Board of Directors

The PhotoMidwest Board of Directors, 2014-2017

With nine members, including four officers, the board of directors of PhotoMidwest (formerly The Center for Photography at Madison) is tasked with the job of steering the organization to best meet our stated mission. Each director is an unpaid volunteer, elected by the general membership during the spring member's meeting to serve a three year term; directors are also encouraged to participate in one or more of the organization's standing committees.

Board meetings normally begin at 6:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday every month except when near a major national holiday in November or December. Board meetings are open for any PhotoMidwest member to attend.


Sean Lamb
President and Outreach

Sean joined the board in 2011, and became President in early 2017. He also is currently spearheading our new Outreach effort in his second term. He is a commercial photographer specializing in real estate photography.

Richard Linton

Joining the board as treasurer in 2014, Richard has been involved with photography through several job changes and cross country moves including earning his MBA. Currently he is exploring low light and night photography. 

Eloisa Callender

Eloisa joined the board in 2012, and reelected to her second term in 2014. She is a writer and an editorial and documentary photographer.


Jim Thornbery

Jim was elected to the board in 2014, after becoming head of the education committee. He is also the acting webmaster. He has used film but now usually chooses digital methods.

Vice President, Communications

Position Open

Gena Larson

Gena joined the board in 2015. Her love of photography started with documenting her personal travels and outdoor adventures; her portrait work is strongly influenced by landscape.

William Nelson

Bill joined the board in 2015. He started in photography using traditional film methods; he now uses digital methods exclusively.


Rebecca Power

Rebecca was elected to the board in 2013, and heads the very active exhibition                                             committee.

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Bill Pielsticker

Bill has been a member since 1998, joining the board in 2008 and  elected President in 2010. Photographically, Bill uses both a large format camera and a dSLR to make a wide range of images of the natural world.

Connect, educate and inspire all who create, support, and appreciate photography as a means to personal expression, throughout the Midwest.
— The PhotoMidwest Mission


The standing committees of PhotoMidwest are the means by which we can make our mission into real tangible actions...

Position Open, Director

The communications committee is responsible for the organization marketing and communication efforts, including the weekly newsletter, website, and other announcements. Committee members include Bob Beaverson (Facebook editor), Gena Larson (Instagram and Twitter) and the newsletter editor.

Jim Thornbery, Chair

Photographic education is a wide ranging responsibility, from intro classes for novices to advanced technique and expression classes and workshops encouraging participants to explore their artistic side. PhotoMidwest offers classes, workshops and lectures throughout the year, including our biennial PhotoMidwest Festival. Members include Robin Downs, Sean Lamb, John Lorimer, Bill Nelson, Herb Nelson, Dick Wieboldt, and Nick Wilkes.

Carolyn Knorr, Chair

By encouraging members to exhibit their work, and coordinating venues in which to display it, the exhibition committee supports the PhotoMidwest mission objective of inspiring... both our members to share their work, and members and the general public to view and appreciate photography as an art form. Work includes the monthly "Featured Photographer" program, standing exhibition venues such as the UW-Madison Lowell Hall and numerous exhibitions throughout the year. Members include

Marcia Getto, Chair

As the glue that holds any membership organization together, the membership committee is responsible for orchestrating the work of bringing new members onboard, and handling membership renewals and other general questions from the organizations membership.  

Sean Lamb, Director

By bringing the message to the masses, Sean's work as the director of the newly created Outreach committee is to directly connect with community members interested in photography, from students first exploring digital and film processes, to adults looking to explore their artistic side by painting with light.


Think you can help?

Want to get more involved? Volunteering is a rewarding experience and a great way to meet new people and become a part of the PhotoMidwest Photographic Community.

Interest Groups

The special interest groups each embody the entire PhotoMidwest mission of connecting, educating, and inspiring our members. Each quasi-autonomous group meets monthly to demonstrate, discuss and deconstruct pertinent photography topics and work. Through group critiques and exhibits, members are challenged to grow as photographic artists. All meetings are in the PhotoMidwest at our new location, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suites 208 & 212, on the west side of Madison.

Brett Schlough

Alternography meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM discuss low-tech and alternative process photography including plastic cameras, pinholes, film and darkroom processes, and other creative approaches.

Human Interest
John Kalson and Tom Miller

The Human Interest Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7 PM to discuss and share images that depict humans or their implied presence. 

 Jerry Bisgard and Dick Wieboldt

The Nature Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM to discuss wildlife and nature images and photography.

Amy Stocklein and Carolyn Knorr

The Women's Interest Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6:30 PM to discuss topics and imagery relevant to female photographers.

Black & White
Reece Donihi and Tim Mulcahy

The Black & White Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM, in a round table format, with a discussion of a photographer, his/her history and images lead by a different member each month. 

Gordon Olson

The Landscape Group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM to discuss all kinds of landscape images, including cityscapes. 

David Schoengold, Larry Hands, Marcia Getto and Trevor Passmore

The Travel Interest Group (TIGR) meets on the 4th Friday of the month at 11:30 AM, to share work and discuss images which portray a sense of place.