BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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LEE BYNUM

VICE PRESIDENT, IMPACT AT MINNESOTA OPERA / BOARD CHAIR OF THE DREAM UNFINISHED / PODCAST HOST 'THE SCORE'

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SIDNEY (CHIP) EMERY, JR.  TREASURER  -  chip@oopsmn.org  

PROFESSIONAL INVESTOR / PASSIONATE ABOUT DEVELOPING YOUNG ARTISTS / NO SINGING SKILLS

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TRACEY ENGLEMAN 

SOPRANO / McKNIGHT ARTIST FELLOW / FACULTY AT ST. OLAF COLLEGE 

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SIENA FOREST  PRESIDENT  -  siena@oopsmn.org

SOPRANO / PRODUCER  / SELF-IMPROVER / HIKER

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HARVEY McLAIN

CORPORATE LAWYER / REAL ESTATE ENTREPRENEUR / OWNER AT TURTLE BREAD CO. 

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BONDO NYEMBWE

PUBLIC SPEAKER / INFLUENCER / GIVER / READER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AT COLUMBIA HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

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Originally from Massachusetts, Siena Forest moved to Minneapolis in 2014 to join Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program. She was immediately impressed by the multitude of arts organizations in the Twin Cities and the overwhelming community support, pride and generosity. Prior to COVID-19, Siena enjoyed a career performing with dozens of companies in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota area. Siena identified a need, seeing herself and other singer friends financially struggling with contract cancellations, to be able to create art and be fairly compensated for it. Her dear friend and former Opera Parent, Chip Emery has always valued people. Inspired by his empathy and generosity, Siena realized there is both a need and a desire to create music, but the hardest thing to do is ask for help. Siena co-founded OOPS with Christina Christensen to facilitate relationships between Patrons and Artists to fund the creation of music during social distancing and beyond. Favorite spots in Minnesota: Afton State Park, Bauhaus Brewery, Chip and Vicki Emery’s front patio, and Victor’s 1959 Cafe.





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Lee Bynum has enjoyed a varied, twenty-year career in nonprofit executive leadership, having served as the Vice President, Impact at Minnesota Opera; associate director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; assistant director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University; founding artistic director of the Harmony Theatre Company; and board member of the Black Feminist Project, TakeRoot Justice, and Diaspora Community Services. A scholar of performance and race, his research on classical music, concert dance, and theatre has been published by the university presses of Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, and NYU, and presented at the Universities of Cape Town, Hong Kong, Birmingham (UK), and California. As a playwright and composer, his works have been performed in the United States and Asia. Lee has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, where he was active as an instrumentalist and singer in several performing groups.





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With three long running passions in life – a 50+ year romance with his wife Vicki, a yen for building and running technology businesses and a love for classical music - Chip dedicates much of his time and resources to the development of young musicians. After a 10 year stint in the Navy (including gunboats in Vietnam), Chip progressed through management positions in Bendix and Honeywell eventually becoming CEO of MTS Systems in Minneapolis. In 2010 he acquired and grew Supply Chain Services into a top tier North American technology solutions integrator before selling the business in 2020. He recently retired from the board of Allete (NYNEX – ALE) the parent company of Minnesota Power. He chairs the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering Board of Governors, serves as a mentor for charter school principals and is an enthusiastic director of both The MacPhail Center For Music and The Minnesota Opera.





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A recipient of the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Musicians, Ms.
Engleman has performed operatic roles with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Concert Opera,Skylark Opera, Arbeit Opera, Music by the Lake, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A
particularly gifted performer of 20th century and contemporary music, Ms. Engleman has
performed chamber music with Zeitgeist, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Tanglewood
Music Center and the Boston Symphony and frequently premieres works by living composers.
Her CD Lift me into Heaven Slowly featuring song cycles by Libby Larsen was released by
Innova Records in 2017. Concert engagements include solo performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus, the Valley Chamber Chorale, Minnesota Choral Union, the Cannon Valley Orchestra, and the Rochester Choral Arts.
As a proponent of art song and as a frequent recitalist, she has performed in recital at Orchestra Hall, Hope College, at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National
Convention, Source Song Festival, and as part of the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series.
An alumni of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Art Song Festival of Cleveland, Ms.
Engleman’s awards include Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, 1 st Place winner in the Austin Lyric Opera Young Artist Competition, Finalist in the Sun Valley Opera Competition, recipient of the Minnesota NATS Artist Award, and winner of the Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artist Competition.





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With three long running passions in life – a 50+ year romance with his wife Vicki, a yen for building and running technology businesses and a love for classical music - Chip dedicates much of his time and resources to the development of young musicians. After a 10 year stint in the Navy (including gunboats in Vietnam), Chip progressed through management positions in Bendix and Honeywell eventually becoming CEO of MTS Systems in Minneapolis. In 2010 he acquired and grew Supply Chain Services into a top tier North American technology solutions integrator before selling the business in 2020. He recently retired from the board of Allete (NYNEX – ALE) the parent company of Minnesota Power. He chairs the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering Board of Governors, serves as a mentor for charter school principals and is an enthusiastic director of both The MacPhail Center For Music and The Minnesota Opera.





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Bondo Nyembwe is the Executive Director of Educational Services in the Columbia Heights Public Schools. He is a passionate educator who has worked as a Principal and Executive Director for 15 years in urban charter schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He is dedicated to school transformation and focus on creating common practices that build a positive school climate for teaching and learning. He believes that improving scholars’ achievement for all is a moral imperative. Bondo enjoys reading and translating research into practice in schools. He has authored an article “Teachers of Color Face Shortage: What does it mean to our growing numbers of minority students?” He consults and presents on various education topics. He serves on the board of St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and enjoys listening to his children play the violin.