Meet the FPA Board Candidates

The Forward Performing Arts governance committee offers the following slate of candidates for election to a three (3) year term on the board directors as per the by-laws. The candidates include Gregg Auby (attorney), Diane Goetsch (educator), and Doug Tholo (engineer). Each candidate meets the requirement of former FPA board service, has been vetted by the governance committee process, and has satisfied the requisite background check and FPA policy review and affirmation.

Gregg A. Auby

Gregg, an alumnus of the Scouts, began his FPA board service in 2006, served as vice chair and was selected as board chair from 2014-2018. Auby received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990, and his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1994. Gregg concentrates his law practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration. Gregg is a member of the Dane County Bar Association, the State of Wisconsin Bar, the American Bar Association (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law section), and the Madison Estate Council.  He has been selected to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers List for 2019 and 2020, which recognizes no more than five percent of the lawyers in Wisconsin.  Gregg is actively involved in public service and community affairs and has served on numerous local Boards of Directors.

Diane Goetsch

Diane Goetsch is currently the Arts Education Coordinator at DC Everest Area School District in Weston, Wisconsin. At DC Everest, she develops the K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the visual and performing arts programs that serve over 4000 students. She joined the FPA board in March of 2018 and was elected to a three-year term later that fall. She served as the board chair in 2020 and has also served as the event coordinator for The Northwoods Encore DCI tour event. Previously, Diane was the Music/Fine Arts Department Chair in the Merrill Area Public School District in Merrill, Wisconsin. Diane is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), National Art Educators Association (NAEA), and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Luther College and Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Doug Tholo

Doug was appointed to the FPA Board during Fiscal Year 2019. He has brought a wealth of prior board governance experience having served six years on the Board of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota including president in 2004 and National Director in 2005. He also brings ample business knowledge from seven years serving on the Board from Green Companies, Inc.

Doug currently serves on the FPA Governance Committee and has been instrumental in addressing key by-law revisions and strategic planning for fiscal year 2020. Doug marched the Junior corps in ‘69 and ‘70 and the Madison Scouts from ‘71-’78 before designing and teaching for seven years throughout the 1980s. He served as one of the drum majors in the ‘06, ‘14 and ‘18 alumni projects. A professional engineer, Doug’s technical knowhow has proven very valuable to conversations involving clarity of structure and organization.