Co-Organizers

Kelli Strickland

Kelli Strickland is an arts leader, educator and actor with a solid track record in partnership building across sectors, arts advocacy, community engagement programming and arts education. She currently serves as the Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. She is a proud member of the international cohort of the CEO program at National Arts Strategies, “a 50-member body of leaders who are pushing forward along new paths, tackling the big questions facing their communities and the field in order to create change.” In 2013, she completed the Executive Fellowship for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

In addition to her work in the arts not for profit sector, Strickland was on faculty at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts for seventeen years. She currently sits on the board of directors for Raven Theatre and The Yard and has served on the board of directors for the League of Chicago Theatres. She was recently appointed to the Green Bay Public Arts Commission and sits on the Green Bay Public School District’s Fine Arts Task Force. Her writing has appeared in American Theatre Magazine, Theatre History Studies, Performink and she is a frequent panelist on the topics of Women in the Arts, Millennial Audiences and Capacity Building. You can hear Kelli chat with arts and culture makers in Northeast Wisconsin on her podcast The Bird In The Wings wherever you listen to podcasts.

Aaron Weinschenk

Aaron Weinschenk is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He also has an appointment in the Psychology Department at UWGB. Aaron earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013 and has been teaching at UWGB ever since. His research focuses on voting behavior, campaigns and elections, political participation, public opinion, and political psychology. To date, he has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, and American Politics Research. He also authored a text (published by Routledge) on elections in 2016. Weinschenk is regularly sought out to comment on politics and has been featured in outlets like The Washington Post, Vox, Huffington Post, and USA Today. At UWGB, he teaches classes on American Government, Public Policy, the U.S. Congress, and Urban Politics. He also teaches a freshman seminar called “Comedy Central Civics.”

Ellen Rosewall

Ellen Rosewall is Professor of Art and Design (Arts Management) at University of Wisconsin Green Bay and Coordinator of the Arts Management program. Her nearly forty years of experience in the arts industry as a musician, director, artist and administrator make her uniquely qualified for this position. Known as one of the nation’s leading arts management educators, Rosewall is the author of Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford, 2014) and Arts and Cultural Management: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury, 2018). She has also been published in the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, American Journal of Arts Management, and Cultural Management: Education and Science. Rosewall has spoken on arts issues, including trends in the arts and arts audiences for the 21st Century, for audiences around the United States and the UK, and has presented at conferences for The International Society on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Americans for the Arts, the National Arts Marketing Project, and the Association of Arts Administration Educators. She has served as president of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio Association, and the Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council, and vice president of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, as well as a member of several boards of directors including the ARTgarage, Film Green Bay and Green Bay Community Theatre. She received the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Community Outreach from UWGB in 2012.

Speaker Selection Committee

Dr. Ashok Rai

Dr. Ashok Rai is the President and CEO of Prevea Health, one of the largest multi-specialty health care organizations in Wisconsin, serving the northern, eastern and western regions of the state. As the leader of Prevea Health and as a medical doctor trained in internal and pediatric medicine, Dr. Rai is committed to the health and wellness of local communities. That commitment extends nationally as well, as he was recently named the Board Chair of AMGA (American Medical Group Association) - a trade association based in Washington, D.C. representing more than 175,000 physicians across the country. Dr. Rai has become a familiar voice on a national and local level to push for a healthier America and revolutionary transformation of the American health care system. His passion to redesign health care in the U.S. embraces the movement from fee-for-service methods of payment to value-based care, which rewards health care organizations for their work in preventive health care and encouraging patients to live healthy lifestyles – and not for the amount of procedures they perform.

Gail McNutt

Gail McNutt recently retired as CEO from Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. Prior to her leadership at Girl Scouts, Gail was Vice President of Human Resources and Senior Vice President of Finance at Schneider, a transportation and technology company headquartered in Green Bay, WI. Deeply rooted in her Green Bay community, Gail has also held volunteer board and leadership positions with several organizations including the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, Greater Green Bay Area Community Foundation, and the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Gail also completed Marquette University’s prestigious social innovation training and her personal mantra comes from Margaret Mead who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” As a Vistage Chair, Gail is committed to living out this vision along with leading her forum group to achieve more than imagined.

Content Coaches

Chuck Rybak

Chuck Rybak was born in Buffalo, New York, and is a Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Humanities at UW-Green Bay. He has published four books of poetry, and his most recent book is a collection of essays focusing on the UW System. Chuck currently serves as UW-Green Bay's Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Ryan Martin

Dr. Ryan Martin is the Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is a nationally known anger researcher whose work focuses on healthy and unhealthy expressions of anger, including how we express anger online. His work has been featured in a variety of national and international news outlets including the BBC, New York Times, and NPR. He is a past TEDx speaker and hosts two podcasts, Psychology and Stuff and All the Rage, out of Phoenix Studios, the podcast network of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Jennie Young

Jennie Young is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the first-year writing program at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She has a Ph. D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interests include rhetorical theory and the rhetoric of education, specifically as those areas apply to high school students. She published a book in 2017 titled Rhetoric, Embodiment, and the Ethos of Surveillance: Student Bodies in the American High School. During the Fall of 2018 she presented her research in the form of a TEDx talk at the inaugural TEDx event in Green Bay. She is also interested in creative nonfiction and its place in English composition programs and has published articles in both academic and creative journals. She previously taught high school.

Presentation Coaches

Shauna Froelich

Shauna is a Lecturer in the Communication Department at UW-GB. She specializes in teaching public speaking and legal courses. She views education as a creative process, stimulating critical thinking and active engagement in the world.

Shauna holds degrees in History and Law from Xavier University and Marquette University Law School, respectively. She married her law school sweet heart and served in the United States Air Force thereafter. Following her commission in the Air Force, Shauna and her husband moved back to their home state of Wisconsin.

Shauna’s family life is full of energy. With four children, a dog, and a husband who is an attorney, there is rarely a dull moment. In her free time, she loves, snow skiing, sailing, painting, and outdoor adventures.

Danielle Bina

Danielle is a Senior Lecturer of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She teaches courses in Public Relations/Corporate Communication, Media, Journalism and Information Technologies. Her career path began in media as a news anchor/reporter for several television stations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including WFRV & WLUK in Green Bay. She also held the position of News Director for the Midwest Communications group. She has won numerous awards in Journalism, including a National Telly, Associated Press and The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for excellence in reporting. Danielle has extensive consulting experience in Public Relations and Media Training. She also works regularly as a voiceover talent for commercial and corporate projects. Danielle holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is married and has two sons-ages 27 and 24.