Birch Creek Board of Trustees & Administrative Staff
Board of Trustees
Birch Creek is governed by a 20 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.
- Steve Gomoll, President
- Sam Carmen, Vice President
- Carla Byrnes, Secretary
- Steve Kase, Treasurer
- Barbara Flint, Past President
- Jane Berg
- Scott Brunswick
- Barbara Flint
- Rich Fredrick
- Joan Guasta
- Lyn Huber, President, The Associates
- Jan Johnson
- Steven Kane
- David Long
- Charlotte Lukes
- Debra Merkle-Schubert
- Mary Moster
- Lolly Ratajczak
- Karen Utnehmer
- Patti Vickman
Please use the "Contact" page if you wish to contact Administrative Staff.
Mona Christensen, Executive DirectorMona Christensen, Executive Director at Birch Creek Music Performance Center, comes to us after 27 years of service at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay where she served as the Director of Camps and Conferences, Technology Supervisor and Advisor for the University's Learning in Retirement Program. Her music-related programming included overseeing the UWGB Summer Music Camps that served thousands of youths over the years and a private lesson studio that she maintained for over 20 years. Mona is a flautist who performs regularly at her church in Sister Bay, and she plays seasonally in Green Bay's Sounds of Silver Community Flute Choir.
Ann Johnson, Finance and Business ManagerA member of the Birch Creek team since 2001, Ann's experience ranges from teaching at the post-secondary level to private sector and non-profit treasury management. Ann holds degrees in linguistics and business management from Loyola University, Chicago, and currently serves on the Treasury Management Team funding the worldwide mission outreach of the Moravian Church in North America.
Carl Shakal, Director of Operations and Facilities
Carl retired from the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Green Bay, as Director of Finance in 2006. He then began a career in healthcare, first as a CNA, then as an LPN and worked at different long-term care facilities in the County as well as the Community Clinic of Door County until it closed in March of 2016. Carl is a Viet Nam veteran (USN) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Green Bay, and a Master’s in Arts Administration from UW-Madison. He has owned and managed residential and commercial properties in Green Bay for over 20 years. He joined Birch Creek as Facilities Manager in July of 2016.
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 has been playing the trumpet since 5th grade.
Kate Rericha, Grants and Development Manager
A leading grants administrator and grant writer for nonprofit organizations in the arts, health and human service, and public education, Kate Rericha is an arts educator with over forty years of experience in a variety of environments including PK-12 public and
private education, technical college, and nursing home program administration. Kate holds a Bachelor of Art Education degree from UW-Oshkosh with a minor in English. As Secretary of the Board of the Egg Harbor Business Association and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Arts Wisconsin (Madison), Kate serves her local community through board leadership and her state community through arts advocacy and program evaluation. She has been with Birch Creek since 2005.
Ian Johnson, Marketing Manager
Ian has played a significant role in creative marketing projects in Door County and across the Midwest . He graduated from Loras College in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science Degree with studies in both Biology and Marketing. Ian has maintained a close relationship to Jazz as a drummer for over 8 years. He spent nearly 2 years in the Chicagoland area developing brand prescence and marketing strategies for online retail before returning to Door County to put his skills in design, photography and writing to work at Birch Creek.
Ashley began working at Birch Creek in 2011 as a camp counselor and became the Residential Manager in 2016. Ashley works remotely during the academy’s ‘off season’ as she works hard to recruit, hire and coordinate summer interns and camp counselors. Ashley also coordinates student outreaches and schedules Birch Creek’s Jazz Ambassadors. She has taught at UW-Milwaukee and directed horn choirs in Milwaukee, at the University of Colorado, Cedarburg High School, Sun Prairie High School and the Appel Farm Arts Camp Orchestra and Brass Ensemble. As a horn player, Ashley has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Stevens Point in Music Education and Horn Performance and a Master’s Degree from UW-Milwaukee in Horn Performance and Chamber Music. She is currently pursuing a DMA in Horn Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado-Boulder.