Each January, we welcome new Board Members to the Arts Council of White Lake - Nuveen Center. Usually it's just one or two, but this year we had six! Add to that our new student board member who joined us in September, we have seven folks to introduce to you. Please help us welcome them!
2024 ACWL-Nuveen Board (L-R): Holly VanderPlaats - Chair, Chester Winowiecki, Laura Ritchie, Mackenzie Smith, Ann Kraus, Lynn Cotter, Gretchen Schneider, Deb Harris - Treasurer, Nicole Oquist, Jeremy Dykman - Secretary, Carolyn Carmel Dykman - Vice Chair, Kanda Parrott, Casey Rodgerson - student board member
Lynn Cotter is a retired librarian and English teacher. She is also one of the founding members of the ACWL-Nuveen. Lynn makes her home in Montague. She and her husband, Dave, have two adult children.
Born and raised in Montague, Jeremy moved to various locations throughout the US. He then moved back and graduated and has lived in the White Lake area ever since. He earned his Masters in Cybersecurity from Penn State and has worked in Information Technology at Wesco for the past 22 years. Jeremy and his wife Carolyn have 5 amazing children. He enjoys the water, riding his Harley, and all things White Lake.
A native to White Lake, Nicole is a Ferris State University graduate in visual communication. She works full time as the Design Director at RCP Marketing, where she has been an integral part of their creative team since 1998. In addition to her professional pursuits, she is a dedicated mother to four children. Her passion for design is rivaled only by her love for the outdoors, where she finds solace in exploring nature with her family.
Muskegon, Michigan born and raised, Casey is a high school student at Reeths-Puffer high school. Casey has a long history with visual and preforming arts at Reeths-Puffer. Casey tries to be active in the community in any way possible and loves working with the ACWL-Nuveen.
As a vested member of the White Lake community, Gretchen joins the Board of Directors to continue her efforts of “giving back” whenever possible. Gretchen currently works at MasterTag in Montague as a Quality Coordinator for Customer Success; as well as, assisting local school districts as a substitute bus driver. Gretchen holds a degree in English / Business Administration from Central Michigan University and enjoys woodworking, camping, writing, and spoiling her wiener dog, Maggie.
Mackenzie recently moved back to her hometown of Montague, having come up empty handed after looking all over the country for anything that could compare to Lake Michigan. She is a project manager during the day and fills her free time with knitting, garment sewing and modern quilting (you can find her quilted items in the gallery!). She started volunteering at ACWL because she loves having access to such a variety of art and arts programming in our community, and is excited to contribute to continuing this impact as a board member.
Chester is a full-time artist who makes functional pottery, visual art and music. Originally from the Detroit suburbs, he has lived in the Whitehall area for more than 20 years with his wife, the artist Cara O’Brien.