Meet Our Team
Our staff at Great River Arts are dedicated to providing the community with a variety of arts experiences. However, due to COVID-19, GRA are operating with limited staff.
Michelle Kiley | Executive Director
As an experienced community development professional and emerging creative placemaker/public artist, Michelle seeks to curate people inspired spaces. Her work results in collaborative and customized concepts (temporary or fixed) for a public space(s).
Michelle holds a B.A. in Local and Urban Affairs and an M.S. in Tourism, Planning, and Development from St. Cloud State University. In 2017, she was selected as one of twenty individuals across the state, to participate in the “Emerging Public Artist” workshop - hosted by Forecast for Public Art. In addition, she is an alumna of the 2018 “Teaching Artist Roster Program,” offered through the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB).
Mark Slupe | Station Manager, Great River Television (Channel 180)
After a successful career as a photojournalist, Mark Slupe has been serving as the Station Manager for Great River Television for the last five years. A native Minnesotan, he was born, raised and educated in Windom. Slupe is a graduate of Central Lakes College’s Videography program. True to the Minnesota spirit, Slupe enjoys an outdoors lifestyle which includes camping, fishing, and cross-country skiing. Slupe is a world traveler with a passion for introducing the Little Falls community to new cultures and foods.
Carlie Mertens | Retail & Volunteer Coordinator
Carlie Mertens was raised in Little Falls, Minnesota with a deep love of literature and writing. In her spare time, it is likely that you will find her reading books of all genres, though young-adult fiction is her favorite, or writing in a notebook or on her computer. Following these passions throughout her life, she went to college at the University of Minnesota Duluth where she graduated with a B. A. in English. Carlie also has an interest in matters of the human mind and social science, so she acquired minors in political science and psychology to compliment her degree.
Now back in Little Falls, Carlie hopes to share her love of the arts with the community and the amazing artists and staff while in her position at Great River Arts.
Linda Galstad l GRA's Lead Volunteer
In partnership with the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), GRA is participating in a program offered through Experience Works. This enables GRA to collaborate with a skilled volunteer network focused on aiding nonprofits.
Galston began working at GRA in August 2021; dedicating time weekly to help staff stay organized and on track. Her talent was especially needed after COVID reduced staffing significantly. Not only does Galston bring a wealth of insight and experience to the organization, she enters each day with enthusiasm and a commitment to excellence through her work.
Are you interested in joining the team? Check out our Opportunities at GRA page for current positions.
The Great River Arts Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise to support creativity in our community.
Learn more about the role of the Board's role in supporting GRA.
If you are an arts advocate and would like to be considered as a GRA board member, please complete the Letter Of Interest Form and mail it to GRA (PO Box 157, Little Falls MN 56345) or email it to the Executive Director. The board reviews submissions quarterly.
- Mark Gerbi, President
- Scott Saehr, Vice President
- Ron Bieganek, Treasurer
- Zoe Back, Secretary
- Yadira Frey
- Sheryl Johnson
- Kris VonBerge
Visual Arts CommitteeThe visual arts committee (VAC) is one of our longest standing committees. Established to support the curation of our galleries and offer a peer review of all handmade artwork and products sold in GRA's retail store.
- Randy Asseln, Photographer
- Kathy Braud, Watercolorist
- Bev Gold, Painter
- Kerry Kupferschmidt, Watercolorist
- Scott Wonderlich, Patron