Our board members act as a driving force; their guidance and support has been invaluable to our growth as an organization and we offer each of them a heartfelt thanks.
We're currently accepting applications to become an AACA Board member! Those interested may apply by filling out the form below.
Mary Anne Wolesky
Mary Anne is the Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Systems Austin & Albert Lea Health Care Foundations. Prior to this Mary Anne was a Nursing and Hospital operations administrator for MCHS Austin. She was a founding board member of the Welcome Center of Austin and the administrator who started the MCHS Austin Hospice. She serves on the Austin ArtWorks Festival steering committee, the ArtWorks Center Advisory Board, and volunteers in the Art Center retail shop. She is also a Vision 20/20 volunteer. Mary Anne and her husband have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Marlene R. Schlichter
Marlene is currently a senior general accountant with the Hormel Foods Corporation. She has 17+ years of experience working for and with several non-profit organizations in management positions.
Belita graduated magna cum laude from the University of ND in 1965 with a degree in commercial art and advertising. She started her own interior design business (Belita's Interiors) in 1978 and was in business for 25 years. Belita is also a board member on the Riverland Community College (RCC) Foundation Board and The Austin Area Foundation Board. She belongs to the Austin Rotary Club and is on the advisory board for the carpentry department at RCC.
Greg is an Operations Administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea & Austin. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for Vision 2020 and the Rotary Club of Austin. He is new to Austin (moved in August 2014), and is married to Jennifer with two boys (Noah 8, James 6).
Randy Kramer is a Private Wealth Advisor for Ameriprise Financial. He is co-chair of the Austin ArtWorks Festival Music Committee, and on the board for The Hormel Foundation. Randy is an active community member, serving on boards for Early Risers Kiwanis Club, Hormel Historic Home, March of Dimes Walk for Babies, Pacelli Catholic Schools Foundation, and the United Way of Mower County.
Gretchen is a former teacher in what was the Sales and Marketing program at Riverland College and owned a Main Street business for 10 years. She has been involved on many boards over the years. She is currently on the Park and Rec Board and Spruce Up Austin Board. She formerly co-chaired the ArtWorks Center Project and currently co-chairs the ArtWorks Center Steering Committee with fellow board member Belita Schindler. She also oversees the Retail Crew for the ArtWorks Center.
Ward is the President of Austin Businessmen’s Association. He is a freelance photographer and avid music lover.
Celeste Ruble is the Vice President of Employee and Technology Resources for Riverland Community College. She has served on the board for KSMQ - Public Television Station and is a member of Morning Kiwanis.
Chad Sayles is the Assistant Director of Engineering for Hormel Foods Corporation. He has served as the Community Investment Chair for the United Way of Mower County and is the Vice President for Austin Aspires.