured in the Tom Hanks movie BIG.) He first visited The Tank with musician friends many years ago, at a time when playing and recording there was a clandestine affair, and the only entry was through the portal. He is committed to the continuing evolution of the Tank as a world-class Sonic Arts venue. He has been married to his wife Jill for over 40 years and is the father of five adult children.

Sandy Brown has lived in Colorado since 1988 and lives on and owns a small fruit farm in Boulder County (Whimsy Farm).  Much of Sandy’s career life was spent in human service work; in particular, he spent about 20 years working with faith-based community organizations as part of the PICO National Network.  He founded and Directed Congregations Building Community (CBC) in the northern front-range of Colorado.  He also works as a paid consultant to non-profits in Boulder County and Denver and serves on the Boards of Directors of The Imagine! Foundation, on which he is Treasurer, and The Center for Compassionate Connections – C3.  Sandy is an outdoorsman and retired mountaineer, a father of three with two grandchildren.

Lisa Hatch, Treasurer, assists small businesses and non-profit organizations with procedure manuals, by-laws, grant funding, and project management.  She is a member of the Rangely, Colorado, Town Council and served for 20 years as a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserves, commanding the 419th Transportation Company in Desert Storm.  Past President of Rangely Community Gardens, she also leads a local school music program for children with dyslexia.

Joshua Hill is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, and violinist. In 2018, he received a Canadian Screen Award for co-writing the song “The Crown Sleeps” for the Academy Award-nominated film The Breadwinner. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. Since then he has worked as a freelance composer, performer, recording engineer, educator, and most recently has devoted his focus to film scoring. He frequently collaborates with guitarist and composer Michael Krassner  (Boxhead Ensemble) on film scores, their most recent collaboration The Evening Hour, is premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. At the Tank’s 2019 Solstice Festival, Joshua performed his work, “When the Tank Swallows the Sun,” at the end of which he walked off into the sunset, playing his violin.

Certified as a Change Leader by Colorado Creative Industries, Kim Keith is the Executive Director of Steamboat Creates, the arts council in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, nurturing the arts so creativity flourishes.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Colorado Humanities, the Colorado Mountain College Advisory Board, and the Routt County Economic Development Council.  Before she evolved into an arts administrator, Kim worked as a creative consultant for Advocates – Building Peaceful Communities. Through this community-based project she created an awareness campaign, honoring all of the survivors of intimate partner violence helped by Advocates in their 30-year history, which included folding more than 7,000 origami doves and displaying them in the regional hospital.  Kim is an accomplished artist in her own right, with work including sculptural installations, mixed media, poetry and photography.

Steve Lewis is the Global Director of Information Systems at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, a Manhattan-based law firm with offices in DC, London and Frankfurt.  Steve has been working in information technology since the mid 1980’s, and came out of that generation of IT professionals who studied literature, were declared unemployable by recruiters, and then went on to successful careers.  He has carried out lifelong non-careers in ukuleles, bikes, poems, and winemaking, and builds websites for fun in his spare time.  Before moving fully into IT, Steve was a private investigator working scam and sting operations, and was once paid to destroy a warehouse-full of counterfeit PacMan games with a crowbar and sledgehammer, work he would have gladly done for free.

Jeremiah Moore, Secretary, is a practicing sound artist and designer at Jeremiah Moore Sound, his San Francisco studio, specializing in high-craft sound with attention to environment, detail, and creative process in film, theater, radio, and other media. His projects include work with The Residents, Ai WeiWei, the Kitchen Sisters, Doug Hall, and 2016 Oscar Nominee Last Day of Freedom

Bruce Odland, Chair, is a composer and a pioneer in the emerging field of sound installations, sound design, and sound art.  His work with Sam Auinger (under the name O+A) tunes and transforms the sonic identity of public spaces.  He has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, The Wooster Group, Peter Sellars, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Dan Graham, Tony Oursler, and many others.  He lives and works in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Sue Samaniego is the Foundation Director at Colorado Northwestern Community College. A speech-language pathologist in her previous career, Samaniego has a strong interest in vocal performance. A dabbler in most forms of art, Samaniego most often creates in mixed media and poetry. She’s passionate about lifelong learning, ensuring opportunities for everyone to follow their chosen path, and spending disconnected time in the outdoors. She values authenticity and practices “radical candor.”

Susan Schwartz is a Los Angeles-based lawyer and independent curator. Susan specializes in art law and criminal defense. She has tried over 100 cases to verdict. Susan graduated from UCLA Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review and an editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal. Susan earned a Master of Art Business degree from Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Arts Management in 2015. She has worked with artists, choreographers and galleries in the Los Angeles area for many years.  Before that, for a time in college, Susan was the scary gorilla on the Flight to Mars ride at an amusement park in Queens, New York. 

Tom Wasinger is a composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boulder, Colorado.  He has received three Grammy Awards as the producer of the “Best Native American Music Album” in 2003, 2007, and 2009.  His compositions have been used for films and programming for CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, HBO and Animal Planet.  He has performed in many venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, and is an inventor and builder of experimental musical instruments.

A Rangely native, Heather Zadra is a writer and teacher who spent time in The Tank as a teenager, returned to the space 20 years later to report on Tank activities for the county newspaper, and has been involved with the project since. She served as Operations Coordinator for The Tank and was instrumental in connecting The Tank and community members during the project’s inaugural Kickstarter campaign. Zadra teaches writing and has published her work, including a brief history of The Tank, in The Waving Hands Review and Home on the Rangely magazine.  Heather currently teaches 4th Grade in the Rangely Public Schools.

Emerita

Lois LaFond is a premier American artist making music for young children. Her 25-year career combined touring the US–including the New Orleans Jazz Fest–with her band, Lois LaFond & The Rockadiles, and producing six recordings of original world music, which have won awards including the Nappa Gold.  She has spent the past five years dedicated to The TANK and currently teaches English to immigrants in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives and works.