BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CHRISTINA CHRISTENSEN  VICE PRESIDENT - christina@oopsmn.org  

MEZZO-SOPRANO / PIANO TEACHER / PODCAST HOST / DOG RESCUER / READER

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 / WRITER / 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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Wisconsin native Christina Christensen has been a proud Minnesotan since 2010 and Twin Cities resident since 2014. An active performer (pre-COVID (and hopefully post)) in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and beyond, Christina is an ardent believer in Opera’s ability to create connection and foster relationships, whether they be between audience and performer, Patron and Artist, colleague and colleague, or as fellow lovers of the same vast and beautiful art form. When Siena asked her to join OOPS, she recognized it as an opportunity to be a catalyst in creating those connections. She is excited to work with OOPS to help reduce the barriers to opportunity and inclusion in Opera for both the Artists and audiences and to create a community dedicated to the stewardship of Opera Arts. When she is not singing (or starting a nonprofit), Christina teaches piano, hosts an opera podcast, fosters Border Collies, and runs the Twin Cities Opera Network. Favorite spots in Minnesota: Taylor’s falls, The Irreverent Bookworm, Patrick’s Bakery and Cafe, and Minnehaha Falls Dog Park.





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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.





Full Bio


Wisconsin native Christina Christensen has been a proud Minnesotan since 2010 and Twin Cities resident since 2014. An active performer (pre-COVID (and hopefully post)) in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and beyond, Christina is an ardent believer in Opera’s ability to create connection and foster relationships, whether they be between audience and performer, Patron and Artist, colleague and colleague, or as fellow lovers of the same vast and beautiful art form. When Siena asked her to join OOPS, she recognized it as an opportunity to be a catalyst in creating those connections. She is excited to work with OOPS to help reduce the barriers to opportunity and inclusion in Opera for both the Artists and audiences and to create a community dedicated to the stewardship of Opera Arts. When she is not singing (or starting a nonprofit), Christina teaches piano, hosts an opera podcast, fosters Border Collies, and runs the Twin Cities Opera Network. Favorite spots in Minnesota: Taylor’s falls, The Irreverent Bookworm, Patrick’s Bakery and Cafe, and Minnehaha Falls Dog Park.





Full Bio


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.





Full Bio


Wisconsin native Christina Christensen has been a proud Minnesotan since 2010 and Twin Cities resident since 2014. An active performer (pre-COVID (and hopefully post)) in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and beyond, Christina is an ardent believer in Opera’s ability to create connection and foster relationships, whether they be between audience and performer, Patron and Artist, colleague and colleague, or as fellow lovers of the same vast and beautiful art form. When Siena asked her to join OOPS, she recognized it as an opportunity to be a catalyst in creating those connections. She is excited to work with OOPS to help reduce the barriers to opportunity and inclusion in Opera for both the Artists and audiences and to create a community dedicated to the stewardship of Opera Arts. When she is not singing (or starting a nonprofit), Christina teaches piano, hosts an opera podcast, fosters Border Collies, and runs the Twin Cities Opera Network. Favorite spots in Minnesota: Taylor’s falls, The Irreverent Bookworm, Patrick’s Bakery and Cafe, and Minnehaha Falls Dog Park.