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Orchestrate Excellence steering committee meeting; clockwise from left, Paula DeCosse, Ken Huber, Mary Schaefle, Deborah Dillaway, Colleen Krebs

Kenneth Huber  (co-chair) Nationally recognized performing concert pianist and retired Senior Lecturer in Piano, Carleton College, with extensive teaching, arts advocacy and administrative experience.

Linda Murrell  (c0-chair) 30+ years experience in the nonprofit sector as an executive, fundraiser, event producer.  Former member of Save Our Symphony MN leadership team.

Paula DeCosse Arts supporter, former children’s author and ELL teacher, co-founder and former co-director of CONNECT/US-Russia, a nonprofit cultural exchange organization.  Minnesota Orchestra Board Member (elected December 2015).

Deborah Dillaway  Retired RN, Medical Triage, Park Nicollet Health Services; avid photographer and videographer, potter and environmental advocate.

Elizabeth Erickson has over 40 years of piano teaching experience. She is a trained Yamaha and Suzuki teacher; has directed children’s choirs; taught instrumental and general music; developed the  Music Discovery program,  and currently runs a busy piano studio in Southwest Minneapolis. She holds humanities and music degrees from the University of Minnesota.

MaryAnn Goldstein 
Retired pediatrician with a long-standing interest in the arts and arts advocacy, including Co-founding and chairing the community group Save Our Symphony MN (SOSMN) through the end of the Minnesota Orchestra lockout and Osmo Vänskä’s return to the organization.  Minnesota Orchestra Board Member (elected December 2015).

Laurie Greeno  Retired Sales and Marketing Vice President with 26 years of Strategic and General Management leadership experience at General Mills; Stanford MBA 1986.  Minnesota Orchestra Board Member (elected December 2014).

Bobbi Hersch Former partner at KPMG with 18 years experience in helping nonprofit organizations with financial and market analysis; MBA CarlsonSchool of Management, University of Minnesota, 1983.

Sarah Jackson is a Twin Cities native, who has loved the Minnesota Orchestra since she was too young to pronounce its name. As a classical singer herself, the musicians of the orchestra are her daily inspiration She hopes to give back as much of that joy as she can as a member of Orchestrate Excellence.

Colleen Krebs  Retired teacher of literature, writing and journalism; lead organizer and chair of events focused on environmental practice and policy; life-long choral singer.

Mary Schaefle  Executive Director of the Minnesota Music Educators Association who has spent more than 25 years in a variety of nonprofit management roles.

Members of the Orchestrate Excellence steering committee turned out in force for the Minnesota Orchestra’s triumphant return to Carnegie Hall in March 2016. l-r Laurie Greeno, Paula DeCosse, Deborah Dillaway, Elizabeth Erickson, Linda Murrell, MaryAnn Goldstein, Ken Huber.
Members of the Orchestrate Excellence steering committee turned out in force for the Minnesota Orchestra’s triumphant return to Carnegie Hall in March 2016. l-r Laurie Greeno, Paula DeCosse, Deborah Dillaway, Elizabeth Erickson, Linda Murrell, MaryAnn Goldstein, Ken Huber.