Meet the Board of Directors
Meet the Staff
Janet M Allen is a retired attorney and circuit court judge who has served on the GACA board for several years. Her love for the arts began as a child in music, playing the piano, singing and dancing while doing her chores to Motown music. In high school she participated in school plays and received a standing ovation for her one word line in the musical “Annie get your Gun“.
She continued her instruction in dance by taking jazz and ballet lessons through college, law school and beyond. In college she immersed herself in elective arts and art history classes while pursuing her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.
She comes from a musical family who plays several instruments. In fact, one brother played a gig at a Chicago club where the famous BB King regularly performed. Now in retirement she enjoys gardening, reading, creative writing and storytelling. She believes that Art brings joy to all who participate or spectate and enriches the lives of all in her community.
Growing up in a big family, Janice was always playfully making something! She received her BS in Art, from Illinois State University, with a concentration in Visual Communications. Her graphic design experience includes advertising design & layout for various newspapers and magazines, and was the Art Director for Denver Business Magazine before moving to Gaylord with her husband Scott. For 8 years she was Creative Director for Gaylord Golf Mecca/Gaylord Tourism Bureau. Turning to Creative Parenting, while raising three children, she brought her creative perspective to various community boards and committees. Janice treasures connection with others, draws inspiration from Nature, and celebrates the artist within us all.
Performing Arts Committee Member
Hello, my name is Dan Brown and I am honored to join the Gaylord Arts team. I look forward to applying my skills and experience toward helping Gaylord Arts meet its mission. Dan has a diverse professional background that includes: Safety manager for the mining industry, and founder of the non-profit corporation, Children Bereavement Network. Additionally, he has been involved in performing arts professionally and with the community as an actor, director, and producer. As a board member, his hope is to learn from the members and provide help and support toward fostering and supporting the arts in Gaylord and its surrounding area.