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

Last updated August 12, 2020

Honorary Co-Chairs
Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan

President
Donna Van Eekeren

Vice President – At Large
Julie Baskes*

Vice President – At Large
Janet Burch

Vice President - Fundraising
Phil Lumpkin

Vice President – Fundraising Co-Chair
Sally Feder

Vice President - Nominating
Debbie Wright

Vice President – Nominating Co-Chair
David Fox

Vice President – Strategic Planning
Juliana Chyu

Vice President – Strategic Planning Co-Chair
Nasrin Thierer

Treasurer
Salme Harju Steinberg

Secretary
Chester T. Kamin

 

Members

Heidi Bohn
Tanja Chevalier
Lawrence O. Corry
Nancy Dehmlow
Allan Drebin*
Erika Erich
Lafayette Ford
Anthony Freud
Mira Frohnmayer
Melvin Gray
Lynn Hauser
Mary Ellen Hennessy
Marty Hesse
Loretta Julian
Louise Lane
Robert Marks
Erma Medgysey
Helen Melchior
Frank B. Modruson^
Phyllis Neiman
John Nitschke
Susan Noel
Mike Oberman
Julian Oettinger
Gregory O’Leary
Jane Pigott DiRenzo
Ted Reichardt^
Richard Ryan
Richard Shepro
Cynthia Vahlkamp
Harriet Weinstein
Jack Weiss
Joan Zajtchuk

 

Life Members

Katherine Abelson*
Virginia Cozad
Bernard Dobroski
Marilyn Heath
Susan Kiphart
Jeanne Malkin
Keith A. Reed*
Orli Staley
William C. Vance*
Mrs. J.W. Van Gorkom*
Howard A. Vaughan, Jr.
Marilee Wehman

 

* Former President
^ Team Chair

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