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 Eastern 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

2021 UPAF Board of Directors

Tim Mattke* 
Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer

Brent Tischler*
EVP Director of Retail Banking
Associated Bank

Steve Johnson*
Regional President
BMO Private Bank

2021 Campaign Co-Chairs

Heather Dunn
Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

Steve Johnson
Regional President
BMO Private Bank

Greg Wesley
Senior VP of Strategic Alliances and Business Development
Medical College of Wisconsin

Kevin Anderson — Wisconsin Region CEO, Old National Bank
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 
Katy Hook — Partner, PwC
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 — Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, Kahler Slater 
Lynn Minella — Executive VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Johnson Controls
Heather Ramirez* — Attorney / Community Volunteer 
Joe Rock* ** — Managing Partner, KPMG  
Julia Taylor — President, Greater Milwaukee Committee 

*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

Patrick Rath — President & CEO
Christine Hojnacki — Chief Advancement Officer
Bruce Osgood — Chief Administrative Officer


Risha Cupit — Database Operations Manager
Bridget Hirthe — Office Administrator
Hannah Johnson-Breimeier — Technology Operations Manager
Betsy McCormack — Operations Coordinator
Lisa Rulf — Gift Operations & Website Manager
Tina Van Lieshout — Integrated Fundraising Senior Manager


Sarah Giovannetti — Special Events Manager
Colleen Hider — Development Director
Melanie Hupfer — Senior Marketing Manager
Katie Korek — Public Relations & Digital Media Senior Specialist
Eric Reichelt — Advancement Coordinator
Emanuel Anderson Rios — Development Director
David Salmo — Development Director

Office of the President

Sue Connor, CPA — Finance Director
Katy Corey — Development Director, Leadership
Megan Harrington — Community Partnerships Coordinator
Isabelle Koenig — Director, Community Partnerships
Jane Reardon, CPA — Finance Director
Jeanne Rhodes — Executive Assistant
Angela Topetzes Strelka — Individual & Leadership Giving Manager