Scott Lykins, Artistic & Executive Director
John Taylor Ward, Associate Artistic Director
Alexander Pena, Explore! Music Director
Board of Directors
Mary Anne Bennett, Chair – Mary Anne is a board member of the Nisswa-Stamman, a music festival dedicated to Scandinavian Folk Music in its 12th year, a cellist with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra, retired visual arts instructor, and grant writer and coordinator for schools and historical organizations. She has also served on boards for Minnesota International Health Volunteers, Minnesota Alliance for Arts Education, Montevideo Norwest Bank, Minnesota Division of American Association of University Women, Chippewa Historical Society, and the Governor’s Commission on the Arts
Leslie Zander, Vice-Chair – Leslie is a music teacher at Forestview Middle School in Baxter, MN, and concertmaster of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra where she is also on the Board of Directors. Leslie coordinates our Community Concert and is a musician with the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Karen Ford, Secretary
Mary Backlund, Treasurer
David Boran – Dave is a retired family physician who also served as Chief Medical Officer for Essentia Health in Brainerd from 2007 to 2013.
Norbert Nielubowski – Norbert has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1987. He is the artistic director of the Musical Offering, a chamber ensemble consisting primarily of Minnesota Orchestra members. He also teaches and coaches chamber music at the University of Minnesota. Norbert serves as a liaison to professional musicians and brings expertise about chamber music repertoire.
Carol Russell, Marketing Director – Carol is a founding partner and CEO of Russell Herder, a Brainerd and Minneapolis-based strategic marketing, advertising, public relations and digital communications firm with a regional and national client base. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she has served on numerous nonprofit and private corporate boards.
Don Wennberg, Board Member – Don is a retired Brainerd surgeon and Medical Director Brainerd Medical Center. He is an active volunteer and board member of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. Don is past president of his church and is also on the board for Lakes Area Concert Association and has served on several other boards.