Eagle River's Community Art Center

The Warehouse Art Center Staff & Board

The Warehouse Staff


Donna Murray-Tiedge MFA Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Donna Murray-Tiedge is a designer-artist-scholar with a keen interest in creative problem-resolving. After twenty-five years of working for industry and running her own entrepreneurial business, she returned to academia to gain the credentials to teach. She has a BFA in Industrial Design, an MFA in Art and Design, and a Ph.D. in Aesthetic Education (teaching through the arts). Her research interests cultivate the intersections of art & design, education, and art & design education and push on the synergistic power of different intellectual points of view in the generation of ideas and the development of knowledge. She has presented aspects of her research nationally and internationally. She has taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has taught online for Boston University. She served as chair-elect for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Design Issues Group (DIG) and on the Advisory Board for the Design-Ed Coalition. She has been an annual visitor to Vilas County since 1969 and a permanent resident since 2015.

The Warehouse Board of Directors


Julie Winter-Paez


Julie has been a member of this beautiful community permanently since 1996 but began vacationing here as a small child. She is more than anything the mom of Christopher, Jenna Anne and Addison and the wife of Andres. In her free time when not being mom; she is the Broker/Co-Owner of Re/Max Property Pros, LLC and an active Rotarian, Chamber Board Member, and general Volunteer. She has a BA in Social Work from the University of WI-Madison and believes that every day is an opportunity to be your BEST!


Judi Akins


Judi was born and raised in Chicago but spent summers in Conover since 1960. She attended Iowa State University where she met her husband John and graduated with a degree in Advertising Design and a minor in Education. She moved permanently to Conover in 2000, and is currently owner of Jensen-Akins Hardware & Appliance in Conover. Judi is a member of the Conover Chamber of Commerce and serves as Treasurer, she is also a member of P.E.O; which is a philanthropic education organization for women. She also has raised dogs for Canine Companions for Independence and is active in various other activities. She is the mother of three and the Grandmother of eight. Her hobbies are gardening, horseback riding and enjoying the Northwoods.


Val Dreger


Val was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Three Lakes, graduating from the Three Lakes School District. She married her husband, Louie, in 1984 and moved to Eagle River.  They have two children, Devin and Lukas, both of whom are married and living out of the area. Val has worked for Peoples State Bank as a mortgage lender for the past 8 years and she loves helping people finance their dream home. She has been a Rotarian for the past 12 years and is currently the past president. She was the Rotary Youth Exchange Officer for 7 of the 12 years. You may have seen her around town volunteering at many local events as she can’t seem to sit still for very long and loves helping out. Val feels she is not a very artistic person, but loves to dabble in crafts and is very willing to learn. She would like to help The Warehouse succeed.


Cheryl Leigh Kornely

Board Member

Cheryl Leigh Kornely is an artist, interior designer and arts educator living in Eagle River Wisconsin with her husband Dale and their awesome dogs- Dremel and Nelly! She earned her undergraduate degree from UW Whitewater Wisconsin and her Master’s degree from Marian College in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. Her areas of artistic interest are ceramics, painting and photography. She has long admired the work of Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, and Vincent Van Gogh and aspires to contribute to her own body of work the same emotional response. Cheryl has owned and operated a successful interior design business in Eagle River and now works for Roughing It In Style in Harshaw, Wisconsin. She loves sharing her design experience with many residential and commercial clients. Cheryl is also very passionate about her family enjoying activities together like hunting, fishing, cooking, camping and traveling.


Cindy Burzinski

Board Member

Cindy is a lifelong resident of Eagle River. She married her husband, Paul, in 1977. Remaining in Eagle River was an easy decision as this warm and friendly community was a great place to raise their three children. Cindy’s children and grandchildren visit the area often and have volunteered at events throughout the County. She’s the Director of Vilas County Tourism & Publicity and has been responsible for directing and coordinating the marketing and promotion of Vilas County since 2002. Cindy firmly believes that the creative economy is an integral part of building strong communities.

She works closely with the 11 chambers in Vilas County because partnerships and tourism go hand in hand. Cindy has overseen the successful development and application for partnership grants exceeding $580,000 for her county. She was appointed to the Governor’s Tourism Council in 2012 and serves on the Travel Information Center Committee and the State Marketing Committee. Cindy enjoys spending time outdoors, quilting and working with her Goldendoodle, Sam, on becoming a Therapy Dog.


Gail Newitt

Board Member

Gail was born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, finished high school and then attended Elgin Community College for a few courses. Her career has always been working in the office starting out as a clerk moving through the ranks as supervisors and then into the secretary positions. Her last job was working with an international company as the Executive Secretary. This job was her ultimate job. It was working for the British and American Executives and also allowed many trips to the U.K. and within the U.S. After leaving that company she and her husband decided to sell everything and move to their second home in Eagle River. After making that decision, the local office supply store was available for purchase. So, they bought the business and owned it for 9 years. As a business owner, she got involved in the local associations. Gail first served on the Chamber Board for 6 years and also the Eagle River Business Association for 7 years as the President. She currently serves on the Eagle River Revitalization Board. She has been involved in setting up and organizing many of the events for the Business Association, as well as volunteering for many projects with the other organizations.