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Board Members

Laura Madsen Jolly

Chair

  • Board member since 2019
  • Resident of New Buffalo, MI

Like many of us, Laura and her husband Fred fell in love with The Acorn when they saw their first show [Shawn Mullins] in April of 2017. Inspired by our wonderfully funky theater and the importance of it in our community, they have both been active participants ever since.

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Tom Abrahamson

Immediate Past Chair

  • Board member since 2017
  • Resident of Oak Park, IL and Beverly Shores, IN

Tom became a board member after years as an avid patron of The Acorn as he started his current business, ReWIRED.

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Amy Black

Treasurer

  • Finance Committee Chair
  • Board member since 2021
  • Resident of Michiana Shores, IN

Amy began her professional career in California, gaining extensive experience in fundraising, grassroots organizing, government relations and new business start-ups.

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Brett Boyd

  • Board member since 2021
  • Resident of Bridgman, MI

Brett is President of Classic Catering and Events, a full service event company serving southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana.  Brett and his wife, Melissa, have owned and operated the business for over 20 years.  

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Janet Davies

  • Development Committee Co-Chair
  • Board member since 2021
  • Resident of Galien, MI

Janet Davies was the entertainment reporter for Chicago’s ABC 7 for over 30 years.  She was also the host and executive producer of 190 North, a multiple Emmy award winning Chicago-based entertainment and lifestyle program.

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Steven Ellis

  • Board member since 2021
  • Resident of Sawyer, MI

Steven has owned his own design company in Chicago and Harbor Country for 25 years.  His collections have been exhibited throughout the country at corporate offices, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Fields, Met Merchandising, and private homes. 

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Larry Elster

  • Building & Grounds Committee Chair
  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Lincolnwood, IL and Long Beach, IN

Larry and his wife, Michelle, have been enjoying shows at The Acorn since it opened.

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Jon Goldman

  • Programming Chair
  • Board member since 2021
  • Resident of Sawyer, MI

Jon has been a regular at The Acorn for years and is drawn to the intimate setting and the approachable musicians who truly love the space.  His love of live music is extensive and he’s worked on two different radio shows/podcasts over the last five years; the latest being an interview format show featuring local musicians and those coming through town. 

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Allan Kayler

  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Harbert, MI

Allan and his wife particularly enjoy Acorn shows featuring young musicians.

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Paddy Lauber

  • Building & Grounds Committee Vice-Chair
  • Board member since 2022
  • Resident of New Buffalo, MI

Paddy and her husband have been patrons of the arts attending The Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Lyric every year and have grown to love The Acorn and what it offers southwest Michigan.

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Bob Murphy

  • Marketing Committee Chair
  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Three Oaks, MI

Bob and his wife Kim are longtime patrons of The Acorn and residents of Three Oaks.

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Chris Schuba

  • Board member since 2021
  • Resident of New Buffalo, MI

Chris is a lifelong music fan and a patron of The Acorn since he & his wife moved to New Buffalo in 2015. His passion for live music started in college when he was program director for entertainment at John Carroll University, and continued as he worked afterward in the concert promotion industry.

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Jen Shoup

Secretary

  • Past Chair
  • Board member since 2016
  • Lifetime resident of LaPorte County, IN

Jen Shoup discovered The Acorn as an audience member and pitched in to help at the close of shows.

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Kathy Sprau

  • Board member since 2022
  • Resident of La Porte, IN

Kathy has spent years volunteering and doing development and fundraising with many organizations, including Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, CO, University of Chicago Cancer Research Auxiliary Board, P.T.A. and their church.

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Kathy Stady

  • Development Committee Co-Chair
  • Past Chair
  • Board member since 2017
  • Resident of Stevensville, MI

Kathy got The Acorn bug by enjoying shows as a patron.

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