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 and Kent State 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.

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Angela Lynch

Creative Arts Coordinator

Angela is from Shiocton, WI and is a recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management and Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. Throughout her time at UWSP, Angela worked as an intern at Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, and the Edna Carlsten Art Gallery where she gained invaluable experience and knowledge in event planning, fundraising, marketing and promotion. Her passion for the arts began early on in her life when she began playing the viola in elementary school and had a strong interest in art classes. In the years to follow, she continued taking elective art classes and participated in various orchestra programs, including the UW Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, Angela can be found listening to music, attempting a Pinterest DIY, spending time with her pets, and enjoying the outdoors.

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.


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.


Elliott Aaron From

Board Member

Elliott Aaron From is an Abstract Expressionist Performance Artist in the medium of painting. His talent and creativity allow him to explore this uncharted hybrid of Artistic Expression and Performance Art. Since embarking on this path in 2007 his unique talents have made him a Chicago-land celebrity. He works closely with local and national professional sports teams. Most well-known is his celebrated connection to the 3-time Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks with whom he has had an ongoing business relationship for the last 9 years. Elliott’s love of painting is only paralleled by his love of helping those less fortunate. He has molded his successful business model around raising money for non-profit organizations. To date Elliott has helped raise over $4 million dollars for over 350+ non-profits nationwide.


Cindy Kelly Conlon, J.D., Ph.D.

Board Member

Cindy is a teacher, yogi, lawyer, parent, spouse, and life-long learner who loves spending time in the forest as well as by the lake. Her diverse interests have led her to found the Chicago Street Law Project, where law students teach about practical law concepts in public high schools, as well as the St. Francis Visual Arts Program, recognized by the Art Institute of Chicago as a best-practice model of how to engage parent volunteers as art educators. Currently she teaches law-related classes for undergraduate students at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, and classes in meditation at the Wellness Center at NU. She also teaches yoga at various studios near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she resides with her husband and two Labrador retrievers. Her three children and their families visit often, and especially enjoy spending time at her cabin in Eagle River. Her Ph.D. in education is from Northwestern, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.


Marita Schwartz

Board Member

Originally from Chicagoland, Marita has worked in hospitality sales and marketing, was a professional calligrapher, and served on awareness and fundraising committees advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities. Eagle River has been Marita's home for 7 years, having performed in the Northwoods Singers and served on the Board of Directors.