Staff and Board
A Wisconsin transplant, Erin grew up playing music and earned her Master's degree in Piano Pedagogy. Upon moving to Michigan in 2018, she decided to switch gears and pursue a career in nonprofits. She started at the ACWL-Nuveen as the Assistant to the Director before becoming Director in September of 2019. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Muskegon LEAD Giving Circle. She spends most of her free time reading, baking tasty treats, and hanging out with her husband, daughter and pups.
A Michigan native, Susan lived in the high plains desert of Roswell, New Mexico for several years where she maintained a professional studio creating custom ceramic tile and designing and building community-based public art. She also has an extensive education background teaching art to all ages in school and museum settings. Sue recently returned home to the “mitten” to be closer to family, the dense green woodlands, and the awe-inspiring Lake Michigan. When not in the studio, Sue enjoys cooking, reading and exploring the beautiful beaches throughout the state.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Ian has always been drawn to creativity and education. He has worked as the Training Program Manger for Braintree-PayPal, as a trainer at Apple Retail, and as an English teacher in Valencia, Spain. Ian’s artistic background is in writing and filmmaking. Ian is thrilled to be joining ACWL-Nuveen which combines his passions for education and creativity. He looks forward to highlighting the artists, educators, patrons, and volunteers who are central to ACWL-Nuveen.
Board of Directors
Retired director of the White Lake Community Library, Shelley is the Chair of the ACWL-Nuveen Board. She enjoys learning to create stained glass projects, playing with her grandchildren and travel. She is looking forward to new adventures in retirement and in helping advance the arts for all in our area.
Deb was a teacher in the Reeths-Puffer district until her retirement. She is an active member and teacher at the ACWL-Nuveen. She enjoys boating and soaking in the sights of White Lake.
Chris Jones was first introduced to the arts in the White Lake area through productions at the Playhouse at White Lake. He has explored the arts through a diverse range of disciplines and has a strong background in non-profit and retail. Chris enjoys taking classes through the ACWL-Nuveen, learning new creative skills, and sharing his knowledge with others.
Laura has been involved with the ACWL-Nuveen since 2010. Laura’s hope for the ACWL is to give opportunities to all artists in our community and to assist with ensuring that our center is accessible and welcoming to all. Laura works full time at Healthwest in Muskegon. She and her husband live with their boys in the White Lake community and enjoy all of the things this area has to offer for the arts and outdoor activities.
Cindy is the treasurer and also a Montague Area Public Schools Board Member. She and her husband own Montague Tree Farms and are involved in many organizations and events around White Lake area.
Holly is a former social worker who spent her clinical and administrative career in mental health and substance abuse agencies in Grand Rapids. She and her husband moved to Montague in 2009. Since her retirement in 2013 she has been involved as a volunteer in a number of church and community activities. She is excited to join the ACWL-Nuveen Board in their efforts to bring art to all those living in the White Lake area. She enjoys reading, boating and bridge.
As a freelance artist relatively new to the area, Kanda wanted to join a group of art enthusiastic and driven people as well as make lasting connections in the community. Kanda hopes to help ACWL in their future projects/plans and add a fresh perspective while working on meeting her own artistic goals!