Staff Directory

Administration

Ann Simonds

Chairperson and INTERIM PRESIDENT / CEO

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.

Naomi Pesky

Vice President of External Relations

Naomi drives the strategies that grow earned and contributed revenues, advance the Trust’s position and brand in the community and fulfill its mission. In service of her role, she leads the development, marketing and communications activities for the organization.

Jim Langemo

Chief Administrative Officer

Jim stewards the Trust’s finances and oversees the information technology department. He also develops and implements the Trust’s human resource practices which enable staff members to reach their full potential— and help the organization achieve outstanding results.

Brittany Denuszek

Director of Budget and Finance

Brittany is responsible for the oversight of all accounting and finance activities at the Trust. She implements and oversees a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to ensure exceptional stewardship, manage risk, and ensure the accuracy of the Trust’s reported financial results.

Katie Driscoll

Accounting Assistant

Katie is responsible for supporting the finance team in the accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash receipt functions. She works directly with team members to ensure accurate financial reporting.

Jamin O’Malley

IT Manager

Jamin manages the Salesforce system for the Trust, including developing and managing short- and long-term implementation plans, training staff and managing other technology partnerships.

Julie Stevens

Executive Assistant

Julie provides direct support to the president/CEO of the Trust. She is responsible for managing his schedule and maintaining a consistent and positive relationship with senior leadership, the Board of Directors and a wide range of external contacts.


Development

Nathan Soland

Director of Development

Nathan is responsible for setting the charitable fundraising strategies for the organization and leading activities that engage individual donors and funders.

Nicole Arne

Sponsorship Specialist

Nicole supports the corporate sponsorship manager and stewards the Trust’s sponsorship process lifecycle.

Dan Fernelius

Individual Giving Manager

Dan works in partnership with the director of development to create, implement and manage the Trust’s individual giving strategy.

Julie Gotlieb

Corporate Sponsorship Manager

Julie is responsible for developing and stewarding revenue-generating partnerships with corporations, businesses and corporate foundations.

Robie Hayek

Development Specialist

Robie manages the Trust’s volunteer program and is responsible for a portfolio of donors. He also coordinates events for the development team.

Sarah Johnson

Development Research Coordinator

Sarah supports the development team by researching prospective donors, foundations and corporations, and works to prepare grant proposals.

Kajsa Jones

Development Assistant

Kajsa provides concierge-level services to Trust supporters. She also gives critical support to the development team, including handling and managing data, coordinating communications and providing administrative assistance.

Karen Quiroz

Institutional Giving Manager

Karen is responsible for securing government and foundation grants, as well as cultivating relationships with new and existing funders for the Trust’s education, theatre and Cultural District work.

Programming

Lisa Krohn

Director of Theatre Programming

Lisa is responsible for the programming choices of the Trust's theatres and is the primary liaison with the Broadway programming consultant.

Joan Vorderbruggen

Director of Public Art and Placemaking

Joan leads the ongoing development, coordination and implementation of public art and placemaking initiatives throughout the WeDo Minneapolis Cultural District.

Kelli Foster Warder

Director of Education

Kelli leads education programming initiatives, including Spotlight Education, Broadway Confidential and Access.

Vanessa Agnes

Education Assistant

Vanessa provides critical support to the education team, including assistance with Spotlight Education, Critical Review and the Trust’s Broadway initiatives.

Jason Capra

New Century Theatre Manager

Jason manages and operates the day-to-day functions of the New Century Theatre, and provides technical requirements for all content.

Tim Carroll

Business Relationship Manager

Tim manages relationships, engages business and property owners and captures opportunities in support of the Trust’s public art and placemaking initiatives in WeDo.

Hannah Novillo Erickson

Public Art and Placemaking Coordinator

Hannah is responsible for coordinating and engaging visual and performing artists in support of the Trust’s public art and placemaking initiatives.

Matt Greseth

Interim Manager of Theatre Programming

Matt works with artists from all disciplines to determine the programming for the New Century Theatre.

Ari Koehnen

Spotlight Education Manager

Ari manages the Spotlight Education program, including workshops, masterclasses and school partnerships.

Mary Jane Mansfield

Public Art and Placemaking Coordinator

Jane arranges and supports all elements of the Trust’s artistic installations throughout the WeDo MPLS Cultural District.

Pete Tedrow

Education Program Coordinator

Pete coordinates the Trust’s education and community engagement initiatives, including our Access program and Spotlight Education’s Critical Review.

Dudley Voigt

Critical Review Program Manager

Dudley manages and coordinates the Critical Review component of Spotlight Education.

Marketing and Communications

Kari Ruth

Director Communications & Strategic Initiatives

Kari oversees a team of marketing and communication professionals, creating and implementing integrated strategies, delegating work, coaching and motiving performance and providing development opportunities.

Laura Murphy

Associate Director of Marketing

Laura is responsible for executing the marketing of single-ticket campaigns for assigned shows and assisting with the Broadway on Hennepin season subscription campaign. She also oversees sales and marketing campaigns for non-theatrical programming.

Jesse Daniels

Marketing Manager

Jesse is responsible for marketing single-ticket campaigns for assigned shows and events at the Trust, as well as non-theatrical programming.

Chad Davis

Communications Manager

Chad leads content development strategies for the Trust and WeDo to enhance communications and effectively reach the Trust’s core audiences.

Laura Fagen

Communications Coordinator

Laura leads a variety of email and social media campaigns, and manages website content on the Trust website.

Megan Kunz

Marketing Manager

Megan is responsible for marketing single-ticket campaigns for assigned shows and events at the Trust, as well as non-theatrical programming.

Shanna O’Leary

Digital Communications Manager

Shanna leads the digital communications strategies for the Trust and WeDo, combining the art of online engagement with the science of sophisticated digital tools.

Dale Stark

Media Relations Manager

Dale plans and executes media outreach strategies for the Trust and WeDo. He also serves as a Trust spokesperson and advises on media relations and messaging.

Nailah Taman

Marketing Coordinator

Nailah serves Trust patrons through social media and emails and provides general administrative support to the marketing team.