International Cello Institute Board of Directors
President, Jeffrey DuCharme, Business and Arts Advisor. Mr. DuCharme has served as a board member of International Cello Institute since its inception in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chapman University in California where his interest in the humanities instigated a career in banking. Mr. DuCharme’s keen interest in the arts has inspired his involvement in an array of arts organizations for which he has spearheaded successful fundraising campaigns.
Vice President, Josée Morissette, Ph.D, Research Scientist. With over twenty-five years experience in computational neuroscience and cardiac rhythm disease management, Dr. Morissette holds undergraduate degrees in Physics and Physiology from McGill University in Canada and a Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems from Caltech. Dr. Morisette worked as a Principal Scientist at Medtronic for nineteen years.
Secretary, Heidi Sheard, Writer and Editor. Ms. Sheard helps her clients, mostly business and leadership authors, bring their books and related materials to publication. She holds degrees from Bethel University and Southwest Oklahoma State University. Ms. Sheard plays trombone and piano when she has time but takes greater delight in the practice sounds of her children’s instruments: cello, trumpet, and French horn. Her daughter has participated in International Cello Institute.
Ex-Officio, Laura Sewell, Cellist and ICI Associate Director. Ms. Sewell enjoys an active and varied career in the Twin Cities. She is a former member of two award-winning string quartets, the Artaria and the Lark. Ms. Sewell has degrees from The Juilliard School and Cleveland Institute of Music, and her major teachers have included Leonard Rose, Alan Harris, and Jacqueline dePre. She is currently a member of the Isles Ensemble based in Minneapolis.
Director, Lynne Beck, Development Consultant and Grant Writer. Ms. Beck’s longtime love of arts and education led her to a career as a secondary English and French teacher and then to nonprofit development work. Today she works as development consultant for Park Square Theatre, the Schubert Club and other Minnesota nonprofit organizations. She frequently serves on grant review panels for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Ex-Officio, Anna Clift, Cellist and ICI Founder and Executive Director. Ms. Clift is a Visiting Instructor of Music at St. Olaf College, and is also on the faculty of Augsburg University. She is a teacher, performer, mentor, and entrepreneur, frequently playing and collaborating with other musicians around the Twin Cities. Ms. Clift holds degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Janos Starker, and SUNY at Stonybrook, where she studied with Bernard Greenhouse.
Director, Mark Halvorson, former Social Worker and Election Integrity Advocate. Mr. Halvorson has worked as an organizer and social worker. In 2004 he founded Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN), a statewide, non-partisan organization that advocates for accurate, transparent and verifiable elections. He served as the executive director of CEIMN for seven years and now is an active board member. Mr. Halvorson has served on several non-profit boards and has helped to launch two other non-profits.
Director, Laurie Maiser, former IT Executive. Ms. Maiser is a dedicated orchestral player and an active freelance musician. She studied music extensively and played in the St. Olaf Orchestra while earning an Economics degree at St. Olaf College. She has played in the Bloomington Symphony for 22 years, 19 of them as principal cellist. She also plays with Exultate and teaches strings part-time at Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN.
Director, Melissa Ousley, Music Host and Producer, Minnesota Public Radio and Classical 24, a nationally syndicated classical music service. Ms. Ousley’s career in radio began not long after after earning her bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her background is in piano and music education.
Director, Michael Wilson, Retired Educator and School Psychologist, Writer, and active volunteer. Mr. Wilson, a graduate of Dartmouth College, spent two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, After moving back to the Midwest in 1974, he served as Head of Lower School at Breck. Later he did doctoral work at the University of Minnesota and finished his career as a school psychologist with the Minneapolis Public Schools. Mr. Wilson has served on many non-profit boards including Concentus Musicus, The Rose Ensemble, and the Lark Quartet.