December 15, 2022Published Article

Scott Beightol Appointed as Chair of the United Performing Arts Fund

Urban Milwaukee

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced this week the appointment of Scott Beightol, partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, as the new chair of the UPAF Board of Directors, succeeding Tim Mattke. Also announced was the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Jeff Cady of US BankDavid Caruso of Dynamic Events by David Caruso, Dustin Godsey of Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv ForumMelanie Maddux of ManpowerGroup and Tim Stewart of DeWitt, LLP.

“As we continue to expand our Board of Directors, we are pleased to identify individuals who have great passion for the important role that the performing arts play in our community as well as those who represent companies who do the same,” said Patrick Rath, UPAF president and CEO. “Along with the great leadership of Scott, we are grateful to have the diverse talents and perspectives of these individuals on our Board of Directors.”

Scott Beightol, a partner in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best, represents businesses in all aspects of employment and labor relations, with special emphasis in litigation of discrimination, noncompete and other matters in federal and state court, arbitration, and before the NLRB and OFCCP. Scott is the former Chairman of the law firm. He also serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Water Council, and is on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.  Scott is also on the Political Advocacy and Employment Relations Committees of the US Chamber of Commerce.  Scott and his wife, Desiree, live in Wales, Wisconsin and he has been a member of the UPAF Board of Directors since 2012.

The 2023 United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) Board of Directors includes:

Executive Committee:
Scott Beightol, Chair (Michael Best), Steve Johnson, Secretary (BMO Harris), Brent Tischler, Treasurer (Old National Bank), Chris Goller (PNC Bank), Heather Ramirez (Community Volunteer), Joe Rock (KPMG) and Tim Mattke (MGIC).

Steve Booth (Baird), Jim Borris (Zilber Ltd.), Jeff Cady (US Bank), David Caruso (Dynamic Events), Heather Dunn (West Bend Mutual), Dustin Godsey (Milwaukee Bucks), Bill Guc (We Energies), Katy Hook (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Juliet Kersten (Community Volunteer), Dr. Phyllis King (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), David Lubar (Lubar & Co.), Stephanie Lyons (Northwestern Mutual), Melanie Maddux (ManpowerGroup), Greg Marcus (Marcus Corporation), George Meyer (Kahler Slater – Retired), Rebecca Mitich (Husch Blackwell), Tim Stewart (DeWitt LLP) and Anne Zizzo (Zizzo Group)

About UPAF
The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage since 1967 by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene. UPAF’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Eastern Wisconsin. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating – and is the No. 1 united performing arts fund in the country in terms of dollars raised.

With generous community support, UPAF funds 47 diverse local performing arts organizations that provide our community with the best of music, dance, song and theater. In addition to entertainment excellence, these organizations provide transformative educational programs for local children, ensure that individuals from marginalized neighborhoods have opportunities to participate in the arts and expand arts access for people with disabilities.

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