The VocalEssence Board of Directors serve as ambassadors for the organization in the larger community. They also guide VocalEssence in all major policy decisions while ensuring the financial stability of VocalEssence.
Kathryn Roberts, President
President and CEO, Ecumen
Karl Speak, Vice-President
President, Brand Tool Box, Ltd.
Jacob Wolkowitz, Treasurer
Investment Manager, Accredited Investors, Inc.
Roma Calatayud-Stocks, Secretary
Novelist and Composer, Palladian Music, Inc.
Board of Directors
Steve Aggergaard (Ex-Officio Non-Voting)
Volunteer Chorus Representative, VocalEssence
Mary Ann Aufderheide (Ex-Officio Non-Voting)
Executive Director, VocalEssence
Global Controller RD&E, Ecolab Inc.
Traci V. Bransford
Attorney, Stinson Leonard Street
Philip Brunelle (Ex-Officio Non-Voting)
Founder and Artistic Director, VocalEssence
Principal and Client Relationship Manager at Riverbridge Partners
Julie Henderson Craven
Retired, Vice President of Corporate Communication, Hormel Foods Corporation
President & CEO, Community Insurance Advisors
Culinary Textbook Author
Vice Chairman at Korn Ferry Hay Group
Robin Helgen (Ex-Officio Non-Voting)
Singer Representative, VocalEssence
Director of Quality & Regulatory Operations – Global Meals Platform, General Mills
David L. Mona
Retired Chairman, Weber Shandwick Minneapolis
Retired President and CEO, Fiserv Health, Inc.
Music Faculty, University of Minnesota School of Music
Nancy F. Nelson, F.S.A.
Principal, Cirdan Health Systems and Consulting
James M. Odland
Vice President and Managing Counsel, Law & Compliance, Thrivent Financial
Retired News Anchor & Reporter, WCCO-TV Minneapolis
James Earl Jones
Dr. André J. Thomas