Michael Bridgeman is the retired Communications Director for Wisconsin Public Television where he oversaw promotion, public relations, design, special events and online services. He has been active in historic preservation and neighborhood organizations and served for ten years on the Madison Arts Commission, including two as chair. Michael has attended BDDS concerts since the first season and also enjoys orchestral music, opera and theater.
Jody Clowes is the director of the Academy’s James Watrous Gallery and arts editor for Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. Jody’s favorite exhibition projects emphasize connections between contemporary art and other disciplines and issues, from environmental concerns to social and economic history, technological change, and the history of craft. She has years of experience developing and curating exhibits, designing public programs, and writing about art, including senior positions at Milwaukee Art Museum, Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery, and the UW-Madison’s Design Gallery. An eclectic reader, mad gardener, and stubbornly improvisational cook, she is happiest with her hands in the dirt.
For Maria Saffiotti Dale, the chamber music world is in her DNA: her mother organized a concert series that ran for forty years in Bethesda, MD, and was deeply involved in the Marlboro Music Festival; her aunt in Milan, Italy, represented a roster of international musicians; and her grandfather served on the boards of musical organizations in Milan, including the Società del Quartetto and the committee that oversaw the rebuilding of the Teatro alla Scala after WWII. She recently retired from the Chazen Museum of Art where she was Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts.
Claire Ann Resop is a partner in the Downtown Madison, Wis., office of Richman & Richman, where she concentrates her practice in bankruptcy and claim litigation. In 2005, she was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Female SuperLawyers,” and has been named a “SuperLawyer” in Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine. She enjoys theater, symphony orchestras, museums, entertaining, and travel.
Sophia Siskind Rogers is an attorney at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, which regulates Wisconsin’s utilities and administers federal grants for energy innovation and broadband. She loves working with smart people to do good. She also serves on the board of her condo and, recently, the Unemployment Appeals Clinic. A life-long music lover, she’s currently practicing Kreisler’s Liebesleid, which she heard at BDDS the summer of 2023.
Sarah Siskind is an attorney who specializes in class action and other complex litigation. She has represented clients in trial, mediation, and arbitrations in front of a variety of federal, state and local forums, and served as lead counsel in numerous large-scale class action lawsuits. She’s a champion for children in the arts and joined the BDDS board in 2014.
Beth Walsh earned a MA in Business from the newly-minted UW-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration. She has been at the Wisconsin Arts Board and UW-Madison’s School of Education. She believes that the arts make us better humans and will help BDDS continue its tradition of creating truly unique chamber music experiences.