2017 Board of Directors
Kathryn Jensen, Board Chair, has worked in the field of philanthropy for over 37 years. She worked with the Blandin Foundation for 25 years and finished her career there as Senior Vice President. She now works as a Philanthropic Advisor for private foundations and not-for-profits—serving as Executive Director of the Brenden Mann Foundation and working with a number of area non profits. In Bayfield, Kathryn and her husband operate Manitou Sailing. She also served as a past Chair of CORE and returned to that role in January 2016.
Janel Ryan, Board Vice Chair, arrived in Bayfield in 1989, planning to stay for a few years, as she had historically done. Then, she was married in the yard of her new house, started a Bed and Breakfast, worked as a restaurant manager/chef, did lots of catering, started and ran her own restaurant and never left! Janel fell in love with this town, this lake, and the incredible friends she has made. Janel expresses her reason for her work with CORE: "I hope, in some small way, to return the love, comfort, and inspiration I have found here with my work on the CORE board. I am older, maybe a bit wiser, but realize that happiness comes from sharing ourselves and our talents with those around us. I thank the CORE organization for all that it does and for its vision for the future."
Judy Manley, Secretary, was raised in Kentucky, lived in Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Hawaii, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Following a career in education, she retired to Bayfield and now is a consummate volunteer. Judy chairs the Friends in Deed committee, serves on several other committees, and volunteers at ENCORE.
Pat Noordsij, Treasurer, moved to Bayfield seven years ago from Madison where she worked for the University of Wisconsin as an IT professional. While in Madison she worked with many non-profits including Wisconsin Public TV and Radio and other local organizations.
Sue Aiken and her husband Roger have lived in Bayfield for 4 years, moving here from the Twin Cities. She has a bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. After working in the operating room, she went into public health nursing in Minneapolis, serving people of all age Sue has always been interested in the environment and is also on the Bayfield Regional Conservancy board. She loves the outdoors and likes to bike, hike, cross county ski, snowshoe, and garden.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Albert-Peacock recently retired from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Education Department. She is the co-owner of Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing. While wintering in Florida, Betsy is an active volunteer with Tidewell Hospice. She is the proud grandmother of ten beautiful grandchildren, most precious gifts of life! Betsy also loves being a CORE board member.
Jan Benson received her Master’s in Social Work from UW Madison and provided outpatient mental health services in Ashland since 1971. She was co-founder and Director of the Center for Individual and Family Development for 23 year, retiring to follow her dream of providing geriatric services. Jan was Director of Social Services at Northern Lights Health Care for 11 years. She joined the CORE Board in 2010 and has been the Chair of the Nutrition Committee, Co-Chair of Friday Friends, and one of the three chefs doing Let’s Do Lunch. She also volunteers at Encore.
- Chere Gibson is a retired faculty member from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her career focused on adult and continuing education including program planning, teaching and distance learning, as well as program evaluation. Chere and her husband Terry have been summer residents of Bayfield since 1998 and have been active participants in number of local activities and boards over the years.
Barb Gover retired in the summer of 2006 and, with her husband, moved to Bayfield, a long-time dream for both. She was invited to join the newly emerging Board of Directors for CORE that fall where she helped to develop the Friends in Deed program. During the previous 30 years, Barb and her family resided in central Wisconsin where she raised kids and pursued an intermittent career in nursing. She has remained an active Friend in Deed and has been an active Encore volunteer for 7 years. Also a volunteer at the Bayfield Recreation Center, Barb has helped lead the morning Aqua-fit class for 9 years and has co-anchored the indoor walking program, co-sponsored by CORE and the Rec Center, for the past 2 winters. In her spare time she dabbles in contemporary quilted art.
Barbara McCann spent her career teaching at the elementary level before retiring from the Shorewood School District in 2004. Her summers away from the classroom had always included visits to Madeline Island and Bayfield, where she and her husband had purchased property with plans to build a home. They now live in Bayfield, but still winter in Madison. Because of a strong commitment to giving back to her community Barb has been actively involved with several other community non-profit boards, including the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund and the Bayfield Community Education Fund.
Mel Whiteside was educated as an aquatic biologist with degrees from Willamette University, Arizona State University and Indiana University. He researched lakes in Denmark, and, for several years, lakes in Itasca State Park. Mel held faculty positions at the University of Tennessee and the University of Minnesota. With his wife, Gildi, and Mel settled in Bayfield in 2005, after several miles and years of ocean sailing. He retains a keen interest in sailing.