Board of Directors and officers

The PhotoMidwest Board of Directors, 2019

With nine members for a full board (including four officers), the board of directors of PhotoMidwest (formerly The Center for Photography at Madison) is tasked with the job of steering the organization to best meet our stated mission. Each director is an unpaid volunteer, elected by the general membership during the spring member's meeting to serve a three year term; directors are also encouraged to participate in one or more of the organization's standing committees.

Board meetings normally begin at 6:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday every month except when near a major national holiday in November or December. Board meetings are open for any PhotoMidwest member to attend.

You can send an email to the board by using the form on the Contact Us page and beginning the Subject with "PMw Board".


Robin Downs

Robin is a retired RN and served as Membership Chair for the 2 years. She has been on the Education subcommittee and is one of the Travel Interest Group leaders. She joined the board in 2018.


Mark Golbach

Mark is a street photographer with an MFA in painting. He helps run PhotoMidwest’s Studio Gallery and maintains the organization's membership roll. He joined the board in 2019.


Sean Lamb

Sean is a commercial photographer specializing in real estate photography. He joined the board in 2011, and was President from early 2017 to mid 2019. He is currently spearheading our new Outreach effort.


Chris Julson

Chris is interested in travel photography. She has a business degree from UW-Madison and worked as an accountant for 15 years before retiring a few years ago. She became PhotoMidwest Treasurer in 2017.

Herb Nelson
Herb is one our instructors and on the Education Committee. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and was a faculty member in the College Transfer Art program at Madison College teaching fine art B&W film photography. Herb joined the board in 2018.

Vice President & Communications
Eloisa Callender

Eloisa is a writer and an editorial and documentary photographer. She joined the board in 2012, and was reelected to her second term in 2014.


Lisa Seidman

Lisa enjoys nature and landscape photography. She recently retired from Biotechnology program director at Madison College.

In addition to preparing and teaching biotechnology courses, she authored major publications focused on preparing the technical workforce. Her textbooks are used by community colleges across the nation. Lisa joined the board in 2019.


Jim Thornbery

Jim has used film including bulk loading 35mm film stock but now usually chooses digital methods. He is the acting webmaster. Jim was elected to the board in 2014, after becoming chair of the education committee.


Dick Wieboldt

Dick grew up in Virginia exploring the outdoors, taking pictures, and watching them come to life in the family darkroom. He is a PhD research scientist with 30+ years experience developing instrumentation and software for analytical spectroscopy. An amateur photographer with interests in nature, landscape, night sky, and black & white, Dick is leader of the Nature Interest Group, a member of the Education Committee, and a Printer Docent. He joined PhotoMidwest in 2017 and became a board member in 2019.


Connect, educate and inspire all who create, support, and appreciate photography as a means to personal expression, throughout the Midwest.
— The PhotoMidwest Mission


The standing committees of PhotoMidwest are the means by which we can make our mission into real tangible actions...

Elosisa Calender, Director

The communications committee is responsible for the organization marketing and communication efforts, including the weekly newsletter, website, and other announcements. Committee members include (Facebook editor open, we have one potential editor but could use two).

Jim Thornbery, Director

Photographic education is a wide ranging responsibility, from intro classes for novices to advanced technique and expression classes and workshops encouraging participants to explore their artistic side. PhotoMidwest offers classes, workshops and lectures throughout the year, including our biennial PhotoMidwest Festival. Members include Sean Lamb, John Lorimer, Bill Nelson, Herb Nelson, Edie Swift, Dick Wieboldt, Marty Zechman, and Jim Thornbery.

Position open

Membership Director
Mark Golbach

Sean Lamb, Director

By bringing the message to the masses, Sean's work as the director of the newly created Outreach committee is to directly connect with community members interested in photography, from students first exploring digital and film processes, to adults looking to explore their artistic side by painting with light.

Think you can help?

Want to get more involved? Volunteering is a rewarding experience and a great way to meet new people and become a part of the PhotoMidwest Photographic Community.

Interest Groups

The special interest groups each embody the entire PhotoMidwest mission of connecting, educating, and inspiring our members. Each quasi-autonomous group meets monthly to demonstrate, discuss and deconstruct pertinent photography topics and work. Through group critiques and exhibits, members are challenged to grow as photographic artists. All meetings are in the PhotoMidwest at our new location, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suites 208 & 212, on the west side of Madison.

Alternography/Analog Processes
Herb Nelson and Bill Guetschow

Alternography / Analog meets on May 16 at 7 PM after which it moves to the second Monday of the month at 7 PM starting on June 11, 2018. We discuss any analog alternative process photography including any type of non-digital sensor camera, film and darkroom processes, and other creative approaches.

Human Interest
Tom Miller, Mike Rausch, and Elizabeth Russell

The Human Interest Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7 PM to discuss and share images that depict humans or their implied presence. 

Long Exposure
Bob Beaverson

The Long Exposure Group began in 2016 and meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 PM to discuss this technique.

Women's Interest
Debbie Carley and Becky McKenzie

The Women's Interest Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6:30 PM to discuss topics and imagery relevant to female photographers.


Black & White
John Gauder and Tim Mulcahy

The Black & White Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM, in a round table format, with a discussion of a photographer, his/her history and images lead by a different member each month. 

Gordon Olson

The Landscape Group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM to discuss all kinds of landscape images, including cityscapes.

 Jerry Bisgard and Dick Wieboldt

The Nature Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM to discuss wildlife and nature images and photography.

Robin Downs, David Schoengold, Larry Hands, and David Yochum

The Travel Interest Group (TIGR) meets on the 4th Friday of the month at 11:30 AM, to share work and discuss images which portray a sense of place.