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Our Board

At our 2022  Board Elections, the following were elected to vacant seats:  

Jenna Hartom – 2nd term through 2025

Jeff Krebs – 2nd term through 2025

Daniel Truckey – 1st term through 2025

David Wood – 1st term through 2025  


Current Board members are:                      

President – Julie Foster-Lindquist

                                                                                      1st term through 2022


Julie says,

A few years back (1978), I moved to the Marquette area to attend NMU. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with this beautiful area and I’ve lived here ever since!
In 1979, I just happened to find the Hiawatha Music Festival taking place in Champion.  

The whole experience was so enjoyable, that I was immediately hooked and have been volunteering with HMC ever since. Over the years I’ve had the privilege to serve on the Board many times, as Board President and Vice President several times. I’ve been Festival Co-Ordinator, back when it was a lot simpler, worked with Artists in The Round, and been in charge of getting the annual logo art on the posters, mugs, and Festival t-shirts.  

I have met so many wonderful people, and made so many friends over the years and I feel truly blessed to be a part of this great organization!


         Susan Bertram, Vice President

       Second term through 2022

Susan says, 

As part of the founding group out of Deerton, MI, the Hiawatha Music Co-op has been a legacy passed on to my children and grandchildren. The greatest joy I have is seeing the future of true traditional music live on in the families who attend and volunteer each year.

I have served on the board for multiple terms and in many capacities. I am active on the concert and events committee as well as the strategic planning committee. During the Festival, I coordinate the Tokens and enjoy the year round music the Hiawatha Music Co-op works diligently to provide.


Katrina Keough, Secretary

first term through 2023

Katrina says

 “I believe in the mission and vision of Hiawatha – to promote and education communities on the historical role of traditional music inner world as well as the continued relevancy of traditional music.  I would like to work with newer members on the Board to further develop the Membership Committee role at the Festival and in year round events. I would also like to utilize my experience in circumventing the barriers COVID has placed on live music events to assist in engaging our Members and community in events.  I offer my dedication to continue not only the annual Festival as a relevant source of traditional music for the UP but to support annual events that support the mission of the non-profit year round.  Secondly, I offer my past experience as a Board Member and lifelong Festival attendee and experience in all committee work including the development of the new venue, The Hiawatha Fold.  I am very dedicated to ensuring the sustainability and legacy of the Music Co-op.”


Melinda Britton 

First Term through 2022

Melinda Britton says, 

“From the time I was a little girl, growing up just outside of Ann Arbor, music has been a source of joy and deep comfort in my life. As a toddler, I would stand on the pews belting from the top of my lungs in the small country church my grandparents attended. I was taught classical piano, but whenever I got a chance I would get lost in the music I loved: singer songwriter, gospel, blues, folk, funk, soul, classic country, and late 60’s rock. From Janis Joplin to Cat Stevens, Jim Croce to Otis Redding, Fleetwood Mac to Nina Simone, and from The Doors to Johnny Cash, if the music and lyrics moved my heart and soul, I was in. I still am.

Music is what ultimately brought me to meeting my husband, Phil, when I moved to the UP in 2004 to attend NMU. We have dabbled in music together over the years (singing, piano, guitar), and we are so thankful to be involved with Hiawatha Music Co-op to continue to foster our love of music and help encourage that in our three children (and generations to come). Whether there are tunes coming from a family jam session, our record player, or more modern devices, music is what centers our family.

As a wife, mother, and owner of a local family-centered business (Doulas of Marquette), my focus and devotion are to human stories and community. Each of us have different stories of how we came earth side, how we grew up, who we are, and what ultimately led us to being part of Hiawatha. Hiawatha is a collection of our stories, of families and friends, neighbors and new friends yet to make. It’s a place of belonging, creation, and community. As a board member, I long to make sure that your stories are told, and to help create sustainability, so that families are welcomed in for many generations to come.

Hiawatha to me is a love of music, family, and community. I am so thankful for the opportunity to give back to this organization who has, and continues, to give to us all.”


                                                                                                 Jeff Krebs 

                                                                                  Second Term through 2025

Jeff says,

I grew up around Escanaba, MI and my family has a strong connection and my family has a strong connection to roots music:  There are French-Canadian fiddlers and Swiss community band leaders in my ancestry.  I was taught ukulele and guitar (and Hank Williams songs) by my grandfather who was an accomplished singer and songwriter.  Many of my family members play music and I get together with them each November at camp to play old fiddle tunes and standards from the past.I started concentrating on writing and performing music for children in 2010 (when the oldest of my two boys was born) and was hired to perform in the Children’s Area at the Festival that year.  I have loved bringing kid-friendly acoustic music (and teaching ukulele) to the younger generation each year since. I am the co-owner of a local music store, Yooptone Music.  I became a Member of Hiawatha a few years ago and had the inkling in 2017 to become more involved and run for the Board.  One of my favorite aspects of Hiawatha is the fact that it is very proactive at reaching younger folks and keeping the fire burning.  I’m the new Secretary.  You want minutes?  I can do that.


                                                                                     Candice Blackstone-Larson 

                                                                                       First Term through 2022

Candice says,

“I have always had a few passions in my life that have continuously intertwined throughout my lifetime. My love for music. My love for event production. My love for travel, the outdoors and community. Hiawatha is all of that rolled into one.

My husband Jeff (a Marquette native) and myself (a Pacific Northwestern) moved to the UP in late 2012 and I found my love for the Hiawatha Music Festival that first summer here. My husband had gone to the festival when he was younger and from the first moment of taking our young daughter that first year and volunteering a few shifts, I was hooked. We finally started camping at the Festival, and I started inviting more and more friends (new and old) that hadn’t been before to come and experience this amazing weekend. Over the next couple years I continued to volunteer more in different areas at the festival and then started helping out pre-festival by connecting with local businesses to participate in the Festival’s Program Ads.  

As an event planner to my core with a severe case of Wanderlust at all times, I wanted to contribute my skills to something I believed in. After growing up in a small town in Cottage Grove, Oregon I migrated to Sunny Southern California for college and continued to stay there spending many years in the Entertainment & Action Sports Industry helping to organize award shows like the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, the Super Bowl Halftime Show to X Games, the US Open and an international skateboarding competition in South Africa. Those experiences gratefully took me all over the world, but in 2012 I found a place to call home in Marquette, Michigan. Stumbling across Hiawatha only a few weeks after moving here seemed to be in my stars.

There is such community in Hiawatha and it is such an incredible experience. It is history. It is family. It is friendships made over the years. It is something that I have been craving in my life and something that I want my children to be a part of for years to come. I’m so thankful to be a part of this organization and I want it to be sustainable for generations down the road. Music, through experiences, holds such power for people. I want everyone to be able to experience this very incredible family. “


Ann Fisher

First Term through 2023

Ann says:

“I am good at writing, at social media and perhaps most importantly, at Fundraising.  That is not to say that I have a secret list of funders Hiawatha has never considered, or a lot of rich friends, but just that I’ve written lots of grant proposals and reviews more and I’m not shy about asking for support for organizations I believe in.  Have been on both sides of the Board-Executive Director equation and believe strongly that an organization belongs to the Board, who represent its mission to the community, but that an executive director should generally not be micromanaged by the Board.  I am generally calm and cheerful and a good person to have in a meeting, and I am also good at making decisions, even hard ones, when decisions have to me made.  And…I love Hiawatha!”


Jenna Hartom

First Term through 2025

Jenna says

“I could contribute to the success of the mission of Hiawatha Music Co-op by offering support through brainstorming, contributing to grant writing, and fundraising in order to maintain the operations of the festival through the pandemic and beyond. Since I have been a lifelong attendee and contributor through years of volunteer work on the ground, I understand some of what it takes to help keep the festival running smoothly year after year. I will continue to give time, energy and resources to support the mission of HMC regardless of whether or not I am elected to the board of directors. I have made it a priority to come back and volunteer each year because it is an exceptional event which has shaped and influenced me since childhood. I envision the festival continuing for decades to come, but I know that will only be possible through continued engagement across generations. As a board member, I would treat my obligation with the same responsibility as I do all other areas of my life. As a therapist, I am used to communicating with a wide variety of people. Part of therapeutic treatment involves being consistent and reliable as a practitioner. I am in the beginning stages of starting a part-time private practice online, so will have ample time available for board meetings and events.”


Daniel Truckey 

First Term through 2025

Dan says 

I have been involved with Hiawatha for nearly 20 years, first as a Festival attendee, volunteer in the Main Stage area, Traffic team and Gate Ticket Tent.  For many years, I was the Area Coordinator for the Festival Workshop tents. Most recently, I have been a part of the Concert and Event Committee. 

In my professional life, I am the Director of the NMU Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center.  As museum Director, I had the opportunity to develop and showcase a celebration of the history of the Hiawatha Music Co-op named  “In the Pines, a History of the Hiawatha Music Festival” that was in full display at the Beaumier U.P Heritage Center in the fall of 2015 and traveled to several sites in the UP.  I have also coordinated and produced a local music show called the Marquette Rockestra that showcases many local musicians and developed and collaborated with Hiawatha and other arts and music organizations to put on the Winter Roots Festival in Marquette. 

You can also find me playing several instruments in the local Celtic/Irish band, The Knockabouts, having played many gigs for Hiawatha in recent years. 

Having years of experience volunteering for the Co-op and serving on the Hiawatha Concert and Event Committee, I feel I have a good understanding of the institution’s traditions and history, and also how we can move forward to attract newer members and attendees.


David Wood

First Term through 2025 

David says

I have been a member of the Hiawatha Music Committee for a number of years now. I started working as a member of the Music Committee under Chuck Ganzert’s leadership, and have worked well under that of Jane and Karen: including monthly and often weekly meetings over a busy year, every year. It is always LOTS of fun with a GREAT crew! As COVID subsides, I plan to attend more events at the Hiawatha Fold during our “off-season.”

As a Professor of English at Northern Michigan University since 2007, I have terrific writing and communication skills, and I am both well-organized and very driven to make great things happen. Additionally, I work well with others, labor hard in groups to develop a productive consensus, and aim to see all jobs through to completion. Musically, I confess I’m a pretty crappy guitarist … but a genuine and sincere music enthusiast: I love folk, progressive folk, blues, and bluegrass (though the early music of the Allman Bros. Band, featuring Duane on slide guitar, remains a personal favorite).

In 2017, I was selected the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) Distinguished Professor of the Year. I am humbled by this award, which was based on my successful teaching (chiefly of the works of William Shakespeare), my scholarship, and my service both to NMU and to my students. As the NMU Honors Program Director (2009-19), for example, I led countless NMU students of all academic majors on dozens and dozens of trips to see world-class drama and museums in Minneapolis (the Guthrie Theater & Minn. Institute of Art); Milwaukee (The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Symphony, & Milwaukee Art Museum); Chicago (the Chicago Shakespeare Theater & the Art Institute); and Stratford, Ontario (the Stratford Shakespeare Festival). In order to offset the cost of these trips for students, I developed a real knack for fundraising in support of the arts and arts education.

 I am currently the father of three teenagers (gulp), so life is admittedly hectic. But I will be thrilled to play such an important role for the Hiawatha Co-op. My role on the Music Committee over the last number of years, and its interruption by this COVID fiasco, has made clear to me how important the Hiawatha Festival has been and remains to me and to my family. I look forward to serving on the Board for this very reason.


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The Executive positions were seated at the first 2022 Board Meeting on January 5, 2022

Your 2022 Board Members are:

  • President – Julie Foster-Lindquist
  • Vice President – Susan Bertram
  • Treasurer – Melinda Britton
  • Secretary – Katrina Keough
  • Jeff Krebs
  • Candice Blackstone-Larson
  • Ann Fisher
  • Jenna Hartom
  • Daniel Truckey 
  • David Wood 


Here is our Board Job Description

Board Job Desc. pdf


The Hiawatha Board is an active group!  Some of the recent endeavors have been to develop and implement a long term strategic plan for the Co-op, re-ignite efforts to engage with other community groups to bring traditional  music to the area, offer traditional music events year round, and engage volunteers in Committee work.  

 Please remember that you must have been a Music Co-op member for at least six months to serve on the board. An original $5 life membership can meet this requirement.

If you would like to put your name in nomination for one of the 4 board positions open for election at the Annual Members Meeting, please come prepared to speak for about a minute to introduce yourself and share some of the information below during the meeting.

  • Approx. length of membership and/or involvement with Hiawatha
  • Areas of interest
  • Areas of expertise


Our Board has 10 members. Board terms are three years.

A board member can serve two consecutive terms.  At the conclusion of a second term, a Board member must pause for a period of one year before running for the Board again.  

The board meets once a month. For the past several years, those meetings have been the first Wednesday evening of each month, although that could change based on members’ schedules.  

Board members should not miss more than three consecutive meetings without providing a reason such as work, illness, etc. Board Members are encouraged to find an area of interest to work on for the Festival and for Committee Work.


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