Tempo Board of Directors & Committee Members

Get to know the talented and enthusiastic group of board members and committee chairs that make Tempo happen. Are you interested in joining the Tempo board? We are taking applications for the 2018-2019 season. Apply by completing this application by May 15, 2018.



Liz Brenner • Programming Co-Chair
Human Resources Generalist
U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota

I live in South Minneapolis with my husband. In my free time, you may find me at the pottery studio, going to live music events, biking, and reading. 



Mark Giga
Senior Public Relations Manager

I am a lifelong Minnesotan and currently live in Edina with my wife and two kids. I work in public relations in Minneapolis and enjoy boating and traveling (with my family), reading (by myself), and sharing a drink (with nearly anyone).



Laura Green Chaffee
Director, Hospital Based Physician Practices

I love enjoying the opera and being involved in the community with friends and family. I am the director of the hospitalist and emergency medicine physician practices for HealthEast Care System.  I am a Minneapolis native and studied health administration in Southern California. When I’m not chasing my one-year-old or working, I enjoy vegetable gardening and playing soccer and broomball.



Sarah Fowler • Audience Development Chair
Accounting and Operations Associate
Nonprofits Assistance Fund

I’m a Minneapolitan to my core, with a passion for art and the MN nonprofit community. I have a BFA in drawing/painting from MCAD, and I volunteer regularly at the Walker Art Center. I’m happiest while surrounded by art, great food, or the company of my favorite people!



Emily Engel • Secretary
Sales Representative
Able Seedhouse + Brewery

I’ve recently moved back to Minneapolis after working as a Farm to School Coordinator in Massachusetts. Growing up, I was heavily involved in theater and choir, and had the opportunity to travel the world singing competitively. I am thrilled to be home and involved in the vibrant music and arts community that the Twin Cities have to offer. 



Thomas Bakken • Chair
Infectious Agent Repository Manager
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

I work as a scientist managing a repository of animal pathogens through the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  In my spare time I enjoy being outside in three of the four seasons of Minnesota, and appreciating the art of the Twin Cities in its various formats.



Aimee Tritt • Programming Co-Chair
Pediatric Dietitian, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Registered Dietitan, Hennepin County Medical Center

I am a Registered Dietitian with Hennepin County Medical Center and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare specializing in critical care nutrition and weight management. I live in South Minneapolis with my husband and kitty, and love reading, cooking, and gardening in my spare time. In addition to the opera, I’m a big fan of the SPCO’s Liquid Music series and patronize the arts whenever I can.



Kara Eliason Dorsey • Vice Chair
Communications Manager
U.S. Bank

I’m a writer, editor and corporate communications manager. I live in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood with my husband, Sean. I love to dance, practice yoga, travel and eat brunch. This is my fourth year on the Tempo board. My favorite Minnesota Opera productions are The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel, and The Shining.



Julia M. Wilcox 
Marketing and Business Development Strategist

I’m an internal consultant for 3M, working in strategy, marketing and business development. I’m a pianist, melodica player and singer songwriter living in the North Loop neighborhood. I’m a mindfulness advocate, running enthusiast and vegetarian with experimental tendencies. It’s my first year on the Tempo board, and my favorite Minnesota Opera production is Tosca.



Veronica Mason • Treasurer
Associate Attorney
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

I’m a finance attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Minneapolis, representing financial institutions and corporations in connection with commercial lending transactions. Despite lacking any artistic talent, I’ve been a longtime fervent supporter of the arts and worked in the ticketing industry in New Orleans for many years prior to moving to Minneapolis.  This is my first year on the Tempo board.


Katie Eiser

I work in advertising and recently moved back from Louisville, KY, where I was also involved with their young professional’s program. In my spare time, I can be found cooking, running, or enjoying other theatrical productions or shows at First Ave.


Alison Jarzyna
Trademark Attorney
Dorsey & Whitney

I’m a lifelong Minnesotan currently residing in the North Loop.  I’m a passionate lover of the arts, and in my free time I enjoy traveling and exploring the Twin Cities art scene.


Luke Olson
Dorsey & Whitney

I am a lifelong Minnesotan with a passion for all things Minnesota, other than lutefisk. I work as a commercial finance attorney at Dorsey & Whitney. I’m living proof that artistic talent skips a generation, as my dad is an artist and my mom works in the arts. Nonetheless, I’ve grown up with art around me and am excited to be involved with the Minnesota Opera.


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