Each member of the board of directors serves a three-year term and elections are held at the Annual Meeting in the Spring to fill the expiring seats.
Tim Eisele, President
Tim Eisele has two daughters in our program. One is studying violin (and he has been working on learning violin along with her). The other is learning to play the piano. He teaches Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech. Tim serves on our CCSA Scholarship Committee.
Term expires May 2025.
Maria Bergstrom, Secretary
Maria Bergstrom has been a “Suzuki mom” for 16 years and has listened in on many lessons in violin, viola and cello over the years, with two daughters currently in the program and two who are now alumni. Maria is a past President of the CCSA board and is happy to return to serve again as a board member in an organization that has been so important to her family. Maria is lecturer and academic advisor at Michigan Technological University. She is also a pianist and organist and has enjoyed accompanying her children at many Suzuki recitals. Term expires May 2024.
Renata Sommerville, Treasurer
Renata began as a Suzuki parent coaxing out Mississippi Hot Dogs in
2006. She has two daughters in the piano program of Copper Country
Suzuki and two sons who studied violin through Suzuki Music Columbus
before transitioning to fiddling. The music corner in her home boasts a
piano, guitars, violins, a mandolin, spoons, and coconut shells, none of
which she plays but all of which she enjoys listening to. She
homeschools her daughters and teaches preschool at the St. Augustine
Homeschool Co-op. Term expires May 2024.
Haley Fredrickson has witnessed the benefits of learning a stringed instrument, specifically through the Suzuki Method, from 14 years of being a Suzuki parent. She is grateful that the CCSA exists to provide quality classical music education in such a rural setting as the western Upper Peninsula. Haley joins the CCSA board with a graphic design background in hopes to support the association with its visual communication needs. When not “encouraging” her violinist to practice, Haley might be found in the backwoods skiing, biking or photographing lichen. Term expires May 2025.
Kristin is the mother to 4 musical boys, 2 of which have been
learning cello through the Suzuki organization. Like Haley, Kristin is
also grateful for what the CCSA has offered her sons and the wonderful
cello teachers they have had over the years! Term expires May 2024.
Chunxiu (Traci) Yu
Mary Jo Stimac
With two children completing their first year in the Suzuki program, Sarah Williams has enjoyed watching and helping her son and daughter learn how to play the violin! She can now successfully clap (not play) all five rhythms of Twinkle! She and her husband Ryan have four children including two daughters who play piano. Sarah has 20 years experience in journalism, marketing communications, and fundraising in higher education and campus ministry, most recently at MIchigan Tech and St. Albert the Great. She now homeschools her four children and teaches a Montessori preschool program at her parish. Term expires May 2026