Board of Directors

Milwaukee Ballet relies on the talents of many individuals beyond those on stage or in the studios. In addition to our dedicated staff, we are supported by a variety of diverse people who volunteer their time and expertise serving on our Board of Directors and on our Board Committees

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Cheryl Carron, Board Chair & President  |  JLL 
Christine Irgens, Treasurer & Finance Chair, Chair Elect 
Sarah Thomas Pagels, Secretary, Community Engagement Co-Chair  |  Laffey, Leitner & Goode 
Donna Baumgartner 
Liz Bickley, Community Engagement Co-Chair  |  Korn Ferry 
Jane Bell, Advancement Co-Chair 
Kelly Noyes, Nominating & Governance Chair, School & Academy Co-Chair  |  von Briesen & Roper, s.c. 
Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes, Immediate Past President  |  Foley & Lardner 
John Rumpf, Advancement Co-Chair  | Robert W. Baird & Co. 

Directors At Large

Irissol Arce  |  Northwestern Mutual 
Jon Biorkman  |  BMO Commercial Bank 
Sarah Damsgaard, School & Academy Co-Chair  |  Morgan Stanley 
Jason Eggert  |  Old National Bank 
Gretchen Jameson  |  Versiti, Inc.
Amy Schmidt Jones  |  Sensient Technologies 
Sarah Kimball 
Suzanne Martens, MD  |  Sheboygan Count EMS, Lakeshore Technical College 
Beverley Morgan  |  Rockwell Automation 
Molly Mulroy  |  WEC Energy Group
Justin Mortara  |  Mortara Group 
Jill Pelisek  |  UWM Lubar School of Business 
William Raasch, MD  |  Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Institute 
Neil Riegelman  |  Associated Bank 
Jodi Ristau  |  Phillips Ristau Group at Baird


Michael Pink, Artistic Director
Tai Pauls, Managing Director & Chief Advancement Officer

Honorary Directors

Nana Allis*
Audrey Baird*
Roberta Boorse*
Barbara Brumder*
Robert Eiseman*
Mariette Orth*
Jodi Peck
Joan and Jack* Stein
Mary Trainer



Jane Bell, Board of Directors
John Rumpf, Board of Directors  |  Robert W. Baird

Irissol Arce, Board of Directors  |  Northwestern Mutual
Donna Baumgartner, Board of Directors
Kathleen Crocker, Community Volunteer
Christine Irgens, Board of Directors
Gretchen Jameson, Board of Directors   
Maxx Rodriguez, Community Volunteer  |  Oak View Group

Community Engagement

Liz Bickley, Board of Directors  |  Korn Ferry
Sarah Thomas Pagels, Board of Directors  |  Laffey, Leitner & Goode 

Uniqua Adams, Community Volunteer  |  MKE Academy of Sciences
Deana Velazquez, Community Volunteer  |  MCP Lola Rowe
Linda Wade, Community Volunteer  |  Above The Clouds


Christine Irgens, Board of Directors

Steve Beguhn, Community Volunteer  |  We Energies
Jon Biorkman, Board of Directors  |  BMO Commercial Bank
Drew Feller, Community Volunteer  |  BMO Harris
Jason Eggert, Board of Directors  |  Old National Bank
Justin Mortara, Board of Directors  |  Mortara Group
Jill Pelisek, Board of Directors  |  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes, Board of Directors  |  Foley & Lardner
Neil Riegelman, Board of Directors  |  Associated Bank


Beverley Morgan, Board of Directors  |  Rockwell Automation
Kristyn Brenner, Community Volunteer
Kathleen Crocker, Community Volunteer  
Andrea Hug, Community Volunteer  |  Robert W. Baird & Co. 
Anna Jablonski, Community Volunteer  |  Sabljak & Budisch 
Maxx Rodriguez, Community Volunteer  |  Oak View Group 
Fran Sutter, Community Volunteer  |  GMR Marketing 
Ashley Voelz, Community Volunteer  |  Artisan Partners 

Nominating & Governance

Kelly Noyes, Board of Directors  |  von Briesen & Roper

Cheryl Carron, Board of Directors  |  JLL
Christine Culver, Board of Directors
Donna Baumgartner, Board of Directors
Sarah Thomas Pagels, Board of Directors  |  Laffey, Leitner, and Goode LLC

School & Academy

Sarah Damsgaard, Board of Directors  |  Morgan Stanley
Kelly Noyes, Board of Directors  |  von Briesen & Roper

Elizabeth Drew, Community Volunteer  |  Medical College of Wisconsin 
Gretchen Jameson, Board of Directors
Amy Schmidt Jones, Board of Directors  |  Sensient Technologies
Beverley Morgan, Board of Directors  |  Rockwell Automation

Emerging Leaders Council

Neil Riegelman, Board of Directors  |  Associated Bank
Anna Jablonski, Community Volunteer  |  Sabljak & Budisch

Launching Fall 2024! Learn more and apply to join below.

Get Involved

As we continue to shape the future of Milwaukee Ballet, we call upon passionate individuals to be part of our journey! If you are interested in sharing your talents to further Milwaukee Ballet's work and mission, we would love to connect with you to determine whether the Board or a Committee may be a good fit.  We believe that diversity of thought and experience strengthens our organization, and we encourage individuals from all backgrounds to consider joining us in our mission! 

Please click the button below to fill out the interest form and a member of our team will be in touch.

About the Board & Committees

  • Board of Directors: Our esteemed Board of Directors is comprised of business leaders, professionals, and community volunteers who play a pivotal role in guiding strategic direction and operations for the Company. Candidates being considered for the Board will be interviewed by members of the Nominating & Governance Committee and Executive leadership team. 
  • Advancement Committee: Focusing on Development (Fundraising) and Marketing, this committee’s goal is to provide oversight and guidance for Milwaukee Ballet’s strategies to achieve successful performance and contributed revenue outcomes. With a focus on long-term sustainability, the Committee will review strategies for alignment with the brand vision and strategic goals of the Company.
  • Community Engagement Committee: Focusing on Community Engagement, this committee’s goal is to provide feedback and guidance to Milwaukee Ballet’s community partnerships and programming within the Milwaukee community. Working with groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters, this committee strives to diversify and exemplify our belief and practice that ballet is truly for everyone.
  • Emerging Leaders Council: Launching in Fall 2024, the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is looking for young professionals interested in developing their role as a future leader and advocate within the fine arts community. ELC members will provide guidance and ideation to propel Milwaukee Ballet into the future, with particular focus on developing the next generation of patrons and supporters. This council is perfect for young professionals looking for leadership and board experience. Join us in building a brighter future for everyone!  
  • Events Committee: Throughout the year, Milwaukee Ballet aims to put on many cultivation events whether for fundraising, ticket-drivers, or patron engagement purposes. The Events Committee aims to develop, plan, and execute these events via assistance with auction items, sponsorships, ticket sales, décor, food & beverage, etc.
  • Finance Committee: Focusing on the financial aspect of our business, this committee’s goal is to provide feedback and guidance to ensure the financial health, accountability, and sustainability of our organization. This group’s expertise and oversight helps maintain financial transparency, safeguard assets, and support Milwaukee Ballet’s mission and strategic objectives.
  • Operations Committee: Focusing on the efficient operations of Milwaukee Ballet's physical and digital footprint, this committee's goal is to provide feedback and guidance to Milwaukee Ballet's Operations Department.
  • School Committee: Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only school in the Midwest that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. This committee’s goal is to provide feedback and guidance for MBSA’s enrollment and programming of all levels with the goal of increasing enrollment, diversity of students, and quality of education.