Board of Trustees
Ryan J. Fernandez
Ryan currently serves as President and CEO of both Arizona -based children’s product manufacturer Boon Inc. and children’s product distributor Keen Distribution. Before co-founding Boon and Keen Distribution, Ryan worked for 10 years at Intel Corporation where he became the manager of the $1 billion Gateway account. Ryan received his B.S. in Management and Information Systems from George Fox University and his MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University. A true entrepreneur, Ryan possesses the ability to lead others in achieving business goals and he is passionate about creating a business from the ground up. His role on the board of RMDT is to help drive business efficiency through creation and execution of the business plan.
Cynthia Kaelberer has taught piano privately for more than 40 years; the last 20 of which she has taught at Rocky Mountain School of the Arts. She taught music at Wapiti School for three years and has been on the faculty of the Montana Music Institute since 2003. She sat on the Park County School District No. 6 Board for 4 years and was a member of the NCOC Board (which is affiliated with Northwest College and the community orchestra and chorus). Cynthia has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association since 1977. She has served as the Competitions Chair for the Northwest Division of MTNA for 2 terms and has been an officer in every capacity at the state level (WMTA). Cynthia was born and raised in Wyoming and Montana. She is married to Robert Kaelberer and they have a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Erich.
Elizabeth E. Fernandez
Elizabeth Fernandez graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado where she received degrees in Dance Teaching/Movement Analysis and Dance Kinesiology. She was a dancer for the University of Northern Colorado Dance Theatre and Colorado Dance Theatre. With these companies, she performed in many ballets including Les Sylphides, Le Pas de Quatre, Firebird, and the Nutcracker. Elizabeth was ballet mistress for the Nutcracker with both these companies. Elizabeth received her dance training from such names as Jeffrey Rockland, Sandra Minton, Robert Barnett, Christina Monroe, Cherie Noble, and David Taylor. Elizabeth received the Department of Dance Award at UNC in 1996 and 1997 because of her involvement and contribution to the department. Elizabeth founded Rocky Mountain School of the Arts in 1997 and Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre in 1998. RMSA, under Elizabeth’s direction, trains students of all ages in the art of dance and music, focusing on building dancers with a strong and diversified foundation emphasizing technical training and performing. Elizabeth has had dancers join the Joffrey School of Ballet, Houston Ballet School, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Rhapsody James (hip hop).
Dr. Bo Johnson
Dr. Johnson, founder of the Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic, is a board-certified general surgeon and was the first physician in Montana and Wyoming to have gained his accreditation as a board-certified phlebologist. Dr. Johnson, a third-generation physician, is known for his dedicated and compassionate care of patients and for his medical professionalism. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and member of the American College of Phlebology. Dr. Johnson believes strongly in giving back and dedicates two weeks out of each year to travel to third-world countries to provide a full range of medical care. Dr. Johnson and his wife Deborah, a pharmacist, have four children and reside in Cody, Wyoming.
Director of Development and Public Relations
Alicia grew up at Rocky Mountain School of the Arts with a dream of pursuing a career in ballet. She was one of RMSA’s very first dancers, spending nearly all of her extra time at the studio. Upon graduation, after ten years of dancing under Elizabeth, she attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a dance major, but developed a passion for writing and public relations and decided to turn her talents to other fields. Instead of being on the stage, Alicia now enjoys being a member of the audience.
Alicia has dedicated the last five years of her life to fundraising for non-profit organizations. She began her career at the MSU Billings Foundation focusing primarily on “The Opportunity Campaign for MSU Billings Scholarships” a three-year effort to raise $6 million to help students meet their financial needs. She then worked as Annual Giving Manager at Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. Alicia now uses her fundraising experience to help raise awareness and support to RMDT, the organization she credits for shaping her work ethic and character.
Sean, since 2006, has served as the Assistant Principal at Cody Middle School. Prior to that he spent 12 years in the classroom teaching elementary and middle school students in the Greybull and Cody areas. He also coached a number of sports at all levels, city league through varsity level. Sean is currently the President-Elect of the Wyoming Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals and will be taking over as President of the organization on July 1. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, and earned his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2001 from Grand Canyon University. In addition, he has earned graduate endorsements from the University of Wyoming in the areas of Middle Level Mathematics and Principal Leadership. He and his wife, Kyla, have lived in the Cody area for 14 years and have two children, Caitlyn and Sara.
Linda is a graduate of the University of California Long Beach with a major in Kindergarten-Primary Education and a minor in music. She studied piano with Betsy Howland Lester in California and Robert Howat at Wittenberg University. A private piano teacher from the age of sixteen, Linda considers it a great honor to have brought the love of music to so many. She served as organist to two Lutheran congregations for over fifty years and on the first Park County Arts Council. Now retired she is an avid reader, arts supporter, quilter and doting grandmother.
Nick is an attorney and partner in his law firm Goppert, Smith & Beduhn, and he also acts supervisor for Park and Big Horn Counties for State of Wyoming Public Defender’s office. Before starting private practice in 2005, Nick worked as a law clerk in the Fifth Judicial District. He graduated undergraduate school from the University of Wyoming in 1999 with a B.S. in Geography-Natural Resource Management with minors in Environmental Natural Resources and Biology. Nick then worked on a community based Source Water Protection Plan for Albany County, WY before entering law school in 2000. He graduated law school in 2003. Nick strongly believes that Cody deserves to have performing arts in the community, and considers it an honor to participate on this Board. Nick has lived in Wyoming for 17 years, with the last 11 years in Cody. He lives with is two children, Jaiden and Brandon.
Originally from Cody, Trent returned to his hometown in 2013. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Currently, as an aviation planner with GDA Engineers, Trent travels the rocky mountain region working to improve the efficiency and safety at numerous airports. A keen advocate for community volunteerism and the arts, Trent recently graduated from the Park County Leadership Institute and sits on multiple non-profit boards that all aim to improve the Big Horn Basin. After witnessing firsthand the passion and altruistic approach that Elizabeth brings to RMDT time and time again, Trent is honored to serve on such a committed board.