Notable Women

Nurturing Future Generations Through Arts Education

UPAF Notable Women, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, is a program designed to help fulfill the critical need for arts education to support our next generation in reaching its full potential. Members are committed to ensuring that all our region’s children have access to high-quality arts education. 

Women may join UPAF Notable Women and provide direct support for arts education by making a new or increased donation of $1,000 to UPAF. Men may also show their support by contributing on behalf of a Notable Woman in their lives. 

Over the past several years, arts education resources in the classroom have seen a dramatic decline throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. For example, there are about 80 art and music specialists for the nearly 80,000 students in Milwaukee Public Schools. Yet studies like the one conducted by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation have proven that: 

  • Arts education significantly improves a child’s emotional intelligence 
  • Arts programming also increases confidence, academic performance, innovative and critical thinking, and discipline, particularly for at-risk students 

The founders of UPAF Notable Women engage members to ensure high-quality arts education programs continue to be available through UPAF Member Groups.

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The Impact of Your Gift 

Dollars raised through UPAF Notable Women are awarded annually through UPAF Bright Minds, an arts education grant program that distributes funding to UPAF Member Groups for specific arts education projects. This grant program enables UPAF to report back to UPAF Notable Women members on the impact of their contribution. To read more on the impact of this programming, visit the UPAF Bright Minds page. 

To learn more about UPAF Notable Women, contact Christine Culver, vice president of development and member relations, at 414-239-6282

As a UPAF Notable Women Member, you will receive:

  • Opportunities to visit UPAF Member Groups to see your support in action 
  • Access to speakers on the state of arts education and invitations to other exclusive events 
  • Complimentary tickets to UPAF Member Group performances 
  • Annual update on the quantifiable impact of your dollars 
  • Quarterly e-newsletter 

BMO Harris Bank will match any new UPAF Notable Women gift (up to $40,000)

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UPAF Notable Women Founding Members 

Tina Chang 
Mary Dowell 
Sue Frautschi

Cathie Madden 
Linda Mellowes 
Jill Morin 

Julia Taylor 
Deanna Tillisch 
Anne Zizzo 


Thank you to the Notable Women supporting arts education in 2020! 

Gina Alberts Peter
Deborah Anderson
Paula Anderson
Nicole Angresano
ANONYMOUS (4)
Karla Baierl
Mithra Ballesteros
Julie Bamberger
Jane Barr Mowad
Melanie Barton
Christine Baranoucky
Mary Baum
Donna Baumgartner
Jane Bell
Susan Bellehumeur
Kate Behring
Maija Bentley
Kristin Bergstrom
Katherine Biersach
Melanie Barton
Danielle Bly
Lisa Bolger
Ellen Bonlender
Melanie Booth
Lisa Borris
Sandy Botcher
Charlotte Bouche
Marci Boucher
Patti Brash McKeithan
Joan Brengel
Barbara Bresnahan
Joan Bruce
Kathryn Buono
Elaine Burke
Wendy Burke
Julia Burns
Patty Cadorin
Lisa Cadotte
Kelly Calvelli
Kathie Campbell
Bobbi Caraway
Rhonda Cardella
Marina Carlson
Cheryl Carron
Diane Cepukenas
Tai Chamness Pauls
Amanda Chang
Tina Chang
Valerie Cherchian
Susan Chevalier
Betsy Corry
Debbie Costakos
Amy Croen
Christine Culver
Sarah Damsgaard
Sue Darrow
Jane Dauffenbach
Tiffany Davister
Meg Dean
Sharon deGuzman
Ruth DeYoung Kohler
Sandy Dionisopoulos
Ellen Dizard
Karin Drescher
Eileen Dubner
Heather Dunn
Jane Durment
Paula Eberle
Debra Eder
Patricia Ericson
Margaret Edmunds
Sue Ela
Mary Emory
Desiree Erickson Beightol
Caryn Esten
Kelly Fitzsimmons
Leona Fitzsimonds

Jennifer Florsheim
Tammi Fletcher
Penny Forrest
Sue Frautschi
Kathy Friend
Molly Fritz
Tami Garrison
Janet Gebhardt
Carol Gehl
Sandy Gerlach Haack
Carole Glass
Amy Goller
Kimberley Goode
Laura Gough
Beth Graham 
Kelly Grebe
Nancy Groethe
Denise Grogan
Carol Grunberg
Cheryl Guc
Penny Gutekunst
Karen Guy
Ann Hammes
Claire Hackmann
Joan Hardy
Christine Harris
Anita Hauske
Katherine Hauske
Cheryl Harvey
Trish Haudricourt
Beth Healy
Linda Heater
Michelle Hiebert
Katie Heil
Lashonda Hill
Sue Hitler
Christine Hojnacki
Betsy Hoke
Kristin Holzhauer
Marguerite Horne
Melissa Horne
Rebecca House
Peg Humphry
Kristen Irgens
Sue Irgens
Bonnie Jacob
Cathy Jacobson
Carolyn Jacobus
Barbara Jacobus Wells
Carol Jochem
Renee Joelson
Lynn Johnson
Marilou Johnston
Kathryn Kamm
Alyce Katayama
Mary Kellner
Bonnie Kellogg
Madeleine Kelly Lubar
Peggy Kelsey
Beatrice Kershner Blank*
Jane Kim
Debra Kissinger
Marianne Koehler
Lilane Koehn Mace
Debra Koenig
Marie Kohler
Sue Kolaga
Roslyn Krause
Caroline Krider
Sandy Kriete
Becky Kryger
Billie Kubly
Joyce Kuehl
Sharon LaMacchia
Trish Lane Annabelle Lantz
Megan Lantz
Nancy Laskin

Emilia Layden
Justine Leonard
Camilla Levin
Liz Levins
Gail Lione
Joan Lubar
Marianne Lubar
Jodie Lurie
Stephanie Lyons
Ann MacIver
Katite Mackey
Eileen Mandel
Carol Manegold
Sally Manegold
Dawne Manista
Jan Martin
Susan H. Martin
Vicki Martin
Jennifer Mattes
Catherine Mattke
Mary E. McAndrews
Kelley McCaskill
Ann McCormick
Christine McDermott
Kim McDonald
Peg McKee Uihlein
Deborah McKeithan-Gebhardt
Julie Meeusen
Maribeth Meeusen
Shannon Meeusen
Katie Mellowes
Linda Mellowes
Marlene Melzer-Lange
Anne Metcalfe
Donna Meyer
Marianne Miller
Lynn Minella
Sally Mohr Lunde
Susanna Mortara
Jillian Murphy
Tessa Myers
Abigail Nash
Barbara Nitchie Fuldner
Marie O'Brien
Rhonda Oberland
Kristine Obrecht
Karen Oliver
Laura Orr
Maureen Oster
Marlene Ott
Stacy Parks
Molly Pasdera
Heather Pahl
Debbie Patel
Lois Pauls
Mary Pauly Lacy
Jennifer Pieper
Anne Marie Pierce
Ann Pierson
Kristin Piotrowski
Jan Pirozzolo Mellowes
Ildy Poliner
Rebecca Porter
Beatrice Pronley
Corrie Prunuske
Julie Ragland
Heather Ramirez
Denise Rasche
Maggie Raymond
Mary Read
Bobbi Reiman
Casey Ripp
Caitlin Ripp
Lynn Rix
Shelagh Roell
Sarah Rock
Tammy Roou

Audra Rumpf
Cynthia Schaus
Mimi Schecter
Kim Schlifske
Amy Schmidt Jones
Heidi Schneider
Sarah Schneider
Deborah Schultz
Sara Schwister
Judith Scott
Adrienne Sender
Kristin Severson
Lorraine Shafer
Mary Shiely
Jean Simbro
Beth Sievers
Nancy Slovik Carter
Christine M. Smyth
Amy Sobczak
Sarah Sobeck
Nita Soref
Deborah Spanic
Vicki Spataro Wachniak
Lynn Sprangers
Erin Stanek
Mary Ellen Stanek
Laurie Stellick Topetzes
Jody Steren
Susan Stief
Amy Stillman
Susi Stoll
Laura Strain
Susan Strait
Beth Straka
Anne Stratton*
Brenda Stugelmeyer
Marie Suesse
Vivian Sullivan
Mara Swan
Makela Taphorn
Julia Taylor
Ann Teerlink
Sarah Thomas Pagels
Kathy Thornton-Bias
Laura Thurow
Deanna Tillisch
Kasey Tillisch
Morgan Tillisch
Kayla Tillisch
Melissa Tischler
Julie Tolan
Ann Tylenda
Karen Van Drisse
Judith Van Handel
Anita Ward
Audrey Warner
Michelle M Waters
Janice Watson
Linda Wellerritter
Bonnie Welz
Kendra Whitlock Ingram
Charlene Wietzl
Kelly Wilson
Libby Wigdale
Madonna Williams
Kamilah Williams-Kemp
Kate Wilson
Sarah Wright Kimball
Patti Wrobel
Sandy Wysocki
JoAnn Youngman
Sally Zale
Carlene Ziegler
Caitlin Ziegler
Sharon Ziegler
Sarah Zimmerman

   

* Denotes Tribute


UPAF thanks our Notable Women of 2019: 

Patricia Ackerman
Gina Alberts Peter
Maria Alegria
Deborah Altshul-Stark
Deborah Anderson
Nicole Angresano
ANONYMOUS (8)
Laura Arnow
Amy Arzbaecher
Kristin Arzbaecher
Megan Arzbaecher
Patsy Aster
Deborah Attanasio
Julie Attermeier
Tami Baak
Karla Baierl
Julie Bamberger
Christine Baranoucky
Leslie Barbi
Ann Barrett
Jane Barr Mowad
Nora Barry
Melanie Barton
Rochelle Bast
Mary Baum
Donna Baumgartner
Priscilla Beadell
Kate Behring
Jo Ann Beightol
Jane Bell
Susan Bellehumeur
Donna Bembenek
Kristin Bergstrom
Mary Beth Berkes
Cheryl Berry
Heidi Bertler
Katherine Biersach
Peggy Black
Melissa Block
Barbara Blutstein *
Danielle Bly
Priscilla Boelter
Lisa Bolger
Carolyn Bolton
Ellen Bonlender
Melanie Booth
Lisa Borris
Sandy Botcher
Michelle Bowen
Patti Brash McKeithan
Diane Braza
Betsy Brenner
Barbara Bresnahan
Maureen Browning
Joan Bruce
Andrea Bryant
Kathryn Buono
Elaine Burke
Murph Burke
Wendy Burke
Therese Burkhart
Julia Burns
Patty Cadorin
Lisa Cadotte
Kelly Calvelli
Bobbi Caraway
Rhonda Cardella
Cheryl Carron
Diane Cepukenas
Tina Chang
Valerie Cherchian
Susan Chevalier
Judi Collins
Patty Compton
Betsy Corry
Kathy Crocker
Amy Croen
Christine Culver
Isabel Culver
Jessica Culver
Mandy Culver
McKenna Culver
Sue Culver
Sarah Damsgaard
Alberta Darling
Sue Darrow
Jane Dauffenbach
Sallie Davis
Tiffany Davister
Meg Dean
Sharon deGuzman
Coreen Dicus Johnson
Beverly Dillon
Sandy Dionisopoulos
Andrea Dorgan
Mary Dowell
Karin Drescher
Eileen Dubner
April Dunn
Heather Dunn
Jane Durment
Paula Eberle
Linda Edelstein
Debra Eder
Margaret Edmunds
Kathy-Ann Edwards
Sue Ela
Mary Emory
Rachel English
Desiree Erickson Beightol
Patricia Ericson

Caryn Esten
Katherine Falvey
Kelly Fitzsimmons
Leona Fitzsimonds
Mary Kay Fleming
Tammi Fletcher
Jennifer Florsheim
Rebecca Frankiewicz
Sue Frautschi
Kathy Friend
Claire Fritsche
Molly Fritz
Cara Fuller
Shannon Gagliardo
Nan Gardetto
Tami Garrison
Janet Gebhardt
Carol Gehl
Katherine Gehl
Sandy Gerlach Haack
Anne Gimbel
Cindy Gnadinger
Lois Grace Golde
Amy Goller
Beth Gottsacker
Julie Grabczyk
Beth Graham
Susan Graham Wernecke
Kelly Grebe
Claire Greene
Carol Greif Schuele
Gail Groenwalt
Nancy Groethe
Denise Grogan
Penny Gutekunst
Karen Guy
Claire Hackmann
Erin Margaret Hahn
Jackie Hallberg
Ann Hammes
Lisa Handler
Joan Hardy
Christine Harris
Katherine Hauske
Cheryl Harvey
Beth Healy
Linda Heater*
Jill Heavenrich
Katie Heil
Doris Heiser
Jacqueline Herd-Barber
Renee Herzing
Susan Hickey
Lashonda Hill
Sue Hitler
Christine Hojnacki
Susan Hopwood
Marguerite Horne
Melissa Horne
Rebecca House
Peg Humphry
Kristen Irgens
Sue Irgens
Bonnie Jacob
Cathy Jacobson
Barbara Jacobus Wells
Ann Janikowsky
Sarah Jansen
Trina Jashinsky
Shirley Jeffrey
Lisa Jelen
Carol Jochem
Renee Joelson
Kathy Johnson
Lynn Johnson
Renee Johnson
Marilou Johnston
Judy Jorgensen
Sarah Jorgensen
Susie Kasten
Mary Kellner
Madeleine Kelly Lubar
Linda Kent
Beatrice Kershner Blank*
Juliet Kersten
Judy Keyes
Cynthia Kidd
Kerri Kilbourne
Jane Kim
Pam Klumb
Debra Koenig
Marie Kohler
Krystine Koike
Sue Kolaga
Mary Kramer
Roslyn Krause
Caroline Krider
Liz Krieg
Sandy Kriete
Becky Kryger
Billie Kubly
Joyce Kuehl
Kristie Kurtenbach
Sharon La Macchia
Cynthia LaConte
Trish Lane
Annabelle Lantz
Megan Lantz
Kaye Laud
Marge Laughlin
Mary Jo Layden

Arlene Lee
Justine Leonard
Colleen Lese
Christine Lesniewski
Brenda Levatich
Camilla Levin
Liz Levins
Laura Lindner
Rita Lindner
Jennifer Lininger
Gail Lione
Lola Loepfe
Jody Lowe
Joan Lubar
Marianne Lubar
Susan Lubar-Solvang
Pam Lueken
Jodie Lurie
Stephanie Lyons
Ann MacIver
Katite Mackey
Elaine Mainman
Eileen Mandel
Carol Manegold
Sally Manegold
Dawne Manista
Janice Marcus
Linda Marcus
Suzanne Martens
Jan Martin
Vicki Martin
Susan H. Martin
Anne Martino
Jennifer Mattes
Catherine Mattke
Mary McAndrews
Kelley McCaskill
Kathryn McCormack
Ann McCormick
Christine McDermott
Peg McKee Uihlein
Deborah McKeithan-Gebhardt
Judith McNamara*
Katie Mellowes
Linda Mellowes
Marlene Melzer-Lange
Julie Meeusen
Maribeth Meeusen
Shannon Meeusen
Anne Metcalfe
Elizabeth Meyer
Marianne Miller
Lynn Minella
Laura Miosi
Sally Mohr Lunde
Cheryl Moret
Susanna Mortara
Robin Mosleth
Jillian Murphy
Tessa Myers
Abigail Nash
Michelle Nettles
Sierra Nimtz
Barbara Nitchie Fuldner
Rhonda Oberland
Marie O’Brien
Laurie Ocepek
Amy O’Mara
Lindsay Olson
Maureen Oster
Ilke Panzer
Phoebe Parsons *
Molly Pasdera
Debbie Patel
Lois Pauls
Tai Pauls
Mary Pauly Lacy
Jodi Peck
Karen Peck-Katz
Lisa Pendergast
Judy Perkins
Jennifer Pieper
Sue Pieper
Anne Marie Pierce
Ann Pierson
Candy Pindyck
Kristin Piotrowski
Jan Pirozzolo Mellowes
Ildy Poliner
Colleen Polston
Rebecca Porter
Sylvia Prising
Corrie Prunuske
Claire Purcell
Patricia Purcell
Margaret Raasch
Heather Ramirez
Denise Rasche
Maggie Raymond
Mary Read
Toby Recht
Kelly Reilly-Stewart
Bobbi Reiman
Joni Reinhart
Nicole Renouard
Caitlin Ripp
Casey Ripp
Lynn Rix
Sarah Rock
Bethany Rodenhuis
Maria Rodriguez

Shelagh Roell
Kristin Rogge
Tammy Roou
Audra Rumpf
Lacey Sadoff
Brooke Sanders
Julia Sanders
Wendy Sanderson
Christy Schamber
Jill Scheibel
Jane Schlicht
Kim Schlifske
Andrea Schloemer
Holly Schlossmann
Amy Schmidt Jones
Heidi Schneider
Sarah Schneider
Sara Schwister
Deborah Schultz
Annemarie Scobey-Polachek
Judith Scott
Sue Selig
Adrienne Sender
Kristin Severson
Lorraine Shafer
Mary Shiely
Thelma Sias
Beth Sievers
Jean Simbro
Janet Sinks
Nancy Slovik Carter
Christine M. Smyth
Sarah Sobeck
Nita Soref
Vicki Spataro Wachniak
Lynn Sprangers
Anne Sprecher
Mary Ellen Stanek
Linda Steiner
Jody Steren
Deanna Stever
Susan Stief
Amy Stillman
Laura Strain
Vanessa Strain
Beth Straka
Anne Stratton
Cynthia Stoll
Brenda Stugelmeyer
Marie Suesse
Vivian Sullivan
Mara Swan
Makela Taphorn
Julia Taylor
Ann Teerlink
Kim Teske
Sarah Thomas Pagels
Anna Thompson
Peggy Troy
Laura Thurow
Anne Tidmore
Deanna Tillisch
Kasey Tillisch
Kayla Tillisch
Morgan Tillisch
Melissa Tischler
Julie Tolan
Jean Ellen Trubshaw
Dani Turer
Ann Tylenda
Mary Vandenberg
Karen Van Drisse
Wendy Van Vugt
Ellen Venable
Anne Wal
Sara Jane Walker
Julie Wallen
Jackie Walsh
Anne Wamser
Anita Ward
Audrey Warner
Kimberlie Weekley
Barbara Weiss
Susan Weistrop
Jayne Weller
Linda Wellerritter*
Kim Wengler
Lana Wiese
Charlene Wietzl
Christine Williams
Madonna Williams
Stacy Williams
Kamilah Williams-Kemp
Peggy Williams-Smith
Kate Wilson
Margaret Wittkowske
Christine Woods
Sarah Wright Kimball
Patti Wrobel
Linda Yeager
Catherine Young
JoAnn Youngman
Kay Yuspeh
Sally Zale
Mary Pat Zarcone
Jill Zeisler
Caitlin Ziegler
Carlene Ziegler
Sharon Ziegler
Diane Zore