Willie Hoevers, President & CEO

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Born in The Netherlands and raised in San Diego, Calilfornia, Willie Hoevers became an avid fan of John Denver after being stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado while serving in the United States Air Force.

After being discharged, Hoevers remained in Colorado and eventually moved up to the High Country of  Dillon, Colorado.

His love of music, especially Denver’s, always remained a strong influence in his life and opened doors for him to play bass and drums with numerous bands. 

From 2006 to 2011, Hoevers performed in a John Denver tribute group, which eventually led to opportunities to play with other John Denver Tribute artists.

In late 2012, Hoevers decided to expand his musical horizons and became an online radio host for American Veterans Radio.  On April 20, 2013 he debuted his show, “The Music of John Denver.”  In a short time, the program amassed a large listening audience of John Denver fans around the world.

Hoevers involvement with playing and promoting Denver’s music inspired him to organize and produce John Denver festivals in Aspen in October of 2014 and 2015.
The Rocky Mountain Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501 c(3) charity, was born out of the success of these events.

Luanne Hunt - Marketing and Events Director

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Luanne Hunt brings over 25 years of live entertainment production and theater management experience to RMFPA.

The Southern California resident began her professional career in the 1980s as house manager for the former Broadway Playhouse, an equity waiver theater in San Gabriel, California. 

From there, Hunt went on to open her own Inland Empire-based entertainment company, The Talent Network.  Along with providing vocal and stage performance training, she booked and produced countless shows at fairs, festivals, private parties and concert venues.

In 1996, Hunt founded The Rancho Cucamonga Performance Theater as an outlet for local actors and musical artists to showcase their talents.  Along with writing original musicals at the venue, she also produced and directed the productions and designed sets.

Other projects by Hunt include producing her original musical “Dove Lessons” as a benefit for the House of Ruth domestic violence shelter in Pomona, California.  The production raised over $10,000 for the organization. 

Luanne also has produced records for major and Independent recording artists, such as The Royal Guardsmen, who are best known for their 1967 smash hit, “Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron.”   Additionally, she is an acclaimed, Grammy-balloted recording artist, who has scored numerous hits on UK and US country music charts.

Currently, Hunt acts as CEO for Star Creek Entertainment, a music-related company that publishes songs and also produces live concerts and events.

Wolfgang Adolf - Vice-President

Vienna-born Wolfgang Adolf began his musical journey at age of 10 when he took up the accordion.  He went on to study guitar and became quite proficient.
During his late teens and early 20s, Adolf performed with the group Mayflower Unlimited.  When the stint ended, he decided to pursue a career in medicine, putting his beloved music on the backburner.
Adolf returned to his first love - music - in 2000 and has since composed over 120 original songs.  In 2012, he and his wife Natasha became part of the Aesculap Company band.  The group has traveled around the world performing the songs of John Denver, as well as their own compositions.

Frankie Highnam - Treasurer

Frankie Highnam says she can’t remember a time when John Denver’s music wasn’t a part of her life.  It became her own personal soundtrack as she raised her two children, worked as an administrative secretary and lovingly stood by her husband’s side for 36 years.
When Highnam’s beloved soulmate passed away, she said she found solace in Denver’s songs and began seeking companionship with other John Denver fans around the world.  In 2012, she traveled to Aspen, Colorado for the very first time to attend the annual Aspen in October week, which revolves around Denver and his legacy.
“I became a fan of John when I heard him sing for the first time on the radio back in the early 1970s,” said Highnam.  “I knew he was special.”
Highnam has served on RMFPA’s board since the organization’s inception in early 2016.