Board of Directors

The PhotoMidwest Board of Directors, 2017

With nine members for a full board (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.

You can send an email to the board by using the form on the Contact Us page and beginning the Subject with "PMw Board".


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.

Chris Julson

Photo and background pending

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.

Gil Helland. All rights reserved.

Gil Helland
Gil joined the board in 2018. He is a Milwaukee native who served in the U.S. Air Force and then worked for over 30 years in information technology. In his retirement he is writing a historical book on Oklahoma which will incorporate his photography. Gil is also the Membership Director (see below)


Jim Thornbery

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

Vice President, Communications

Positions 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.

Herb Nelson. All rights reserved.

Herb Nelson
Herb joined the board in 2018. He is one our instructors and on the Education Committee. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and was a faculty member in the College Transfer Art program at Madison College teaching fine art B&W film photography.


Rebecca Power
Rebecca was elected to the board in 2013..


Dick Wieboldt
Dick is rekindling a passion for photography after a career in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy developing instrumentation and applications.

Current projects include night sky, outdoor, and off-camera flash photography. He is also exploring digital printing - building on ‘ancient’ experience in the B&W darkroom and experience with instrumentation. Dick leads the PhotoMidwest Nature group and is on the Education committee .

Other interests include working with youth organizations and environmental causes.

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 (Facebook editor open, we have one potential editor but could use two), Gena Larson (Instagram and Twitter) and Gil Helland (newsletter editor).

Jim Thornbery and Katie Marchant,

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 Katie Marchant, Robin Downs, Sean Lamb, John Lorimer, Bill Nelson, Herb Nelson, Dick Wieboldt and Jim Thornbery.

Katharina Marchant. All rights reserved by Katharina Marchant.

Katharina Marchant. All rights reserved by Katharina Marchant.

Katie Marchant is a photographer whose work centers around cultural identity in light of her experiences growing up in the military. She has a BA in painting from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MFA in photography from Utah State University.
See Board of Directors for Jim Thornbery.

Position open

Gil Helland , Director

All rights reserved by Gil Helland.

All rights reserved by Gil Helland.

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.

See above for more of Gil's biography.

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. 

Long Exposure
Bob Beaverson

The Long Exposure Group began in 2016 and meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 PM to discuss this technique.

Street Photography
Mark Golbach

The Street Photography Group began in 2016 and meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7 pm. The main objective is to create a supportive sharing/learning environment

Women's Interest
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
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.

 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.

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.