Cultural Affairs Commission members are appointed by the County Executive: 10 citizens serving 3-year terms and 3 County Board Supervisors serving 2-year terms.
In part, it shall be the duty of the commission to assist in the planning, coordination and promotion of county and local programs with a historic, cultural, or festival nature. Members will oversee the provision of county services and the allocation of county money to cultural programs, encouraging the maximum service and accountability in return for tax dollars.
Diane Everson (6/17)
Mary Klehr (6/18)
Mary Klehr (6/18) Mary Klehr holds a joint MMSD/UW-Madison position as an Elementary Teacher Educator working to prepare skilled and caring new teachers for culturally diverse public schools. Mary also coordinates the MMSD Classroom Action Research Program, which supports teachers in examining their own practice through reflective inquiry.
Before becoming a teacher and teacher educator, Mary studied with George Houston Bass at Brown University's Rites & Reason Theatre, a research-to-performance theater company in Providence that is one of the oldest producing Black theaters in the U.S., and also worked as a creative drama and children's theater specialist in Boston and Madison. Mary earned her MA in Educational Theater and completed a Curriculum & Instruction dissertation featuring K-12 teachers who use arts-based research methods to study classroom life.
Mary brings to her work on the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission a commitment to engaging children in the arts in schools and communities, and a strong interest in highlighting connections between advocacy, education, and the arts.
Steve Morgan (6/18)
Originally from southern California, Steven Morgan is the former Director of Bands at Madison West High School (1997-2011), where he also taught guitar and music theory, and oversaw the jazz program. Previously he served on the music faculty of the UW system for 13 years. He received Masters and Doctoral degrees from UW-Madison. Still very active in the local music scene, Steve performs regularly with jazz, rock, and musical theatre productions.
Carole Trone (6/17)
Carole J. Trone has served on the Dane Arts Commission since 2013 and was a member of the Arts-in-Education advisory panel from 2009-2013. Carole has lived in the Tenney Park neighborhood of Madison for over twenty years with her family. The daughter of a professional dancer and granddaughter of a professional musician, Carole prefers to play the part of arts enthusiast, attending a wide variety of live music and arts exhibitions in the area. Carole is the Senior Vice President for Educational Services for the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges & Universities and has a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the UW-Madison.
Rod Ritcherson (8/18)*
The Ritcherson Companies is an “uncommon communications”® company. Roderick Ritcherson, President, has over 40 years of experience in providing corporate services, over 20 years of experience providing services to non-profits.
Before forming The Ritcherson Companies in 1993, Ritcherson, held positions in the creative department of Stephan and Brady, Inc. advertising agency; Home Savings Bank, as vice president and director of marketing; Development Services, Inc., a national franchising company, as vice president, marketing, and WPLH Holdings/Wisconsin Power and Light (now Alliant Energy), a $3 billion global corporation, as manager of corporate communications. Ritcherson also held the position of Special Assistant to the President and Director of Corporate Relations with UMOS, Inc.
Ritcherson has served on the boards of the following non-profits: Madison Development Corporation (past chairman of the board), Dane County Development Corporation, Friends of WHA-TV public television (past vice president), American Advertising Federation-Madison (past president), the Henry Vilas Zoological Society, The African American Ethnic Academy, and the Wisconsin Community Action Program (WISCAP). Ritcherson currently serves as chair of the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (Dane Arts).
“My vision is to continue the great work done by Dane Arts and to make sure that the arts are equally accessible to all and Dane Arts funding is equally accessible by all.”
Tracy Williams-Maclin (8/18)**
Tracy Williams-Maclin, a nationally recognized leader in building partnerships across multicultural communities, has been named the new Diversity and Inclusion Advisor of American Family Insurance Corporate Headquarters.
Responsible for the strategy developed and implemented by the company, she has a very diverse background in addressing disparities, creating inclusive environments, and including those of diverse backgrounds. This has been demonstrated in roles, with the most recent as director of diversity and inclusion at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.
Williams-Maclin’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in individual and family development with a minor in psychology from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University, and additional study at Harvard University and New York University.
Marcia Miquelon (8/18)
Marcia Miquelon owns and directs the Mazomanie Movement Arts Center and the Wild Rumpus Circus. She is a dancer, teacher, event organizer and circus performer.
Mary Kolar (8/18)^
As the representative of downtown Madison on the Dane County Board of Supervisors since April 2013, Mary remains focused on improving the level of human services the county provides, improving lake water quality, promoting economic development, and increasing intermodal transportation options. She is Chair of the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee, Vice Chair of the Dane County Housing Authority, member of the Lakes and Watershed Commission, and the Cultural Affairs Commission.
Supervisor Kolar is serving her 2nd term as a Director on the Wisconsin Counties Association Board of Directors. She also previously served as Co-Chair of the City-County Liaison Committee.
Mary’s educational achievements include a BS in Marketing, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, a MA degree in Adult Education, University of Rhode Island, and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Christian Albouras (9/19)
Christian is the Business Development Specialist at Summit Credit Union. In this role, Chiristian manages Summit’s Financial Wellness Program, CUatWork. Through this program, Summit Credit Union is able to assist employers and agencies across Southern WI with providing their employees with financial education programming and resources. CUatWork was the recipient of the 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award, which was awarded by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.
Ashley Robertson (9/19)
A city planner by trade, Ashley Robertson has worked at the local planning and redevelopment consulting firm Vandewalle & Associates since moving to Madison in 2013. In this capacity she has worked to reinvigorate communities throughout the Midwest, particularly those negatively impacted by restructuring of the auto industry.
It was when Ashley picked up a paintbrush in 2014 that she discovered her passion for the arts. Since then, Ashley has completed several commissions and shown in exhibits and events across the United States, including a solo show at Strivers Garden Gallery in New York.
Ashley's education achievements include a BA in International Studies from Spelman College, and a Masters in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
*Chair; ** Co-Chair; bold = exec committee member, ^county supervisor