Friends Forum

This series of biographies of members of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art is presented as an introduction to the Friends. In this our 40th anniversary year, we will also be highlighting some of our founding members. Every few weeks, a different Friend will be featured. Get acquainted with:

Theresa Nucciarone Resized

Theresa Nucciarone

“Art. It’s one of the ways I understand what’s going on in the world.”

We recently had the pleasure to sit down with Friends of the Snite Museum board member, Theresa Nucciarone, who is currently serving in her third year on the board. From the South Bend area, Theresa graduated from Saint Mary's College with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. After graduation, Theresa purposefully explored the field of Art Education in various capacities including teaching elementary school programs and facilitating public programs at the Snite Museum of Art.

After some time exploring within the art professions, her interests honed toward International Education, an area where she is now pursuing her Master of Education in the International Higher Education Program with Loyola University Chicago.

She also presently works in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Notre Dame. “I’m an educator, experienced in teaching, advising, as well as overseeing and facilitating programs. Enthusiastic about travel and experiential education, I’m always eager to converse with others about such opportunities. In particular, I enjoy presenting on and fostering relationships with students interested in study abroad.”

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The Spretnjak Family - A Founding Family's story

Spretnjak close up

Being in the right place at the right time ─ on several occasions ─ seems to be the best way to describe how Helen and Steve Spretnjak’s lives came together long ago and continue to positively impact the world they touched

Helen Jean Sieron and Steve A. Spretnjak were both born and raised in immigrant Catholic families from Europe.  As individuals, both Helen’s and Steve’s family backgrounds, steadfast values and unique interests culminated in many significant involvements over their time together, and accomplishments that continue as a result of their union. Today we share about their joint excitement for the Snite Museum of Art and its enduring future, and the ongoing development of the fine arts at the University of Notre Dame. 

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Michael Riemke

Michael Riemke has lived in Indiana his entire life, raised just north of Fort Wayne.  A little more than 30 years ago, after working in computer technology for General Electric’s Aerospace Division, and with degrees in Computer Technology from Purdue University and Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in hand, the University of Notre Dame offered Michael a position as a Systems Analyst in their Administrative Computing Department.

Over time Michael transitioned from computer technology to management in the Student Accounts and Cashier Offices. Since 2009, he has worked in the role of Associate Director in the Office of Financial Aid.

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Cheryl Ulrich

Cheryl Ulrich

Cheryl Urlich’s life has taken her around the world.

From Illinois to Austria, Florida to Canada, she has now landed in Indiana. But with all of that transition, there has been one constant for Cheryl - her passion for volunteering for arts organizations.

She shared, “I love the theatre. So, during my family’s six years in Vienna, Austria I wanted to to find an outlet to give back to the community, while still working on something I truly love. Lucky for me, I found the Vienna International School.”

Read more about Cheryl.

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