Board of Directors


Heather Ruenz

Board Member

Heather joined the board to be more involved in spreading the good feelings that she received while doing a story on the Studio. Heather is a journalist with Southern Lakes Newspaper.


Margaret Wheeler Bawden

Board Member

Margaret comes to us with a love of dance and works at UW-W as the Immigration Specialist, Affirmtive Action Program Coordinator.

More bio and photo coming soon.


Julie Witt

Board Member

Julie is an active mom of three, two of which have disabilities and have enjoyed Studio 84's programing. She has a background in job coaching


Greg Porcaro

Board Member

A resident of Whitewater and Professor of art at UW-W, Greg joined the board of directors to help others who otherwise might not be able to attend traditional art school classes.



Deborah Blackwell

Founder/Executive Director

Deborah received her BFA and minor in arts management from UW-W in 2008 and in 2009 she opened Studio 84. Her passion for sharing her gift in the arts with others is the driving force behind Studio 84.


Ben Kelly

Artistic Mentor/Assistant Director

Ben has his masters in Social Work and started out as a volunteer during his college years. His outside the box creative skills and brainstorming abilities helps keep the studio running at high speed.