Staff and Board of Directors
Miriam Deming, Choral Director
Miriam Deming graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a BA in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Previously, she was the choir director at Bookcliff Middle School for 8 years and at Mount Garfield Middle School for one year. In addition to teaching choir in public schools, she has also taught private voice lessons for over 10 years. She has also continued performing, having recently sung with the High Desert Opera as Donna in Mamma Mia and singing in concerts with the Western Colorado Chorale and Mariachi San Jose. She is thrilled to now be the director of Charisma Chorus! When not singing or teaching, you can find Miriam spending time with her husband, 4 year old daughter, and their baby boy. You might find them at home, or find them figuring out how to tote their young family on hikes, on skis, or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors.
Geri Anderson, Development Director
Geri’s leadership inspires cohesive, effective and talented teams. She brings strength in operations, financial management, and communications. She has a B. S. in Accountancy from the University of Denver, attended as a Boettcher Scholar after graduating from Palisade High School. A former CPA in Colorado and Texas, she has worked for CPA firms auditing banks, government and nonprofit entities.
Her nonprofit and community work includes serving on the Board of Directors for organizations in Denver and Mesa Counties, starting and heading up a successful drama program for a Texas home school group, and holding leadership positions in various nonprofit organizations in Masschusetts. She is proud mother of three grown children, and is married to Rodney Anderson.
Rebecca Scroggins, Executive Director
Becca was born and raised in Palisade, spending most of her time on stages, singing and acting. This love for music and performance continued in college, where she joined the Westminster Chamber Singers on a choir tour of England, Scotland, and Wales. Now, she’s a Counseling Psychology student at CMU, looking forward to spreading mental health awareness and coping skills to her students. You may recognize some of her art on the website and promotional materials.
Heidi Bryan, Board President
Heidi is a native of Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and a Professional Teaching License in Music K-12.
She has performed with several professional chorales including the Eleanor Kennard Chorale, The Colorado Choir, and is currently singing with the Western Colorado Chorale.
Heidi has taught general and vocal music at all levels for the past 19 years, has conducted school and church choirs, and as a music therapist has worked with various populations including dementia, spectrum disorders, and trauma.
Heidi currently teaches general music at Clifton Elementary School.
Jymi Bond, Board Treasurer
Alice Dussart, Board Member
Alice Dussart is a 6th-generation Grand Valley native, mother, educator and dedicated community member. Having been fortunate enough to be raised by a mother who acted on her love of art and her community by volunteering her from a young age to serve in organizations such as Art Heritage and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Alice now strives to be of service in both her professional and personal life as an adult.
Alice and her son reside in Palisade. She is a veteran educator at Juniper Ridge Community School. In her personal life she enjoys cooking, traveling, and reveling in the bounty and beauty of the Western Slope with her family.
Brenda Maw, Board Member
Brenda Maw is currently an occupational therapist working part-time for School District 51. She has been an OT for 40 years, primarily working with children. She was in the early intervention field for a number of years, which included providing services to babies from infant to 3 years of age and working with their families primarily in the home setting. She currently provides services to children in preschool.
Brenda has always been interested in and enjoyed music in her personal life. As a student, she learned to play the piano and also the tenor saxophone in high school. She participated in choir as well. In college, she took a dancing class and learned a variety of dance steps, including ballroom, folk dancing and “swing”. Brenda enjoys attending concerts and appreciates a wide genre of music types. She believes that music is a “universal” language that helps to connect us all.
George Rau, Board Member
George Rau and his wife Elaine have lived in the Grand Junction Valley since year 2000 where he has owned his own Financial Service Company. He has been actively involved with charter schools and education and teaches skiing at Powderhorn.
Lori Summers, Vice President of the Board
Lori Summers has lived in the Palisade area since 2014. Prior to that she lived in Gunnison Colorado for 19 years, however she was born and raised in the Clifton/Palisade area. She has been married to Marc Summers for 12 years. She has 3 adult daughters, a 10 year old son and two grandsons.
Her career path has mostly involved working with children. She has a degree in Psychology from Rollins College in Florida. Over the past 29 years she has worked with families in need, worked at and directed a child development center and preschool, directed Colorado Bright Beginnings of Gunnison, led youth and adult mission teams to the Dominican Republic, created and facilitated a youth coalition in the high schools to promote healthy choices and most recently worked with children who have experienced a lot of trauma. She currently supervises the Mentoring and Life Skills department at Ariel Clinical Services. She has also spent time working for the District Attorney’s office.
Lori’s hobbies include painting, hiking and biking, playing the piano and singing, gardening and raising farm animals.
She is very passionate about creating change and positive progress in the Grand Valley. She loves children and believes that music can be transformational and follows people their entire lives. She is very excited about Charisma Chorus and what it will bring to this community.