BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Responsible for financial oversight of Forward Theater Company.
Chad Bartell is thrilled to part of the FTC board of directors. Chad’s past "roles" include a corporate attorney at a major Milwaukee-based law firm; an instrumentalist in various music ensembles performing around Madison; and Tiny Tim in Children’s Theater of Madison’s A Christmas Carol. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s law and business schools, Wesleyan University, and Madison's West High School. When not supporting local fine arts organizations through his attendance at performances, Chad is the Associate General Counsel of the Springs Window Fashions Company in Middleton, and the father of two rather theatrical little boys.
Carousel Bayrd is a civil rights attorney focusing on employment discrimination, housing rights, and police misconduct. She is Vice Chair of the Dane County Board, and was first elected in 2006. On the County Board, she focuses on criminal reform, racial justice, and alternatives to incarceration, along with housing and women's rights.
Carousel hosts "A Public Affair" a current-affairs talk-radio show every Tuesday on WORT, Madison's Community Radio Station. She is also a columnist for Madison Commons, a neighborhood focused online magazine.
In addition to her County Board service, Carousel is currently Board President for Emerge Wisconsin, which trains and supports democratic women to run for public office, and she served on the Greater Madison Fair Housing Council Advisory Board She formerly served as Board Chair and Interim Executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Foundation, on the MATC District Board, and the City of Madison's Equal Opportunities Commission.
Carousel is also an active volunteer at Van Hise Elementary School and a strong advocate for Madison's Public Schools. She was named the Woman of Commitment by the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, for her advocacy for women's rights. And in 2011, Carousel was a finalist for top local elected official for the Wisconsin Democratic Party's Eleanor Roosevelt Awards.
Carousel lives in Midvale Heights with her husband Madison-native Tim Sobota, her two daughters Cassandra and Mari, and the family dog Rio.
Ellen Foley is vice president of corporate communications at WPS. She has combined work as a communications professional, journalist, and college administrator with community service for more than two decades. Ellen worked in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula before joining the Wisconsin State Journal as editor-in-chief in 2004. Active in Tempo Madison, she also holds a seat on the board of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and works as a volunteer with the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Ellen is also committed to raising awareness and funds for cancer efforts, including the Carbone Cancer Center. She continues her journalism efforts with a column, “Foley at Large,” published on Channel3000.com, and also consults with small companies and non-profits on communication strategy. Ellen and her husband have two grown daughters: Kait, who does collage art in her free time, and Maura, who performs improvisational comedy in Chicago as a hobby. They are teaching Ellen that it’s as much fun to be in the audience as it is to be on stage.
Charles N. Ford is currently UW Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology, where he served as chair of the department from 1995-2007. His interest in theater dates back to his teenage and early college years, and his academic career has been influenced by a longstanding fascination with the human voice. At the University of Wisconsin he has assembled a world-class team of voice clinicians and scientists. His clinical practice encompasses medical and surgical care of actors, singers, and other voice professionals. Chuck’s research focus is laryngology and voice disorders. Currently he is collaborating with researchers in the application of surgical intervention and tissue engineering approaches to restoring damaged vocal folds. His curriculum vita reflects numerous awards, eponymous lectures, leadership positions in national medical associations, and membership on five leading editorial boards. Dedicated to supporting the arts locally, he recently served on the Madison Symphony board and currently he is an active member of the Madison Opera board of directors.
Roth Judd is advisor to governments and organizations worldwide on best practices for design, implementation, and enforcement of standards of conduct for government officials. He is the creator and animator of an interactive seminar for fostering not-for-profit organizations' trustees' good management of and participation in board meetings and decisions. B.A, Linguistics, Lawrence University. J.D., University of Wisconsin. Roth was formerly executive director and legal counsel of the Wisconsin Ethics Board. He is an officer and trustee of Oakwood Village Retirement Community, bylaws advisor and past president Rotary Club of Madison, trustee and past president Madison Opera, and vice-president of United States Log Rolling Charitable Foundation. Roth is a past president of Cap-itol Neighborhoods, Inc., Vilas Neighborhood Association, and United States Log Rolling Association.
Roth and his wife Lynne are passionate about quality theater. Roth counts among formative experiences elementary school attendance at Louisville's children theater and teenage years largely spent in the green room of Minneapolis's Guthrie Theatre when he was not acting as tour guide, ticket taker, usher, and stage door guardian. Recognizing the limitation of his talents, Roth confines his theatrical endeavors to the purchase of tickets.
Marcia Kasieta serves on the Board of Directors of the Badger Prairie Needs Network (formerly the Verona Area Needs Network) and most recently led the group's capital campaign to raise over $400,000 to remodel a Dane County facility to serve more families and expand services to address generational poverty. She is a retired marketing instructor at UW-Madison's School of Business, has led executive seminars in marketing research at UW's Fluno Center and has facilitated strategic planning efforts for both public and private sector organizations.
Gail Kohl joined the board of Forward Theater Company with great joy. She has worked in fundraising for more than 30 years with both local and state-wide organizations, such as American Players Theatre; the Taliesin Preservation Commission; Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Tourism Program; United Cerebral Palsy; The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; the Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy; Big Top Chautauqua; and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She has been responsible for major gifts, project and operations funding, membership development and enhancement, strategic partnerships and alliances, event planning and coordination, special projects, and proposal and grant writing.
Erika Monroe-Kane is the director of communications for MMoCA, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Previously Erika founded Firecracker Consulting, formulating communications strategies for a variety of clients, worked for United Way of Dane County, the National Center for Media Engagement, and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Erika is a city girl who moved to Madison ten years ago from Chicago, and proudly reps her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. As lovers of the arts, Erika and her family enjoy the richness of Madison’s arts community.
Kathie Nichols has lived in Madison for over 33 years. During that time, she raised two wonderful sons, and has been an active supporter of Madison’s civic and cultural organizations. The majority of Kathie’s career has been spent working with and for nonprofits. Kathie served as the Business Administrator at the First United Methodist Church for 23 years. Most recently she has been working as the Program Coordinator for the UW Madison Board Leadership Program. This unique and innovative partnership matches UW graduate students with various nonprofits in the community, helping the students to experience the rewards of nonprofit Board service as part of a graduate level course. This is a perfect fit for Kathie, as she spends much of her time serving on nonprofit Boards herself. Kathie holds a BA in history, with a minor in literature from Binghamton University; and an MBA in economics and public policy from The George Washington University. When not doing nonprofit work, Kathie can most often be found at the Overture Center enjoying theater and fine arts (most often and most especially Forward Theater Company productions!); at UW sporting events; or walking on the Isthmus with her young dog, Zander.
Dean Richards is a shareholder in Reinhart's Real Estate Practice and managing shareholder of the firm's Madison office. Dean represents developers and landowners throughout Wisconsin, principally in connection with development, zoning and land division activities.
Carol “Orange” Schroeder and her husband Dean have been co-owners of Orange Tree Imports since 1975. In addition to running the store, Orange does translating from Danish to English and freelance writing in the fields of medical terminology, Danish cuisine, and retailing. Orange founded the Monroe Street Merchants Association and the Monroe Street Library League, and continues to serve as chair of both organizations. Orange has served two terms on the Madison CitiArts Commission, has been involved with American Players Theatre for many years, and is now a board member of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. She has also served on the boards of the Madison Youth Choirs, Madison Children’s Museum, Friends of WHA-TV, and Susan G Komen for the Cure, as well as volunteering for United Way of Dane County as a member of its board and marketing committee. As a footnote, Orange’s son Erik grew up in a theater-loving household in Madison (obviously!), and he is now director of marketing at Chicago's Lookingglass Theater.
Steve Suleski is senior vice president and associate general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he leads a team that is responsible for handling board and corporate governance, holding company regulation, data management and human resources issues. Steve joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1999 as associate general counsel. Previously he spent 12 years at Foley & Lardner, LLP in Madison, WI, where he became a partner specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Steve received a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in history from Hartwick College. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Brent Wagner is a certified public accountant with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, where he works with various retail companies. He is a member of the AICPA and WICPA. Brent graduated from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, with a degree in accountancy. He has lived in southern Wisconsin his entire life, and currently resides in Pardeeville with his wife Sara and their three children. Brent and Sara have a great appreciation of music, art, and theater.