Staff and Board Members

Staff Members

Cheryl Caponi, co-founder of Caponi Art Park with her husband Anthony, is Executive Director and oversees the daily operations of the park including program development, fundraising, and financial management. Cheryl was among a group of 13 women named “2011 Exceptional Business Women” by the Dakota County Tribune. She is a past member of the Dakota County Public Arts Commission. Of recent interest Cheryl participated in the ArtSage Arts and Aging MN Professional Development program.

Steven J Read, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, is responsible for Park programs, activities, tours, and works directly with park interns and volunteers. Steven received a MFA in Sculpture from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a BFA in studio art from the University of Minnesota. Steven’s professional work explores our connections to nature and the history of Minnesota through traditional and cutting edge sculptural methods.



Board of Directors

Board Chair       Wayne Potratz — Artist/Educator, Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota

Vice Chair          Lawrence Werner — Editor/Co-owner at Whitewater Learning

Julie Andersen — Eagan Art House, Supervisor, City of Eagan

Tom Barnard — Community Education and Arts Administrator, retired

Cheryl Caponi — Executive Director, Caponi Art Park

Renee Ervasti — Teaching and Learning Coordinator, ISD 196

Rachel Lew Powers — Nonprofit Administrator

Scott Thomas — Principal, Glacier Hills Elementary School of Art and Science


Honorary Members

Tom Egan, Dakota County Commissioner

Dr. Robert M. Gavin Jr., Former President Macalester College