About Our Board

Nan Burton is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. She was active in theatre throughout grade school, high school and college at the University of Arizona, participating in performing, stage design, production and promotion. Nan enjoyed participating in little theatre in her 20 years in the Bay Area, and has been passionate about the arts since she was a child. Nan has been fortunate enough to travel the world and has experienced the joy of museums and performances across the globe. Nan’s career in executive support has honed her skills in organization and event planning. She is currently Chief of Staff to the CIO of a software company based in Palo Alto. Nan and her husband, Marc, have been married for over 31 years. Marc is CAO of a commercial interiors firm based in Seattle, and is also deeply committed to the arts; he majored in architecture and art history.  They found Star Valley on a road trip in 2009, fell in love with it, and designed and built a home in Star Valley Ranch in 2016. The Burtons are thrilled to now live permanently in Wyoming.

Deb Wolfley
has served on the Star Valley Arts Council for approximately 12 years and lives in the Fairview area of Star Valley. Deb holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He and his wonderful wife Marie, have 6 children and 15 grandchildren. Deb has spent most of my working career in Lincoln County Wyoming, having worked in law enforcement, government (county and municipal levels), a major company in the intermountain west, and has owned and operated his own business for about 17 years. Deb loves serving on the Star Valley Arts Council, working with great people, and helping bring quality arts programs to our area.

Denise Christensen and her husband Kit and moved to Star Valley in July of 2017 after Kit retired. They currently live in Bedford. Denise has worked in the mental health field for the past 40 years and currently owns a counseling practice, Star Valley Counseling, in Afton. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a PhD in Holistic Health Sciences, which she implements into her practice to promote wellness in all areas of a client’s life. Denise and Kit have four adult children and 11 grandchildren and are so happy to be closer to their daughter, Jordan Madsen and her family that live in Afton. Denise loves to travel and has visited many parts of the world on humanitarian and teaching missions, as well as for pleasure. She enjoys reading, camping, hiking, gardening, yoga, long morning walks and serving others.

Janet Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Brigham Young University where she studied vocal and choral performance. Janet studied Choral Conducting and Arranging with Dr. Mack Wilberg (Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square) as well as children’s music with international authority Jerry Jaccard. Janet is a Certified Kodály Music Educator and has taught private voice and children’s music lessons for 25 years. She has served as a committee member and a clinician for local festivals and music camps. Janet has been involved in nearly 25 musical theater productions in various capacities. She speaks fluent Italian and is proficient in Spanish and German diction. Janet sings with the Salt River Chamber Choir and is currently the musical director of the Three Rivers Youth Chorus, which welcomes children ages 10 through 18 from the Western Wyoming Region. She is the Education Reporter for the Star Valley Independent and works on the advertising team at SVI Media. She and her husband have 7 children and run a small ranch in Bedford.

Val Chadwick Bagley has been cartooning since he could hold a crayon! Born in Afton, Wyoming and raised in Southern California, he has been able to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a self-employed professional cartoonist for almost 30 years. With over 100 books illustrated, he is one of the top selling artists with his publisher, Covenant Communications. His cartoons can also be found regularly in the Star Valley Independent newspaper. Val, and his wife Ruth, are grateful for the opportunity to live in Star Valley among so many wonderful people.

Jennifer Wilkins has been in the Aerial Arts industry for 17 years. Within that time she has trained hundreds of students, studied kinesiology and biomechanics as well as holds several certifications in mobility and corrective training, created an instructor training program, opened and maintained one of the first aerial training facilities in Utah, has written published articles in several magazines about health and wellness, hosted and performed in several Aerial Arts showcases, and performed in countless events. She has made a name for herself within the Circus Arts industry and was hired for an international coaching job that was canceled due to Covid. She hopes to share her love of music and all things art with the Star Valley community.

Johnathan Gordon