2017 Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC)
Board Members & Committee Members
|President||Richard Graham||Development Committee|
|Board Member||Diane Saed||Writers Workshop|
|Board Member||Charlotte Vick||Orange Dragon Art Gallery|
|Board Member||Mark Borchardt||Financial Committee|
|Secretary & Acting Treasurer||Deborah Saunders||Communications Committee|
|Vice-President||Andy Evansen||Development Committee|
|Vice-President||Jen Fox||Program Committee|
|Board Member||Scott Northard||Development Committee|
|Board Member||Alicia Plevell||Communications Committee|
|Board Member||Bill Spinelli||Program Committee|
|Board Member||Libby Ungar||Finance Committee|
|Ex officio - Freedom Park||Jessica Bierbrauer|
|Development Committee||Pete Rivard|
|Development Committee||Tim Spitzak|
|Orange Dragon Art Gallery||Ann Sylvander—Manager|
PRESIDENT Richard Graham, the retired founder and CEO of DARTS, initiated the conversation about promoting the arts in the Hastings area and with his leadership, the Prescott Area Arts Council has become a solid and successful community arts organization. Dick has over 40 years of experience in non-profit organizations, with 35 years in management and leadership positions. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Inver Hills Community College Foundation. He and his family have been residents of Hastings for 37 years.
Mark Borchardt is the founder and partner of Cad Blu, an innovative company that creates three-dimensional objects using computer technology.
Jessica Bierbrauer is the Executive Director and Interpretive Naturalist for Friends of Freedom Park, Inc. Jessica Bierbrauer has a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN. She has extensive Interpretive Naturalist experience, with 17 years as a professional environmental educator/naturalist. 10 years experience at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, MN; several years as contract Interpretive Naturalist for the Dakota County Parks; one year as Raptor Program Specialist at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. She was Site Manager at the LeDuc Historic Estate operated by the Dakota County Historical Society in Hastings, MN from 2009 until becoming Executive Director for the Friends of Freedom Park in July 2013. Jessica has been a member of the Minnesota’s Naturalists’ Association, the National Association for Interpretation, the American Alliance of Museums, and the American Association for State and Local History. Jessica has been the Interpretive Naturalist with the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center since 2010. She serves as point-of-contact for school administrators, classroom educators and collaborative agencies as well as presenting Traveling Naturalist classroom programs. She received her Fundraising Certificate from the University of St. Thomas Executive Education Program in 2013 and received her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Eau Claire in June 2016.
Andy Evansen’s watercolors first gained recognition after winning an international competition through American Artist magazine in 2005. He has since appeared in numerous other publications, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. He served as President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006, was elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and is now serving as their President. He remains the only watercolorist invited to exhibit in the annual ‘Wild Side’ Exhibition, a show of works done on Catalina Island by some of the top landscape painters in the country. His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, the High Winds Medal at the 2015 AWS Exhibition, and the Painters Award in Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition. Andy recently opened his own studio and gallery in Hastings, MN. You can also view his work at Evansen Art Studio – Andy’s Curriculum vitae resume.
Jen Fox graduated from Hastings High School in 2008 with a deep passion for building strong communities. Continuing that passion at Gustavus Adolphus College, she graduated with a degree in Political Science and Scandinavian Studies in 2012. A tangential artist, she surrounds herself with creators and artists, Jen knows she would not be the person she is today without arts opportunities in her communities. Harnessing some of the creativity she witnesses in her networks, Jen works in Communications for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Jen is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of St. Thomas.
Scott Northard is the Site Vice President (Acting) at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, since late March 2016. Scott is responsible for the business and operational performance of the generating station overseeing operations; establish initiatives and processes, and for the development of managerial personnel. The site Vice President is the principal interface for the station with CNO and Xcel Energy Executives, and with the NRC Region at Division and Administrator levels. The Site Vice President provides oversight for all aspects of site performance, is responsible for effective, efficient and prudent management of financial resources, and is responsible for external communications and relationships. He serves as the chairperson for the site Training Oversight Committee. Read More
Alicia Plevell is a retired US Naval Officer with a continuous need to learn. Her studies led to a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Hawaii Pacific University. After moving to Minnesota, she went back to school and completed degrees in Graphic Design, Multimedia/Web and Electronic Publishing. She rediscovered her fondness for photography while enrolled on those programs. To keep her away from spending all her spare time at a computer editing webpages and photographs, she learned to play Pickleball. mailto:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Saed has had a lifelong interest in the arts since 1963 when boarding a bus at 5:00 a.m. and driving from Marshall. Minnesota, to view Hamlet at the Guthrie Theater. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Dubuque, an M.A. in Education and an Administrative License from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is retired from Hastings Public Schools, where she taught English, chaired the English department, coached speech teams, and directed plays and dramas. She is currently on staff at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Graduate School teaching Communications and Collaboration. She is also on staff at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and coaching student teachers. In addition to teaching, Diane sits on the board for Art Reach Saint Croix based in Stillwater, whose mission is to see the St. Croix Valley become an arts destination. In her spare time she is actively involved with American Association of University Women Hastings branch. When not attending meetings she loves to entertain, prepare meals for family and friends, and travel. email@example.com
Debbie Saunders holds a Master’s Degree in Church History from the Saint John’s School of Theology. Her adult life has been spent earning college degrees, raising a large family, working at odd jobs and volunteering in organizations she cares about. Currently, she is the Secretary and acting treasurer of HPAAC. She helped organize the River Valley Band. firstname.lastname@example.org
William M. Spinelli, MD, MPA, graduated from Wofford College in 1972 with a BS in Pre-Medical Chemistry. He earned an MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1976, and subsequently practiced Family Medicine in Hastings, MN for over 35 years, during which time he also held positions in Organizational Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Medical Management. In 2008, he received an Archibald Bush Foundation Fellowship and completed an MPA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in 2010.He studied late career transitions and enhanced community engagement culminating in the co-creation of Encore Transitions, a highly successful program in the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education that helped senior faculty, staff, and other community members develop plans for their post-career lives. He finished his career in 2016 as a Health Services Researcher at Allina Health, studying and writing about the prevalence and contributing factors for physician burnout. His current activities include arts advocacy and developing a local civil conversation infrastructure to tackle issues of engaged citizenship, cultural diversity, and community building. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys running, travel, reading, and the occasional boring quiet day.
Libby Ungar has been a Hastings resident for twenty-three years and has been beading for most of those years. She retired in 2011 from a St. Paul nonprofit and has continued her passion for nonprofits as a performer, volunteer and founding Board member for Black Dirt Theater. While she no longer serves on Black Dirt’s board, Libby is on the board of the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council and for almost 4 years volunteered as co-manager of HPAAC’s Prescott-based art gallery, the Orange Dragon Art Gallery.
Libby is married to a fellow artist, Bob (whom she calls The Most Excellent Bob).
Libby is an avid beader and exhibits her creations at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery and at St. Paul’s Landmark Center Bazaar every December, as well as at Breakaway Arts in Hastings. She has been pursuing this beady passion for 15 years.
Charlotte Vick is a lawyer and community activist from Prescott, Wisconsin. Char was instrumental in the planning and building of Freedom Park, a community center in Prescott. Char designed the HPAAC by-laws and filed for our 501(c) (3) status. She continues to promote the Confluence project, a joint effort between arts advocates, business and community leaders and representatives from state and national natural resource agencies to develop the area surrounding the confluence of the Mississippi and St Croix River. email@example.com