Birch Creek
Board of Trustees &
Administrative Staff

Board of Trustees

Birch Creek is governed by a 19 member board selected to serve three-year terms. Trustees are Door County residents identified for their accomplishments in the arts, humanities, business, education or public service. The board includes members from urban and rural areas across Door County and from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Board members set policy for Birch Creek and work with the executive director to approve budgets annually.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Steve Gomoll, President
Mary Moster, Vice President
Miriam Erickson, Secretary
Steve Kase, Treasurer
Steve Kane, Development Chair
Barbara Flint, Past President

TRUSTEES

Jane Berg
Greg Britton
Scott Brunswick
Carla Byrnes
Joan Guasta
Lyn Huber
Jan Johnson
Lynn Kaczmarek, President, The Associates
David Long
Charlotte Lukes
Debra Merkle-Schubert
Raymond Moulis
Patti Vickman

Administrative Staff

Mona Christensen
Executive Director, the Steve and Jackie Kane Chair

Mona Christensen became Birch Creek’s Executive Director in 2015 after a 27-year career at UW-Green Bay as the Director of Camps and Conferences. In addition, she served as Ministries Director at a large church in Green Bay for five years. Her lifelong administrative work engaged administration, faculty, staff and volunteers to serve youth to senior citizen clientele in both credit and non-credit programming environments. She is experienced in meeting the educational needs of musicians and students, as well as technologies needed to operate a music education program. Mona holds a music degree and an advanced degree in Administrative Science-Management. As a flautist, she taught flute privately for 20 years and has performed in a number of community and church bands, flute choirs, and orchestras over the years.

Carol Boudreau
Finance Manager/Donor and Community Outreach

Carol joined Birch Creek in February 2018 as Finance Manager and Donor & Community Outreach. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology and Mathematics respectively. Carol’s work history includes adjunct faculty at several colleges teaching algebra and statistics and Account Group Manager in market research where she was responsible for building and maintaining client relationships, contracts and budgets while managing her team to create actionable results for her clients. She moved to Door County in 2013 and most recently was the Executive Director at the Humane Society. Carol brings a strong background in business math in addition to non-profit experience.

Jim DuFrane
Facilities Manager

Jim DuFrane became Birch Creek’s new Facilities Manager in January 2018. Jim’s skills in repairing, restoring and creating nearly anything come from his work experience as a machinist, cabinet maker, carpenter, signmaker and glass artist. He worked at Mid-States Aluminum and FZE Manufacturing in Fond du Lac and at Palmer Johnson in Sturgeon Bay before opening and operating his glassworks gallery, G&J Glassworks, on Madison Avenue in Sturgeon Bay from 2010-2018.

Emily Maher
Marketing Manager

Emily joined Birch Creek in September 2017 and brings a background in marketing, advertising and business administration. Her work experience includes Associate Director of Corporate Communications for a real estate investment/development company and Creative Services Director for an ad agency in Chicago. Since moving to Door County in 2004, Emily has held positions as the Programs Director at the Peninsula School of Art and Office Manager for On Deck Clothing Company. She has a degree in business combined with fine arts studies.

Michelle Naese
Office and Registration Manager

Michelle started with Birch Creek in 2015 as Administrative and Office Support Assistant, and she is currently the academy’s Registrar and Office Manager. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Green Bay. Michelle has 10 years’ experience as a law office clerk. She also enjoys music, and was a trumpet player through high school.

Kate Rericha
Grants and Development Manager

Kate is an arts educator with experience in a variety of environments including public and private education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Education degree with a minor in English, and has recently completed a course in Fund Raising for the Professional from the Lilly Family School for Philanthropy. Kate serves her local and state communities through board leadership and arts advocacy. She additionally serves on grant review panels for the Wisconsin Arts Board’s competitive grant programs. She has been with Birch Creek since 2005.

Mona Christensen
Executive Director, the Steve and Jackie Kane Chair
Carol Boudreau
Finance Manager/Donor and Community Outreach
Jim DuFrane
Facilities Manager
Emily Maher
Marketing Manager
Michelle Naese
Office and Registration Manager
Kate Rericha
Grants and Development Manager