2019 Board of Directors
Patrick Irvine, Board Chair, is a physician specializing in care of elderly. He and his wife, Mary Lou, have a small home in Bayfield and enjoy boating on Lake Superior. Previously in clinical practice at HCMC and the University of Minnesota, now he works around the country with health plans in clinical areas such as quality measurement, care coordination, and medication programs. He has a 96-year-old mother.
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."
Kathryn Grafsgaard, Treasurer, brings extensive experience in federal and state program administration, budgeting and grant management, leadership and program planning. Kathy has a MBA, and BS in Food and Nutrition/Dietetics. She served formerly as Vice Chair of the CORE Board, and Chair of the Friends in Deed Committee. She also served as CORE Executive Director during a transition phase from August 2017-January 2019. Kathy and her husband Dave Olson reside in Washburn. They have 4 grown sons and 2 daughters-in-law.
Barbara McCann, Secretary 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.
Dorothy Hoffman has come to serve on the CORE Board out of respect for the mission and work of the organization. She is learning of the scope and breadth of its programs and is eager to learn more. She has personally benefited from the opportunities offered through CORE's Life Long Learning program, both as a class leader and a participant. As a veteran educator and a believer in the rejuvenating, invigorating power of learning,,she is grateful for the venue CORE provides to enable community members to continue to learn and to teach. CORE's intention to become increasingly intergenerational in its focus and offerings is another effort she wishes to support and work to make happen. She is honored to have been asked to join the Board and hope to serve the Board and the community in ways to warrant that honor.
Lois Albrecht and her husband Don moved to Bayfield in 1974. She helped breathe new life into the Bayfield Library in the late 70s and later helped raise the first $1 million in endowment for the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund. After retiring from 20 years of fundraising for Northland College in May 2018, Lois became an active volunteer at Encore.
Jerianne “Tudy” Bland and her husband have found a welcoming and supportive community here in the Bayfield area. It seems there is always good advice and a helping hand nearby. CORE provides us with ways to extend our hands in support to a broad range of folks, making their lives safer and more enjoyable, even as we all age. "Tudy" has years of work in an ecumenical monastery in Madison taught me the power of community and mindfulness in appreciating our blessings and the gifts that all can bring. She is delighted to have the opportunity of contributing to the broader Bayfield community by working at ENCORE and serving on the CORE board.
Michele Reiswig has been a lifelong visitor to the Apostle Islands since the early 1970’s. Moving to the area in 2012, she proudly calls Washburn home. Michele attended the University of MN – Duluth for undergraduate work in Psychology, and Seattle Pacific University for a Master’s degree in Education. Her employment background has included positions in recreation and event management, international tourism, education and social services, most recently as an adult protective services worker for Bayfield County, and home services coordinator for a home health agency. When not at work, Michele is passionate about travel and exploration, enjoys the recreational opportunities in the outdoors, and getting involved in local programs and events. It is with great enthusiasm that she joins CORE to the board in support of our mission.
Jan Haupert graduated with a degree in elementary education and taught 4th grade for 3 years. She then enrolled in a technical college to learn computer programming. Jan was hired at Target Stores (headquarters) to work in the IT department where she progressed from computer programmer to project manager; group manager; and director of software development with responsibility for budgets and staff worldwide. After 30 years at Target, Jan and her husband retired and moved to Bayfield, WI. She was interested in joining an organization to become more a part of the Bayfield community. A friend invited Jan to join the Bayfield Heritage Association Board of Directors where she served 10 years. Currently she am the 1st vice president of the Bayfield Civic League. She is very excited to also be on the Board of Directors at CORE.
Bev Lindell moved to Bayfield in 2006 with her husband, John. For 30+ years Beverly worked in public and private sectors as mental health clinician specializing in marriage and family therapy. She was President of the Alaska Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for 3 years. Since retiring, her interests include cooking, reading, traveling and walking with her dogs in the woods. She is chair of the Friends in Deed committee.