President: Megan Matthews
Megan Matthews teaches management courses for the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, having graduated with degrees in general and community arts management. She has developed courses and programs in arts management and arts entrepreneurship, and has a passion for fostering creativity in business. Matthews has worked with nonprofit arts organizations in board development, visioning, planning and community assessment for over 20 years, and enjoys helping organizations understand what motivates their employees, customers and volunteers. One of the main reasons she is on the board is because she believes in the value that arts bring to a community, and she wants to foster that through Whitewater Arts Alliance programs.
Recording Secretary: Audra Lange
Ms. Lange serves as the Director of Marketing & Events for the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication. As such, she is responsible for the marketing and planning of all public events for the departments of Art & Design, Communication, Media Arts & Game Development, Music, and Theatre/Dance. Ms. Lange is an alumna of UW-Whitewater with a BFA in Theatre Management and a dance minor. After graduating she went to Florida Studio Theatre where she led the marketing department through the theatre's largest period of growth in its history. In 2016 and 2017, Ms. Lange was nominated for the Women in Business Awards with SRQ Magazine. In addition to her job at UW-W, and this board position, Ms. Lange also serves as the Marketing Manager for the charitable organization Tomorrow’s Hope, located in Jefferson, WI. She is currently working on launching a family business for a homemade seasoning, Bill’s Mix.
Treasurer: Jeff McDonald
Jeff McDonald of Whitewater, is an information technology professional with a passion for fine art photography. A seed of interest, planted decades ago by his Air Force pilot uncle, led to a serious interest in photography. Career demands limited this interest to passively appreciating the works of others until it became possible to actively create works of his own. He currently favors landscape, travel, black and white, and long-exposure photography.
Assistant Professor, Michael Dugan, a native of St. Charles, Illinois, joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009. Currently Dr. Dugan is the Department Chair, teaches applied trombone, directs the Trombone Ensemble, and plays in the Whitewater Brass Quintet. In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan is an active freelance artist in the Upper Midwest. He is currently a member of the critically acclaimed Isthmus Bass Ensemble and is the per-service principal trombone of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Other recent engagements include the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as many fine regional orchestras throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. From 2001-2005, Michael was a member of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty. During his tenure with the Band of Liberty, Michael was the featured trombone soloist with the Concert Band, and the Colonial Brass Quintet. His other performance assignments included the Band of Liberty Jazz Ambassadors and Ceremonial Band.
Marilyn has been a member of the WAA since the beginning. Since 1953, she has lived in Whitewater, and is a retired Walworth County Child Protection Social Worker. Marilyn has always had an interest in art and she started painting watercolors in 1988. She has exhibited in local, state, and national shows and is a signature member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society. Marilyn is also a member of Whitewater Circle of Artists (formerly Visionary Artists), National Watercolor Society, and American Watercolor Society. In her role as board member, Marilyn brings internationally known artist to present work shops to the local artists. This type of networking brings about more opportunities for local artists. Marilyn is thrilled with the diversity of talent that has emerged in the Whitewater community. Each new year out shines the previous year.
Jason has a lifelong interest in human faces. Portrait art, cartooning, abstract metaphor heads, and any head type image that becomes Portrayable. Jason holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Art Institute of Chicago. His range of artistic skills are primarily human figure studies and portrait arts. He has applied these skills to his teaching of figure art and portrait art at The Ringling School of Art, Sarasota,Fl.; followed by numerous years at Chicago suburban art leagues. He has also shared many years at The School of the Chicago Botanic Gardens as instructor of fun botanical images and landscape painting.
Daniela has an Associates Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is currently a student of Senior status. She is majoring in Art Education and minoring in Special Education. She is fluent in both Spanish and English, and hopes to utilize this to help both students and parents as she becomes an educator. She hopes to facilitate and spark creativity for students of all ages!