Board of Directors
Dr. Rita Kean
Rabbi Craig Lewis
Dr. Ken Hoppmann
In addition to a strong team of Board of Directors, the organization receives guidance from key supporters in the community called Hildegard Advisors.
Dr. Carole Levin
Social Media Specialist
Meet Hildegard’s Board of Directors
Kim Einspahr, President
Kim Einspahr is co-founder and president of Hildegard Center for the Arts. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Music Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been an active participant and supporter of the Arts in the Lincoln community. Kim has served on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Arts Council, Friends of the Lied, Friends of Opera and Lincoln Choral Artists. She has over twenty years of choral conducting experience, primarily in Music Ministry, and in 2001 founded the Unity Choir of Lincoln. She worked as musical director for LPS at Lincoln North Star High School and has performed as vocalist in a number of settings throughout the Lincoln community. She’s been a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Nebraska Choral Directors Association, the Nebraska Music Educators Association, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and is a Kappa Chapter member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Her connections within the artistic community are vast and she brings a wealth of talent and insight to the Fine and Performing Arts.
When not running the day-to-day operations at Hildegard Center for the Arts, Kim enjoys time with her husband and their two grown sons and families—three grandchildren and dog, Oaks.
Anne Woita, Vice President
Anne Woita is co-founder and vice president of Hildegard Center for the Arts. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in Education with an emphasis in Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She’s taught business courses (Accounting, Business Law, Business Writing) at UNL, Lincoln Southeast High School and Doane College (Lincoln Campus) where she received Teacher of the Year Awards from Doane College and KFOR. She wrote an award-winning course in Business Law for the University of Nebraska Extension Division which has been used throughout the US as well as in 35 countries. In 1987, Ms. Woita and her husband founded the corporation, Woita Forest Products where she continues to serve as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. As a business woman, she brings practical understanding of the financial aspects and logistics of running a multi-million dollar organization to Hildegard Center for the Arts.
Dr. Rita Kean is Professor Emeritus of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 2003-2011 she served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies where she was responsible for all academic initiatives and programs outside the academic colleges. Dr. Kean served on the Board of Directors for Matt Talbot Kitchens and Outreach and as Board President from 2004-2006. She was a member of the MTKO “Witness to Hope” campaign Steering Committee. Currently, she serves on the Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Board and the Board of Directors for the University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union.. Dr. Kean’s extensive background and leadership roles in the academic and local community make her an outstanding addition to the Board.
An Iowa native, Cathy Harrington was raised in Sioux City and received her degree in Art Education at Iowa State University where she also played varsity tennis. The architectural and natural beauty of the ISU campus in Ames still beckons her. Upon moving to Lincoln, Cathy and her husband raised four children and embarked upon what eventually became a 30+ year “adventure” in teaching art at Irving Middle School. She said, “My goal was to unlock my students’ creativity and make them aware of the beauty of the world around them.” Having retired a few years ago, she now is combining her love of art and teaching to mentor future teachers at the University of Nebraska as an Art Methods instructor and student teaching supervisor. She has also written curriculum for a Middle Level Art Methods on-line course.
She is now also fulfilling her life-long dream of making and selling her own art. Her ever- expanding photography collection “Letters from Home” (images of identifiable landmarks which subliminally create the shape of a letter) truly tell a story of home, both literally and graphically. “Letters from Home” images are being sold at galleries/retail stores in both Lincoln and Omaha. She is involved as a volunteer at Catholic Social Services’ St. Louise Thrift Store and as a tennis mentor for the Tennis Buddies program. One of her favorite quotes is: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” by Pablo Picasso. Hildegard Center for the Arts’ Mission to Celebrate the Arts and Inspire Humanity beautifully matches her life long passion to help others discover their creativity.
Rabbi Craig Lewis
Rabbi Craig Lewis is the spiritual leader of the historic Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, affectionately known to Lincolnites as the “South Street Temple.” Ordained in 2008 at the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Lewis went on to become the Assistant Rabbi for a large congregation in Irvine, CA before returning to his Midwestern roots. As a student, he developed educational programs for a Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS. He also served congregations in Mattoon, IL, Muncie, IN and in Cincinnati, OH. He has a wealth of pulpit experience that has included a great deal of work in youth education as well as in adult study. His areas of interest include literary traditions of the Jews of North Africa (the topic on which he wrote his rabbinic thesis), American Jewish History, Jewish cinema, Jewish humor, interfaith dialogue, and developing creative and meaningful worship experiences. He believes we should use every tool and technology at our disposal. Whether we read from traditional hand-written scrolls or a printed codex, or we listen to talented musicians or an engaging sermon, whether we watch puppets or computer projections, or we are present or person or via web-stream, every study session, service, and sermon is an opportunity to help others understand our role in the Universe and to reach out for the divine.
A native of Kansas City, Rabbi Lewis is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he majored in Business and minored in French language studies.He and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of Eden who gives them daily inspiration. All three are animal lovers and own two rescued dogs, Nala and Tipper.
After having expanded her world view living in England and teaching and traveling in Europe for a few years early in life, Marilyn Stadler has spent much of her career involved in international studies and programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Cultural Studies. She worked in international student programming at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska for 20 years as program specialist and director of the Department of Academic Conferences and Professionals, and coordinator for International Affairs; was Advisor to International Student Organizations and taught classes. She served Lincoln Friends of Foreign Students for several years and led groups abroad to various countries as exchange director of the Friendship Force. She was actively involved in NAFSA, National Association of Foreign Student Affairs, serving as a national officer and developing programs for colleges and universities around the world. Active participation in her children’s schools and activities consumed her earlier years. Creating and enjoying the arts is another passion. She taught elementary and secondary school after college and currently serves as a substitute teacher for LPS and volunteers in the community when she is not traveling to see her children and grandchildren, her favorite diversion.
Dr. Ken Hoppmann, Co-Chair of Humanities and Director of Music at Southeast Community College-Beatrice, has a lifelong affinity and appreciation for the arts and humanities, primarily through his chosen discipline of music. He is honored to serve on the Board of Hildegard Center for the Arts.
An active classical concert pianist, Ken appears frequently as a concerto performer, soloist, and collaborative pianist. Hoppmann has performed with the Ft. Collins Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1), Casper Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Piano Concerto #3), University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) Northern Nevada Chamber Orchestra and Omaha Symphonic Winds (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue). His solo piano CD, “Ken Hoppmann-LIVE!” features live performances of works by Bach (French Suite #6 in E Major and Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, arr. Busoni), Schumann (Carnaval), and Liszt (Invocation from Poetic and Religious Harmonies).
As a collaborative pianist, he is a founding member of the popular 8-hand piano ensemble “PianoFOURte” which actively performed during the years 1997-2007, and appeared on the touring rosters of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Ken currently devotes a considerable amount of time to two ongoing collaborative projects. As a student and teacher of world music, he has developed a strong interest in the Persian musical system, which has grown into a lengthy collaboration with Iranian tarist Dr. Mahour Mellat Parast, with whom Ken has performed since 2002. Their performances, entitled “Worlds Together” feature an experiential blending of the Persian and Western European musical traditions, and have been enthusiastically received on college campuses around the country. More recently, Ken has joined forces with Italian classical guitarist Antonio Forgione to research and perform the important repertoire of music written for guitar and piano duo.
Dr. Hoppmann earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming (B.M., M.M.), a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (D.M.A.), and a Doctor of Music degree from the American Conservatory of Music (MusD). He received additional training in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Scholar and Heidelberg, Germany under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD). For 20 years before coming to Southeast Community College, he owned and operated Hoppmann Piano Studio, a multi-teacher studio in Lincoln, and taught at Doane College, Concordia University, and Union College.
Linda Major currently serves as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director for the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive approach to address high-risk behaviors and advancing civic related programs on the campus and in the community. Linda has over 35 years professional and volunteer experience in the substance abuse field including 18 years at UNL. She has provided technical assistance on inclusive coalition building and responsible hospitality to campus communities across the country. Linda has been recognized by both the American Public Health Association and the US Department of Education’s Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and other Drug Issues for her work in college-based programming.
The Center for Civic Engagement is a relatively new department on the UNL campus. The primary purpose of the Center is to encourage students to connect curricular and co-curricular learning with opportunities to address critical human need through service, civic-related research and social change leadership. The Center works closely with campus ministries to promote interfaith dialogue among the UNL student body. Linda and her husband, Gary, have three children and six grandchildren. Linda and Gary attend St. John’s Catholic Church.
Through the art of photography, Angela Carroll brings to the fold a keen sense of artistry. Since 2010, Angela has captured countless images of HCFA events while also participating in many Hildegard outreach projects—including the 2010 photo call and book “Seeking the Light.” At present, she is sharing her time to help inspire the Bridges Photo Call for Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial year.
Angela has served as President of the Kearney Noon Rotary Club and is the current President of the Lincoln Camera Club. She is also a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary unit in Lincoln, NE. Her passion for photography started at a young age, but did not materialize until 2010 when she bought a camera and started to take photos. Angela’s special interest is landscape and nature photography. She is a contributing photographer of Nebraska Life Magazine and is a member artist at the Red Path Gallery in Seward, NE. Several of Angela photographs have been published.
Raised in Lincoln, Angela attended Wesleyan University and then relocated to Kearney, NE, where she resided for 20 years before returning to Lincoln in 2008. Angela obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center-at the Kearney division. For 25 years Angela has been a medical case manager-facilitating the restoration of function and well being for injured and disabled workers. She is the proud mother of two grown children; Ashley, a director of vocal music in the Holdrege, NE school system; and Christopher, a sergeant and combat instructor in the Unites States Marine Corps, stationed in Pendleton, CA.
Anna Alcalde is a lifelong creative artist, beginning as a child. Her artistic mother allowed her to observe her oil painting, only if she held her breath and didn’t breathe at the table. Still in awe of breath-taking art, Anna, loves to create, share and teach it to future generations. She has proof that Art can change the life path of a child if you help them find their talent early. “Everyone has a talent, some yet undiscovered.”
As an art teacher and graphic artist, Anna has participated in many community art projects, some which include but not limited to; Tabitha’s Best of Show – Peoples Choice, Friends of Pioneer Park Rain Barrels, Cat House Fundraiser and Nebraska Girl Scouts ArtVenture. She is active on numerous art boards, community service and church boards. She currently co-owns Urban Legends Art Studio, located in the University Area. firstname.lastname@example.org