Board & Staff
Doug comes to Pine Mountain from a career as Artist in Residence in over two hundred schools and colleges as a composer/songwriter/theater director. He has also directed a number of not-for-profits in education and music and acted as artistic and development director, notably the Sweet Chariot Music Festival, Swan’s Island, Maine. The challenge we face, in keeping art and music festivals, galleries and theater companies alive has something to do with building a bridge to the next generation, celebrating the music on “both sides” of the bridge and seeing our common path. Happily, in Doug’s family, the children are carrying the torch quite well. Jackson at Hampshire College with guitar in hand, Julianna at Interlochen, and Lydia sculpting Ice Arrows amid the icebergs of Lake Michigan. We carry on. After being an English teacher and coach, music teacher and theater director, Doug hopes to contribute to the continued health and success of the Pine Mountain Music Festival.
Diane Eshbach is a L'Anse native and has lived in Houghton for over fifty years. Diane and her husband, Charles, have three children and ten grand children. Diane has always been active in the community having served in many volunteer positions in the church leadership and music, Junior Hockey Aux. President and others. She started and owns her own retail business, Celebrations Bridal and Formal, for over 30 years.
Diane's twenty-two year tenure with the Pine Mountain Music Festival began with an invitation from Norma Nominelli to “gather a few items for the Pine Mountain Music Festival Gala Auction.” In the following years she has served as PMMF Gala Chair, Keweenaw Volunteer Chair, PMMF Board Member, Secretary, and Vice President, and currently as President of the Board. In 2013, Diane served as Interim Executive Director and in 2018 received the “Laura Deming Award” for outstanding service.
“I consider it a privilege to serve such an iconic organization as PMMF. Our unique niche of bringing quality classical music, in the festival format, to the Central and Western Upper Peninsula, for 30 years, is a tribute to our communities support and importance of the Pine Mountain Music Festival.”
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 and his late wife, the former Mary Anne Johnson, have four children: James, Theresa, George, and Gregory.
Frederick Maynard, MD is a retired physician living in Marquette since 1999. He is a native of the Downriver Detroit area and a graduate of the Univ of Michigan Medical School in 1968. He is a specialist of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has been a Professor at Stanford, UofMich, and Case Western Reserve Univ Medical Schools before moving to Marquette and practicing in the UP until 2015. He and his wife Kathy have been devoted concert goers throughout their 54 years of marriage and have enjoyed listening to operas, symphonies, soloists and chamber groups in all the places they have lived and traveled to. Fred has also enjoyed singing in church choirs and community groups since childhood and also enjoys playing clarinet in bands and chamber groups. Since coming to Marquette he has sang in the Marquette Choral Society and has played in the Marquette City Band regularly. He has enjoyed all of the PMMF concerts during the last 21 years and looks forward to serving on the Board to help with ensuring the continued success of PMMF.
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.
Vice President, Trustee
Dr. Mukherjee is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research and professional interests focus on studying sustainability and resilience of civil infrastructure systems using methods in life cycle assessment, and information management. His professional career requires him to serve on various panels nationally. He has also volunteered for various local and community organizations. Building on these experiences he has an interest in volunteering and contributing his technical expertise within the local community and government.
Dr. Charles Wallace is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Computing at Michigan Technological University. 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 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 has two grown children, Cecilia and Samuel.
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 late wife, Patricia, at Swarthmore College; they have three children, and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Peter now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, to be closer to family, but keeps in close touch with the Festival.