Meet Our Board
Caroline Simaz —Board Co-Chair, Traverse City, MI
Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Caroline is employed at Cherryland Electric Cooperative as a GIS Technician. She has been on the Arts for All board for two years.
Ellie Vratanina – Board Co-Chair, Traverse City, MI
Real Estate One
Ellie has been a realtor with Real Estate One in Traverse City, MI for the past 7 years and has been an Arts for All Board Member for two years. She also serves on the Real Estate One Charitable Foundation Executive Board of Directors for Northern MI.
Jill Miklos —Board Vice Chair, Traverse City, MI
Jill is a Senior Manager of Corporate Services Operations and has served on the Arts for All board for two years. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA and an active volunteer with her daughter’s school.
Elizabeth Clarke—Board Secretary, Traverse City, MI.
West Shore Bank
Liz is a branch manager with West Shore Bank and sits on the Finance and Governance committee for Arts for All. She has been on the board for five years.
Annie Kerr – Board Treasurer, Traverse City, MI
Annie Kerr, CPA, is a Financial Planning and Analysis Analyst at Midmark RTLS Solutions and is responsible for financial analysis and leading the accounting team. Previously, Annie served in assurance roles with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Dennis, Gartland and Niergarth CPA.
Annie has been the Financial Representative of Special Olympics Michigan – Area 2 since September 2017 and formerly served on the Polar Plunge Committee for Special Olympics Michigan – Area 2 for the 2018 plunge. From January 2016 to December 2018, Annie served on the Volunteer Committee of FUSE, Traverse City’s young professional focused program.
Annie received both her undergraduate and graduate degree in accounting from Wayne State University. Annie resides in Cedar, Michigan with her husband, Rich, and two dogs, Charlie and Daisy. She enjoys exploring all her home state has to offer, as well as traveling to new places.
Lois Edson – Board Member, Traverse City, MI.
Lois has served on the A4A board since 2016. She has worked and volunteered with with other local nonprofits, including the Multiple Schlerosis society and Safe Harbor, which serves people experiencing homelessness.
Nick Edson —Board Member, Traverse City, MI
Cherryland Electric Cooperative (retired)
Nick was an editor of the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 25 years and editor of Country Lines Magazine for 15 years. He has been on the A4A board for four years. Nick has served a number of local boards: the YMCA board for nine years, with two as board chair; NMC Scholarship Committee board for six years, with three as board chair; TC Rotary Club board for two years; Communities In Schools board three years (and running), taking over as board chair this fall.
Danielle Price —Board Member, Traverse City, MI
Heartland Hospice , Northern Roots Wellness
Danielle has been on the Arts for All board for two years. She is an account liaison for Heartland Hospice and a director for Northern Roots Wellness. She is originally from Marquette MI but now calls Traverse City her home.
Colleen Berger – Board Member, Traverse City, MI
Empireblu Vintage Furnishings
Colleen is a senior vendor and contributor at Empireblu Vintage Furnishings in Traverse City.
Colleen also works in Real Estate marketing for Real Support, Inc. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technical University. Colleen is new to Traverse City and met the Arts for All community almost immediately upon arriving in T.C. She has a special
needs daughter who enjoys all that A4A has to offer. Colleen is excited about joining the board and the team to further the benefits that Arts for All is doing throughout the Grand Traverse
Susan Walters – Board Member, Traverse City, MI
Leonard Kirtz School – Austintown, OH (Retired)
Susan recently relocated to TC to be closer to her children and settled in Williamsburg. Even before moving, Susan spent many hours volunteering for A4A events and classes. She has 30 years experience working with post high-school students preparing for the workforce. Susan taught important life skills, Greenhouse programming, and developed modifications for students in art classes. She now enjoys teaching chair yoga in her community, as well as acrylic painting. Susan is proud to be on the board and work with our students. “I learned far more from the students than I ever taught.” – Susan.
Renée Herman – Board Member At Large, Traverse City, MI
Vocal Instructor & Music Program Developer
Debra Colaianni – Board Member At Large, Alden, MI
Financial Bookkeeper at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Retired)
Deb spent 24 years traveling the globe and working and volunteering in various financial and business administration positions related to the US Air Force with her husband, Dale, a US Air Force officer. Upon returning to her hometown, she served as the Arts for All Board Treasurer from 2015-2018, and currently serves as the Chair for the Board Governance Committee.