Fox Cities P.A.C. announces new members of the Board of Directors

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s  Board of Directors welcomes several new leaders joining them in the 2019-20 Season including Judy Baseman, Kate Burgess, Joanne Horvath, Tom Rettler and Fred Stephan.

The Board of Directors also thanks retiring board members Lee Allinger, Tim Fliss, Dr. Dean Gruner, Dr. Susan May and Mike Waite, who completed their service at the end of the 2018-19 Season. 

“We extend our gratitude to our departing Board members who have dedicated their time and talents to supporting the Center’s mission,” said Fox Cities P.A.C. president Maria Van Laanen. “We also look forward to welcoming a new group of advocates who we know will work to further the Center’s mission in the community as we continue to focus on being a gathering place where all can engage in educational opportunities and enhance their understanding and enjoyment of life through the arts.”

“The Board of Directors is a wonderful asset in shaping the Center’s strategic direction. This group of community leaders has a shared belief that the arts make a difference in our community and together we look forward to providing exceptional live experiences for Northeast Wisconsin,” said Board Chair Angelo Ninivaggi. 

Angelo Ninivaggi will continue to serve as board chair. Ninivaggi is currently the Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of Plexus Corp. where he has been employed since 2002. Ninivaggi first joined the Center’s Board in 2012.

Terry Timm has been elected as vice chair of the board. Timm is the current Senior Vice President of product manufacturing and operations at Thrivent. Timm has been on the Center's Board since 2014. 

John Krause, will continue in his role as secretary-treasurer. Krause is a partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. Krause first joined the board at the Center in 2012. 


Judy Baseman is Superintendent of the Appleton Area School District. Baseman has been an educator for 38 years, 24 of which have been in the Appleton Area School District serving as assistant principal at Wilson Middle School, principal of Stephen Foster Elementary Charter School and as assistant superintendent for the West Cluster. She has a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a master's and a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Kate Burgess is CEO and owner of Elevate97, a fully integrated, concept-to-consumer marketing services company in Green Bay. Burgess holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University. Burgess is also involved in several community organizations including roles with the New Community Shelter, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Bellin Health Corporate Team, Board of Visitors of St. Norbert College, East High School Institute of Fine Arts and Notre Dame Academy. 

Joanne Horvath is Vice President of Finance and Treasury for ThedaCare. Horvath has worked in nonprofit healthcare in Eastern Wisconsin for the past 20 years. Horvath is a certified public accountant in the state of Wisconsin and holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh, an accounting degree from Lakeland College and a master's of Business Administration from UW-Oshkosh. 

Thomas Rettler is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Menasha Corporation. Rettler also serves as the Vice President of Menasha Corporation Foundation. Rettler has a bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and a master's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fred Stephan is the Business Group President of Amcor Flexibles North America (AFNA). Stephan was formerly the President of the Bemis North America division. Stephan received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. 

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors oversees the nonprofit organization’s strategic direction and fiscal stewardship. The mission of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is to serve as a gathering place for the community to engage in educational opportunities and enhance understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts. The Center does this by providing a premier venue for performing arts attractions and a dynamic environment for arts organizations. Board members volunteer their time and expertise, committing to three-year terms of service at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
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