more than 27 years of business experience in executive leadership, management,
engineering, and operations in technology and telecommunications at AT&T,
Comcast, SCTE, and now with Windstream. In addition to PAA, Marty serves on the
Board of Directors of Adoption Options and the Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science Advisory Board at the Colorado School of Mines. He also leads
a local Cystic Fibrosis fundraising team. Marty has provided leadership at St.
Luke’s United Methodist Church in multiple areas, including the Executive Team,
Staff Parish Relations Team, Future Planning Team, and Lay Leadership. Marty
holds Executive Certificates from the Wharton School of Business, Dartmouth’s
Tuck School of Business, St. John’s University, and Babson College. He also
holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and the
University of Massachusetts.
sees firsthand how his two children benefit from participating in the
performing arts, and values the opportunities they have to build confidence,
leadership, and a sense of community. Additionally, he understands that
performing arts can bring balance to help very gifted, young technical minds
expand and flourish in new ways. Marty and his wife Melinda are ever grateful
for the role that PAA plays in shaping youth to be all they truly can be.
Ken’s technology background enhances
the quality of each PAA production, and his executive management experience
complements the PAA board of directors. He was vice president at Lucent
Technologies before retiring in 1999. At Lucent and its predecessor, Bell
Laboratories, he managed software development for private branch exchanges, or
PBXs, and product managed voice mail and interactive voice response
communications systems. Ken holds a B.S. in Engineering from the California
Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford
Ken serves on the Board of Trustees at
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. He now devotes much of his time and talent
in the areas of video and audio technologies, web design, and photography for
St. Luke’s and for Pura Vida Ministries, which promotes health and education in
Guatemala. Ken has a passion for excellence in sound and video production, and
his desire to apply his expertise to PAA performances enriches the experiences
for our students and audiences.
Tracy Baumgartner serves as the Executive Director
of Sustainability for Comcast Corporation, bringing together more than 20 years
of experience in cable operations, communications, and corporate social
responsibility. In this role, she leads
the strategic deployment of environmentally responsible operational initiatives
and programs, as well as efforts that measure and report progress. Prior to this role, she served as Executive
Director of Operations Compliance for Comcast Cable, helping create the
foundation of the company’s sustainability efforts.
Baumgartner spent nearly five
years in Philadelphia as executive director of community investment for Comcast
Corporation, where she provided oversight on the daily execution of Comcast’s
philanthropic strategies and published the corporations Corporate Social
Responsibility Report. She also held the
role of Vice President of Public Relations for the West Division of Comcast
Cable in Denver, where for nearly 10 years she was responsible for overseeing
media relations, employee communications and community outreach efforts for the
West Division’s 11 states. She joined Comcast following the acquisition of
AT&T Broadband, where she served as a national spokesperson. Baumgartner received her Bachelors of Science
in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Marketing and International Business
from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is married to cable technology editor
Jeff Baumgartner of Multichannel News, and they have two sons, Jack and
Benjamin, who have both flourished during their summers at PAA. While Jack prefers running the spotlight and
Ben prefers being in it, they both thrive in the welcoming environment and
supportive exploration through the arts that PAA provides
Ann Smith brings a diverse perspective to the PAA Board of Directors, with her background in non-profit organizations, youth ministry, and business ownership. Through her work with the American Heart Association and the Center for Housing Resources, she understands the importance of financial stewardship, community relations, and education. As the Education Coordinator for Advocates for Citizens with Retardation, Ann taught disability awareness programs in elementary schools using bun-ra-ku puppetry. She built upon her passion for youth and families by serving as the Assistant Youth Director at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She now owns Sylvan Learning Center in Highlands Ranch, which combines her experience with youth and her business training to develop a company that supports children and families in many ways throughout the community. Ann holds a degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University. As a performer in many of St. Luke’s dramas and comedies, Ann knows that joy, confidence, and fun emerge from creating art through teamwork. Her daughter, McKay has been performing with PAA for 7 years. Ann hopes her work on the PAA board will continue to introduce children and youth to the wonderful world of theater and performing arts.
Jeff is excited to join the PAA Board of Directors after serving six years on the Board of Directors for the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) and two years as a delegate volunteer for HRCA. Jeff’s interest in the performing arts dates to his time in music and theatre in high school and college. He has a strong desire to promote opportunities to participate in and experience the performing arts and the sense of community it inspires. Jeff brings a background of more than 28 years working and consulting for business and technology teams in a variety of industries. His experience includes product and project management, client relations, mergers & acquisitions, business process engineering, systems infrastructure and integration, and agile methodologies in both operations and technology departments. Jeff founded a corporation more than 12 years ago, to support himself as an independent consultant, and founded and funds a small not-for-profit 501(c)(3) to provide financial assistance to individuals seeking their first mission experience. Jeff’s an innovative problem solver, big picture thinker, and team leader, and hopes to use these skills to further the work of PAA.
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