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 (6/20)
Diane Everson is the founder and current President of Directions Publishing, Inc. and a major shareholder in the Edgerton Reporter, the local weekly newspaper co-owned with her mother. She has been directly involved in the management and operation of the newspaper since 1978 and the management of her company as a separate entity, since its formal incorporation in 1983. She became co-publisher of the Edgerton Reporter in 1992.
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 (6/20)
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 has served as executive director of a statewide educational nonprofit, taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and facilitated connections and resources among Wisconsin's 24 private nonprofit colleges and universities. She writes and consults in the area of education, particularly college access and success. Carole earned a bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University and a master's and 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. Mary also chairs the Healthy Farms Healthy Lakes Task Force.
Supervisor Kolar is serving her 3rd term as a Director on the Wisconsin Counties Association Board of Directors. She 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 (6/20)
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.
Samie Chambers (6/20)
Samie is the Chief Financial Officer of Ho-Chunk Gaming – Madison, and also serves on the Madison chapter boards for Financial Executives International (FEI) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Samie holds a BA in Accounting from Lakeland College, and brings experience in strategic planning and practical execution to the Commission.
Samie is committed to preserving and increasing the positive economic impact that diverse cultural programming brings to Dane County, and also to increasing the accessibility of music, arts, and theatre for our entire Dane County community.
Luis Montoto (4/18)
*Chair; ** Co-Chair; bold = exec committee member, ^county supervisor