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Board of Directors

SEMAC is governed by a Board of Directors who consistently demonstrate strong involvement in support of arts endeavors with the goal of perpetuating the SEMAC Mission, Vision and Core Values.

The Board represents all eleven counties in the southeastern Minnesota region, and includes up to four at-large directors. Listed by county, the following individuals currently serve as the SEMAC Board of Directors.

Nominate someone to represent your county on the Board of Directors by contacting director(at)semac.org. Potential candidates may also complete a SEMAC Service Opportunities application on the grant interface.

Board of Directors meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of every month except December..

All in-person meetings are currently suspended. See the Calendar for specific information about upcoming meetings.

CountyDirector_NameBackground
FillmoreKara MaloneyLanesboro resident; visual artist; Executive Director, Lanesboro Arts
FreebornElisha MarinAlbert Lea resident; consultant to the Freeborn County Arts Initiative, K-12 school teacher of the arts, graphic designer, nationally-performing musician
GoodhueYelba OlsonRed Wing resident; Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County, arts supporter and community activist
MowerLaura HelleAustin resident; visual artist; Executive Director, Austin Area Commission for the Arts
OlmstedSophia ChaiRochester resident, visual artist focusing on photography, public art, installation
RiceRob HardyNorthfield resident, poet and prose writer, former Poet Laureate of Northfield
WabashaKjellgren AlkireLake City Resident; visual artist; volunteers at Lake City Area Arts
WinonaJon SwansonWinona resident, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, art historian, photographer, and nautical archaeologist
At LargeSteve DietzFrontenac resident, retired from Northern Lights mn after a career focused on the arts and fine arts publishing, now working to support local artists and arts organizations
Openings available for At Large, Dodge, Houston and Steele Counties

Click below to review meeting minutes for the past two fiscal years. Minutes of previous Board meetings are available on request.

Board Minutes FY2021
Board Minutes FY2022
Board Minutes FY2023
Aug 2023 Board Minutes
Sep 2023 Board Minutes
Oct 2023 Board Minutes
Nov 2023 Board Minutes