Board of Directors


Austin Dempsey
Board President

Austin M. Dempsey, is vice president of Batavia Enterprises, Inc. (BEI is a Water Street Studio Legacy Sponsor). As Vice President of Batavia Enterprises, Austin directs and coordinates activities to successfully manage the business operations while assisting with all facets of effectively running the company. Austin is a graduate of Butler University inIndianapolis, and holds a MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. Austin, his wife Melissa, and sons, reside in Batavia, IL.

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W.C. ‘Buzz’ Miller III
Board Treasurer

Buzz Miller is president of Du-call Miller Plastics, a family company started in 1955. Buzz has been active in many areas of service to Batavia since moving to the city in 1978including volunteering on Access Committee, Batavia Fireworks, Main Street and WaterStreet Studios. Buzz and his late wife, Linnea, were named Batavia’s 2010 Citizens in 2010.


Lori Botterman
Board Secretary

Lori Botterman is a media and marketing specialist for Northern Illinois University. Lori’s experience includes over 30 years as a journalist, writer, newspaper editor, and content marketer at several Chicago area newspapers including the Chicago Tribune. She holds a BA in Journalism from NIU. Her service to the Batavia community includes volunteering for United Way as well as local government campaigns. She and her husband Kevin, a Batavia City Councilman, have lived in Batavia for 12 years.

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Kurt Hagemann
Board Member

Kurt Hagemann is the owner of Hagemann Wealth Management in Batavia, IL. He is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Kurt is the current President of the board of directors for Batavia MainStreet. He serves as the vice- chair for the City of Batavia Historic Preservation Commission. He is also a participating member of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. His passion for community and charity have led him to serve in many other charitable and volunteer organizations. He currently resides in Batavia with his wife Ambrosia and their four children.


Sabrina Budasi Martin
Board Member

Sabrina Budasi Martin holds a Masters in Adult Education. For over 25 years she has developed and administered education programs, trained teachers and volunteers and taught classes.  She is an active volunteer in the Fox River Valley and in 2008 received a ‘Community Volunteer Award’ in Aurora, IL.  As an artist, Sabrina shares her eclectic style participating in a collage and mixed media collaborative where she explores the world of surface design and collage arts with other like-minded paper fanatics. She has recently begun to sell and exhibit her work, and is a new resident artist at Water Street Studios.


Steve Newman
Board Member

Steve Newman has a Master in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate. Over the last 30 yearsSteve has worked in finance, consulting, as outside and in-house legal counsel and spent the last 12 years working in Human Resources at the Boeing Company with a focus on benefits and mergers and acquisitions.  He and his wife Laura, who serves on the Batavia Police and Fire Commission, have lived in Batavia for the last 12 years.


Dr. Hennie Reynders
Board Member

Dr. Hennie Reynders is Professor in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  As an architect and designer his work crosses disciplinary boundaries and includes art installations, product design, architecture and landscape urbanism projects. His research and teaching focuses on spatial relationships, citizen infrastructure, design theory and interdisciplinary thinking and making at the intersection of art, design and science. He regularly exhibits and lectures internationally. Hennie and his wife Andrea live in St Charles, IL., and are both active in cultural initiatives in the Fox River Valley, Chicago and beyond.

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Lisa Dienst-Thomas
Board Member/Resident

Lisa Dienst-Thomas designs and fabricates art jewelry. She has owned her art jewelry business for 28 years, and is an original artist in residence at Water Street Studios. Additionally, she instructs students in jewelry making in her studio. She is the recipient of the 2013 Best of Show for accessories at Water Street Studios’ Runway show On som bel. Lisa is a Life Enrichment Coordinator at local senior living community, where she plans events and activities and coordinates volunteers. A Batavia resident for 19 years, she and her family enjoy its small town feel and history.