Board of Directors

Breckenridge Music Festival takes seriously its responsibility to its constituents and has established a leadership position in Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado. It has set standards of excellence for itself, including the importance of continuing its legacy. The Board of Directors believes it can best fulfill its responsibility to uphold the organization’s vision, purpose and values by following a set of principles for the Board.

Governance Principles

Committee Rosters

Brian Hall_photoBRIAN HALL, CHAIR

Brian Hall and his wife Linda have had a home in Breckenridge since 1990. They currently split their time between their homes in Breckenridge and Tucson, AZ.

Brian is retired from the Thomson Corporation (aka ThomsonReuters – TRI NYSE) where he served as vice chairman. Prior to joining Thomson, he was with the McGraw-Hill Companies where he was an executive vice president. He has served on the boards of numerous public companies and non-profit organizations.



Wally and his wife Maggie became permanent
residents on High Street in Breckenridge in 2002.
They have four children and five grandchildren
scattered across the country. Summit County has
become a great place for the family to gather and
Wally, a CPA, is a retired partner with
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). While he spent his
entire career with PwC as an International Tax
Specialist, the family lived in Buffalo, Paris, Chicago
and Houston before arriving in Summit County.




Laura joined the Board in 2010 and served as President 2011 – 2016.  She retired from Air Products and Chemicals as a Human Resources Executive, specializing in Human Resource Strategy and Organization Development.

Working to advance Breckenridge as a cultural destination, she serves as President of the Breckenridge Cultural Coalition.  Also, as a PSIA certified instructor, Laura volunteers in the ski program of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC).

Prior to Breckenridge, she was active with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chair as the Chamber grew to be the 2nd largest Chamber in Pennsylvania.  She also provided volunteer assistance to the Latino Economic Development Center, the Lehigh Valley Business Education Partnership and the United Way.

Laura and Jerry came to spend the winter of 2005  – no plans, no expectations.  So impressed with the community, they never left.   She enjoys many mountain activities: skiing, snowshoeing, golf, hiking, biking.   Her passion is the Breckenridge Music Festival.  She recalls the thrill of attending her first BMF concert, sitting in the middle of town surrounded by amazing music.  That sense of awe never leaves her.










Jean Lawson_photoJEAN LAWSON

Jean Lawson has been a BMF Board Member since September 2015. She worked in the Dallas real estate market for ten years and also served as Administrative Assistant at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

Prior to Breckenridge, she spent seven years volunteering with the Swan Center Outreach and Rescue Horse Ranch, was a mentor for the Dallas School District and member of the Junior League in Richardson, TX. Her other Board affiliations include serving on the Parent Board of Alcuin Montessori School of Dallas, Children’s International Summer Villages Dallas Chapter, and she is the Chairman of the Applause Committee.

After vacationing in Colorado for many years with her husband Ted Lawson and then seeing their daughter attend college in Colorado, they decided to retire here in 2007 and began work on building their home. In 2008 the couple moved to Breckenridge. Jean is passionate about music and horses and loves to travel, golf, read and play the piano.


Andy Lewis_photoANDY LEWIS

Andy Lewis and his wife Sally have enjoyed living in Summit County for the past 11 years. They moved to Breckenridge from Pittsburgh after Andy’s retirement from Lewis-Goetz and Company, a distribution company of industrial rubber products.

Retirement in Breckenridge has been a true delight for the Lewis’. Their adult children, Julie and Andrew, live in the Front Range with their spouses and children. Their families, including their six grandchildren, come to visit frequently, enjoying all that Summit County has to offer.
Shortly after moving here, Sally and Andy both became active with Breckenridge Music Festival and Applause!, as well as Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge. Several years later, Andy joined the board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and in 2009 joined the Summit Foundation Board of Trustees. These volunteer tasks have been very rewarding, and have led to many strong friendships for the Lewis’.


Jill Ludowese retired as a Colonel from the U.S Army in 2011, completing a 28-year career as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.  She led Army Aviation units around the world, and served in the US, Korea, Europe, and the Middle East.  Jill completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, and has earned graduate degrees from Central Michigan University and the U.S. Army War College.  She and her husband, Jim, enjoy the many outdoor activities offered in both Breckenridge, and their home on the “Nature Coast” in West Central Florida.  Jill also serves on the governing Boards of the Black Diamond Foundation and the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation.


Richard W. Roedel is currently a member of the Board of Directors of four public companies: HIS Markit, Inc, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, LSB Industries, Inc. and Luna Innovations Incorporated. Mr. Roedel serves as a member of the Audit Committees of Six Flags, HIS Markit and LSB and the Compensation Committee of LSB and Chairman of the Risk Committee of HIS Markit. Mr. Roedel is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Luna. During the years Mr. Roedel has been a director of public companies, he has served as lead independent director on several occasions and the chairman of several governance, compensation and special committees. Mr. Roedel is also a director of the BrightView LLC and Beaulieu Group LLC, both private companies.

Mr. Roedel is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Risk Oversight Advisory Council. Mr. Roedel was appointed to a three year term, beginning January 1, 2014, on the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Until 2000 Mr. Roedel was employed by BDO Seidman LLP, having been managing partner of its Chicago and New York Metropolitan area offices and later Chairman and CEO. Mr. Roedel is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a CPA.


Carol Simpson joined the BMF board in 1990, served in several board positions, and has for many years been responsible for the non-musical events for the board and orchestra, including orchestra dinners and receptions.   She is native of Miami, Florida and attended Florida State University.  She and Charlie married in 1960, and for the next 29 years, the two of them lived and served on twelve Air Force Bases in the US and Europe. She was deeply involved with a wide variety of volunteer programs throughout those years.  She was responsible for a number of programs that enhanced the welfare of the young men and women serving in the Air Force.  She and Charlie have lived in Breckenridge since 1989.  She is an avid gardener and cook.   She and Charlie travel extensively, and have two children and five grand children.


Charlie Simpson joined the BMF board in 1990, and served in several board positions, including President in 1993, 1994 and 1995.  During those years,  the Riverwalk Center was built and Gerhardt Zimmerman became music director.  Charlie has an engineering degree from University of Miami and a Master’s in management from the University of North Dakota.  He served 30 years in the United States Air Force, mostly in missile programs, was the commander on four Air Force bases, and retired as a Colonel.  He is one of the founders and is Executive Director of the Association of Air Force Missileers.  He and his wife Carol have lived in Breckenridge since 1989.  He is an avid golfer, and has played in all 50 states.   He and Carol travel extensively, and have two children and five grand children.

JJanet Sutterley_photoANET L. SUTTERLEY

Janet has been a licensed architect in the state of Colorado since 1984. She has served on numerous architectural review boards and the Town of Breckenridge Historic Preservation Committee since inception. Educational involvement includes mentoring Colorado Mountain College and Summit High School students. Outside of architecture she spent many years developing and coaching girls’ youth hockey programs statewide. Currently Janet serves as a board member for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Her love of design inspires an unrelenting effort to improve the built environment, and to keep new projects in harmony with the natural beauty and historic legacy that define our community.

Having grown up near Princeton, New Jersey, Janet decided in sixth grade she wanted to be an architect and never strayed from the path. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in New York, she entered the Princeton corporate world, later took a sojourn to Jackson, Wyoming and fell in love with the west. Janet spent the next few years interning in Jackson, then moved on to Summit County, Colorado, where she has resided since 1982. She began work as a project architect for Witter Architects in Keystone until their relocation to California in 1986 and has owned and operated her own practice ever since.

Hans Wurster_photoHANS WURSTER

Hans Wurster and his wife Mary Jane (MJ) retired to Summit County in 1999. They moved here from Appleton, Wisconsin where Hans was owner and VP of Kaukauna Cheese, a national specialty cheese company. They often visited Summit County to see their son Pete, founder and owner of Unity Snowboard Mfg. in Silverthorne, and their son Fred, who was completing graduate studies at CSU. Upon arriving in Colorado, Hans and Mary Jane got involved in nonprofit work for Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) and Continental Divide Land Trust. Hans was board president for the BMF and served on the steering committee that raised private funds to replace the tent with a permanent roof for the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge in 2007-08. Hans and MJ enjoy participating and competing in masters athletics. They are particularly fond of rowing and sculling on Lake Dillon which is a world class venue for this sport.

Hans joined The Summit Foundation board in 2007.  Through the Summit Foundation, they have established designated funds or agency endowment funds for Breckenridge Music Festival and Continental Divide Land Trust.

MJ Wurster_photoMJ WURSTER

During their years in Wisconsin, Mary Jane was very involved in the nonprofit community in Appleton, which included a board position with a large community foundation. Together, she and Hans often visited Summit County to see their son Pete, founder and owner of Unity Snowboard Mfg. in Silverthorne, and their son Fred, who was completing graduate studies at CSU, until they retired to Breckenridge in 1999. Upon arriving in Colorado, Hans and Mary Jane got involved in nonprofit work for Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) and Continental Divide Land Trust.  MJ is co chair of music education. Hans and MJ enjoy participating and competing in masters athletics. They are particularly fond of rowing and sculling on Lake Dillon which is a world class venue for this sport.