Board of Directors and Staff

The Polish Cultural Institute incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota on October 19, 1979. The services of our incorporating lawyer, David Davenport, were provided as a gift by Michael Pehler. In addition to the Rev. Paul Breza, the original incorporators consisted of Alice Breza, Angie Peterson, Jo Caldwell, Marianne (Rice) Morrison, and Sheila and Dennis Daly.

As a Public Benefit Corporation, the Polish Cultural Institute is not owned by anyone, but we all have a stake in the organization’s future success and its ability to provide needed programs. The Board of Directors is our governing body. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. The Board meets monthly to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization and keeps minutes. It meets and proceeds under Roberts Rules of Order.

Board of Directors

  • Chuck Kernler – Chair
  • Rev. Paul Breza – Founder
  • Tim Breza
  • Mary Drury
  • Tom Ezdon – Treasurer
  • Jon Masyga – Secretary
  • Joan McGill
  • Steve Zolondek




Board of Directors and Staff — 7 Comments

  1. Hello! I’m from PA but am in town for a few days so I thought I would drop by the museum. What a wonderful experience! I wish I had more time to look and learn. I’m not sure the name if the person I was speaking with (I forget) but he was so interesting and knowledgable telling me about Winona and showing me pictures. Thank you for such a nice time!

  2. I was absolutely floored by the collection of unique artifacts that are on display relating to the Polish culture, especially the rare Kashubians. This museum offers a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how the Poles settled the local area in the 1800s, why they came here, and how difficult it was communicating in the dying Kashubian language. An added bonus is the enormous amount of religious artifacts found on the second floor. Father Breza and his small staff of very enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable people have established a wonderful venue that presents much to see and tells a great story and features a level of education not found elsewhere. Well Done!

  3. Hello everybody, this is Marta Szlubowska, I am a Polish-American violinist living currently in Jackson, MS. I lived in Winona with my family between 1999-2004. Some of you may remember me. I played a big recital at the museum once. I came and visited you all last summer and visited with Father Breza and other fine folks there. I was very impressed with how much the Polish Museum has developed since I left Winona. The videos are beautiful! So proud of you all for keeping this beautiful museum going. My daughter, Julia Kirk, who is also a violinist, violist and pianist, is currently studying at St. Mary’s University and speaks Polish, may be of some help to you. She has been busy with school, but the time will come when she will get to meet you all. I wanted to also invite you all to Julia’s concert with the Winona Symphony. She is the new Concertmistress and will be a featured soloist with the WSO this Saturday at 7:30 at Winona State University. You can get the details by going to the Winona Symphony website. I am sure she would love to see someone from the Polish Museum come and support her. Hope to visit you all again very soon!!! Love, Marta

  4. On Saturday April 20th my girlfriend and I visited the museum, We had a interesting and informative visit. The items that were displayed really helped us visualize the Polish people that founded the community. Louise who was kind enough to show us around was passionate and knowledgeable. Thank you for the rewarding experience.

  5. Thank You for the wonderful tour on Sat May 18th 2019. What an awesome presentation. Happy to be able to meet Fr. Paul. You all do a tremendous service to the heritage of Poland. Keep it up! We enjoyed the informative tour.
    Rose, Devereaux, and Ross