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Friends of the Institute Board of Directors

2017-18 Executive Committee Officers
President: Katie Remole
First VP: Julie Holland
Second VP/Research and Planning: Boyd Ratchye
Treasurer: Melanie Nelson
Secretary: Kris King
Development Relations: Robin Keyworth

Art in Bloom
Lezlie Pinske and Barbara Proeschel
Produces the Friends spring fund-raiser, Art in Bloom, in cooperation with MIA staff.  More than 60 volunteers manage floral artists, the AIB Garden Shop, speaker arrangements, and all special events during the four-day event in late April/early May.

Art and Architecture
Lucy Hicks
Planning one trip a year for Friends-only.
Friends get an exclusive inside look at local art and architecture with historical interest.

Children’s Programs
Joan Kampmeyer
Reviews proposed projects that will provide enriching opportunities for young people to experience and be inspired by the world of art.

Linda Stein
Liaison to Mia Docent Committee.

Friends-only Events
Ellen Archibald, Jeanne Scheiderer, and Ellen Archibald
Plans programs for the Friends membership, such as the Friends Book Club, special tours with MIA curators, or lectures by local artists.

Beverly Hauschild-Baron and Teresa Pfister
Plans and arranges small fundraisers to support the efforts of the Friends.

Betsy Whitbeck
Organizes, researches, and maintains the Friends’ historical information.

Lucy Backman and Nancy Withers
Plans and makes arrangements for coffees and luncheons that precede or follow the monthly Mary and Mark Fiterman Lecture series, presented by the Friends and Mia.

Maria Eggemeyer and Teresa Luterbach
Promotes Friends membership to the community and processes new and renewing memberships.

Barbara Scott and Sharon Secor
Edits the Friends newsletter, writing articles, conducting interviews, and compiling information as needed.

Nominating Committee
Connie Sommers
Responsible for preparing and presenting a slate of officers for the Friends board to be elected at the annual meeting. Chaired by the immediate past president of the Friends Board.

Nancy McRae and Molly Van Metre
Coordinates collaboration with other community organizations to expand the reach of the Friends.

Rochester President
Sharon Parham

Rochester Liason
Lucy Bahn
Liaison to Friends Rochester affiliate group.

Plants and Flowers
Carol Pagac and Carol Weiby
Arranges for interior floral arrangements and winter holiday décor at the Mia.

St. Cloud President
Amanda Falloon

St. Cloud Liaison
Barb Champ
Liaison to our St.Cloud affiliate.

The Friends Lecture Series
Michele Byfield-Angell and Liz Short
Plans the Mary and Mark Fiterman Lecture Series and manages speakers’ in-town itineraries.

Transportation Fund
Steven Hoster and Mary Meuwissen
Manages the disbursement of funds from the Friends Transportation Fund to cover transportation costs for metro-area children to visit the Mia for museum guide tours.

Volunteer Services
Sue Stillman
Provides volunteers for Mia and Friends projects as requested.