Meet the Art Reach of Mid Michigan Board of Directors
Carol Brannan is retired from the Park Library at Central Michigan University. She has her Master of Arts in Librarianship. Carol is involved in the Michigan Education Association, the Friends of the Library, and the Central Michigan University Women’s Connection. A strong supporter of the arts, Carol has been involved with Art Reach for over 15 years. When she is not reading, travelling, or attending theater productions, Carol enjoys spending time with her children, Tim and Lisa, and her grandchildren, Katie, Megan, D.J., Josh, and Thomas.
Alysha Fisher works for WCMU Public Media as the Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer. She is also a health coach with BeachBody. Alysha received both a Bachelor of Applied Arts and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. Her love for the arts stems from her childhood, where she participated in dance and was introduced to other art forms by her parents, leading to her first job at an art center. Alysha volunteers at Art Reach, in addition to pursuing her career and her love of fitness. In her free time, Alysha enjoys spending time with her husband, Garret, and her two children, Jolie and Tristin.
Nedra Fisher is the Education Chair at Art Reach, and is on the Board of Directors. Her interests involve children’s education, being a collector of art, and being an arts advocate. Nedra has been involved with Art Reach since its creation in 1981, and was named Volunteer Chair in May of 1982. In her spare time, Nedra is also breast cancer counselor. Additionally, Nedra likes to travel, read, play bridge, and spend time with her husband, Ed, and her daughter, Faline.
Anne Gochenour has a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Psychology from the College of William and Mary. She is an artist, curator, and arts administrator. Anne is the University Art Gallery Director at Central Michigan University. She likes to read, garden, create art, and visit art museums and galleries. Anne has been involved in Art Reach for over 10 years, and volunteers her time there because of her love for the arts. In addition to her time at the university, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and their daughter, Sara.
Jeff Hoyle began volunteering in 2011 after a suggestion from a Central Michigan University colleague. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, Jeff received his Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from Central Michigan University. He currently teaches marketing at CMU, and his Enterprise Selling class will be collaborating with Art Reach to help raise more awareness of the organization. He is a past President of the Art Reach Board of Directors, a past President for the Mount Pleasant High School Athletic Boosters, and is an Elder at the First Church of Christ. In addition to running, reading, and traveling, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Cindy, his sons, Justin and Nathan, and his daughter-in-law Morgan.
John Jensen has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy. He is currently retired from architect practice, but spends his time volunteering for organizations such as Art Reach, Rotary International, the American Institute of Architects, the Mount Pleasant Community Foundation, and many more. When he is not spending time with his wife, Ann, and their children, Elizabeth and David, John enjoys travelling, swimming, boating, and gardening.
Janet Kline joined Art Reach in 1995 when friends of hers were on the board. Janet volunteered as a docent for the Picture Program at Rosebush Elementary and became the Art Reach Coordinator. She served on the gallery committee where she would help select artists to be showcased in the Art Reach gallery. She was also part of the scholarship committee that gave scholarships to a high school senior and a child to attend Blue Lake.
Janet said Art Reach is “a vehicle for the arts, doing it with poetry, Let’s do Lunch, concerts, in total arts, not just what’s hanging on the wall. [There is] music and dance; the community is quite receptive.”
Fritz Kuhlman is the marketing manager at Migizi Economic Development Co., and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree as well as a Master of Business Administration. He is the former National Director of Promotion for both Giant Records and Curb Records. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his children, Maeve Elisabeth, Emma Grace, and Campbell McCarthey.
Mike Miller is the Assistant Vice President in Business Development at Commercial Bank. He received a Bachelor of Administration degree from Alma College. Mike is involved in several organizations such as Alma Schools Athletic Hall of Fame (President), Gratiot County Community Foundation (Vice President), Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce (Ambassador), Middle MI Development Corporation (Board Member), and Keep Alma Beautiful (Board Member). He enjoys sports, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Peggy.
Marie Pilkington has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and is a fitness instructor. She has been involved with Art Reach since 2006, starting as a docent for the Picture Program at Vowles Elementary. Her favorite events at Art Reach are Art Flair and the Auction for the Arts. In addition to reading and fitness, Marie enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and her three children, Eric, Jack, and Ian.
George Rouman has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. He is involved in the Art Reach Festival of Banners Committee, The Mount Pleasant Kiwanis Club, the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, and the John H. Goodrow Emergency Services Fund. George has volunteered his time at Art Reach for over 11 years, helping increase the accessibility of the arts to our community. When he is not reading, listening to music, or golfing, George spends his free time with his wife, Fran, their four sons, Sam, Steve, Mike, and Chris, and their eight grandchildren.
Born in Bay City, Rhonda Tudor has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northwood University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. Rhonda’s professional accomplishments include being a certified public accountant and a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties. She has served on the Art Reach of Mid Michigan Board of Directors since 2017. In addition to her professional accomplishments and volunteering, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and greyhounds.
Kelli Walton is a graphic designer at Isabella Bank. She is sole proprietor and photographer at Little Ones by Kelli Jo Photography, and co-owner at Max and Emily’s in downtown Mount Pleasant. She is actively involved in the arts in her community. She has served Art Reach since 2011 through the Art Reach Auction, Membership and Art Walk Committees. Kelli joined our Board of Directors in September of 2016. She proudly gives back to the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, serving on their Bowties and Bourbon fundraising committee. Kelli and her husband, Chris “Elmo”, reside in Mt. Pleasant with their two children, Lennon and Charlotte.