Staff and Board


Erin Peyer

A Wisconsin transplant, Erin grew up playing music and earned her Master's degree in Piano Pedagogy. She ran a successful private piano studio in Oshkosh, WI for four years and was an active member of local, state, and national music teacher associations. Upon moving to Michigan, 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 enjoys reading, spending time with her pups, and drinking tasty brews.

Assistant Director

Susan Wink

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.

Stephanie Lilly

Stephanie was born and raised in White Lake. She loves being part of an organization that does so much to unify and educate the community. Raised in a family retail business, she's been involved in keeping books since she was a teen. She loves her children, gardening, reading, and writing.

Board of Directors

Newly retired as the director of the White Lake Library, Shelley has taken on the position of Chair of the ACWL-Nuveen Board. Shelley enjoys working on stained glass projects and is looking forward to new adventures in retirement. 


Shelley Williams

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. 


Deb Harris

Laura Ritchie

Laura has been involved with ACWL-Nuveen for 12 years. Laura's hope for 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 for Healthwest and lives with her husband of 18 years in the White Lake area where they are raising two sons.

Julie Aebig

Julie has been a Board member since January 2017. She has spent the last 15 years in print and digital marketing and advertising for local media. She joined the board as a commitment to offer quality arts and education to the White Lake Community.

Bob Suits

Bob has been a Board Member for 6 years. He has also been involved in area Trustee and Planning and Zoning Commission boards. He holds an Electronic Technicians Degree, and he worked for Verizon for 35 years. He also has served in various capacities for the White Lake Area Elks for two decades.

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.


Cindy Francis

Retired Montague teacher, Jane is the outgoing past chairman of the ACWL-Nuveen. In her free time she enjoys days on White Lake and traveling. 

Past Chair

Jane Hanna

Lynn is a retired Montague High School teacher. Lynn has an artistic flare and is displaying her poured paint art at the gallery. She enjoys reading and is an active member of local book clubs.

Lynn Cotter

Peter, more commonly known in the area as "Peter the Potter" has been an active member of ACWL-Nuveen for many years. When not working in his studio he can often be found on cross country skis both in Michigan and internationally. 

Peter Johnson

Kathy is a retired art teacher for Whitehall School District. As an artist herself, her paintings and prints can be seen in the gallery. Kathy has pioneered several local art clubs and continues to be a life long learner.

Kathy Rogers

Artist and designer, Tina Larson is a Michigan native who works primarily in acrylic, watercolor and sand! She also owns VintaStalgia, a company offering goods with a vintage and nostalgic flare. She and her husband Tony have raised four children who are all married, and live around the world.

Tina Larson

The Nuveen Center is accessible to all visitors–whatever their ability. Each room is wheelchair accessible, including classrooms and restroom. Guide animals are also welcome. Feel free to call us in advance of your visit so we can accommodate any special needs. 


Phone: 231-893-2524

© 2019 by Arts Council of White Lake - Nuveen Center     All images and artwork are copyrighted and property of the original artist; used here with permission.