New Board Members Bring Talent


Have you wondered who makes the decisions around here? Who are the people reviewing the grant proposals and making funding decisions?

Our volunteer board is the best there is, a talented group of people dedicated to the humanities in the public sphere. This group of 25 hails from all across Wisconsin– from Bayfield  to Spring Green! They bring to the WHC a wonderfully diverse array of talents and backgrounds, and tons of expertise.

In my years of traveling Wisconsin for newspaper columns for the Journal Sentinel I relied heavily on local libraries, historical societies and many of the kinds of groups that look to the Council for support, so I feel an obligation to try to give back a bit in this way. I hope I bring a broad knowledge of Wisconsin and its people, even as I acknowledge I have lots to learn about the grant process and other WHC duties.   -Dennis McCann

This month, the Wisconsin Humanities Council welcomes four new members to our board. Naturally, this means we are also saying good-bye to four who have completed their terms. We sure will miss them! We are also excited to work with the following new members:

Arnold Chevalier has been a successful small business owner and journeyman sheet metal worker. He served in leadership roles on the board of the Menominee Indian School and other tribal organizations, and works with numerous charitable and educational groups. He is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation and lives in Stoughton.

Marie Kohler is a noted playwright and a freelance journalist. She is the resident playwright and past Co-Artistic Director of Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee, which she co-founded in 1993. In addition to writing, she has worked as an actor, producer, and dramaturg. Learn more about her plays here. Marie lives in Milwaukee and Spring Green.

Dennis McCann is a writer whose career includes twenty-five years as a popular journalist and staff writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has authored five books on Wisconsin history and travel. Dennis lives in Bayfield and Madison.

Alex Zacarias has worked as an independent media producer and director, and on staff with the Green Bay affiliate of Wisconsin Public Television. He is the Digital Visual Arts Director at Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, where he lives. His documentary, The Lost Taino Tribe, explores the history of this indigenous people of the Caribbean, a history that is part of Alex’s own.


What does a board member do?

A whole lot. Wisconsin Humanities Council members work hard.  As volunteers, they…

  • Review grant proposals
  • Represent us at WHC-funded events around the state
  • Raise money for WHC programs
  • Advocate for the public humanities in Wisconsin
  • Contribute to our vision of making history, culture and conversation happen all across Wisconsin!

Do you know someone who might like to join us? We accept nominations. Learn more about the WHC board here.


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