Eagle River's Community Art Center

The Warehouse Art Center Staff & Board

The Warehouse Staff

Brittany-Beyer

Brittany Beyer

Executive Director

Brittany Beyer, like many others, was touched by the arts so deeply as a child that she does not know what life would be like without it. Raised in Northern Illinois, she started taking dance classes at the tender age of 3, and quickly her natural talent for the art form was recognized. Her early training by exemplary local teachers led to attending nationally recognized conservatories (Interlochen Arts Academy, the Ailey School, and NYU/Tisch School of the Arts receiving a BFA in Dance Performance).

Brittany spent over a decade touring and performing at national and international venues, including St. Mark’s Church, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, and the International Choreographic Competition in Hannover, Germany. 

Underlying all of this is an insatiable urge to understand how things work, which led Brittany to undertake administrative duties for other dance companies (Development Manager for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Company Manager for Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects) before heading back to NYU/Tisch School of the Arts for an MA in Art and Public Policy, concentrating in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.

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Debra Ketchum Jircik

Programming Coordinator

Debra Ketchum Jircik, originally from Milwaukee, lives in Eagle River and has been involved in the arts community in the Northwoods for over three decades.  She has worked in clay and hand papermaking as her primary media. She works with both materials in a variety of ways and has been fortunate to study with generous teachers in both media. Debbie’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally, and she has enjoyed sharing art through teaching and also organizing and working on collaborative community art projects and environmental installations, involving people of all ages. In addition to clay and paper, Debbie has made forays into eco printing and natural dyeing, handmade books, giant masks and puppetry, and most recently, slow stitching, to name just a few of her creative adventures.  She currently exhibits her art work at Artistree Cooperative Gallery in Land O Lakes, Wisconsin.   Debbie shares a passion for bringing opportunities for people to have creative experiences, make discoveries and find inspiration at The Warehouse.

The Warehouse Board of Directors

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Julie Winter-Paez

President

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!

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Cheryl Leigh Kornely

Vice President

Cheryl Leigh Kornely is an artist, designer and arts educator living in Eagle River Wisconsin. Her areas of artistic interest are ceramics, painting and photography. She has long admired the work of Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinski, 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 since 2003 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.

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Trista Langley-Tyler

Secretary

Trista Langley-Tyler is a professional jeweler working with gold and silver, doing design, re-design and repair. After graduating from UW- Madison with a degree in Social Work, she worked for a private Non-Profit before deciding to pursue an artistic career. She completed a three year apprenticeship with a Master Goldsmith in Stoughton, WI in 2000, and decided to move back to Eagle River with her Husband, Tod. She now works from her home studio. She and her husband Tod are raising two very artsy daughters who also love to fish, canoe, hike and swim with their Mom and Dad. Trista and Tod also run a 30 plus year old family outdoor sporting goods business in Eagle River.

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Judi Akins

Treasurer

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.

Dan-Tomasaski

Dan Tomasaski

Dan was born and raised in Iron River, MI and has lived in the Eagle River area since 1991. Spending the first 23 years in retail management and marketing. Dan has been involved with photography for over 30 years, and now operates Tomasoski Photography and Cinema a full time portrait and video production studio. Besides photography Dan’s interests are Cycling, snow shoeing, hiking and Shooting Sports. Dan and his wife Theresa have five children ranging in ages from 21 to 10. ” I feel Blessed to live and work in this beautiful community. "

Gail-Newitt

Gail Newitt

I was born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Finished high school and then attended Elgin Community College for a few courses. My 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. My last job was working with an international company as the Executive Secretary. This job was my 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 my husband and I decided to sell everything and move to our second home in Eagle River. After making that decision, the local office supply store was available for purchase. So we bought the business and have now owned it for 9 years. As a business owner, I got involved in the local associations. First served on the Chamber Board for 6 years and also the Eagle River Business Association for 7 years as the President. I am currently on the Eagle River Revitalization Board for my 2nd year. I have 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.