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LRAC Staff

  • Maxine Adams

    Maxine Adams

    Executive Director

  • Maxine Adams

    Maxine Adams

    Executive Director

    Time in position: Hired 11/17/2003

    Responsible for:

    Grant Management: Oversee design, procuring funding for, and administration all grant programs.

    Services: Coordination of all LRAC services including, media and communications, technical assistance, workshops, networking meetings and site visits.

    Staff Management: Oversees LRAC staff in the discharge of their duties.

    Advocacy: Advocate on behalf of the arts to civic, community and governmental groups, including the Minnesota State Legislature.

    Planning/Research: Work with the LRAC to design and carry out ongoing needs assessment related to the needs of the artistic community and general citizenry in the Lake Region. Work with the Forum of Regional Arts Councils in Minnesota to plan and implement statewide arts services and projects.

    Reporting: Prepare program and financial reports as required by or on the behalf of the LRAC. Administer LRAC accounts and budgets.

    Interests: Travel, photography, reading, gardening and family.

    Why I work in the Arts: I have the best job in the world. I am able to work with interesting, creative people who bring us the most amazing ideas for arts projects. The best moments of my job are when I can tell someone, "You received the grant!" I have always been an artsy person. I love going to galleries, museums and searching the internet for wild new ways to do art. I love working in the Arts because it is always new, always interesting and it brings me joy.

  • Connie Payson

    Connie Payson

    Executive Assistant

  • Connie Payson

    Connie Payson

    Executive Assistant

    Time in Position: Hired 3/16/10

    Responsible for:

    - Coordinate and implement all phases of the Artist Mentor program

    - Maintenance of LRAC Arts Calendar, Newsletter and email news announcements

    - Assist Executive Director in implementing LRAC programs such as Poetry Out Loud, Six Word Short Story contest, Annual Meeting, networking meetings and workshops.

    - Assist Executive Director in copying and sending LRAC reports and proposals to funders.

    - Prepare Board meeting packets and send to Board members.

    - Take minutes at the monthly LRAC meetings, type and send to directors.

    - Assist with the maintenance of the LRAC files and other clerical duties as assigned by the LRAC.

    - Assist with updating and maintenance of the LRAC Arts Calendar and news letter records, Artist Registry, and other records, electronic and hardcopy. Collaborate with Regional Communications Specialist where necessary.

    - Answer inquiries about LRAC programs and services when the Executive Director and Grants Manger are not available.

    Interests:

    Hobbies include home improvement projects, flower gardens, repurposing or renewing items for functional and decorative use, painting, sewing, reading, understanding current events, and researching the wealth of information available on the internet.

    Connie relocated to rural Minnesota from southern California in 1996. She currently resides on Jewett Lake in Fergus Falls.

    Why I work in the Arts:

    Connie believes the arts is an economic development opportunity in the region. She says "I believe the participation in the arts helps individuals to develop important soft skills that are transferrable to any industry or career, and I believe the most valuable asset of any community, organization, industry, or company is its people. Developing people and community through the arts makes good sense."

    While coordinating the Artist Mentor Program, Connie is mindful that a mentorship provides opportunities for both the mentor and student in personal development. Connie enjoys encouraging others along their individual journeys through the Artist Mentor Program.

  • Betsy Ostenson

    Betsy Ostenson

    Grants Manager

  • Betsy Ostenson

    Betsy Ostenson

    Grants Manager

    Time in position: 12/7/09

    Responsible for:

    - Administer LRAC grant programs and grant reviews.

    - Administer initial intake with prospective grant applicants, gathering basic information and making appropriate recommendations.

    - Administer the grants process, including answering applicants questions, determining the eligibility of grants, preparing grants for review, notifying grant applicants of the status of their grants, keeping accurate records of all grant applications received, monitoring final reports, and spot audits, if necessary.

    - Prepare materials for grant review meetings and processing the results of the grant reviews.

    - Oversee all office management, i.e. filing, typing, correspondence, etc. associated with administering the grant programs.

    - Maintain records and reports of financial payouts of awarded grants.

    - Develop and conduct grant writing workshops for grant applicants.

    - Provide information to the Executive Director and Board regarding grants or grantees as necessary.

    Interests:

    Performance art, gardening, sewing, and a Francophile (lover of all things French)

    Why I work in the Arts? Creativity has always been a part of my life. From my advanced sewing classes in high school to singing in the choir and acting on stage, most of my free time growing up involved something creative.

    As an adult, I discovered that I liked having something to show for my time, something more than pushing paper or staring at a computer screen. The thrill and excitement of taking an idea and making it happen, being creative and working as a team brought me back to the arts where I became involved in community theatre.

    Flash forward ten years and all of my energy and passion were being channeled into the arts: acting, singing, costuming, directing, producing, writing grants for a community theatre, and serving six years on the LRAC Board. Meanwhile, I was still working a day job to help support our family.

    Thanks to Minnesota's Legacy Amendment, my volunteer role as an art advocate has now become my profession. In my position as the LRAC Grant Manager, I am able to utilize my skills as both a grant writer and a grant reviewer in order to work with individual artists and art organizations in the region.

    It is very exciting to be part of the artistic process for so many outstanding projects in the LRAC region. Yes, I still spend a lot of my time in front of a computer screen, but now, I definitely have something to show for my time, Great Art!