Board of Directors

SEMAC is governed by a Board of Directors who consistently demonstrate strong involvement in support of arts endeavors and who represent all eleven counties in the southeastern Minnesota region - Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties, plus up to four at-large directors.  The following individuals currently serve as the SEMAC Board of Directors.

County Director Description
Dodge Jane Olive Mantorville resident; period costumer; member, Mantorville Arts Guild, Mantorville Opera House, Mantorville Theatre Company
Fillmore Paula Michel Harmony resident; arts advocate and supporter; Secretary, Harmony Arts Board
Freeborn Teresa Kauffmann Albert Lea resident; photographer and graphic designer; Public Information Officer, City of Albert Lea
Goodhue open nominations accepted
Houston Drue Fergison rural Houston County resident; musicologist with dance and literary expertise
Mower Connie Nelson Austin resident; musician; retired choral music teacher, Austin Public Schools
Olmsted Steven Schmidt Rochester resident; musician; General Manager, City of Rochester Music Department
Rice Julie Fakler Faribault resident; visual artist; Education Coordinator and Gallery Committee Chair, Paradise Center for the Arts
Steele Scott Roberts Owatonna resident; visual artist; former business director, Owatonna Arts Center
Wabasha Kjellgren Alkire Lake City resident; visual and performance artist; Art Faculty, Winona State University
Winona Larry Gorrell Winona resident; arts administrator; Program Director, Master of Arts in Human Development, Saint Mary’s University
At-Large Hal Cropp Lanesboro resident; theatre artist; Executive Director, Commonweal Theatre Company
At-Large Daved Driscoll Chatfield resident; theatre artist; Artistic Director, Northland Words / Words Players Theatre
At-Large Judy Saye-Willis Northfield resident; fiber artist; former director, Faribault Art Center
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