MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
A Bethany Lutheran College Alumna, Nell has the heart for Christian education, mentoring and peer fellowship at such a formative age. Nell made the big leap from her small town in northern Minnesota to the east side of Milwaukee many years ago. After marrying her college sweetheart and getting settled in the big city, Nell advanced to a Senior Project Manager position at an interior design/build firm where she leveraged her creativity and attention to detail. In 2013, Nell accepted her current position as Executive Assistant for St. Marcus Lutheran Church (home congregation and daughter’s school). Interested in all things visually creative, Nell still enjoys using her floral design and event planning skills to create memorable events that help fuel the next generation of female leaders. It was through design work that Nell connected with Marlene Schumacher and has since assumed Marlene’s place as a member of the CWLC Board of Directors. Nell also chairs the CWLC Marketing Committee. Nell supports the CWLC not only because of the high value young female students at Wisconsin Lutheran College find but also because she is honing skills and gaining experience through participation in the Christian Women’s Leadership Circle and attendance at their events.
Samantha Paton is a senior elementary education with an emphasis in English at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Sam grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, and attended Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, Wisconsin. Sam was led to Wisconsin Lutheran College because she strongly believed she could impact children in a public setting by demonstrating her Christian values in and outside of the classroom. During her sophomore year at WLC, Sam served as the special events coordinator on the Warrior Events Board and was a member of the team that won the Kapco Charitable Challenge for impacting Lighthouse Youth Center and Dream Bikes in Milwaukee. She served as the president of Future Teacher's Education Association, where she worked to provide future teachers like herself with skills to be proficient educators. Junior year, she served as the chief resident on Student Senate. Her leadership positions have enabled her to impact others outside WLC. This past year Sam organized Serving Hands, Serving Hearts, raising gifts to feed starving families in Africa/Haiti, and planned a Student Leadership Conference for college students in the Milwaukee area. She is currently student teaching at Lincoln Elementary in Wauwatosa. Sam cannot wait to graduate and continue to impact others in her church and community.
Fiber artist and arts educator, Susan Buss enjoys assisting others discover and develop their own unique creative voice while continuing to express her own. Susan incorporates traditional Needlework techniques, Screen Printing, Dyeing, and Weaving and materials in contemporary, conceptual, and unexpected ways. By using these methods of fiber arts and crafts that historically were considered “women’s work” in new and non-traditional ways, she gives them personal and intimate value that commands respect.
Susan also aspires to inspire her students to express this creative energy balance as well. Balancing studio, family, mentoring, and sharing her skills, with unlimited patience Susan creates a peaceful respite to give her students the opportunity to follow their own interests while guiding them through the creative process of traditional sewing, weaving, basketry, and book making techniques. Emphasizing that these can be both practical skills in life as well as a means to artistic expression, Susan teaches that every mistake may be looked upon as either a good learning opportunity or a chance to develop creative problem solving skills.
Susan has been an arts advocate and values education to our youth, our future. She has served on the Riverwest Artists Association (Milwaukee, WI) Board as president 2014-16, ABK Weaving Center (Milwaukee, WI)Board as President 2011-15, and currently the President of the Parent Teacher Fellowship at St Paul’s Lutheran School in Menomonie, WI. She is a member of Minnesota’s Weavers Guild in Minneapolis, and St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI. She also coordinates and runs meetings in the community of Menomonie for those struggling with substance abuse. She works with St Paul's pastor, Aaron Schulz, to create a safe and welcoming environment to focus solutions, a much needed resource for her community.
As an arts administrator, she has worked in Visual Communications at the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, NY; Director of Communications and Caretaker at The League Residency at Vyt (Art Students League of New York), and as Director of Alumni Relations at the New York Academy of Art. She has managed two galleries in New York City, and has served on the boards of two greater New York City not-for-profits: as a founding member of Spark and Echo Arts, and as President of the Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art. She has also served as interior designer and resident artist at Sure Foundation Lutheran Church in Queens NY, as well as a board member at LutheranArts.org.
MARKETING COMMITTEE 2017-2018
A fourth generation florist who started working at her family's flower shop when she was 13, Stephanie has over 23 years' experience in the small business sector. Passionate about the process, Stephanie is a small business educator and advisor teaching women how to start and run successful small businesses so they can live in their purpose, serve others, and earn a living doing what they love. A proponent of servant leadership, Stephanie believes lasting success comes from building a brand, not just a business. Born and raised on the East Coast, Stephanie relocated to Wisconsin with her Husband, Raymond, in 2006. They live in Yorkville and enjoy time spent in nature. A member of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, Stephanie was excited to accept the invitation to join the CWLC's MarCom Committee to work with other amazing women to help further the CWLC's mission and expand its reach.