Ashley Magnus

Executive Director

Ashley specializes in business strategy, project management, and the building of constructive community, individual, and institutional partnerships.

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Tom Raab

Director of Operations

Tom Raab was raised in Michigan City, IN, and now resides in LaPorte, IN. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Finance and an emphasis in Information Systems.

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Nikki Gauthier

Artistic & Creative Director

Following her passion for all things creative led Nikki from a career in elementary education to a path in the arts, both professionally and personally.

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Michael Bond

Senior Production Manager

Michael is a recent transplant to the Southwest Michigan area, and is elated to be merging his professional and personal passions together at The Acorn.

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Belle Schmidt

Box Office & Admin Coordinator

Belle wears many hats - nanny, dance instructor, choreographer, Dance Troupe director, and Acorn Box Office & Admin Coordinator. She joined The Acorn Team in June 2022.

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Donnie Biggins

Talent Buyer

Donnie is a singer-songwriter and concert promoter. It is his goal in life to foster artistic communities.

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Bill Lindblom

Box Office and Volunteer Coordinator

Bill has made Harbor Country his home for the past 22 years, and for many of those years, he co-owned Charm Cottage Antiques in Lakeside with his husband, Alan Palmer.

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Vicki Bryant

Box Office Coordinator

Vicki has a deep connection to The Acorn (including a grandmother who made corsets in the Featherbone factory). She began volunteering with us in June of 2021 and joined our Staff a year later.

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Otto Gonzalez

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Otto studied User Experience at DePaul University's School of New Learning. His work experiences include digital content management for the City of Chicago, Presence Health, INX International, and more.

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Karen Nason

Box Office Coordinator

Karen, a Michigan native, spent most of her adult life in Chicago working in advertising, marketing and nonprofit management. She returned to Southwest Michigan in 2019 and is delighted to be a member of the Acorn team.

In her spare time, you can find Karen experimenting with gardening, sewing and glass fusing.

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