R2AC Welcomes Incoming Board of Directors

Region 2 Arts Council Staff and Board of Directors is pleased to welcome four new members to the Board:

Justin Holley of Bemidji, representing Beltrami County, received a B.A. degree in Psychology and is currently the human resource manager at North Central Door.  Justin is a writer who has published several pieces of short fiction in print anthologies and magazines. He has written several novels, two of which are currently being considered by major publishing houses.  Justin also has a background in music and theater.

Linda Kaul of Bagley, representing Clearwater County, graduated from Norman Thomas High School for Commercial Education in New York and is currently an Eligibility Worker for the Clearwater County Department of Human Services. Linda has performed in Czecholsovakian plays in NYC and is involved with Art in the Park in Bagley.  Her interests include dance and crafts.

Richard Longtine, Park Rapids, representing Hubbard County, earned a B.S. degree from Moorhead State University in Industrial Arts, Elementary Education and Art and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University. He was a 5th grade classroom teacher, is serving on the board of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning and has built sets for the Northern Light Opera Company.  His background includes visual art, theater, crafts and folk art.

Darrel Thurk, of Lengby, representing Mahnomen County, received a B.S. degree in Music Education from St. Cloud State University. Darrel taught music at the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth school for 31 years. He currently plays the church organ, is a foster grandparent at the Bagley Elementary School and makes rugs on a rug loom he designed and built. Darrel has previously served five terms on the R2AC board.

Returning Region 2 Arts Council Board Members include:

Chair Kathy Gustafson … Beltrami County
Vice Chair Steve Prenevost … Hubbard County
Treasurer Diana McLain … Lake of the Woods County
Secretary Leah Prussia … Mahnomen County
Steve Ballard … Clearwater County
Nancy Cole … Lake of the Woods County

Follow these links for more information about the role of the R2AC Board of Directors and for 2012-2013 meeting times.

Thank you to the entire Board of Directors for all you do for the Arts in Region 2!