About the LYP Board

LYP is a growing group of more than 240 members governed by the LYP Board of 16 members. All active members at the LYP Contributor level and above are eligible to apply to join the LYP Board. Applications to apply for the board open in the spring.

LYP Board Requirements
  • Contribute as an active member of LYP at the LYP Contributor level or above
  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Serve on a committee
  • Act as an ambassador for Lyric
  • Attend annual LYP fundraising events
  • Promote and sell tickets to your network


LYP Board at Holiday Party


Meet the LYP Board

LYP President

Lisa DeAngelis

Lisa DeAngelis is a long time Lyric supporter, classically trained singer and music educator, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She is in her second season as President of the Young Professionals at Lyric. In addition to sharing her passions for opera and philanthropy, she is committed to LYP's mission and excited to help direct its continued growth. As a versatile, Chicago-based professional, she has worked in various industries over the past 7 years and lent her organizational and event planning skills to a number of professional organizations which include Lyric, the American Society for the Alexander Technique, Elm City Chamberfest, Alexander Technique Workshops International, and The Embodied Mind Project. Lisa currently works in the field of private, personal management.

Co-Vice President

Martha Grant

Martha Grant is our sitting Co-Vice President with Shannon Shin, and has been a member of the Lyric Young Professionals since 2010. What she enjoys the most about being an LYP are the opportunities to continually learn more about opera, and the ability to meet others who share her passion of this unparalleled art form. Her favorite Lyric performance to date is Das Rheingold and her favorite composer is Puccini.

As part of the LYP Executive Committee, Martha is an ex-officio member of Lyric's Ryan Opera Center Board. By day, Martha works in Global Treasury Services at EY and, in addition to opera, loves to travel. In fact, she often combines the two and is very much looking forward to attending Bayreuther Festspiele this coming summer!

Co-Vice President

Shannon Shin

An opera fan from the age of four (when she listened to the complete Ring cycle with her father), Shannon Shin is an attorney at Dentons, where her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and counseling clients in responding to state and federal investigations, regulatory actions and other inquiries. Her legal experience includes drafting an amicus curiae brief in support of Petitioners in the landmark Supreme Court decision Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt and presenting oral argument before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, she has presented seminars on state attorneys general investigations and insurance coverage matters. Shannon earned undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, followed by a graduate degree from the University of Oxford and a law degree from the University of Michigan. She previously served on the Lyric Young Professionals Board as a Member-at-Large and was a sponsor of the 2017 Halloween Masquerade: Gilded event.


Christopher Hanig

Christopher Hanig is the current Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the Lyric Young Professionals. Chris joined LYP in May of 2015 and was selected as Secretary and an Executive Committee member the following year. Chris enjoys meeting new and interesting people through LYP who share the love of opera. Chris is always looking to attend new and different opera productions. Chris practices law as an attorney in the Chicago area.

Events Chair

Tania Tawil

Tania Tawil serves on the Executive Committee of the Lyric Young Professionals board as Events Chair. Tania attended her first Lyric performance in 1996 and has been a subscriber ever since. A longtime arts lover, Tania believes in the importance of supporting and cultivating talent and interest in opera and is thrilled to be giving back to Lyric through her work on the LYP board, planning events like the highly acclaimed annual Halloween Masquerade. Tania earned a double B.A. in Telecommunications and French from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and currently serves on the alumni board for the Indiana University Media School. While at IU, she received the first annual Dana Thompson Rising Star Award, presented by the Women in Cable Telecommunications Chicago Chapter. The award launched her early cable television career in affiliate sales and marketing for startup networks for both Comcast and FOX. Her time in cable ignited her passion for creating dynamic, cross-channel experiences that realize and deepen the connection between consumers and brands through compelling content, a subject she pursues today in her role as VP of Strategic Alliances at Vibes, a leading mobile marketing and technology company based in Chicago. Having worked at Vibes for over 11 years, Tania brings experience and leadership to her team to deliver strategic guidance and build strong relationships with partners around the world to help them drive revenue re-selling, referring or integrating with the Vibes mobile engagement platform. Tania lives in the heart of downtown Chicago with her husband, and when not working or seeing amazing operas at Lyric, they enjoy traveling to new and favorite destinations to spend time snow skiing, scuba diving and experiencing local culture and people.

Fundraising Chair

Fundraising Chair

Jonathon is the current fundraising chair. He joined in 2017 after two years as the General Director of Venture Opera, a company dedicated to rethinking the way we create and distribute opera. Jonathon has a long history with the lyric, including seeing his first operas there as well as completing two internships in the developments department, and is excited to bring his experience in fundraising and arts management to the Young Professionals. He also serves on the ChiFive Associates’ Board for the Chicago High School for the arts, and as Treasurer of the Board for the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. Jonathon currently works in Pharmaceutical Benefits Management.

Member at Large

Vindya Dayananda

Vindya joined the LYP board in 2017 and has embraced the opportunity to learn more about the magical world of opera while engaging with the tight knit community of art lovers and philanthropists in Chicago. In her professional life, Vindya works for William Blair as an Investment Banking Associate focused on the healthcare industry. Prior to Blair, Vindya worked for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in a Corporate Finance role before pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago. Aside from opera and finance, Vindya is an avid traveler and an aspiring golfer.

Member at Large

Phil DeBoer

Phil joined the LYP board in 2018 after having been an LYP member the year before. Though he would still describe himself as a novice when it comes to opera, he is very enthusiastic about the art form and enjoys learning more with every performance he attends. He is passionate about the performing arts at large - also serving on the auxiliary boards of Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Steppenwolf Theatre - and is actively involved in the local arts scene in Chicago. As a Principal in the Nonprofit Practice at DHR International, Phil further advances the arts and culture sector by recruiting C-suite executives for his clients (including Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Miami City Ballet, and Tennessee Performing Arts Center, among many others).

Member at Large

Lena Dickinson

Lena Dickinson joined the Lyric Young Professionals after moving to Chicago to pursue an MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. While she is relatively new to Lyric, she is not new to opera, having studied voice performance in Carnegie Mellon’s conservatory program before starting her career in arts management at the Pittsburgh Opera. Lena transitioned to working in the for-profit business world after attaining her MBA in 2014. While she maintains her passion for opera, she has since focused her career on management strategy consulting across a diverse array of industries. She is currently a Senior Business Strategist at IA Collaborative, where she advises early stage and Fortune 100 companies on innovation strategy and human-centered design.

Member at Large

Fritzi Getz

Fritzi currently serves on the Lyric Young Professionals Board as a Member-at-Large. Her parents discovered their love of opera as young adults, and Fritzi, having inherited their enthusiasm, enjoys being an ambassador for the art form in Chicago. Fritzi is an attorney in the Financial Institutions Group of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP where she represents financial institutions in the sale and acquisition of businesses, capital raise transactions and in connection with the review and negotiation of business contracts. She also serves on the board of directors of Project Onward, a Chicago nonprofit that provides vocational and other support to adult artists with disabilities pursuing studio art careers. Having found that art truly does “wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life” (quoth Picasso, if the Instagram posts can be trusted), she’s grateful to have found a diverse community of opera supporters to share in the exploration of the dynamic and inexhaustible world of opera.

Member at Large

Marian Klaus

Marian has been a member of the Lyric Young Professionals for the past two years and is excited to serve as a Member at Large on the LYP Board. Her love for the performing arts originated back when she would listen to the beautiful music her mother would play on the piano, but her love for opera has developed more recently. Her first experience with opera was seeing Madame Butterfly in high school and in the past few years has loved discovering many operas for the first time. Marian is passionate about people and her community. Being part of LYP allows her to feed both of those passions. Marian is also driven by the philanthropic aspect of LYP. Support of the Ryan Opera Center means that we all have a hand in ensuring that those with the talent can hone their craft (right in our very own backyard). In her non-opera life Marian is a Global Employer Services tax specialist at Deloitte. She is also passionate about travel and spending time with family and friends.

Member at Large

Joe Michalak

Joe Michalak joined the LYP Board in 2017 after having joined the LYP in 2013. He joined the LYP Board in order to help introduce Lyric to the next generation of opera fans, and give back to the arts community in Chicago. Joe is a Senior Financial Analyst at Discover Financial Services, and also serves as the Treasurer of the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP), a nonprofit organization which seeks to affect positive social change in young students with limited access to the arts. 

Member at Large

Natalie Pace

Natalie recently joined the Lyric Young Professionals Board as a Member at Large in 2018. Although relatively new to the LYP Board, she is not new to Lyric, having attended her first opera here in 1998. In her professional life, Natalie works for Morningstar as a Regional Sales Director focused on the Fintech industry. Prior to Morningstar, Natalie worked for Northwestern Mutual as Director of Recruitment and Development and is now pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. She has volunteered for many nonprofits in the past such as Young Life and HFS and is excited to bring her experience in fundraising to the Young Professionals. Aside from opera and finance, Natalie is an aspiring golfer, skier and an avid traveler.

Member at Large

Marne Smiley

Marne feels at home with her LYP family. The more people she met who are involved with the opera, the more she wanted to contribute. She felt like the people who love opera have a curiosity about the world, whether it be traveling, community involvement, or language. She could feel the many countless and unnoticed hours that go into the opera and she really connected with that. She really loves the opera, but most importantly she loves what it brings out in the people involved in it.

In her non-opera life she is an entrepreneur, passionate about life and the people in it. She has a marketing and consulting agency, where she helps people and companies become better version of themselves. She currently serves on the Board of Governors at the Mid-America Club and is Co-Chair of the Philanthropy group at Union League. She is also an active member the Otoe-Missouria tribe and is starting a non-profit focused on homelessness. She climbs mountains, races mountain bikes, runs, has a few Chicago-to-Mackinaw sailing races under belt, and does not drink caffeine.

Member at Large

JJ Williams

JJ has three passions in life - cars, food, and music - and has been fortunate to be able to capitalize on all three. In a former life he owned a rare & semi-exotic automobile sales company, and he is currently building a vegan food business. His involvement with LYP has provided him with the opportunity to capitalize on his third passion for music. Not only has JJ been able to amplify his knowledge of opera, but more importantly, he has had the pleasure to share many great experiences with people who are passionate about music in their own unique ways. Regarding JJ's experience with opera, the first opera he saw was Verdi's Aida at the age of 9 - the production included live animals and was so magical. In total, JJ has seen between 15 and 20 operas.

Member at Large

Lauren Wood

Lauren Wood joined the Lyric Young Professionals in 2014, just a few months after moving to Chicago from her native Atlanta. While looking online for volunteer opportunities that might let her step onto the famed Lyric Opera stage without having to sing or perform, she discovered the LYPs and has been a passionate advocate ever since. Lauren works in advertising by day (and often night), writing songs about cleaning supplies and poetic paeans to various prescription medications. She has no professional opera experience, but will weep and tweet upon hearing Leontyne Price sing Verdi.