UPAF is led by experienced and dedicated professionals

The UPAF Board and staff bring years of experience across the private and nonprofit sectors together with a passion for ensuring performing arts excellence and accessibility in Southeastern Wisconsin.

UPAF Board

The community leaders who make up UPAF’s Board of Directors generously contribute their time, skills and resources to engage the community in support of UPAF’s mission and ensure strong, transparent and accountable organizational operations. 

Board Officers

2020 UPAF Board of Directors

Tim Mattke* 
Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer

Brent Tischler*
EVP Director of Retail Banking
Associated Bank

Steve Johnson*
BMO Private Bank

2020 Campaign Co-Chairs

Tami Garrison
Community Affairs Director
Molson Coors

Justin Mortara
Mortara Group LLC LLP

Rolando Rodriguez
Chairman, President & CEO
Marcus Theatres

Kevin Anderson — Wisconsin Region CEO, Old National Bank
Leslie Barbi — Community Volunteer
Scott Beightol — Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP 
Steve Booth — CEO, Robert W. Baird
Jim Borris — President & CEO, Zilber, LTD 
Heather Dunn — Chief Financial Officer, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Paul Eberle — Deputy CEO, Husch Blackwell
Tami Garrison — Community Affairs Director, Molson Coors
Chris Goller — Regional President, PNC Bank 
Juliet Kersten — Vice President, Ambulatory & Regional Services, Children’s Hospital
Dennis Klumb — President & CEO, KS Energy Services
David Lubar — President & CEO, Lubar & Co.
Stephanie Lyons — Chief Audit Executive, Enterprise Risk Assurance, Northwestern Mutual 
Greg Marcus — President & CEO, Marcus Corporation 
Tom Metcalfe — President, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service
George Meyer — CEO, Kahler Slater 
Lynn Minella — Executive VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Johnson Controls
Marie O’Brien — President & CEO, Enterforce, Inc. 
Heather Ramirez* — Attorney / Community Volunteer 
Joe Rock** — Managing Partner, KPMG  
Rob Sanders* — Chief Strategy and Integration Officer / SysLogic
Julia Taylor — President, Greater Milwaukee Committee 
Jon Van Drisse* — Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC

*Denotes Executive Committee
**Denotes Audit Committee Compliance Officer


The United Performing Arts Fund is powered by an experienced and dedicated ensemble of fundraisers and professionals committed to performing arts excellence and inclusion. We take our role as stewards of your gifts very seriously and make the most of every donation, ensuring that the funds are used in the best way possible.

Executive Team

Deanna L. Tillisch — President & CEO
Christine Culver — Vice President of Development and Member Relations
Christine Hojnacki — Vice President of Workplace and Company Giving
Bruce Osgood — Chief Administrative Officer
Michelle Phillips — Chief Marketing Officer
Patti Wrobel — Executive Assistant

Development Team

Katy Corey — Director of Development
Megan Harrington — Development & Member Group Relations Coordinator
Colleen Hider — Director of Development
Emanuel Rios — Director of Development
David Salmo — Development Coordinator

Finance Team

Sue Connor, CPA — Finance Director
Jane Reardon, CPA — Finance Manager

Marketing Team

Melanie Hupfer — Senior Marketing Manager
Isabelle Koenig — Community Programs Manager
Katie Korek — Public Relations and Digital Media Specialist
Tina Sternitzky — Marketing Communications Specialist
Angela Topetzes Strelka — Manager of Events & Special Projects

Operations and Technology Team

Keshena Armon — Office Administrator
Risha Cupit-Berzins — Operations Website Manager
Hannah Johnson-Breimeier — Senior Data Analyst
Betsy McCormack — Operations Assistant
Lisa Rulf — Gift Operations Manager