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Staff & Board

 Meet the Staff


Peggy Zemach joined DAC in May 2012 as the executive director. Peggy has lived in Durango for fifteen years, and was the first director of the Children’s Museum when it was located at DAC, as well as a founding member of the Durango Discovery Museum. Most recently, she worked as a consultant to the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum’s education programs. She brings over twenty years of non-profit experience to the DAC. She holds a B.A in Environmental Education from Colorado College and a Masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Peggy can be reached at

Jeannie picJeannie Berger
, the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, has been on the staff of the DAC for ten years, including a tenure as Exhibits Director for over a year and half. Before being hired, she was a volunteer herself for many years and became acquainted with artists and the arts community during that time. As a former English teacher, she employs her language skills in the writing and production of the DAC’s Artsline quarterly newsletter. A native of Texas, she moved with her husband to Durango in 1988. Jeannie can be reached at

Sandra Butler is the Education Coordinator at the Durango Arts Center. She has been involved with the DAC for many years as an artist and educator. Her job includes creating and overseeing the DAC education programs for adults, teens, and kids and coordinating the Art After School program in the Durango 9-R elementary schools. Sandra, a working sculptor who exhibits locally and nationally, received her B.A. at Montana State University in Bozeman, and her M.F.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department. Sandra can be reached at

Julie Madden, has been working with the arts center since July of 2010 and is responsible for all of the arts center’s finances. She said that she enjoys interacting with the people at the arts center—whether they are staff, artists, board members or teachers. Julie can be reached at

Diane Panelli
, Theatre Events Specialist, joined the Durango Arts Center five years ago when she was asked to join the board because her son, Joey, was involved in the theater program.  Currently, Diane manages the DAC Box Office and oversees the Theatre Bar.  She loves her job and supporting performing arts opportunities in the community of Durango. Diane can be reached at

Mary Puller joined DAC as the Exhibits Director in July 2011.  Her previous experience includes the Mingei Folk Art Museum, in San Diego, California, and UNICEF, in Tucson, Arizona. Mary returned to Durango in June and opened Plein, a folkart and fine craft gallery shop, at the Durango Arts Center. Mary can be reached at

Theresa Carson is DAC’s Artistic Director and Theatre Manager.  Formerly the director of theater at San Juan College and the artistic director of Sandstone Productions in Farmington, New Mexico, Theresa spent two years as a visiting faculty member at Fort Lewis College. She moved to Durango from Moorhead, Minnesota, where she was an assistant professor in the Theater Arts Department at Minnesota State University for four years. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she earned an MFA in directing from the University of Utah. She most recently directed Little Shop of Horrors; Glengarry Glen Ross; Sweeney Todd; Wit; Urinetown, the Musical and The Importance of Being Earnest for the SJC Theater Department; Joseph…Dreamcoat, Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun for Sandstone Productions. She also directed Always…Patsy Cline for the Durango Arts Center in 2010. Theresa can be reached at

Elsa profileElsa Jagniecki  is DAC’s Marketing Coordinator. As an advocate for the arts, Elsa brings a grassroots approach in coordinating creative communications for DAC marketing. Elsa holds a MSc in Sustainability & Leadership from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Colorado State University. Elsa recently participated in the 2013 class of Leadership La Plata and has been a resident of Durango for eight years. When not coordinating DAC’s MarCom, Elsa styles weddings and events with her business Heirlooms and recently ran Bright Green Consulting, which worked with the Resource Smart Business Program in La Plata County. Elsa can be reached at

PetraPetra Heinsen is DAC’s newest addition as the Development and Special Events Coordinator. Contact her at

Board of Directors

Cristie Scott, President (San Juan Board of Cooperative Education Services // Public Art Commission)
Tim Kapustka, Vice President (Studio & // Cabbage Creative)
Gary Goold, Treasurer
Allison Andersen, Secretary (Durango Personal Financial Coaching)
Ginny Davis, Ph D (Fort Lewis College Theatre Department)
Sydney Morris
Petra Hinke
Marta Snow
Stacey Mathews Stasi (Advantage Design)
Terry Swan
John R. Edens, Volunteer with KSUT, Chaco Canyon Cultural Center and Habitat for Humanity
Margie Deane Gray, Executive Director of Fort Lewis College Foundation


Board Alumni

Joe Kusar
Maureen May
Derek Hines


Amy Buchanan
Bobby Duthie
C. Scott Hagler
Crystal Hartman
Tara Homburg
Connie Imig
Rochelle Mann
Sandra Mapel
Maureen May
Diane Wildfang
Peggy Zemach

Diane Panelli
Cynthia Roebuck