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The Racine Art Museum Association (RAMA) Announces New Board Members and Officers

The membership elected a slate of new candidates for the museum's Board of Directors.

By - Jun 9th, 2015 09:49 am
Racine Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the Racine Art Museum.

Racine Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the Racine Art Museum.

Racine, WI June 9, 2015 – The RAMA Annual Member’s Meeting was held on May 19, 2015 at the Racine Art Museum. The membership elected a slate of new candidates for the museum’s Board of Directors for initial three-year terms and returning Board Members for second three-year terms.

Nominated for an initial three-year term:

Chris Fusco: Senior Director of Development, The Prairie School

Kara Lakatos: Principal, Innovation Navigation, SC Johnson & Son, Inc.

Morgan Laske: Interior Designer, Amy Carman Design

Dr. Daniel Ross MD: Vice President Medical Affairs, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints

Karen Urben: Retired, Community Volunteer

Nominated for a second three-year term:

Tom Creecy: Chairman, RPS Corporation

Katie Gingrass: Gallery Owner, Gingrass Gallery

Richard Ruffo: Managing Director, Progress Capital Group

Neil Staeck: Commercial Banker, Community State Bank

In addition, the RAMA Board of Directors elected the following officers for the coming year at a separate session following the Annual Meeting.

President: James Walker – Lead, Development Engineering Packaging, SC Johnson & Son, Inc.

Vice President: Richard Ruffo – Managing Director, Progress Capital Group

Treasurer: Neil Staeck – Commercial Banker, Community State Bank

Secretary: Alisa Swire – Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Johnson Outdoors, Inc.

The Association also thanked the following members for their years of dedicated service to the museum. Retiring members include: Darryl Babu, Susan Boland – Past Board President, and John Hand.

“We welcome and are grateful to our new Board members for their expertise, guidance, and leadership. They represent RAMA’s commitment to ensuring diverse interests and perspectives that assist our organization in better serving the museum’s audience and the community,” said Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections. “We also express our gratitude to our retiring Board members for their support, enthusiasm, and hard work on behalf of RAM during their time of service. This kind of expertise is an incredibly valuable resource to the Association,” he added.

Together, the two campuses of the Racine Art Museum, RAM in downtown Racine at 441 Main Street and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, seek to elevate the stature of contemporary crafts to that of fine art by exhibiting significant works in craft media with painting, sculpture and photography, while providing outstanding educational art programming.

Docent led contemporary craft and architectural tours of the museums are available. Both campuses of the Racine Art Museum, are open to the public Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and are closed Mondays, Federal holidays and Easter. RAM is open Sunday Noon – 5:00 pm, while Wustum is closed Sundays. An admission fee of $5 for adults, with reduced fees for students and seniors, applies at RAM. Admission to Wustum is free. Members are always admitted without charge to either campus.

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