Board of Directors
ELI DOKSON – PRESIDENT
Eli, a former educator in our local school district, has resided in Crestone since 1995. He is a lover of music and plays guitar and sings in the bands 2 Weeks In Fiji and Blue Rooster. Originally from Miami, Florida, Eli lived in California and Washington state before moving to Colorado. He and his wife own and operate the Baca Grande Stables located in the Baca Grande subdivision adjacent to the town of Crestone.
PETER TAYLOR – VICE PRESIDENT
Once the drummer and lead singer for Denver band, Fuzz, Peter was drawn to CrestFest by his creative side and also brings business-minded guidance. A founding member of the Black Hills Bluegrass Festival in Rapid City, Peter now runs his own video production business doing video arts multimedia.
SARAH KOEHN FREY – SECRETARY | CRESTONE, CO
Sarah comes from a farming and ranching family in Kansas. Following college, she spent a short time in Hebron, Palestine with a human rights organization before moving to a small fishing village in Manitoba, Canada, where she worked as a community volunteer for two years. During this time she created and ran a community gardening program, taught pottery classes, worked in the high school library and helped staff an adult day program. Sarah moved back to the US in late 2002. She and her husband, Eric, moved to Saguache County in 2003 and were teachers at the Moffat School from 2003 to 2011. Since 2011, Sarah has been the Director of the Northern Saguache County Library District, which has branch libraries in both Crestone and Saguache. Supporting and developing the local community and the arts are important to Sarah.
CHERYL ROWE – TREASURER | CRESTONE, CO
Cheryl first purchased property in Crestone shortly after attending the 2nd Annual Crestone Music Festival in 2000. She has been a full time resident since 2011. Currently a member of the Americana Music Association - live performances and wide open spaces are what makes her world go 'round.
DON RICHMOND – DIRECTOR | ALAMOSA, CO
Don has been a professional performing musician for more than 30 years. He sets the stage for professional excellence and courtesy. He has released five solo CDs as well as numerous other recordings with the bands Tumbleweed and Hired Hands. Don owns and operates Howlin’ Dog Records, which has recorded and released numerous other recordings by many local, regional and national artists. Don has also been an Artist-In-Residence and Aesthetic Institute instructor in the Colorado Council of the Arts’ Art in Education program. Don helps us by producing our radio commercials and through his musical expertise.
TOM DESSAIN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CPI
Founder and Executive Director of CPI, Tom has been a performing musician, songwriter and sound man for 47 years. He has produced three CDs: his own Tofu To Go, a collaborative CD with Don Richmond, Live an' Lovin' It, and a CD with Rescue Party. Over the past 18 years Tom has continued to guide the growth of the organization. This, along with his gregarious and diplomatic nature, has given him solid footing to try and make this sucker work!
CARRIE ALLEN – EVENT COORDINATOR, ADMIN ASSITISTANT, BOOKKEEPER
Carrie is a young entrepreneur who dabbles in everything internet. She has lived in Crestone for 6 years and in the Valley for almost nine. She is excited to be a part of the next step in Crestone's history.