Board of Directors and Advisory Council

2022 Board of Directors
The Folklore Village Board of Directors meets via Zoom.

Beth Atkinson, President

Bio-statistician, Mayo Clinic

Steve Pike, Vice President

Retired Madison teacher and past MTI President, currently a WEA Member Benefits Consultant; dance caller and coordinator of Squirrel Moon Contra Dance Weekend

Adam Helt-Baldwin, Treasurer/Past President 

Construction Director, Dane County Habitat for Humanity

Alison Saichek, Secretary

Retired Finance Manager, Alameda County (CA) Network of Mental Health Clients

Tamara Funk  

Curator of Interpretation and Collections, Wisconsin Historical Society

Kim Kantor

UW Urgent Care Pediatrician

Hank Kulesza

Retired, Customer Service Engineer

Jason Busniewski

PhD candidate in ethnomusicology

John Parejko

Research scientist at the University of Washington, working in the Data Management/Alerts Pipeline.



Advisory Council

We are fortunate to have the following individuals who have agreed to serve in an advisory capacity to the FV board and staff.

Paul Dahlin

1996 National Heritage Fellow, Paul Dahlin is a Swedish American fiddler from Minnesota, who carries the traditions his grandfather, Edwin Johnson brought from Dalarna Sweden in 1924. Paul has been performing since he 17, when he, his grandfather, and his Uncle Bruce performed at the Snoose Blvd. Festival in 1971. Paul and his family have been yearly performers/instructors during our Fall Swedish Weekend for over 40 years.  Paul’s self-stated focus is upon authenticity and tradition.

Matt Hayden

Matt retired in 2012 from a business career of 40+ years with both Fortune 150 corporations and small entrepreneurial firms in which he held General Partner or ownership positions. His current consulting interests focus on Executive Coaching with senior managers, business owners; or, nonprofit Executive Directors.  Matt’s commitment to sustainability and environmental issues dates to 1994. He has been privileged to serve as Chair / President and a member of the Boards of Directors of eight NGOs (environmental, health care, community/social service) at the International, US, regional and local levels.

Karen Ann Hoffman

2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow Karen Ann Hoffman is a Haudenosaunee Raised Beadworker from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Karen has been beading peace, beauty, and meaning through her Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork since the 1990s. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Field Museum, the Iroquois Indian Museum, and the Oneida Nation Museum.

Maria Terres

Former president, Folklore Village board of directors; musician, educator.  Maria also serves on our Finance & Fundraising Committee.