Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association, which is the not-for-profit corporation that operates the MSO. The MSOA, through the Board, hires the Music Director and Executive Director; sets the budget and manages contributions and bank accounts; files tax returns; contracts with venues and artists; and pays the expenses of the Orchestra. Jon Lewis, Executive Director, executes many of these activities on behalf of the Board.

Board Officers
Jim Waldo, President
Owner, AVT Consulting LLC
Paul Zbaracki, Vice President
Information Security, Prudential Financial
Kris Kautzman, Secretary
Project Coordinator, SPS Commerce
Stuart Ronkainen*, Treasurer
 Quantitative Research and Consulting 

Board Members
Lena Cicha*
Ellen Cornwall*
Logistics and Operations Management

Emily Doyle*
Operations Assistant, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Jeffrey A. Ohlmann*
 Large-Format Printing Technical Solutions Consultant, HP, Inc. 
Heather Phillips*
Primary Care Physician, Health Partners, Inc.
Aaron Swearingen
Engineering Manager, Critical Start

* Denotes Orchestra Member

Non-Voting Members
Jon Lewis, Executive Director
William Schrickel, Music Director

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra board utilizes various committees, each chaired by a member of the board, whose responsibility it is to determine the overall direction of the organization in the following areas: Development, Finance, Marketing, Tech, and Board Governance. During the course of a project, each committee will meet monthly with the Music Director and/or Executive Director to monitor the orchestra’s financial and logistical ability to complete each phase of the project, and to evaluate the success of each concert upon its completion. The Board in its entirety will meet bi-monthly to ensure that the needs of the orchestra and its constituents are met pursuant to the MSO’s Mission Statement.