Board of Directors

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Dwight Watson

Board Member

Dwight is Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and currently a Professor of Education in the College of Education and Professional Studies. He is a former provost, dean of education, and department chair.  His research focuses on literacy development, multicultural education, and administrators of color. He has published widely and presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. He lives in Whitewater and enjoys reading, movie viewing, Bible study, cooking, and riding his bike throughout town.

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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.

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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.

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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. She is the mom of an artistic young man on the autism specturm.

Staff

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Kris Eaton

Director

Bio to come soon.

Bio
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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. 

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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.