Board of Directors
The Hennepin Theatre Trust Board of Directors is comprised of respected Minnesota citizens who share an interest in the arts and the cultural and economic vitality of the Twin Cities. Trustees serve staggered three year terms and provide oversight and policy direction to the organization.
Jay Novak has been a senior vice president of two investment-banking companies and publisher and editor of Minnesota’s premier business magazine. He is presently a Hamline University trustee and board treasurer, director of a 28-company business incubator for life-science companies, […]
Travis L. Barkve is Chief Financial Officer at Venture Bank, overseeing areas including corporate finance, the annual budget, risk management and strategic direction.
Syl Jones is an award-winning communications executive and playwright, working within a major health system in the Twin Cities to institute narrative healthcare practices and competencies. He recently received a Bush Foundation award to study narrative medicine and its potential […]
Mark is responsible for creating the vision and mission for Hennepin Theatre Trust — and defining the delivery of services to a wide variety of stakeholders, including the board of directors, the team, patrons, donors, sponsors and constituencies.
As chief development officer of the Greater Twin Cities YMCA, Judy leads a dynamic team of veteran fundraisers, serving nearly a quarter million men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, […]
Mark Marjala is the Vice President of Human Capital at United Health Group – Optum Health. Prior to this he was the Executive Director, Chief Human Resources Officer for Slumberland Furniture. He has more than 20 years of experience in […]
Andrea Christenson joined Cassidy Turley in 2001 and she is an award-winning vice president specializing in restaurant, retail sales and leasing at the company’s Minneapolis office and the surrounding metro area. She has vast experience in the retail arena and […]
Jeannie Joas, retired President, CEO and co-owner of JB Hudson Jewelers for 25 years comes from a family of jewelers. With more than 40 years of experience in the luxury jewelry business, she led JB Hudson to partnerships with the Cargills […]
Scott A. Benson is an attorney with Briol & Benson, PLLC, where he works in securities and complex commercial litigation representing clients in trial courts and arbitration panels throughout the country. Prior to joining Briol & Benson, PLLC in 1998, […]
Ann is responsible for creating the vision and mission for Hennepin Theatre Trust and the WeDo™ MPLS Cultural District — and defining the delivery of services to a wide variety of stakeholders, including the Board of Directors, the team, patrons, donors, sponsors and constituencies.
Barbara Brin has been a licensed real estate agent in Minnesota for 37 years—and is currently with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Minneapolis. Barbara’s coverage area includes Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Greenwood, Orono, Edina and Bloomington.
Michele Engdahl is the director of government affairs for Thomson Reuters Legal, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for legal professionals. She works to educate federal, state and local officials about the issues important to Thomson Reuters and manages […]
Gloria Freeman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minneapolis-based Olu’s Home, Inc. and Olu’s Center. In 1999, Freeman founded Olu’s Home, a licensed organization that provides residential and in-home services to the elderly and persons with developmental disabilities or […]
Kathleen Gullickson was most recently the Director of Talent Acquisition for Best Buy. She had been with the organization nineteen years and was responsible for Executive, Corporate and University Recruiting. Kathy has built a high-performing team that delivers the talent […]
Jeremy R. Jacobs, development executive at Mortenson, is a combat-tested veteran and business leader who is experienced leading organizations through aggressive periods of growth. He is skilled at diagnosing challenges, creating responsive strategies and leading through the execution phase. Jacobs […]
Barbara Klaas is a long-time leader of public education in Minnesota. She served on the Hopkins School Board, founded the Alliance for Student Achievement, chaired the Association for Metropolitan School Districts, chaired the Minnesota School Boards Association, and, most recently, […]
Annette Meeks is founder/CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota and a previous leader of the Center of the American Experiment. While in Washington, D.C., she served as Deputy Chief of Staff and in other capacities for Speaker Newt Gingrich. […]
Andrea Mokros has spent a career in communications and event production at the local, state and national level. Currently, she is SVP of corporate and public affairs at Weber Shandwick in its Minneapolis office. Previously, Andrea served as vice president […]