About the Ryan Opera Center Board

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Board is led by longtime Lyric supporter, John Nitschke. Since its inception in 1974, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier professional artist development programs in the world. Each season, several current and former Ensemble members perform important roles in Lyric's mainstage productions. The Board takes great pride in helping to nurture the talents of the best emerging artists of the next generation.

Ryan Opera Center Board Members

Honorary Co-Chairs

Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan


President

John Nitschke

Vice President – At Large

Julie Baskes *

Vice President – At Large

Janet Burch

Vice President – Fundraising

Philip G. Lumpkin ^


Vice President – Fundraising Co-Chair

Sally Feder

Vice President – Nominating

Susan Kiphart *^

Vice President – Nominating Co-Chair

Jane DiRenzo Pigott

Vice President – Strategic Planning

Joan Zajtchuk ^

Vice President – Strategic Planning Co-Chair

Juliana Chyu

Treasurer

Debbie K. Wright

Assistant Treasurer

Roberta Lane

Secretary

Chester T. Kamin

Assistant Secretary

Dan Novak

 

Members

Nicole M. Arnold
Marcus Boggs
Heidi Heutel Bohn
Tanja Chevalier ^
Tamara Conway
Lawrence O. Corry
Nancy Dehmlow
Allan Drebin *
Erika E. Erich
David S. Fox
John G. Forsythe
Mira J. Frohnmayer
Anthony Freud
Mary Patricia Gannon
Melvin Gray
Mrs. Thomas D. Heath
Mary Ellen Hennessy
Martha A. Hesse
Loretta Julian
Jeanne Randall Malkin
Robert C. Marks
Erma S. Medgyesy
Helen Melchior
Frank B. Modruson
Phyllis Neiman ^
Susan Noel
Gregory J. O’Leary
Michael A. Oberman
Ted Reichardt
Richard O. Ryan
Richard W. Shepro
Salme Harju Steinberg
Narsin Thierer ^
Cynthia Vahlkamp
Donna Van Eekeren
Mrs. Richard H. Wehman
Jack Weiss

 

Life Members

Katherine A. Abelson *
Mrs. James W. Cozad
Bernard J. Dobroski
Anne Gross
Keith A. Reed *
Orli Staley
William C. Vance *
Mrs. J. W. Van Gorkom *
Howard A. Vaughan, Jr.

 

* Former President
^ Team Chair

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