Board of Directors
Advancing Cultural Connection through Story Arts
Heidi Wick is President of the Board of Directors and current Executive Director for Story Art & Museum. She is the daughter of Faith Wick and curator of Faith’s personal collection. Since 2005, Heidi, along with Denise Martin have maintained the exhibit, Faith Wick’s Fairyland, at the Judy Garland Children’s Discovery Center, the exhibit donated to Story Art & Museum in April 2021. Heidi is a musician with bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees in music performance. She is also a woodworker and machinist, having fabricated scale models and brass instruments. She loves stories and loves to share stories through books, figures and performance arts.
Jade Wilson is a cultural and Ojibwe teacher in Deer River. Her life work is to enlighten children about language, arts, and cultural experiences. She provides cultural insights and words through the development of Story Art & Museum. Jade serves as Vice-President of Story Art.
Wesley Sisson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Itasca County Historical Society. He graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Duluth with dual degrees in history and political science. Sisson is a community advocate who works with a number of organizations to advance historic preservation and environmental sustainability.
Forest Christenson is a composer, score mixer, and music producer whose career spans over 60 film and TV credits. In 2022, Forest founded Overstory Music LLC, a Los Angeles-based music studio providing original music composition, production and mixing services. Forest began connecting music to image and story as a child on his grandma's knee. He wants to share these experiences with other children and families.
Ida is a retired physical therapist and former business owner. She has experience with writing articles, business operation, and organizing events. Ida enjoys the following creative activities: journal writing, crocheting, knitting and sketching. She also loves spending time with her family and traveling to new places. She has a great appreciation for the fun and benefits Story Arts & Museum brings to the local community, as well as those traveling to the area.
Zoe' Christenson Wick
Zoe Christenson Wick is a neuroscientist based in New York City, though she considers Minnesota to be her true home. Growing up, she spent summers at a cabin in Blackberry, MN and enjoyed taking in everything that the nature and communities in the area had to offer. After receiving a BA in Psychology from Saint Olaf College, Zoe earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. With her expertise in neuroscience and her deep appreciation for the act of crafting (which she attributes to her grandmother, Faith Wick), Zoe brings a unique perspective to the museum's mission of fostering creativity and imagination in children and adults alike.