Tempo Board of Directors & Committee Members


elizabeth-brenner-headshot_720x720Liz Brenner
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-headshotMark 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-headshot_720x720Laura 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-headshot_720x720Sarah Fowler
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!



emilyengel_headshot_720x720Emily Engel
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-headshot_720x720Thomas Bakken • Programming Co-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 • Secretary
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.



skoby-headshotRhonda Skoby • Chairperson
Dorsey & Whitney LLP

I have been a Tempo member since 2010, and have served on the Board since 2011.  As a public finance attorney at Dorsey & Whitney, I work with municipalities, non-profits and other entities to finance health care facilities, multifamily housing or senior living facilities, tax-exempt manufacturing projects, charter schools, and governmental projects. I also serve extensively as underwriter’s counsel for projects throughout the country.  Prior to joining Dorsey, I was a partner with another local firm.  My husband and I live in St. Paul.



karaeliasondorsey-headshot_720x720Kara Eliason Dorsey • Programming Co-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.”



jana-head-shotJana Sackmeister • Social Media Specialist

I am an Elk River, MN native but moved to Minneapolis after attending UW Stout as an art major, and finished my degree at Augsburg College. I work as a sales manager in the twin cities for a consumer goods company. My passion for music is paramount, as you’ll find me at concerts weekly around the twin cities.



julia-wilcoxJulia 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.


mason_veronica-01924-2-close-up-grayVeronica Mason
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.