Tami was born and raised in Sheridan, WY. Her professional career has been focused on youth and education. She was a teacher in the public schools for fourteen years, teaching 2nd grade, reading, and elementary music. She then spent 18 years as the Arts and Humanities director for the Sheridan County YMCA, providing after school programming in the Arts and artist residencies in the schools. Tami is the co-founder, with her husband Richard, of Tandem Productions. Their non-profit has produced and directed 25 seasons of Children’s Musical Theater for 8-15 year olds at the WYO Theater. Tandem also helps fund residencies in the schools and founded the Sheridan County Children’s Chorale 21 years ago, which provides an after school choral music program for 3rd – 8th graders.
Tami came to Aspen the Spring of 1997 for a ski trip so her husband could show her where he had skied with his family in his youth. Little did she know, that during that trip they would marry on the top of Ajax mountain and begin her love for the Roaring Fork Valley. Tami and Richard were part-time residents in Aspen beginning in 2004 and became full-time residents in 2017. They love the Roaring Fork Valley and enjoy any opportunity to ski, hike or bike. The majority of Tami’s non-profit work has been with Tandem, the WYO Theater and the Sheridan Civic Theater Guild. She is also a past board member of the University of WY Art Museum.
Since moving to Colorado full time, Tami has become a guest teacher for the Aspen School District and has developed wonderful friendships with many local educators. Her combined families consist of 5 grown children and 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren who are spread across the country from Portland, OR, to Weston, MA. They have a one-year old Mini Sheepadoodle, named Vinci. Tami is honored to join the Aspen Public Radio Board. As a long-time supporter of public radio, she is very excited to have the opportunity to become more involved in her new community with a non-profit that she cares deeply about.