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LRAC Board

  • Open

    Open

    (Becker County)

  • Open

    Open

    Becker County

  • Susan Kay

    Susan Kay

    (Osage, Becker County)

  • Susan Kay

    Susan Kay

    Becker County

    Term of Service: (02/16) 7/16 - 6/19, 1st Term

    Length of residence in County: Oct. 2015. Formerresident of Becker County for 18 years

    Activities: Reading

    Education: After receiving a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, Susan attended the University of Cincinnati where she received a master's degree in Women's Studies with a concentration in literature. She completed coursework in a doctoral program in American Studies at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

    Occupation: After eight years of teaching courses in English and American history at Cascadia College, located in the Seattle metropolitan area, Susan returned to her home state where she is employed at The New York Mills Cultural Center. She is involved with programming and serves as coordinator for their arts retreat residency program.

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: With a firm belief that exposure to artistic experiences can enhance sense of community especially for those living in rural areas, Susan hopes that her service on the LRAC Board will contribute to community building through the arts.

  • W. Scott Olsen

    W. Scott Olsen

    (Moorhead, Clay County)

  • W. Scott Olsen

    W. Scott Olsen

    Clay County

    Length of Residence in County: Since 1987

    Activities: Travel, writing hiking, photography, flying (I'm a private pilot).

    Education: B.A. and M.A. - University of Missouri, Columbia; M.F.A. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Occupation: Professor of English at Concordia College. Editor of Ascent Magazine.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Grants from LRAC as well as MN State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation and others. Author of 11 books of travel/adventure nonfiction, editor of three anthologies, contributor to many literary and commercial magazines.

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: I have been fortunate to receive several grants from LRAC over the years and my career has benefited immensely from this support.This is my opportunity to pay back some of that support and help foster new as well as established talent in the region.

  • Delayne M. Karls (DeeDee)

    Delayne M. Karls (DeeDee)

    (Moorhead, Clay County)

  • Delayne M. Karls (DeeDee)

    Delayne M. Karls (DeeDee)

    Clay County

    Length of Residence in County: Born and educated in Clay County, lived in Cass County, ND. Now back in Clay County for good.

    Activities: Reading, Volunteering and enjoying History and HGTV Channels

    Education: Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) BS in Elementary Education

    Occupation: Teacher for 32 years in Glyndon, MN, worked for "the Forum" in subscription sales, and Receptionist in a doctor's office.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Chairperson of Art Section of the Fine Arts Club of Fargo

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: To learn more about the area's wonderful creative programs and people.

  • Ann Hermes

    Ann Hermes

    (Alexandria, Douglas County)

  • Ann Hermes

    Ann Hermes

    Douglas County

    Term: 7/16-6/19, 1st Term

    Board Member's name: Ann C. Hermes

    Length of residence in County: 35 years in Douglas County

    Activities: Travel, cooking, reading, learning new languages

    Education: MA Philanthropy and Development, BA Speech Rhetoric/Public Address, BS Broadcast and Journalism

    Occupation: Executive Director of Theatre L'Homme Dieu

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: To deepen my understanding of the wonderful work that they do benefiting individual artists and organizations in order to inform Douglas County non-profits and artists.

  • Greg DeGier

    Greg DeGier

    (Alexandria, Douglas County)

  • Greg DeGier

    Greg DeGier

    Douglas County

    Term: 7/14-6/17, 1st Term

    Name: Greg DeGier

    Education: DeGier is a graduate of U of MN, Morris

    Occupation: DeGier is a teaching artist in the Instrumental Music Program at Alexandria Area Schools.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: DeGier is currently a member associate of several music, education, and band organizations both nationally and within the state, holding chair positions and completing direct assignments. ,

    Activities: He enjoys playing the trumpet and performing in pit orchestras for musicals, and the Central Lakes Symphonic Orchestra.

  • Mike Weatherly

    Mike Weatherly

    (Elbow Lake, Grant County)

  • Mike Weatherly

    Mike Weatherly

    Grant County

    Term: (02) 7/17 - 6/20 (Three Year Term)

    County Represented: Grant

    Education: Bachelors of Fine Art and Art History/Minor Studio Art, University of Minnesota, Morris

    Graphic Art & Design, Alexandria Technical School, Alexandria, MN

    Activities:

    Occupation: Technical Writer LGC Douglas Scientific, and part time working artist, and art organizer

  • Jeff Merrick

    Jeff Merrick

    (Ashby, Grant County)

  • Jeff Merrick

    Jeff Merrick

    Grant County

    Jeff Merrick

    Term: (02) 7/17 - 6/20 (Three Year Term)

    County Represented: Grant

    Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Iowa State University

    Activities:

    Occupation: Grant County Facilities Manager

  • AmyAnn Mursu

    AmyAnn Mursu

    (Otter Tail County)

  • AmyAnn Mursu

    AmyAnn Mursu

    Otter Tail County

    Term of Service: 10/13 to 06/17 (1st Term)

    Length of residence in County: 1977-1995, and 2011-Present

    Activities: Amy plays several instruments, of which the piano and tuba are her favorite. She writes and reads voraciously. Once and a while, Amy likes to paint in the expressionism style although admittedly not very well. Amy also enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and animals on their organic dairy farm.

    Education: BA, Philosophy & Political Science, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN: JD, Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN

    Occupation: Amy is an attorney who provides guidance about wealth transfer planning and supports people through the legal and tax process after a loved one passes away.

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: A strong arts culture is essential to a thriving community. Arts influence can have such a positive therapeutic, economic, and educative effect!

  • James Arvidson

    James Arvidson

    (Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County)

  • James Arvidson

    James Arvidson

    Otter Tail County

    Term: 7/14-6/17, 1st Term

    James Arvidson

    Education: U of MN, Crookston and obtained an Associate of Agriculture degree. In 2007, he completed the Regional Leadership Institute.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Arvidson's community leadership roles have earned him with medals and awards internationally as well as national and local recognition. James held many executive positions through community service organizations, including the Lions, Jaycees, Lutheran Brotherhood, Church Council, and Lakeland Hospice. He has a lifetime of service in the region with the goal of making a difference in the lives of those who choose to live in West Central Minnesota.

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: Arvidson believes all art forms benefit our culture. He looks forward to the important work that lies ahead with LRAC.

  • Barbara Lent

    Barbara Lent

    (Glenwood, Pope County)

  • Barbara Lent

    Barbara Lent

    Pope County

    Term of Service: 07/15-6/18, 1st Term

    Education: School of Communication Arts for Photography

    Occupation: Owner of retreat center in Brooten.

    Activities: Photography, Fabric Art, quilting and painting. Enjoys oil, watercolor, acrylic and painting on fabric, and organizing art shows.

  • Jeannie Pladsen

    Jeannie Pladsen

    (Glenwood, Pope County)

  • Jeannie Pladsen

    Jeannie Pladsen

    Pope County

    Term: 07/15-6/18, 1st Term

    Name: Jeannie Pladsen

    Length of Residence in Pope County: 15 Years

    Activities: Walking, Hiking, Collecting Norwegian memorabilia

    Education: Moorhead State University

    Occupation: Retired

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Starbuck Depot, Coordinator Starbuck Horizons, Starbuck Arts Council Committee

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: For me to become more involved with the arts and hopefully to spread the word on art.

  • Siobhan Bremer

    Siobhan Bremer

    (Morris, Stevens County)

  • Siobhan Bremer

    Siobhan Bremer

    Stevens County

    Term: 7/15-6/18, 1st Term

    Board member's name: Siobhan Bremer

    Length of residence in Stevens County: 13 years

    Activities: Professional Acting, Academic Directing and Teaching, Tennis

    Education: MFA in Acting, B.S. in Theatre/Speech secndary Ed.

    Occupation: Theatre Professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris where she teaches performance classes, including Acting, Directing, Voice, and Movement, and Oral Interpretation.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival/Association of Theatre in Higher Education Innovative Teaching Award, 2015.

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: To promote and support Artists of all kinds within Stevens County as well as the Lake Regions of Minnesota.

  • Andrew Sletten

    Andrew Sletten

    (Morris, Stevens County)

  • Andrew Sletten

    Andrew Sletten

    Stevens County

    Andrew Sletten

    Length of Residence in County: 5 Years

    Activities: Improv Comedy, drumming with various music groups

    Education: B.A. History, U of M, Morris

    Occupation: Admissions Counselor, U of M, Morris

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Board Member

    The Platform, Co-Founder

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: Opportunity to further engage with the incredible West Central MN Arts Community

  • Jamie Beyer

    Jamie Beyer

    (Wheaton, Traverse County)

  • Jamie Beyer

    Jamie Beyer

    Traverse County

    Term: 7/14-6/17, 1st Term

    Name: Jamie Beyer

    Education: BA in Philosophy from the U of MN, Morris and completed the coursework for the Masters of Science Public Administration Program at MSUM, Moorhead.

    Occupation: She is currently providing marketing, graphic design and bid packaging services for national companies and works with her family farm business. Her portfolio suggests her creativity in the business world is expressed through t-shirt designs, furniture design and various computer illustrations.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Jamie serves on the Traverse County Arts Council.

  • Carolyn Flieder

    Carolyn Flieder

    (Wheaton, Traverse County)

  • Carolyn Flieder

    Carolyn Flieder

    Traverse County

    Term: 7/12-6/18 (Second term)

    Length of residence in County:

    Activities: Fiber arts, Fimo clay sculpting, mixed media, enjoy the theatre, and classical music.

    Education: B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education, 1 yr. Psychology

    Occupation: Has worked as a Social Worker for Lutheran Social Services, owned & operated a quilt shop and bed and breakfast for 10 years, and as a Social Worker for private services.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Member of the S.W. Minnesota ART MEANDER for three years, member of Glacial Ridge Artists for over 10 years.

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: To help represent artists in Traverse County and to encourage people to utilize their creative talents in anyway they can and to provide ad promote art opportunities in Traverse County.

  • Stan Goldade

    Stan Goldade

    (Breckenridge, Wilkin County)

  • Stan Goldade

    Stan Goldade

    Wilkin County

    Term: 4/12-6/18 (Second Term)

    Length of residence in County: August 1991 to present

    Activities: Crop hail adjuster, golf, bicycle, pottery, photography

    Education: BA and BS Mathematics & Physics, MAT Mathematics at Minot State University

    Occupation: Mathematics Instructor at Breckenridge Senior High School

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Breckenridge Teacher of Excellence 1995, Scout Master of the Year 2001, Coach the following activities: Boys Golf, Knowledge Bowl and Mathletes

    Why I serve on the LRAC Board: I want to promote the importance of arts in Wilkin County and surrounding area.

  • Erin Gunderson

    Erin Gunderson

    (Breckenridge, Wilkin County)

  • Erin Gunderson

    Erin Gunderson

    Wilkin County

    Term: 7/14-6/17, 1st Term

    Name: Erin Gunderson

    Activities: Erin sings, plays flute and piano, paints, and makes jewelry, pottery and graphic designs.

    Education: Erin Gunderson holds a BA in Religion from Concordia College with a Minor in History.

    Occupation: She is the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Branch Manager in Breckenridge.

    Awards/Distinctions/Committees: Her volunteer service includes council member of the Symphonic Band, Kalispell, MT, providing support and designed pieces for the Campus Entertainment Commission, Concordia.