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Tami Rae Weiss, PHD

Program Director, Art Education, UW-Stout

Tami Rae Weiss is the Principal Investigator of the grant that made A.I.M. possible.  Dr. Weiss earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction, Art Education.  She currently serves as Executive Director for Arts Integration Menomonie, as well as Program Director for Art Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Dr. Weiss teaches Art Education courses, supervises student teachers, and advises approximately 100 students in the major.  She has presented at various state and national conferences around topics of arts integration, teacher education, Holocaust education, and aesthetic literacy.  Prior to her work at UW-Stout, Dr. Weiss was a High School Art Teacher in La Crescent, MN and Elk Mound, WI. 


Kris Winter

c.i.t.a. coordinator
Teaching Artist, storyteller
Owner/Artistic Director of "Paper Cow TheatEr”

Kris Winter is the Coordinator for A.I.M.'s C.I.T.A. (Co-teaching In and Through the Arts) program. Ms. Winter has been a teacher, writer, and professional storyteller for more than twenty years, and now, she takes her storytelling into classrooms as a teaching artist. Through her celebrated storytelling characters, Madame Lanita and Sophie Obermueler, Ms. Winter uses drama to bring stories to life.  Ms. Winter taught high school social studies in the Menomonie School District and directed many theatrical productions.  For ten summers, she taught the University of Wisconsin-Stout "College For Kids" program.  Her “Earth Day” plays were an eight-year tradition at Oaklawn Elementary. Ms. Winter's drama camps/residencies encourage students to discover, develop, and perform original stories using simple storytelling techniques. Ms. Winter shares her passion for the dramatic arts and storytelling while visiting schools, libraries, special gatherings, and in her unique 1916 barn – the PAPER COW THEATER.

Ann Brand, PHD

MINDFULNESS COORDINATOR AND Associate Lecturer in the School of Education, UW-STout

Ann Brand serves as A.I.M.'s Mindfulness consultant, working with the pre-service teachers at UW-Stout and the teachers of the Menomonie School District.  Dr. Brand holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with an emphasis on child development and families. She teaches classes on the psychology of learning, life-span development, and mindfulness. She is a certified mindfulness teacher through The Mindfulness Institute.  Dr. Brand presents about mindfulness all across the state, including as a keynote speaker. 


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE MENOMONIE AREA and A.I.M. director of instruction 

Brian Seguin has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI; he has certification as PK-12 Director of Instruction and PK-12 Principal.  Brian also earned an MS in Marketing and Business Education at UW-Stout.  Mr. Seguin serves as the School District of Menomonie Area administrative representative to the A.I.M. Board. Prior to his work within the School District of the Menomonie Area, he served as a High School Administrator in Portage, WI and has previously taught Marketing and Business Education, as well as coached and advised students in Waunakee, and Ashland, WI.

Jill Klefstad, edd

Assistant Professor, early childhood education, UW-STout 

Jill Klefstad is the Program Director of Early Childhood Education and a Professor in the School of Education. Dr. Klefstad began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher and began working at UW-Stout in 1993.  The Early Childhood Education program currently has 286 students, and as Program Director, Dr. Klefstad oversees the development of courses and revision of courses to meet licensure requirements.  She also meets with prospective students and advises all new freshmen. Her teaching assignment includes the Introduction to Early Childhood Education course and Expressive Curriculum course; and she also supervises student teachers.  Dr. Klefstad believes that Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) will allow students to the chance to develop their love of the arts and integrate it into their own teaching of young children.


Lori Smith

Oaklawn Elementary School Principal

Lori Smith is an example of "you can come home again".  Born in Menomonie, Lori grew up in Mondovi and moved away in her young adulthood to Las Vegas and Jamaica. She returned to to UW Stout to complete her college education and eventually ended up at Oaklawn Elementary where she has been principal for the past fourteen years.  A highlight of her career has been teaching resilience/health realization to school staff and community members.  She enjoys reading science fiction and is appreciating the time she spends in the home she and her husband built in the Dunnville area. 


Peg Kolden


Peg Kolden has called River Heights Elementary her home for the past nineteen years where she has served as principal.  She has also been a high school assistant principal and a director of special education.  Peg says her move to the elementary was like she died and went to heaven.  it is a great fit. Peg is an avid reader and enjoys being a part of her book club. Her family is very important to her and her grandchildren, Axel and Ingrid, are the lights of her life.  




*Denotes members of the
A.I.M. Executive Board (2014-2017)
Tami Rae Weiss*
Kris Winter*
Jeanne Styczisnki*
Tim Lutz*
Brian Seguin
Tracy DeRusha


Peggy Larson
Melody Brennan
Samantha Plasch (2015-2017)
Amy Fichter (2016-2017)
Jill Klefstad (2015-2017)
Allison Feller (2015-2017)
Tamara Brantmeier (2014-2015)
Jason Nicholas (2014-2015)

Ann Brand (2016-2017)
Megan Steinkraus (2016-2017)
Lucy Weidner (2015-2016)
Pat Avery (2016-2017)
Peg Kolden (2016-2017)
Lori Smith (2016-2017)
Elizabeth Gilbert (2014-15)
UW-Stout Applied Research Center (2014-2017) (non-voting)