Board & Staff Bios
Our 2015-16 Board Members
- Michele Anderson
- Karen Carlson
- Christopher Eldredge, Treasurer
- Kathy Emerson, Secretary
- Bruce Gerhardson
- Anthony Hicks
- Sheri Booms Holm, Past President
- Dacia Stiles
- Mark Sundberg
- Cathy Peterson
Molly Johnston’s roots lie in Battle Lake Minnesota, but dance has taken her from the land of 10,000 lakes to Philadelphia, PA (BFA, University of the Arts), Eugene, OR (MFA, University of Oregon) and back to Minnesota where she worked as Zenon Dance Company and School’s school coordinator. Among many performances and choreographic endeavors, Molly is the cofounder of DanceBARN, a collective that hosts an annual dance festival in Battle Lake, MN. The festival brings professional dancers and dance educators from all over the country for a week of dancing, relaxing, and sharing with the community in the heart of the lakes!
Molly’s passion for bringing the arts to rural communities brought her home to the lake where she lives with her husband, Robbie, on Silver Lake. Molly is so glad to be joining the arts community as Gallery Operations Manager at the Kaddatz Galleries.
Brooke Barsness returned to her hometown of Fergus Falls in 1993. A graduate of MState Fergus Falls and Saint Olaf College, Brooke did graduate study in poetry at Goddard College and in nonprofit administration at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Brooke’s resume includes the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Public Radio in Moorhead, MN, and MState’s Fergus Area College Foundation. She has worked for the arts in Fergus Falls through her past board and volunteer commitments at A Center for the Arts, the Lincoln Avenue Fine Arts Festival, the founding board of the Kaddatz Gallery, and regionally as a member of the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Development and Advisory Council of Minnesota Public Radio. Brooke focuses her attention on grant writing and building partnerships with donors for the Gallery.
Interim Curator/Education Coordinator
Amanda Cross has completed requirements for a BA in Studio Art and is in pursuit of a Visual Arts Licensure for grades K-12 (University of Minnesota, Morris) so that she can integrate her passions for art, building relationships through art, and working with youth.
Amanda enjoyed working as the Summer Education Intern for Kaddatz Galleries for two summers and is thrilled to continue to bring art to the community and draw the community to art through her interim position. She holds firm to the conviction that art is a powerful impetus that can be used to better understand the world around us, express the world inside us, and ignite motivation that drives change and will work diligently to uphold a gallery presence and programming that values the arts.