Board of Directors
Shelley Williams (age 65) is a 7-year resident of the White Lake area and has been a board member for 4 years (board secretary for 2 years). Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She has been a library director for 18 years, and has always considered the arts and literacy to be the two mainstays of life.
Julie Aebig (age 36) has been a Board member since January 2017. She has spent the last 15 years in print and digital marketing and advertising for local media. She has attended Muskegon Community College, and Ferris State University for Business Marketing Management & Technologies - Secondary Vocational Education. She joined the board as a commitment to offer quality arts and education to the White Lake Community.
Bob Suits (age 67) has been a Board Member for 5 years (board treasurer for 2 years). He has also been involved in area Trustee and Planning and Zoning Commission boards. He holds an Electronic Technicians Degree, and I worked for Verizon for 35 years. He also has served in various capacities for the White Lake Area Elks for two decades.
Jane Hanna (age 71) has lived in the White Lake community for over forty-five years. She is a retired educator in the Montague Area Public Schools. She has been a member of the ACWL for over thirty years and volunteers because she believes that the “arts” make a community. She has served on the ACWL – NUVEEN board for the last 25 years and this year she is the chair.
Lynn Cotter (age 73) has lived in the White Lake Area since 1973. She is one of the founders of the ACWL and has remained active, at various levels, since the beginning. She retired from Montague Public schools with 42 years public school experience. Her only real passion in this community is the Nuveen Center and the ACWL. “We are the beautiful glue.”
Cindy Francis (age 57) is a new member of the ACWL. She was on the founding board of the Nuveen Community Center for the Arts. She has been an advocate for the arts in the community and in K-12 Education through her 20 years of service on the Montague School Board. She and her husband run Montague Tree Farms.
Peter Johnson, began art education at an early age by differentiating the pictures hanging on the wall from the wallpaper. For forty-five years he has been a studio potter in the White Lake area. This organization has waxed and waned under different names before he came here but has survived and grown and thrived.
Kathy Rogers (age 64) is a retired art teacher. Twenty years ago, upon moving to the White Lake area, she joined the Arts Council and began volunteering. She believe the arts builds creativity and creative minds become problem solvers. Art is the vehicle which connects all other disciplines and grows better people.
Nancy Worfel (age 69) is retired from being a tax accountant and a partner in A.D.F. Accounting, LLC in Kalamazoo. She has experience as both a bookkeeper and an accountant. She has prepared individual tax returns, corporate tax returns, partnership tax returns and non-profit tax returns. I was asked by the director to be on the Finance Committee in 2012.
Director-Nuveen Art Education
Chelsea Kirksey serves as the Director. Chelsea has been active in ACWL programming for nearly four years as a gallery manager and teacher. After graduating from Reeths-Puffer High School, Chelsea attended Michigan State University where she earned a BFA in Art Education and Specialization in American Indian Studies. Chelsea is passionate about bringing accessible and inclusive art programming to the White Lake area. She currently lives in Muskegon with her rabbit Jazz and cat Ferngully. She enjoys biking around downtown and visiting the beach.
Kambria Hogg is our Staff Assistant. She is new to the Arts Council but looks forward to serving our community of artist by overseeing the Artisan Market and merchandising the Gallery. Kambria is passionate about helping the community engage with the arts. Although, she did not grow up in the White Lake area, when she moved here seven years ago she fell in love with the Stars Hallow feeling that the area has. When not at work, she can be found on the water out fishing with her husband Ryan.
Stephanie Lilly is from Montague, MI and graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Stephanie was raised in a family business environment and has worked mostly in Business Management positions, but is now self employed, running her own QuickBooks consulting business. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Isabelle (10) and Sophie (2). She loves growing her own food in the garden, watching the birds, and is in the process of writing her first book.