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."
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.
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.
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.