Noelle Lawton, Executive Director

Noelle joined Twin Rivers Council for the Arts as Executive Director in 2015. She studied Acting and English Literature at DePaul University, Chicago, IL and obtained a Masters of Social Work from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

Since moving back to Mankato in 2009, Noelle has combined her passion for the arts and heart for nonprofit work in her role as executive director at Twin Rivers. She loves working with the local arts community on shaping the future of arts for Greater Mankato. Her expertise is the process she brings to breaking down challenging new ideas and connecting the right partners to that idea to see it come alive.

Noelle remains active in the performing arts through local acting and singing engagements. She resides in North Mankato with her husband Paul and two children, Avery and Aiden.

Kathy Kerekes, Office Manager

Kathy came to Twin Rivers in 2014 with a history in managing small business. She worked as a deck officer in the Great Lakes merchant marines for twenty years supervising maintenance, personnel and vessel operations.  Kathy has also worked in several law offices, owned and operated a coffee shop, and continues to manage a commercial rental property for her family. 

Kathy grew up with a strong arts background centered around architecture, visual arts, and music. While providing personal cares for the Alzheimer community and as a new parent she learned how important the arts are in healthful and regenerative living. She worked to grow her community’s awareness and participation in the arts through the development of local programming and brings her love for art and community with a servant’s heart to Twin Rivers Council of the Arts

Kathy lives in the country outside of Waterville with her husband, Jim and their two daughters Marina and Kiri.  In her spare time Kathy loves to garden, sew, and work on restoring her 34’Morgan sailboat.

2019 Board of Directors

Antje Meisner

Antje Meisner Concepts

shannon sinning

Vice President
Minnesota River Insurance/AgQuest

steve jameson

Treasurer and Secretary
Mankato Free Press

wade abed ii

Development Chair

Pam coughlan

Connect the Grey

Tamera Saar

Old National Bank

Melissa Ketchum

Movers + Shakers

Trudy Kunkel

Research + Development
Minnesota State University, Mankato

stacey straka


Katie Heinz

City of North Mankato Representative

Jenn Melby Kelly

City of Mankato Representative

Dr. Robert Fleischman

MNSU, Mankato, Associate Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships
Ex-Officio Board Member