De Pere Cultural Foundation
The design, construction and ongoing operations of the Mulva Cultural Center is managed by the De Pere Cultural Foundation (Mulva Cultural Center) Board of Directors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Harvey L. Black, Jr., Attorney/CPA
McKim Boyd, Owner, Union Hotel
Mike Haddad, President/CEO, Schreiber Foods
Miriam and James Mulva, De Pere natives
Jonathan Mulva, Commercial Airline Pilot, United Airlines
Chris Renier, Owner, C. Renier Architects
Mike Van Asten, President, Incredible Edibles, Inc.
Julie Van Straten, Resident of De Pere
Kristin Vogel, Mulva Library Director / College Innovation Initiative Lead, St. Norbert College
The Mulva Cultural Center board, and Jim Mulva, board chairman, announced in December 2019 the leadership team for the Mulva Cultural Center.
Mike Van Asten, CEO
(Begins role in April 2020)
A visionary entrepreneur and developer, Mike has served as a consultant on the Mulva Cultural Center project for the past three years since its conception.
Mike is a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry. His experience includes creating, developing, owning and operating supermarkets, casual to fine dining restaurants, banquet and conference centers, hotels and mixed-use urban developments. He is an owner and managing partner of Hilton Hotels and founder and president of Incredible Edibles which has included such brands as Sandwich Factory restaurants, Grand American Cafes, Incredible Edibles Corporate Catering and Liberty Hall Conference Center.
An Appleton, Wisconsin resident, Mike has served on countless boards for the community, arts and hospitality in Northeastern Wisconsin and throughout the country. Locally, and most directly related, includes his volunteer services for the Appleton Art Center Board, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Board. He also serves on the Milwaukee Public Museum Executive Board, the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass and Little Chute Windmill Boards. Other local commitments include the Bellin College Board and nineteen years’ service on the St. Norbert College Board for which he was Chairman for the past four years.
“Now is the perfect time for me to participate in this capstone project of my career. I understand the Malvas’ vision and passion for De Pere. They have contributed significantly to education, faith-based non-profits and now to the advancement of a downtown they believe in. I am honored by their trust in me and look forward to applying my 35 years of experience in hospitality development to the Mulva Cultural Center and related projects.” – Mike Van Asten
President and Chief Operating Officer
(Begins role July 2020)
An experienced organizational and educational leader, Dan joins the Mulva Cultural Center as its President and Chief Operating Officer.
Dan comes from Austin, Texas where is Head of School at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Elementary School. Serving 400 students from ages 4-14, St. Gabriel’s was founded in 1999 as an independent Catholic educational institution. Since 2013, McKenna has led all functions of the school and its 32-acre campus including budgeting, curriculum, fundraising and facilities.
Dan is a graduate of Marquette University and Loyola University. He started his career as a middle school teacher at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Chicago. He went on to teach Latin at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary High School where he was appointed Dean of Students. In 2008, McKenna was appointed Principal of St. Francis Xavier School in Wilmette, Illinois. During his five years there, McKenna updated curriculum, repurposed and leveraged school infrastructure and grew enrollment.
Dan is a board member of the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISASW) and served on the board of the Katelle Foundation, an Austin non-profit. McKenna has also been involved with Catholic Extension, a non-profit organization that supports the needs of Catholics in the most under-resourced regions of the United States.
McKenna, his wife and two children will relocate to the area later this spring once he transitions from his current position. The McKenna family is familiar with the area, as they have a home in Door County and family in Neenah. McKenna’s wife, Talleri, is also a graduate of Marquette University.
“I am honored to be asked by Miriam and Jim Mulva to carry out their plans for the Mulva Cultural Center. This is an opportunity to further advance educational and experiential pursuits for all ages. The Mulva Cultural Center will be a beacon of knowledge and as the Mulvas describe, a source of intellectual curiosity. That’s at the core of what I have committed to through my life’s work.” –Dan McKenna