The board of Undiscovered Earth is filled by people in our community passionate about the arts and the future of creativity in Steamboat Springs. Combined we have over 100 years experience working in the arts and involvement in projects that have helped build Steamboat Springs into an arts community: Perry-Mansfield, Strings Music Pavilion, Galleries, Steamboat Springs Creative District, alleyway revitalization through murals and art projects, books, articles and magazines.


Jennifer Grathwohl

Board Chair & Secretary

Jennifer Grathwohl is the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director. With over 15 years of experience working side by side with non-profits throughout the country, she takes pride in her ability to build strong partnerships, execute successful events and programs, and help non-profits fulfill their mission and vision through strategic planning. Jennifer is also a visual artist often paying homage to endangered and threatened animal species. Jennifer currently serves as the Routt County Humane Society Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Steamboat Skating Club Board of Directors Chair, Undiscovered Earth Board Chairman, and as a Steamboat Springs Chamber Board of Directors Member.

Barb King

Vice President

Barbara King is co-publisher of Art with Altitude Magazine, elevating the arts in Northwest Colorado. Barb has worked in book and magazine design, marketing and event planning for more than 40 years. She has won numerous design awards and has presented “Marketing and Image Design for Small Businesses,” at seminars, to organizations and college classes. She has served on nonprofit boards in marketing and event planning roles.

Holly Nelson


Holly Nelson has a keen interest in both the performing and visual arts and has volunteered for both since moving to Steamboat in 2003. She is a former president of the Strings Guild and continues volunteering at the Pavilion and with the Kitchen and Garden tour. She joined the Steamboat Strings Arts Council Board around 2005, serving for a number of years. Before then, she served as a docent at the depot with gallery sitting and other activities. Holly continues as a volunteer with Steamboat Creates. Her other interests include gardening, photography, cross country skiing and learning to make pottery. In her past life, she served as a special assistant to a Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor and at the state level as a manager for the Medicaid program.

Jim Cook

Board Member

A real estate broker/owner and developer, Jim is celebrating his 54th year in the real estate industry. Beginning in South Bend, Indiana, Jim was responsible for multiple mixed-use projects in the urban corridor while serving as a board member on the South Bend Re-Development Commission, South Bend Heritage Foundation, Indiana Association of Realtors and president of the South Bend-Mishawaka Board Of Realtors. Jim brought the Prudential real estate name to Steamboat (later to become Sotheby’s) and later founded, with his son, Colorado Group Realty, now known as The Group. Currently operating as an independent broker specializing in commercial real estate with an emphasis on development consulting and leasing, Jim was a founding member of Main Street for downtown Steamboat Springs, a former board member of the Steamboat Arts Council, now known as Steamboat Creates, and a long-time board member of Perry Mansfield, one of the nation’s oldest performing arts camp. His urban development experience carried over to Steamboat where he was a creator and partner in such properties as Howelsen Place, Alpen Glow, Anglers Retreat, Mid Valley Business Center and has been very instrumental in the re-development of the Yampa Street corridor. Jim is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).


Dagny McKinley

Executive Director

Dagny served as the Executive Director of the Colorado New Play Festival, taking them from a family run organization to a professional non-profit creating connections in the community through new youth programs, collaborations, and a robust marketing plan. She diversified their income sources and set them on a path to becoming a community recognized asset. Prior to that she worked as the Development Director of Steamboat Creates for four years, spearheading the efforts to renovate the historic caboose into an artist studio, rehabilitating Bliss Hall, coordinating their strategic plan in 2019 and overseeing a feasibility study for a performing art center in Steamboat Springs.  She currently serves on the Mineral Springs Protection Committee through the City of Steamboat Springs, is on the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts advocacy committee. She leads walking tours for the Tread of Pioneers Museum and is a published author and photographer.