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 and Albert Lea Health Care Foundations. Prior to this Mary Anne was a Nursing and Hospital Operations Administrator for MCHS Austin. Mary Anne Co-chairs the Austin ArtWorks Festival with Bonnie Rietz. Prior to that Mary Anne has served on the Festival Steering Committee and the Visual Artists committee. Mary Anne is a community volunteer and also volunteers in the ArtWorks Center retail space. Mary Anne and her husband have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Marlene R. Schlichter
Marlene Schlichter is the Treasurer of the Austin Area Commission for the Arts. 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 also serves on the Spruce Up Austin board and volunteers at the University of Minnesota/The Hormel Institute. She formerly co-chaired the capital campaign and creation of the Austin ArtWorks Center. She continues to be involved at the ArtWorks Center as a retail volunteer and on the Retail Jury. She also shares her expertise with the AACA through serving on the organization-wide Marketing committee and the Paramount Programming committee.
Ward is the President of Austin Businessmen’s Association. He is a freelance photographer and avid music lover.
Celeste Ruble is the Chief Human Resource Officer for Riverland Community College. She has worked in the Minnesota State College and University System for 30 years. She has served on the board for KSMQ - Public Television Station and is a member of Morning Kiwanis.
An Austin native, Chad Sayles is the Director of Corporate Engineering for Hormel Foods Corporation. He is the Vice President for Austin Aspires and previously served on the board of the United Way of Mower County. Chad is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds certifications in project management, energy management, supply chain management, reliability engineering, and green building. Chad serves on the Paramount Expansion Project committee for the AACA and consults on building maintenance and operations as well. He is married with two daughters.