Board & Staff

Daniel J. Arnold, MD

Trustee, President
Dan Arnold is a retired oncologist who has practiced in the Upper Peninsula for over 30 years.  He lives in Marquette with his wife Constance (Ann) and they have two grown children, David (Sue Balmer) and Elizabeth (Thomas Mayfield) and a wonderful grandson, Richard, already showing musical talent at 1 ½ years of age.

Dan has played classical piano for many years and is currently active in the Marquette Piano Workshop.  He has performed in the past with the Third Coast Piano Quartet.  Community involvement includes long-standing terms on the Boards of the Superior Health Foundation, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and Temple Beth Sholom in Ishpeming.

Joanne Bollinger

Joanne Bollinger joins the PMMF Board as a retired singer, voice teacher and music educator, with a degree from Indiana University School of Music. Born into a family that claims generations of professional singers and conductors, for many years she concertized with her brother in Massachusetts and Maine, as well as having performed in oratorios, musical theater, and churches, adding choral directing later in her career. Joanne now divides her time among her three “heart homes”: winters in Maine with her two children nearby; June in Kaoma, Zambia working with WISE, an NGO that moves women and young people toward self-sustaining lives; and summers in Eagle Harbor. She arrived in the Copper Country in 1994 with her husband, Lowell (now late, but an early, enthusiastic supporter of PMMF) and continues to treasure all that the Keweenaw offers -- nature, books, berries, friends and the Festival. 

Diane Eshbach

Trustee, Vice-President
Diane Eshbach  graduated  from L'Anse High School and attended Northern Michigan University majoring in Art.  She is married to Charles Eshbach and they have  lived in the Houghton area for 41 years.  They have one daughter and two sons, all married, and nine grandchildren.

Diane has been active in many different volunteer positions including  women's ministry director, Sunday school teacher, worship team, Christian Women's Board,  jr. hockey auxiliary president,  Pine Mountain Music Festival Gala chair and volunteer chair for the Keweenaw. Diane has been a Mary Kay Consultant, Tupperware Manager and for the past 19 years owner and manager of Celebrations Bridal and Formalwear in Hancock.

"Eight years ago Norma Nominelli asked if I would like to help with the PMMF Gala and  Auction by gathering a few items for the auction. That was my introduction to being an active part of the Festival beyond attending events.

"One of my favorite features of the Festival has been the opportunity to have such accomplished musicians be a part of our lives here in the Keweenaw.  I have appreciated participating in Christine Seitz's workshops as an observer as well as a singer.  The Festival expands our experiences in music without having to travel to metropolitan areas."

John Kublin

Jack grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Georgetown and the University of Michigan, where he received his M.D. in 1960.  After completing his residency in Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in 1966, Jack moved to Marquette, Michigan.  Joining an established Ophthalmology practice, he has lived there since then.

Jack has served as the President of the Peninsula Medical Center, Chief of Surgical Section at Marquette General Hospital, and many other committees and boards including the Bank of America, National City Bank, and Pine Mountain Music Festival.  His interests include cross-country and downhill skiing, golf, rollerblading, piano, and sailing.  He has been married for 55 years to the former Mary Anne Johnson, and they have four children: James, Theresa, George, and Gregory.

Gloria Melton, PhD

Gloria Melton, retired Dean of Students from Michigan Technological University, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.  She arrived in Houghton in 1976 with her husband, Dr. Willie Melton, who then joined the Michigan Tech faculty as a sociologist.  Gloria's earned degrees (BA/Rhodes College, MA/Northern Illinois University, and PhD/Washington State University) are all in American history.  

Prior to becoming a trustee of the PMMF, she served on several non-profit boards, including the Michigan Tech Pre-School, the Copper Country Suzuki Association, the Houghton Township Schools Foundation, and the Portage Lake District Library.

Her interest in music stems from childhood piano study and influential family members who are music educators and performers.   Both her children, now grown, studied piano, violin, and band instruments.  She has enjoyed attending the Festival over many years and looks forward to each season's artistic offerings in this unique community.

In retirement, Gloria has more opportunities for quilting, music, community volunteering, reading, and some traveling.   

Jim O'Brien

Trustee, Treasurer
Jim is a Detroit native who moved to the Copper Country with his family in 1965. He was an incorporator and founder of the Calumet Theatre Company, and served as its first Executive Director from 1983 to 1992. He has been active in civic affairs, serving as Lions District Governor in 1989-90, trustee and secretary of the Lake Linden-Hubbell Board of Education from 1982 to 1990, and trustee and twice president of the Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education from 1991 to 2003. He graduated from Michigan Tech in accounting in 1983 and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2004. Jim works for Western U.P. Substance Abuse Services CA as their Prevention Coordinator and Data Specialist.

He is an avid antique tool collector, making hand crafted furniture and cabinetry. He plays the guitar and enjoys folk, blues, and roots music. His memberships include Mensa, the Early American Industries Association and the Mid West Tool Collectors Association. Jim and his wife Cheryl make their home in Hubbell.

Jon Pryor

Trustee, Secretary
Jon Pryor and his wife, Paula, have attended events every year, including the very first performances held at the Pine Mountain Lodge.  They have hosted Festival artists in their home on numerous occasions and have sponsored various concerts and receptions.  They are lifelong residents of the Iron Mountain area, and underwrite many concerts throughout the year.

Jon initially joined the Festival board in 2007, and serves on the Finance Committee.

Dr. Charles Wallace

Dr. Charles Wallace is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Michigan Technological University and is currently the Interim Chair of the Computer Science Department.  In addition to his research and teaching interests in software engineering, he is involved in two community projects related to digital technology: Breaking Digital Barriers, a digital literacy initiative for senior citizens, and Copper Country Programmers, an extracurricular course in programming and computer science for middle and high school students.  He is also the President of the Episcopal Association for College Work, which oversees the Canterbury House campus ministry.  He has performed in several productions with the Michigan Tech Theatre Company, the Copper Country Chorale, and the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, and he enjoys playing piano and guitar at home.  He lives in Hancock with his wife, Susanna Peters, and his two children, Cecilia and Samuel.

Joel Neves

Artistic Director
Joel Neves is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at Michigan Technological University.  He is the seventh director of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, and makes his professional South American conducting debut in 2015 leading the Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos in Argentina.

Joel has enjoyed many performance opportunities with local professional music organizations, including conducting the Pine Mountain Music Festival’s “Finnharmonic” orchestra last summer, playing trumpet with the Pine Mountain Music Festival and Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and adjudicating band and orchestra festivals for the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association.

Neves received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University, and his doctor of musical arts (DMA) in orchestral/operatic/choral conducting from Arizona State University.

Joel resides in Houghton with his lovely wife, Lara, and three cute daughters, Bria, Chloe, and Sophia, and puppy, Puccini.  He is an avid genealogist, golfer, and cook.

Tony Sertich

Executive Director
Tony began his professional life as a musician and attended Wayne State University, where he graduated with a degree in Arts Management.  He is a Michigan native, whose family originally settled in Ironwood.  Tony is experienced in many aspects of the music industry, including management, fundraising, producing, touring and community engagement.  His background includes knowledge of classical music, opera, theater and contemporary music.  He has worked both nationally and internationally.

Tony adds: “The Festival provides beautiful performances for its audiences, but its importance goes far beyond that.  It contributes to the local economy (over one million dollars at last calculation), strengthens an already vibrant arts community, and enhances our quality of life. Business leaders and Festival attendees refer to the PMMF as a huge asset to the region.”

Sherry Rivard

Staff, Financial Services Manager
Sherry, born and raised in the Detroit area, has lived in the Upper Peninsula for 20 years.  She graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Accounting, and from Michigan State University with a Master's degree in Youth Development.  She is excited to learn more about classical music through her employment with Pine Mountain Music Festival.

Peter Van Pelt

Executive Director Emeritus
Mr. Van Pelt retired as the Executive Director in March 2012 after successfully leading the organization since 2007.  He considers PMMF an essential part of life in the U.P., bringing a dimension of life that was not here before.  He loves orchestral and chamber music, and loves to make it available to others. Peter really loves opera, which he calls the most comprehensive of all art forms, and he wants everybody to share that enthusiasm.  He was in his mid-30s when he saw his first opera, and would like everybody else to start earlier!

Peter has served on the Festival's Board of Trustees for seven years, two of those as president. He has also served on the board of the Calumet Theatre and the Keweenaw County Historical Society. Peter earned a certificate in nonprofit management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Peter and his wife, Patricia, received the Laura Jean Deming Award from the Festival in 2007. He enjoys working with the Festival's volunteers and staff, and meeting the artists.

Peter spent his childhood summers in the Keweenaw, but was otherwise brought up in Illinois and Ohio. He met his wife, Patricia, at Swarthmore College.  They have three children, and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren.  In 2013 they relocated to Northampton, Massachusetts, to be closer to family, but they keep in close touch with the Festival. 

Director of Marketing
Whitney Warstler is a Michigan native. She graduated from Michigan Technological University with a master's in Rhetoric and Technical Communications and a bachelor's in Business/Marketing. She spent most of her adult life either attending university or living overseas. She is excited to be back in the Houghton/Hancock area, although she's still uncertain about the winters.