The Five Wings Art Council Board consists of an eleven-member panel with representation from each of the five counties served. The function of the FWAC Board is to serve as a panel of professionals that review grant applications while facilitating arts development in the Five Wings region. Criteria for board consideration is:
- FWAC recruits board members through an open nomination process.
- Council must reside within one of the five counties in the Five Wings Region: Todd, Wadena, Morrison, Cass and Crow Wing counties.
- FWAC board members are chosen for their knowledge, expertise, and participation in the arts.
For more information about how you can become a member of the FWAC board, email Mark Turner at email@example.com or Vicki Chepulis at firstname.lastname@example.org
CASS COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES
Michael Sander | Pine River
Michael Sander has a BS in theater from Syracuse University. He has had a long career as an actor (member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association), a college textbook editor, and theater critic in New York and Minneapolis/St. Paul. He currently lives in Pine River where he has directed plays for the Pequot Lakes Community Theater and the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA). He serves as a member of the GLAPA board.
CROW WING COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES
Millie Engisch | Brainerd
With a degree in fine art, commercial art and advertising, Millie Engisch has served in a variety of graphic design and marketing positions, most recently as a marketing specialist at Essentia Health and Crow Wing Energized. As the former artistic director at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd, she led the local non-profit arts organization for four years. During this time, she worked with the board of directors and various committees to fulfill their mission (to promote and enhance arts opportunities), and connected and communicated with the membership and the broader community.
With a background in music and theater, Sue Johnson works as a substitute teacher in Brainerd elementary schools and is the grant writer for Lakes Area Music Festival and Heartland Symphony Orchestra and a member of the orchestra. In the past, she has served as the Executive Director of Lakes Area Music Festival, was a board member of Minnesota Elementary Music Educators, founding member and board member of the Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, church choir director and a director of her church’s Board of Worship. She has also acted in many productions of both the Central Lakes College and GLAPA.
Dawn Espe | Crow Wing County
With a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Dawn is the Regional Development Planner and Communications Manager for the Region Five Development Commission. She has volunteered with the Five Wings Arts Council and the Browerville Food Shelf.
MORRISON COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES
Brigid Fitzgerald | Little Falls
Brigid is a partner in the Rosenmeier Law Office in Little Falls. She has served as a board member for the St. Francis Music Center where her three sons took music lessons. She and her husband and sons have been frequent attendees at the events and activities of Great River Arts and are great art supporters.
TODD COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES
Chad Groetsch | Todd County
Chad Groetsch is dedicated to serving in and improving upon communities where he is able. He has served in many civic capacities for a variety of non-profit organizations for nearly thirty years. He currently serves as president of the board of the Lamplighter Community Theater in Staples, MN. Chad also has experience reviewing and approving grant applications for students of the MNSCU system who developed community-based internships within Minnesota. Chad recently relocated to Staples in 2016. He lives in a grand old brick house with his wife, two kids, and two cats.
WADENA COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES
A retired social worker for Wadena County Social Services, Allan had various responsibilities with adult mental health, vulnerable adults, developmental disabilities, and management of client personal funds. He volunteers with Knute Nelson Hospice, which includes visiting and companionship as well as building ramps, installing grab bars, or building special equipment. He is a court-appointed guardian for a person with dementia and another with traumatic brain injury. Active in his church and community, his art interests have been fueled by the Madhatter Community Theatre for which he has directed. He has also volunteered with the Wadena Area Concert Association, selling memberships and choosing programs.
Cheryl Bannes | Wadena County
Arts have been a passion for Cheryl for over 30 years. Not only is she an artist herself art is a true reflection of who she truly is. She believes in the transformative power of the arts; for both the artist and participant. Cheryl is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with an MA in 3D studio art and received a K12 art certification from Montana State University. Cheryl is currently the Programs Director at the New York Mills Cultural Center. Her experience, passion, and commitment to the arts and the people will bring exceptional insight into the Five Wings Art Council board.