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Our Board

At our on-line 2020 virtual Board Elections, the following were elected to vacant seats:  

Bobby Glenn Brown – 1st term through 2023

Ann Fisher – 1st term through 2023

Katrina Keough – 1st term through 2023

Jenna Hartom – term through 2021 


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, Treasurer

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.”


Bobby Glenn Brown, Secretary 

first term through 2023


Bobby says

As a local performer, I will continue to promote and educate the public about traditional music and the importance of it to our community.  I am willing to give 110% of my time, energy and resources to support the mission of the Co-op.  I am available to attend meetings, do committee work, and be an active member of the Board of Directors.  While having past experience of serving on local Boards, including the Hiawatha Board of Directors, I feel I have the knowledge and skills to help guide us for our need for the future.  My unique relationship with our downtown community and the arts community as well as regional and state friends and lawmakers brings support and recognition to Hiawatha” 


Josh Thompson

second term through 2021


Josh says

“I grew up in Alabama, lived out West for many years and moved to Marquette with my family in 2012.  We went to our first Hiawatha Music Festival that year and have not missed one since.  In 2015 I joined the Board of Directors and I am now the area coordinator for the festival workshops. As a kid I never learned to play a musical instrument, convinced my fingers were too fat to play.  After college I briefly thought of finally learning to play, but decided I was too old to start.  I was 21 years old at the time.  Ten years later, determined to play music, I asked my wife to by me a banjo.  She did and we both suffered as I taught myself to play.  I love old time mountain music in all its forms and I have fond memories of hearing that lonesome call many times at the Hiawatha Music Festival.  I am a mathematics professor at Northern Michigan University.  My wife is also a professor there and we have two sweet litte girls.  We love getting outside in the UP to camp, bike, ski and surf. “


                                                                                                 Jeff Krebs 

                                                                                  First term through 2021

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. “


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.”


Ann Fisher 

1st 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 2021 (remaining 1 year on outgoing Members’ term)

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.”


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The Executive positions were seated at the first 2021 Board Meeting on January 8, 2020

Your 2021 Board Members are:

  • President – Julie Foster-Lindquist
  • Vice President – Susan Bertram
  • Treasurer – Katrina Keough
  • Secretary – Bobby Brown
  • Jeff Krebs
  • Josh Thompson
  • Melinda Britton 
  • Candice Blackstone-Larson
  • Ann Fisher
  • Jenna Hartom


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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