Staff and Board


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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.

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Marketing & Events Coordinator

Ian Martin

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



Shelley Williams

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.

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Deb Harris

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. 


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.


Michelle McCormick

As an English teacher, Michelle encourages a deeper understanding of humanity as well as impactful self-expression. Her efforts also now include providing marketing support for their local family businesses. Through her role as an ACWL Board Member, she will use her personal and professional experiences and her advanced degree to promote healthy growth throughout the White Lake area.


Ashlynn Kafka

Ashlynn is currently a Sophomore at Whitehall High School. She joined the ACWL-Nuveen board because she wanted to continue helping out and participating at the center. The ACWL-Nuveen is where she displayed some of her first paintings, so she wants to help out as much as she can! 

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Alexandria Austin

Alexandria Austin is a freshman at Muskegon Community College. She has always had an interest in the arts, loves being a part of the White Lake community, and doing anything she can to help. She also loves animals, talking to people, reading and creating art. 

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Cindy Francis

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.


Past Chair

Jane Hanna

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. 


Lynn Cotter

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.


Peter Johnson

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. 


Kathy Rogers

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


Holly VanderPlaats

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. In retirement 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.

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Christopher Jones

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.