Birch Creek Board of Trustees & Administrative Staff

Board of Trustees

Birch Creek is governed by a twenty-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

  • Barbara Flint, President
  • Sam Carmen, Vice President
  • Mary Moster, Secretary
  • Steve Gomoll, Treasurer
  • Jane Berg, Past President

 

Trustees

  • Bud Barta
  • Jane Berg
  • Christine Bridenhagen
  • Sam Carmen
  • Miriam Erickson
  • Barbara Flint
  • Steve Gomoll
  • Joan Guasta
  • Patti Hedeen
  • Lyn Huber, President, The Associates
  • Jan Johnson
  • Mary Moster
  • Brian Pertl
  • Lolly Ratajczak
  • Louise Rogers
  • Cynthia Stiehl
  • Karen Utnehmer
  • Tom Young


Administrative Staff

Please use the "Contact" page on this Web site if you wish to contact Administrative Staff.

Alan Kopischke, Executive Director

Alan Kopischke comes to Birch Creek with an extensive arts management background. He received his BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Miami, an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre, and he earned the First Stage Children's Theater's Educator of the Year Award. He spent twelve seasons with Peninsula Players, the last six of which he served as Development Director, where he successfully increased annual fund campaigns and developed new community engagement programs such as The Big Read Door County. Alan also served as Executive Director of the Modjeska Youth Theatre Company in Milwaukee. He currently serves on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County and chairs the Scholarship Committee of the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay.

Mary Hall, Registrar

Mary Hall joined Birch Creek's year-round staff in October 2010 as Office Manager / Registrar. Mary graduated magna cum laude from Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied music (voice). Her 10 years of experience at the Door County Maritime Museum and music background makes her well-suited for the position. As well, Mary is the Choir Director at Hope Church, Sturgeon Bay, and her volunteer activities as an actress and performer with Isadoora Theatre Company bring added dimensions to her role at Birch Creek.

Ann Johnson / Business Consultant

A 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.

Jenn Neuville, Operations Director

Hired in 2011 as Operations Manager of Birch Creek’s expanding campus, Jenn brings six years of facility management, volunteer coordination and membership recruitment for Wisconsin School Music Association & Wisconsin Music Educators Association to Birch Creek. She holds a degree in arts management with a business administration minor, and adds a technology-savvy component to our organizational growth.

Kate Rericha, Director of Grants

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.

Russ Warren, Marketing Director

Russ joined Birch Creek as Marketing Director in 2014. He served for seven years as Director of Marketing and Meetings Management for a public relations firm in Virginia, and more recently as Accreditation Manager for an arts-education accreditation organization in Florida. Russ comes from a musical/theatrical family and performed with the Virginia Wesleyan Chamber Singers and the Choral Arts Society of Southeast Wisconsin.