Kathy Hennessy – Executive Director

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Kathy moved to Monroe in May, 2018 to become part of the Monroe Arts Center family. Prior to her role at MAC, Kathy was a Co-Founder of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America where she served as Director of Education for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communications from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Becky Venden – Office Manager and Coordinator of Special Events

Becky grew up in Monroe and has been part of the MAC team for almost 15 years. She began at MAC as an intern and quickly became an essential member of the MAC family. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, she has a BA in Theatre with an emphasis on management and a minor in arts management. Becky’s friendly voice is usually the first you hear when you contact the Monroe Arts Center.

Olivia Lentz – Communications and Community Outreach Manager

The arts have always been an important part of Olivia’s life. After graduating from Viterbo University in 2019 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Olivia has worked in Stage Management and various jobs in the Musical Theatre world.  Olivia has managed several productions at Viterbo University, Children’s Theatre of Madison, The Boys and Girls Club, and Sunset Playhouse. She is very excited to be part of the team at the MAC!

Lauren Burkey – Director of Gallery and Visual Arts Education

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She quickly found a home in Monroe after moving to the area in 2017 and has become a very active member of the community. Through the years she has explored many career pathways within the visual arts field but found she had a passion for advocating for artists and facilitating art education opportunities.

Catherine Boughton – Entertainment Coordinator

The newest member of the MAC family, Catherine was born and raised in Monroe where MAC was included as one of her favorite stomping grounds. Spending time at the “old Methodist Church” exploring the arts helped to foster a lifelong love and connection with the arts for Catherine, especially music and musical theatre. Catherine is the proud mother of three children and is an active volunteer in the community and schools. She has a long history in the restaurant and events industry and has been lucky to travel and work with people from all walks of life.