Copyrighted 2018 Lakeland Performing Arts Association

Lakeland Performing Arts Association Minocqua, Wisconsin

2018 - 2019 Season

LPAA Board of Directors

The LPAA Board of Directors are responsible for all management decisions associated with the Lakeland Performing Arts Association including the selection of the talented acts we invite to perform each year.  The Board meets monthly to address LPAA issues, plan the coordination of upcoming performances

and critique past performances.  All of our Board members are volunteers and receive no compensation for their efforts.  If you would be interested in joining our Board of Directors just let us know.  


Here are “bios” for some of our current members -


Sue Damske


Sue is a retired Physical Education/Health teacher and coach at MHLT Elementary School in Minocqua. She is married to Jerry Weber, an outside salesman for Pukall Lumber Company. Their combined families include five children. Eric, 39 lives is Plover, Troy (Jenna), 33 lives in St. Paul, Jill, 27 lives is Minneapolis, Bryan, 25 lives in Eau Claire, and Maria, 23 lives in Madison.


Sue stays active golfing, biking, hiking, camping, kayak/canoeing, clogging, line dancing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, attending exercise classes and traveling. Since retiring Sue has become an active volunteer at Howard Young Medical Center, the United Methodist Church of the Pines, the American Association of University Women, and Lakeland Performing Arts Association. She is also a member of two book clubs.


Karl Johnson


My wife, Gail, and I moved here to Woodruff permanently about four years ago from Cincinnati.  I grew up in Waupun, WI and received my college degree at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  After serving four years in the Air Force during the Viet Nam war we moved to eastern Kentucky (Ashland).  I worked there for Ashland Oil Co for my entire career.  After retirement we moved to Cincinnati, OH, where our son and his family live, and remained there for ten years until moving back to Wisconsin here in the North Woods.  


My primary interests have been traveling, gardening, bicycling, hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and garden railroading.  This is my third year on the LPAA board where I am currently serving as Treasurer.  This past winter I volunteered as an AARP Tax Aide at the Minocqua library and will do this again during the coming tax season.  We are members of Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua where I ring hand bells in the hand bell choir.


We really enjoy living here in northern Wisconsin.  The climate suits us well and there is an abundance of things to do here.


Sue Tamburrino Kort


I live on Great Bass Lake in Minocqua.  I grew up in Manitowish Waters and am a 1974 graduate of LUHS.  I married Don Kort in 1977 and we have one grown son, David.  I am a graphic designer and work at LUHS in the Graphic Communication Department.  We do all printing for the school along with printing for non-profit groups (such as the LPAA) in and around the surrounding Lakeland area.  Prior to LUHS, I worked at Howard Young Medical Center in public relations.  Other positions I have held are office manager/bookkeeper for the Beacons of Minocqua start-up, branch manager for Community Savings and Loan, and office manager for the Woodson YMCA in Wausau.  Music has always been a part of our lives, and our son recently graduated from Luther College with a degree in Music.  It’s fun being part of a group that brings music and entertainment to our community.  


William F. Radant


Bill was born in Oklahoma City, Okla, attended public schools there and graduated from Oklahoma City University. There he received a Bachelor of Music Education, and while at the University he played clarinet with the Oklahoma City Symphony.


He then spent two years at the University of Michigan on a Teaching Fellowship, while earning a Master of Music degree. This was followed by two years in the Army where he conducted the 2nd Infantry Division band.


Upon discharge he moved to Davenport, Iowa where he spent the next 20 years working and owning a music store. Where he taught clarinet, played solo clarinet in the Quad-Cities Symphony, The Friends of Chamber Music, and started a school band.


Bill and his wife, Jacque, had four children, 1 girl and 3 boys.  They were both also active with Cubs Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and spent their vacation time hiking and camping as a family.


Bill and his wife sold the music store and went to seminary. After which Bill was ordained an Episcopal priest and served in Iowa and Wisconsin. He retired in 1995 and moved to Manitowish Waters, WI. There they opened a Bed & Breakfaast, Friars Tuckaway, which they operated for 13 years.


In retirement, he has served two small churches and spends time developing his photographic hobby.


Bill said they moved to the Northwoods because of the trees, rivers and lakes. A sort of “back to nature” movement.


Kate Samuelson


Kate Samuelson has joined the Lakeland Performing Arts Association board this year. She has been a long time resident in the area. She and her husband ran a business in Woodruff for almost 20 years. She lives in Arbor Vitae and now works part-time in a busy podiatry office.


Kate has four sons (and a couple of others that call her Ma Kate), and 16 grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loves nothing better than spending time with her family. She is also very active in her church. Kate likes to read, and enjoys walks in the peace and quiet found in the Northwoods. Kate enjoys dancing, good movies, concerts, plays, and yard sales. She is working through some things on her "bucket List", and is usually up for a good adventure. Kate is looking forward to the concert series for 2017-2018 season, and working with the board.


Mid Sharpe


I was born in Chicago, raised in Southern Illinois, graduated from Southern Illinois University and was a teacher before our daughters were born.  Later I did the book keeping for Parker’s business and did dress making and alterations while the children slept.  I’ve always been interested in the arts.  Since we’ve lived here in the Northwoods, our church, gardening, woodworking, a good book, and volunteering seems to take most of my time.  When we travel, my paints usually go with me.  


Parker Sharpe


Born and raised in Barrington, Illinois.  Graduated So. Illinois University.  Married in college to Mid Sharpe 59 years ago.  Two daughters April and Allison, two grandchildren.  Entered financial planning 54 years ago and just retired.  Moved to Winchester full time 21 years ago.  I like the out of doors, hunting, fishing and the beach in Sanibel, FL.  Doing some woodworking and organizing my neglected garage shop.  Must finish in my lifetime.


Pat Cegann Stanley


 I have lived in Woodruff for the past 6 years, and several locations in the Northwoods for 20 + years, both as a part-year and full-year resident.  My background is in the financial field.  I am retired from my career as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), after operating my own independent firm in Minocqua and also being affiliated with the F&M Bank group as their investment representative.  After growing up in Chicago, where my family still resides, I have come to love our nature-filled surroundings and small hometown setting.   And, while I have no history of participating in the Arts, I believe the cultural balance it brings to our communities is invaluable .


Kay Tait


Kay Tait has always loved the arts, especially music. One of the highlights of her college days was playing flute in the University of Illinois band. She has lived in the Northwoods of Wisconsin for most of her adult life and appreciates not just the natural beauty of the Northwoods, but also hiking, biking, kayaking, and snowshoeing. Kay enjoys time with family and friends, reading, book clubs, travel, and St. Matthias. She volunteers at Caritas, a community organization that assists clients in improving their circumstances. She loved teaching third graders at MHLT Elementary School and retired after a long career there. She now works part time at Jim Tait Real Estate. Kay is honored to be a member of the Lakeland Performing Arts Board.


Jack Wierzba

Born in Milwaukee December 257 1935

Started Advance Floor Covering on April I 1950 with my father.

Graduated from Boy’s Technical High School, June 1954.

Served on the U. S. Army in France from 1956 to 1958.

Started coming to the St. Germain area in 1950.

Started corning to the Pike Lake area in 1968 when friend purchased the Pine Forest Lodge and fell in love with the Chain of Lakes and the National Forest.


Left my business on December 16, 1989 and moved to Pike Lake.

Married Avis, a friend since 1969, on August 25, 1990. (my first and only)

Since moving from the big city I learned what it is like to be involved and enjoyed it.

I served 21 years on the Town Board of Fifield and continue to do so

Served almost 20 years President of the Pike Lake Chain Firefighters Inc. the fund raising group of the Fire Department

Vice President of the Friends Round Lake Logging Dam, a national award winning Group that worked with the Forest Service to rebuild the Dam, a National Historic Site.

Vice President the Pike Lake Chain Lakes Association

Graduate the Lake Leaders Institute, UWSP

Chairman of Fun Day, a fund raiser for the Fire Department

Reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19,527 feet on August 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM I won't do that any more

Sometimes we never learn, On February 8, 2012 I Bungy Jumped off the Kawarau Bridge at Queenstown, New Zeeland.

I got my Private Pilot’s license in 1970


Jay Woolf


I am Jay Woolf.  My wife, Helyn, and I have been married forty-nine years, and have lived in Vilas County for the past thirty-two years.  We have two sons, and five grandchildren ranging in age from four to eighteen.


Helyn and I have been interested in music much of our lives, and met in high school orchestra.  Helyn was quite an accomplished violinist, being concertmistress her junior and senior years, whereas I was in the percussion section, and referred to by our band director as one of the “dime-a-dozen” drummers.


Prior to moving to the Northwoods, I was in the securities industry for 19 years, the last 11 ½ as a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange where I was a market-maker.  After moving north, we started a lumber yard, and, a few years later, added a hardware store.  My avocation, though, was emergency services.   I was a firefighter, EMT, and Emergency Government director for over twenty years.


Since retiring, I have been active in LPAA, our lake association, the Winchester Planning Commission, and Fleazaar, the annual fundraiser at my wife’s church. I had also returned to school, graduating last December, and published a book in April.

Besides traveling, one of my favorite pastimes is gardening.  Nine years ago, with the help of one of my grandsons, who at the time was seven years old, began constructing a Japanese garden—something every Northwoods’ home needs.