Rachel Werner is the digital editor of "BRAVA," a Wisconsin-based magazine created by women for women. She is also a 2016-17 national WomenRide4Change Ambassador and a 2017 World Food Championship judge. She enjoys overseeing culinary, arts, style, and live event coverage in her current roles and has previously contributed print, photography and video content to Madison Magazine, Entrepreneurial Chef, Hobby Farms Magazine and Urban Farm. Follow her adventures around the country '@therealscript.'
Jo B. Hoffman
Jo is a lifelong resident of the Madison, Wisconsin area, and has been married to her husband for over twenty-five years, and they have two adult children. Jo has been fortunate enough to donate to, volunteer, and advocate for many valuable non-profit groups in the Madison area. Over the years, Jo has shown her commitment and investment in the community through her helping actions—theatre being one of her passions. She has eagerly accepted opportunities to work behind-the-scenes with Edgewood High School’s musical productions, served on the Madison Ballet advisory board, and volunteered backstage for the many years of Madison Ballet performances in various capacities.
The theatre holds a special place in Jo’s heart, and she believes that the fine arts provide a crucial outlet for individuals of all ages to express their talents, creativity, and achieve personal goals. Jo says “The theatre is an integral part of a well-rounded education, and the lessons learned on stage and after the curtain closes carry real-world applications.”
At the age of twenty-one, Jo developed a vision for a jewelry suite that would specialize in personal service, quality, value, and exquisite jewelry. She soon found a business partner, and in 1986 they founded BR Diamond Suite, Inc. Building the business from the ground up, Jo cultivated a deep understanding of the value of leadership and hard work. Now, over thirty years later, the business continues to grow and currently employs a talented team of thirteen.
While Jo’s entrepreneurial acumen is clear, the relationships she develops with her clients is what truly energizes her. Jo’s experience working with a broad array of individuals has proven that no single approach or solution is right for everybody. As president of BR Diamond Suite, Inc. for over thirty years, she has been able to think creatively and use her resources to assist clients both personally and professionally.
Diane Bless is Professor Emeritus - University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Departments of Surgery Division of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Diane has a particular passion for all things having to do with voice production. Although not a performing artist she has a passion for working with singers and actors, and focused her career on assessment and treatment of voice disorders across the age spectrum. She is the former Director of the UW Voice and Swallow Clinic. Her publications include numerous research articles and book chapters pertaining to voice topics, co-authored texts on voice therapy and phonosurgery, and training programs for visualizing the larynx. She has presented hundreds of workshops and scientific presentations nationally and internationally, and has been the recipient of multiple awards including: an endowed chair in otolarynology established in her name; Honors of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association-the highest honor bestowed by the Association for outstanding clinical, academic, and professional service; and the Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award for outstanding contributions to clinical science and practice in communication science and disorders. Diane served on Advisory Boards for both the Voice Foundation and the NIH-NIDCD. Now that she is retired she is delighted to be able to participate on the Capital City Theatre board of directors, and to spend more time with her family and friends, performing arts, cooking, ceramics, outdoor activities, and travel.