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Opera Grand Rapids Board Member Spotlight

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Miami, but combination of my father’s military career and my own military career means I moved 24 times.

What do you do for a living?
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Grand Valley State University

Reading, Running, NY Times Crossword Puzzle, homebrewing, time with my 6 year old daughter.

Where is your favorite place to travel? Why?
Europe… my wife was born in Prague and grew up in Norway, there is so much history and things to see.

What/Who got you involved with OGR? (Past and Current)
Bob Evett recruited me when I indicated my interest in supporting the organization.

What do you like about Opera?
The visual aspects that contribute to the rich audio.

Who/what brought you into the world of Opera?
My wife Eva has introduced me to a variety of art forms.

What is your favorite form/piece of art? (symphony, opera, painting, book, etc.) Why?
I like them all because they contribute to enriching life in vastly different ways.

Why do you think it is important to have an Opera company in our community?
To provide opportunities and outreach to the next generation of opera performers and aficionados.

Other comments?
I look forward to supporting the Opera and wider Grand Rapids community for years to come.