Officers & Committees

OFFICERS:

President

Katie Trzaska-Miller, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen

Katie Trzaska-Miller is the Artist Relations and Administrative Manager for Interlochen Presents at Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA), and is honored to be serving her first term as President for the Michigan Presenters Network. Katie graduated from St. Norbert College with a BA in Political Science, Communications, and Theater Studies, and has been engaged in the West Michigan/Northwestern Lower Michigan performing arts communities for over fifteen years. Before moving to ICA, Katie was the Executive Director of the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, MI for three years and served as the co-chair of the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival for four years. She is an active theater performer, director, choreographer, producer and teacher and a passionate advocate for arts education.

Vice President

Mike Nadolski, The Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor

Mike Nadolski joined The Mendel Center in 2012. He oversees Conference and Event Services and Mainstage operations. Mike blends a business and arts management background and more than 30 years of improvisational theater experience with a passion for creating collaborative arts opportunities in southwest Michigan. He studied improv theatre with The Players Workshop of Second City Theatre in Chicago, and has produced, directed, and performed with The Practical Theatre Co. in Chicago, Bridges Theatre and Workshop in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and other improv troupes throughout the Midwest and even Atlanta, GA. In addition to his Mendel Center duties, Nadolski is currently the director and an ensemble member of TORP, southwest Michigan’s improv comedy company. Mike and his wife Sarah own the Citadel Dance and Music Center building in the Benton Harbor Arts District. In the business world, Mike has held managerial positions with Whirlpool Corporation and Kohler Co. in the areas of performance improvement, communication, change management, and diversity and inclusiveness. Mike has consulted with businesses and organizations through his various consulting companies for more than 20 years. He currently sits on the board of the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and is Vice President of the Michigan Presenters Network.

Treasurer

Tracey Lawie, Miller Auditorium, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Tracey Lawie is Director of Marketing & Programming at Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University and has over twenty-five years of experience in marketing, sales and education outreach for the performing arts. Tracey graduated with an MFA in Theatre Management from Wayne State University. Upon graduating, she worked for a small equity house theatre before becoming the Director of Arts Management and Affiliate Professor of Theatre for Western Michigan University. In 1999, Tracey left that position to become the Group Sales Coordinator for Miller Auditorium and was promoted to Director of Marketing & Development in 2002. Tracey has served on several boards and committees including the Alumni Council for Olivet College, the Marketing Committee for the Broadway League and the review panel for educational grants for the Kalamazoo Public School system’s Education for the Arts program.

Secretary

Ellen Engle, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck

Ellen Engle is the Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ Performance Manager as well as Producer for Mason Street Warehouse, the SCA’s professional Equity theatre company. She has been with the organization in a variety of positions since Mason Street’s first season in 2003. A graduate of Adrian College, Ellen holds Bachelor degrees in Art and Interior Design. A painter and nationally accredited interior designer, Ellen has worked as a facilities planner and commercial designer for Fortune 500 and international corporations, and served on the Florida chapter’s board of directors for the International Interior Design Association. She is committed to cross-discipline arts presentation in Michigan and looks forward to serving as Secretary for the Michigan Non-Profit Presenters Network.

Immediate Past President

D. Bryan Jao, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland

Bryan Jao is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina became the Chief Programming Officer at Midland Center for the Arts in March 2017. Previously Bryan was with the Wharton Center for Performing Arts from 2004-2017 as Director of Programming, where he participated in the curation and contract negotiation of the multidisciplinary programming at Wharton Center, Broadway season for Broadway Grand Rapids, and the touring artists and companies that perform at City Opera House in Traverse City. Having served as President of Michigan Presenters between 2011-2014, he is grateful for the bonds of friendship and comradery that have been forged with his peers and colleagues from throughout the state. During the beautiful and unrivaled Michigan summers, Bryan enjoys riding endless miles on a road bike with friends. He offers a warm welcome to our new president, Katie Trzaska-Miller, to Michigan Presenters and is excited for the future of the organization under her leadership.