FULL CIRCLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Katz | Board President
Michael Katz is a Minneapolis attorney with thirty years’ experience in construction and corporate law. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law. He began his career in construction litigation, then moved to in-house practice, first with S.J. Groves & Sons Company, then with Ellerbe Becket. He is a life-long student of English and French literature, English drama and history. He is currently in private practice in downtown Minneapolis, representing clients in the design and construction industry.
Christina Ogata | Vice-President
Christina Ogata had a 30-year career as a labor attorney, and continues her work as a human relations activist, amateur musician and community participant. Christina puts some of these values and experience to work by being active in and giving to nonprofit arts organizations. She is a past-president and board member of COMPAS and a 30-year member of the St. Paul Civic Symphony, a group that just celebrated its 70th anniversary and is the oldest community orchestra in the Twin Cities area. Christina retired as General Counsel for Education Minnesota, a union that represents Minnesota’s public school teachers and other school district employees as well as the faculty of Minnesota’s two-year community and technical colleges. She is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Law School. She loves dancing merengue and salsa and attending arts performances of all kinds. She has a strong affinity for and experience with the Colombian-American and Japanese-American communities and cultures.
Ross Peterson | Board Treasurer
Ross Peterson is President and CEO of Multiventure Properties, Inc., a local Condominium and Townhome Association Management Company that he founded over 30 years ago. Ross was first introduced to Rick and Martha several years ago, through Mu Performing Arts. His appreciation and respect for their individual talents made his decision to accept a position on the Full Circle Theater Board an easy one. During his career, Ross has served in various capacities on multiple real estate related boards and committees. He has also worked with hundreds of Association Boards of Directors, providing daily management and accounting services. Ross will be responsible for the financial oversight of the project.
Martha B. Johnson | Secretary
Martha B. Johnson brings to Full Circle many years of administrative experience both from her serving as Chair of the Theater Arts Department at Augsburg University for several years and from her experience as Co-Artistic Director of 21st Street Players. In addition she served on the board of 21st Street Players for five years, and on the board of Mu Performing Arts for the first five years of its existence.
Rick Shiomi | Director
Rick Shiomi served on the board of Mu Performing Arts for twenty-one years, served on the board of CAATA (The Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists) from 2006 to 2014, and served on the board of MRAC for several years. He served on the board of The MN Theater Alliance for four years.
Moses Kariuki Ehlers | Director
Moses Kariuki Ehlers is the Marketing Manager at Fish and Richardson PC, where his knowledge of digital marketing’s power is helping attorneys maximize their online professional credibility, and the law firm define and achieve new brand goals. His background and experience across many digital marketing platforms enables him to keep everyone on the same path and heading toward identifiable marketing goals and objectives. He brings a number of coaching and leadership qualities to his position. He is able to align himself with an organization’s vision, and work with individuals who have many different kinds of personalities. He can also serve as a team leader in a variety of situations, using his excellent time management skills to run teams with confidence. As a leader, he will take ownership of projects, and make decisions to get them done. These skills have allowed him to deliver success across a wide variety of industries including law, broadcast TV, human capital management, education and entertainment. His fascination with digital marketing is more than a 9-5 one. In his spare time, he is actively participating in the trending topics throughout various platforms.
Gordon Nakagawa | Director
Gordon Nakagawa is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies and Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). His scholarship has examined Japanese American World War II incarceration narratives and communication, power, and equity in marginalized communities. He is a founding faculty member of the Asian American Studies Department at CSUN and the founding chair of the Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division in the National Communication Association. In the 1980s, he was an activist with the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, which advocated for a formal apology and reparations from the federal government for 120,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II. He has also served as the Director of Equity and Diversity at CSUN and as the first Director of Diversity Integration at Hamline University. He is currently an organizational consultant on Communication, Equity, and Diversity. Most recently, he was Vice President for Diversity Integration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Twin Cities chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Martha J. Johnson | Director
Dr. Martha J. Johnson is the Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in international education since 1991 for organizations and institutions in the US, Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She holds a BA with a double major in English literature and theatre arts from St Mary’s University of Minnesota, an MA in English literature from the University of St Thomas, and a PhD in American Studies with an emphasis in drama and the performance of gender, race, and cultural identity from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Her dissertation focused on the works of playwright David Henry Hwang and she is a member of board of the David Henry Hwang Society. She has served in leadership positions for multiple educational programs, associations, and non-profit organizations.
Alice McGlave | Director
Alice McGlave is a Korean adoptee who grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She studied vocal performance at New York University. After college, Alice returned home to Minnesota’s vibrant arts scene. Alice is a Twin Cities singer and actor. She performed in Full Circle Theater’s fringe show Glass/Lady M. in 2019. Alice has performed with several theater companies including Theater Mu, Park Square Theatre, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Alice is a litigation paralegal with SOULE & STULL LLC and serves as Pro Bono/Community Service Chair with the Minnesota Paralegal Association. She knows the importance of building strong relationships with today’s youth and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. Alice brings her artistic experience, millennial energy, and organizational talents to Full Circle Theater Company. Alice believes that representation matters and the value of seeing leadership that reflects and looks like the community. She is honored to join the board. Alice lives in Saint Paul with her daughter and husband.
Anna Pasno| Director
Anna Pasno is a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas where she studied Creative Writing, Justice and Peace Studies, and Business. She served on the editorial board to produce the 45th edition of St. Thomas' literary magazine, the Summit Avenue Review, which has published her work many times in the past. She has also interned with Literacy Minnesota, presented at the ACTC conference, collaborated to organize and facilitate a World Cafe dialogue, and is currently part of a research team studying the effects of healing, drama, and ritual in partnership with Wonderlust Productions.
Brian Joyce| Director
Brian is excited to join the board of FCTC. Brian is currently the WIOA Program Director at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Brian has been active in Twin Cities theater for more than 40 years. Brian first appeared on stage with Theatre Saint Paul at the age of four. He earned his BA in Theatre Arts from Bethel College. Brian has worked with Park Square, Theatre in the Round, Lakeshore Players, Shakespeare and Company, Red Eye, Theatre Coup d’Etat, New Native Theatre, Turtle Theater and others as an actor and a director. Brian also works as an actor in commercials and film.