Committees

Become involved with Picketwire by serving on a Committee – The committees of the Picketwire are the backbone of our theater. Without your participation it’s impossible to accomplish all that is necessary to produce great shows and keep our beautiful Center running so well. Committees meet six times a year, each with specific objectives and focus. So, choose an area that fits your personality and help make Picketwire a great organization.

  • Facilities / Ground – This committee will conduct annual facility and grounds inspections and provide ongoing maintenance.  They will oversee purchase and stocking of consumables and control access to the theatre and outbuildings.  This committee will oversee the care and maintenance of landscaping and parking lot.
  • Production / Training – This committee reviews all plays and director packets and will make recommendations to the Board to plan a season of plays.  They will provide education and training for all production tasks, produce plays with the director and work directly with the director and production crew to ensure all aspects of the production are addressed and needs are met.
  • Public Relations / Marketing / History – This committee will write all press releases and update or write copy for website and Facebook; produce newsletters, fact sheets, radio advertising and PSA’s.  Handles renting of the building to clubs or organizations.  Oversees and arranges people to be available for assistance during the rental period.  They will also work with the media to promote plays, events and fundraising events.  Their goal is to market plays and events to a wider audience.  Some of these tasks include producing and distributing posters, updating the marquee and updating the scrapbook.
  • Inventory – This committee has the task of documenting the inventory of costumes, props, set pieces and other assets.  They will update inventory as necessary and particularly after each production.  Create, then update and oversee lending and disposal procedures and clean, maintain and/or redesign costume and prop storage as needed.
  • Budget / Financial Management – This committee will produce a working budget for the year and prepare financial reports for each Board meeting.  They will also work closely with the Treasurer to document donations and prepare quarterly reports, provide IRS donation letters to all donors and prepare financial reports for annual meeting.  They will recommend savings, investment, and money management procedures to the Board.
  • Fundraising / Grants – This committee will research grant possibilities for specific projects and operating budget and seek out other fundraising opportunities and prepare letters and materials as needed.
  • Patron / Hospitality – This committee will prepare the annual patron membership campaign, research additional patron possibilities (both individually and commercially).  They will oversee patron, season tickets and row buyers preferred ticketing or all productions and provide hospitality for all productions and events, including greeting, snacks, etc.
  • Box Office – This committee will schedule volunteers for the Box Office three weeks prior to play production and through the play run.  Schedule ushers, print tickets and play programs in conjunction with director and work with Hospitality Committee to prepare and distribute refreshments.
  • Education – This committee will schedule and organize various activities within the community to build and maintain a program of theatrical learning at Picketwire.

Picketwire Board of Directors

Tracey Salzbrenner, President

Tracey’s love of the stage began early on with her involvement with the La Junta Children’s Theatre, continuing through La Junta High School and finally to Picketwire. She was elected to the board of directors in 2010 and then became president of the board in 2014. She has overseen all organizational management including: productions, inventory, fundraising, building improvements, patrons and building relationships with the community. At a very young age Tracey learned how to look at most things in life from a professional/business perspective. She attributes this to being raised in a family business that has served the La Junta Community for 114 years and she brings this work ethic and dedication to the board. Tracey lives in La Junta with her husband and two children.
Jeff Jackson, Vice President

Jeff Jackson was born and raised in La Junta, Colorado. He has an Associates of Arts from Otero Junior College and a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in Managerial Information Systems from Adams State. He has run his own technology business for the past 21 years. As a board member, Jeff brings his experience and expertise in technology and business. He lives in La Junta with his wife and their two children.
Molly Borton, Secretary

Molly Borton is a proud La Junta native! She first became involved with Picketwire in 1997 when she was cast in Carousel. Molly was very active in theatre throughout high school and majored in Theatre Education while at the University of Northern Colorado. Upon returning to La Junta, she began working at her old alma mater – La Junta High School. Molly has worked in education for the past eleven years and is currently a school counselor for East Otero School District. Molly has served on the Picketwire board for two and a half years and has enjoyed being a “behind the scenes” part of their amazing productions. She hopes her involvement with Picketwire will help inspire a love of the arts in her two young daughters and can’t wait to see them on the stage someday!
Zach Zamora, Treasurer

Zach Zamora has been involved with Picketwire Players since The Lion in Winter in 2012, during which he was responsible for the sound effects. Since that time, Zach has worked backstage, served on the Board of Directors, been the lighting and special effects technician on over a dozen plays, and assisted with Picketwire’s 50th anniversary. Zach has used his experience and expertise to install new stage lighting and add other lighting improvements to the building.
Courtney Ayala

Courtney Ayala has actively paticipated in Picketwire since 2014, helping with costumes, set construction and design, and acting. Her first directorial role was assistant during Edgar Allen Poe’s Nightfall in 2020. Courtney’s years of teaching and bachelor’s in business management provides her with skills and knowledge most valuable to the Picketwire Center.
Heather Pidcock-Reed

Heather has been in the theatre world for over 30 years. She was first elected to her board position at Picketwire in 2018 and has served as Secretary since 2019. She holds a Master’s in Professional Writing from Chatham University and a B.F.A. in Film & Television Screenwriting from the Academy of Art University. In her time on the board, Heather has been instrumental in obtaining over $30,000 in grant funding for the Picketwire Players. In addition to writing grants for the theatre, she also assists in writing press releases and running the Facebook page. Heather has appeared in multiple Picketwire productions, some of which include: My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), Mamma Mia (Tanya), A Christmas Story (Ralphie’s Mother), and Dracula (Lucy Westenra). She most recently directed the 2020 production of The 39 Steps and the 2019 production of The Crucible. Heather lives in La Junta where she works as a freelance writer and runs her own yoga and wellness studio.
Scott Goheen

My name is Scott Goheen and I have been involved with the Picketwire Theater since the production of Deadwood Dick in 2006 where I portrayed the villain Blackman Redburn under the direction of George Larsen and the late Ken Schroll. I was most recently involved in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, and Les Miserables all in main or supporting roles. These productions were under the fantastic and creative vision of Tracey and Cameron Salzbrenner along with my wife, Desiree Goheen. I have been a part of many other facets of the Picketwire Theater including backstage crew, stage manager, set construction, as well as serving on the buildings and grounds committee.

I currently serve on the Picketwire Board. During my terms I have volunteered countless hours to better the theatre by working the box office, organizing the tool room, and contributing to building projects such as the assisted entry ramp in the theatre and the construction of Ken Schroll Memorial light booth project in the balcony.

When I am not contributing time to the Theatre I take on the role and responsibilities of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at La Junta Jr/Sr High School. This is a school in Southeast Colorado of about 600 students. I have currently been in this position for the past 4 years in which we have had to navigate the waters of Covid-19 and how to conduct and resume school in a safe yet effective manner.

Desiree Goheen

Desiree has been involved with the Picketwire Players since the production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2005 where she portrayed the nasty Mae under the direction of the late Ken Schroll. She is the current Vice-President of the Board and recently directed Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical in December of 2019. She has been a part of many other facets of the Picketwire Players including assistant director, choreographer, backstage crew, stage manager, set construction, production committee, grounds committee, and basement cleanup crew. She works as an Art Teacher for EOSD and lives in La Junta with her husband Scott and daughter Emberlyn.
Cameron Salzbrenner

Cameron has officially been on the board of directors since 2013. His grandmother was a Picketwire Player in the 80’s, so he was first introduced to live theatre at a young age, which is when his appreciation for it began. He got involved in the summer musicals in 2000 as an assistant director and has been part of the Picketwire Family in some capacity ever since. Cameron has an MBA and works in management for a Denver-based company and brings his business expertise to the board. He believes that running the theater with a business mindset has afforded the Picketwire Players with financial success in recent years. Cameron lives in La Junta with his wife and their two adorable boys.
Natalie Summers

Natalie Summers is new to the Board of Directors; however she has been involved in the Picketwire Theatre for Performing and Visual Arts for nearly three decades. Natalie is a wife of 20 years to her husband Micah, and a mother of four children. Natalie is also a Registered Labor and Delivery Nurse at the local hospital for 15 years. She teaches Kindergarten and First grade at Pioneer Christian School, sings in her church’s praise and worship band and enjoys officiating high school basketball games. Outgoing and personable she thrives on social interactions. Participating in the Picketwire through acting and set building has brought joy not only to her own life but also to her husband and children, all of whom have grown to love the theatre and this cherished organization.
Alicia Brereton

Alicia Brereton
Cynthia Fazio

Cynthia Fazio

If you would like to get involved with Picketwire, please submit the contact form below and a board member will get in touch with you.