The mission of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts is
to cultivate a more inspired and educated community through the arts.
Board President: Charie Metevia - Charie Metevia has lived in Charlevoix for 21 years and worked as a Vice President at Charlevoix State Bank for 19 of those years. Charie enjoys her yellow Labrador Finn, music, art, community involvement, skiing and water activities. She has served as Secretary to the Charlevoix Yacht Club Board (non-profit), runs an Adult Sailing Lessons program in Charlevoix and sits on the Char-Em United Way Board (non-profit). Charie served as a Charlevoix Chamber Ambassador for three years.
Board Vice President: Ed Engstrom - Ed grew up in Charlevoix, graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) and obtained his Juris Doctorate through Detroit College of Law, which is now at MSU. After working in the Detroit area for 12 years, he realized that it would be best for his two children to grow up in the Charlevoix, so he moved back in 2002. Ed still practices law and volunteers at Northern Community Mediation. Ed enjoys attending the numerous festivals and events that the community has to offer. He enjoys cooking, woodworking, craft making, as well as fixing things and assisting individuals in resolving their issues.
Board Treasurer: Bruce Herbert - Bruce graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Merrill Lynch and E.I. DuPont. Following an early retirement, he operated his own plastics brokerage business, BH Polymers, Inc. Bruce and his wife Joyce, are full-time residents of Charlevoix. Both are involved with local non-profit organizations.
Bob Grove – Bob is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and has been a resident of Boyne City since 1998. Bob operates Nu-Core Inc., a manufacturing industry on the north side of Charlevoix. He is also associated with Tall Pines Investment, which is currently renovating the Dilworth Hotel in Boyne City.
Laura Kelly - Laura received her Art Education degree from Appalachian State University and is certified K-12. She also has a Masters degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Laura grew up in Charlevoix and returned with her husband in 2005 to raise their 4 children. She currently teaches computers at St. Mary School, and helps with their fundraising and marketing.
Jamie McLane, CPA - Jamie graduated from Lake Superior State University. She is a licensed CPA and partner at Hoffman CPA Firm in Charlevoix. As a transplant to Charlevoix, Jamie states. "I absolutely love it here, especially in the summer, of course. The winter? Well, let’s just say that it develops my character. I love spending all the time I can with my friends and family – my husband, Nik (an extremely talented alternative education principal), and our two unruly poodles, Finn and Foo".
Chris Morley - Chris is a Trustee for the Morley Foundation, and a Trustee and President of the Schroeder Foundation. He works for American Home Technology as a buyer and salesman. He is inspired in the arts by his wife Liisa who is a commercial artist and a fine art oil painter. Out of the office Chris has multiple interests in skiing, boating, golfing, motorcycling, music and classic wooden boats.
Doug Peters: Doug and his wife Karen are residents of Charlevoix. Doug received a BS from Ohio State and an MBA from Michigan. He has had extensive experience in the highest levels of management of numerous major health care organizations including Jefferson Health, Main Line Health, Henry Ford Hospital, BCBS, U of M, and U of Nebraska. He currently serves on the Board of the Munson Charlevoix Hospital, Boulder Terrace, and is the chair of the Munson Charlevoix Foundation. He also has other business (consulting and investment) interests.
Scott Usitalo was appointed Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Kimberly-Clark in 2016 and prior to that was president of North American Family Care. He joined Kimberly-Clark as senior director on the global Kleenex® brand in 2008 and was a key leader in establishing the global sector leadership structure while serving as the first global sector leader for family care. Scott’s CPG experience also includes working for Procter & Gamble for nearly 25 years. His scope of responsibilities consistently grew behind continued business growth and strong leadership. Scott has two grown daughters, Julia and Olivia.
Linda Weston: Linda and her husband Paul are long-term residents of Charlevoix. Paul grew up in Charlevoix. Linda has a BS from Case Western Reserve and a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked as a nurse and has taught nursing. She and Paul are quite active in the local philanthropic community. Linda was involved with fundraising for the American Red Cross. She has lots of ideas and suggested the Dragon Boat Race as a CCA fund raising activity. She is very well known throughout the community. *photograph to be added soon
Looking Back and Looking Forward
2017 was certainly an exceptional year at the Circle of Arts! Our exhibition schedule was robust and brought in record numbers to the gallery. We have moved from an organization of one full-time staff member to three and counting. We hosted successful fundraising initiatives, increased our grant revenue and offered new programming. Our Summer Camp experience was active and joyous.
In February, Kris Jones from the Kendall College of Art and Design gave portfolio reviews to area students and awarded $54,000 in scholarships to attend KCAD after graduation. In June, we were approached by Gay Cummings and The Cummings Foundation and asked if we would be the permanent administrator of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program that brings string music education to northern Michigan youth at no cost for classroom instruction.
In July, we hired Kendall Hayes as my Executive Assistant and in August, Dr. David Reimer was hired to head up the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program. In September, the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program began anew and in November, The Cummings Quartet was established with some of the finest musicians in the region to act as a catalyst of educational opportunity for the program.
Now, looking forward! The programming for 2018 is in place to be outstanding with new initiatives and new relationships. We have a host of amazing exhibitions to roll out over the next twelve months, and what started as a whisper, will soon become the talk of the town! On August 4 our inaugural Dragon Boat Festival will come to the Circle of Art! This is a great way for us to build community, involve people on all levels, learn about different cultures, support the work that we are doing, all while having a great deal of fun! We hope you will get on board!
As I look backward and forward, I see that we could not do what we do without the tremendous outpouring of community support that we receive. I am humbled as we welcome new sponsors for out exhibitions, special events, programming and our educational series. It takes a community with vision and commitment to build an exceptional arts center and we are focused as a staff and board of directors to do our part to make that happen. Our goal is to always give back to the Charlevoix region more than we receive. We are on the path to making the Charlevoix Circle of Arts a beacon of first class programming with integrity and heart that will serve the region for years to come. We hope that you will consider becoming a part of our family, be it by offering a sponsorship, becoming a member, or participating as a volunteer.
Gail DeMeyere / Executive Director / Charlevoix Circle of Arts