Becky Henriksen, Arts Council Chair
Becky Henriksen is currently the chairman of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. She has been on the Arts Council for the past 4 years and has enjoyed working to promote the arts in our community. She was born in Salt Lake City, raised in Calgary Alberta Canada, studied theatre at the U. of U. and BYU and received her BA degree in Theatre and Cinematic Arts from BYU. She has performed and directed in several theaters around the valley most recently at the LDS Conference Center and also here at Cottonwood Heights. She has been involved with, and directed many productions in Cottonwood Heights, including Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Music Man, and last summer was Yente the Matchmaker in the production of Fiddler on the Roof. She has 6 children, 18 grandchildren, and enjoys spending time with them. She is a firm believer that all forms of art, i.e. dance, music, fine art, and theatre, can enrich and bless our lives."
Shelia Armstrong, Vice Chair
Sheila Armstrong’s first contact with the Arts Council was when the youngest of her six children were approaching their teen years. She had resolved to be a “fun Mom” even though she was getting older, so they all auditioned for Cottonwood Height’s Wizard of Oz. The family has also been on stage and backstage in Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, and several church productions. Sheila sings with Mountain Jubilee Chorus and Salt Lake Harmony Singers, and dances with the Clogging Grandmothers. She has lived in Cottonwood Heights since 1981 and been very involved in PTA, School Community Councils, and other volunteer work. Her interests include photography, calligraphy, travel, and reading. She has enjoyed serving on the Arts Council since 2014.
Jannalee Hunsaker, Secretary
Jannalee Hunsaker joined the Arts Council in July 2015. With a deep love for music, she studied piano, voice and theater. She brings to the council theater experience, with credits as Maria in West Side Story, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, and A Night on Broadway. Her musical experiences include lead singer in a band, vocal coach, piano teacher and music composer. She continues to pursue her love of music by performing in a women's trio, established over 24 years ago. She has lived in Cottonwood Heights since 1992. She is married and has 3 sons and a beautiful daughter in law. She loves living in Cottonwood Heights and is excited for the opportunity to be an advocate to promote, strengthen and connect our community through a variety of inspiring artistic avenues.
Bill Armstrong, Member
Bill Armstrong has lived in the Cottonwood Heights area for over 30 years. He and his family have been enthusiastic participants in numerous community productions, including Cottonwood Heights' The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, and Cinderella (where he appeared as the King). He has also been a volunteer at Cottonwood Heights’ Butlerville Days. For the past 18 years he has sung in the Salt Lake Harmony Singers community chorus where he is known for his deep bass voice. During the day, Bill works as a software engineer for Rockwell Collins, specializing in computer graphics. Bill has been a member of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council since 2014.
Elise Hogan, Member
Elise Hogan has been with the Cottonwood Heights arts council for 6 months, our newest member. She has resided in Cottonwood Heights for 14 years. She loves everything the city between the canyons has to offer. Elise's love for the arts began during her middle school years. Where she was actively engaged in music and drama classes. Now she hopes to share that love for the arts by helping to give back to her community. She is especially excited to help the youth get involved in the arts. In her free time you can find Elise playing with her two children, gardening with her husband or reading a good book.
Jon Watkins, Member
Originally from Long Beach, California, Jon and his family now call Cottonwood Heights home! With the great snow and four actual seasons, this family isn’t going anywhere. Jon currently hosts the morning show on Utah’s New Country station 101.5 The Eagle. He also hosts a growing podcast called Breaking Nashville, which was recently called “one of the top podcasts to watch in 2016”. Before radio, Jon spent his time as a child actor for both TV and stage. In a few more years will we see his kids up on stage for Cottonwood’s summer show? He hopes so!
Charlynn Patterson, Member
Charlynn Patterson has been involved with performing arts since she was a child. As a dancer, she performed with national dance troupes all across the country. Born in Roosevelt, Utah, she performed in dozens of local productions, acting, singing and dancing with the Uintah Arts Council, Uintah Basin in Celebration, and other local community theater productions. She attended Southern Utah University and studied Performing Arts, later teaching dance in Duchesne County. She recently moved to Cottonwood Heights, and loves being so close to outdoor activities that our local canyons provides. She is the Vice President of Operations for a private equity company in Salt Lake City, UT. With a professional history in marketing, she also runs her own consulting firm, CMP Marketing Solutions. She serves as a Board Member of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, helping to promote music and arts in her local community. Past Board positions include MuzArt World Foundation, and Prevent Child Abuse Utah. She volunteers as a citizen lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity, Our America Initiative, and Real Women Run.
Jenna Ellingson, Member
Jenna Ellingson has lived in Cottonwood Heights for the past 12 years. She is married with four wonderful children (three sons, one daughter), and an amazing daughter-in-law. Her family loves skiing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking, running, and rock climbing, which makes Cottonwood Heights a great place to call home. Jenna has spent many years volunteering in the Canyons School District both in PTA and on School Community Councils. She has helped teach the Meet the Masters Art program and has volunteered with youth in her community. Jenna is looking forward to serving on the Arts Council and being involved in Cottonwood Heights.
Brenda Julander - Member
A Utah native, Brenda grew up dancing, playing the flute, and performing in the Salt Lake valley. A graduate of the University of Denver, and marketer by trade, her hobbies now include photography, painting, and graphic design. Having lived in California and Colorado, she is happy to again call Utah home and looks forward to raising her young family in Cottonwood Heights. She is excited to share her experience of the arts with the community. In her free time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family.
Courtnie Jensen - Member
Courtnie Jensen grew up and currently lives in Cottonwood Heights. She has worked as a professional Graphic Designer in the Salt Lake Valley for many years. She is very passionate about the arts and is grateful to be a part of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband and two children.
Felecia is a new resident to Cottonwood Heights. She is a Graduate Gemologist and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser. She has owned and operated several businesses and is a national award winning jewelry designer. She has served on the board of directors of the Intermountain Jewelers Association and is a Senior Charter member of the National Jewelry Appraisers Association, and the American Gem Society. Business has taken Felecia around the world and she has enjoyed the wonderful people she has had the pleasure to meet and work with along the way. She is also an artist and has written and published art instruction manuals as well as been published in magazines such as Artists digest, Artists Workbook and Better Homes and Gardens She will say that her greatest joy and accomplishment are her 7 children, 35 foster children and her grandchildren. She is very excited to serve on the board of the arts council and help in anyway possible to bring the arts to a larger part of our community.
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One of the things that make life in Utah so enriching is the abundance of artistic talent in our state. It’s no different in Cottonwood Heights, where many talented artists and devoted patrons of the arts live and work.
Cottonwood Heights has a rich, vibrant community of people who love the fine arts, theater, music, photography and other artistic expression. While the opportunities to earn a living as an artist may be few, we know there are many folks who aspire to express themselves through the canvass, stage or other venues.
Perhaps you’ve been involved in the arts earlier in life through a school play, religious music recital, or college arts classes. Maybe you’ve had experience on a stage crew or helped with technical aspects of theatrical productions. Perhaps you are an avid consumer of the arts and are often drawn to plays, concerts and exhibits. Possibly, you are also looking for a way to get involved in your community.
We need you. We need your talents, your enthusiasm, your life experience and especially your desire to make a difference.
Serving on the arts council as a member or a volunteer is a great way to promote the arts you love and help enrich the lives of all our neighbors. It doesn’t take a lot of time, either. The arts council meets monthly to plan and deliver arts projects in the city. While these events happen year-round, the biggest opportunity for involvement comes in the months prior to the city’s annual summer musical, presented at the end of July and into early August.
If you’d like to serve on the arts council or as a volunteer, contact Kim Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We’re sure there’s a place for you in our awesome group.