Board of Directors
Nancy Petrisko, President
Nancy E. Petrisko’s career in arts management has spanned over thirty-five years. Currently the director of development at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, she has held executive or major positions in a wide variety of performing arts organizations on both US coasts. Many years were dedicated to presenting organizations–San Francisco Performances, San Francisco Symphony, Washington Performing Arts Society, the Kennedy Center, and BlackRock Center for the Arts. However, she has worked extensively with new and established opera companies and organizations dedicated to the vocal arts–San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Vocal Arts Society, Opera Lafayette, and Washington Concert Opera.
As an independent consultant, she is most proud of her work with young organizations to build resources, engage in successful planning to effect financial turnaround and establish fundraising efforts for success. Her accomplishments include a successful capital campaign to build an arts education center for an underserved community, bi-coastal fundraising to establish ambitious music recording efforts, interim leadership during periods of organizational stress and change, strategic planning for staffing and governance success, and international effort to establish health care education and resources.
For a decade, she served as an adjunct professor in performing arts and public administration departments at American University. Teaching graduate courses in non-profit management, finance, and fundraising, she is proud to have helped students begin careers in arts management and public service. Additional work in the field includes panel review for the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Maryland Arts Council, California Arts Council, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts Program.
She is married, has two sons, and lives in Davis, CA. She is a lightweight competitive rower and prefers to spend time outdoors when she is not in the theater.
Parker Monroe, Vice President
Arts manager with a career spanning thirty-five years and management of five symphony orchestras in Boston and San Francisco. For eighteen years, he served as Executive Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, based in San Francisco. While there, he managed multiple national concert tours, negotiated six AFofM collective bargaining agreements, and directed five compact disc recording projects and one DVD project. He balanced the orchestra’s budget in 14 of 16 fiscal years and for the last eight years in a row. Since stepping down from New Century, he has served as an interim executive director at Stanford Jazz Workshop and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. He is a substitute radio host on KALW-FM’s “Revolutions Per Minute”, a Sunday night classical music program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Kenyon College. In 2019, he will receive a Master’s degree from Stanford University, where he wrote a thesis on music in film. He is married to Teresa Darragh, a pathologist, and they live in Oakland.
Jane Hartley, Treasurer
Jane Hartley was raised in the East Bay. She moved to San Francisco after college and had a brief career teaching before she became interested in apartment renovation and has bought, renovated, and managed properties in San Francisco ever since.
As a 4th grader, she attended an Opera Guild matinee at the San Francisco Opera House. As a consequence, she joined the Opera Guild Board in 1983 to be involved in their opera education programs, including introducing opera to school children. She later became President and started an endowment for opera education. Subsequently, she has served on the Boards of Opera Volunteers International, Opera America, and is currently on the Board of the San Francisco Opera.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband, David. Her two children also live in the City with her three granddaughters. Jane has traveled extensively with her husband who was formerly the Travel Editor for Sunset Magazine. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and experiencing opera around the country.
Marcia Lazer, Secretary
Marcia Lazer has over 40 years’ experience as a marketing and communications professional in the performing arts industry, including senior positions with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum), and South Coast Repertory (Orange County’s Tony-Award winning theater, one of the country’s foremost producers of new plays). She also held management positions with direct marketing firms specializing in arts and entertainment, with non-profit and for-profit performing arts clients nationwide, including Disney Theatrical. As San Francisco Opera’s Director of Marketing from April 2006 through her retirement in August 2017, she was responsible for all aspects of the Company’s marketing functions including marketing and advertising strategy, subscription and single tickets sales campaigns,pricing, institutional branding, patron relations, box office, and audience development through outreach events such as the annual AT&T Park Opera at the Ballpark simulcasts. At the Met, where she worked for fourteen years (including as Marketing Director from 1981 to 1986), she was responsible for marketing the Met’s annual 30-week opera season and American Ballet Theatre’s 8-week summer season in the opera house, among many other summer presentations. She holds a master’s degree in musicology from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in music history from Wellesley College and completed Columbia University’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management program.
Didi Boring is an active community volunteer in San Francisco, opera lover, birder, mother, and grandmother. She has been a member of the board at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1990 (Board Chair from 1994-1999) and has also volunteered with the San Francisco Symphony Foundation and the California Historical Society. She is a proud member of the San Francisco Bach Choir and sings with Berkshire Choral International every summer. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband Dix and has 2 grown sons and 5 grandchildren. Didi and Dix enjoy traveling – especially for theater, opera, and great food! Opera Parallèle presents Didi with a new way to be engaged in her favorite art form and she feels privileged to be part of such an innovative, exciting institution.
Debbie joined Opera Parallèle as Executive Director in February, 2017. Over the past 30 years, Debbie has held executive leadership positions as Managing Director at CENTERSTAGE (the State Theater of Maryland), California Shakespeare Theater, and Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Most recently, she was Executive Director of the Carmel Bach Festival (CBF) where, from 2012-2016, she led the administrative and operations of the Festival. She established a strategic vision to grow CBF from a two-week summer festival in Carmel into a presenter of classical music concerts throughout the Monterey Peninsula on a year-round basis.
She is the Board President of Theater Bay Area, the largest regional theater service organization in North America. She is also a Board Member of San Francisco Community Music Center, a 98-year old organization that provides free and affordable music classes and programs to students of all ages.
Debbie was recently appointed to the National Small Business Association’s Leadership Council comprised of a select group of small business activists who work to strengthen America’s small-business community by advocating on behalf of NSBA’s small-business members with Congress, the White House administration, and the media. Based in Washington, D.C, the Association is the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization.
She is past Board President of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), the statewide service organization providing programs and services for classical music producers and presenters in California and the west coast region. Her other past board affiliations include Theatre Communications Group (the national consortium for professional nonprofit theaters in the United States), Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, California Arts Advocates, and Network for Ensemble Theaters.
Debbie’s transformative work at the Carmel Bach Festival is featured as one of thirteen case studies in “Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World”, a recent volume (spring, 2016) in the International Leadership Association Series which assembles thought leaders to reimagine leadership in building a healthy, sustainable, and equitable world.
A serial technology CEO, strategy consultant and board member, Marylene Delbourg-Delphis was one of the first European women to found (with Guy Kawasaki) a technology company in Silicon Valley. For 30 years, she has empowered organizations to continuously innovate as a full-time CEO (4 companies), shadow CEO, board member or advisor (over 30 companies), and has negotiated several acquisitions. She currently serves on the board of several companies and is a member of the National Council of the University Musical Society (UMS) of the University of Michigan. In 2018, she was awarded the French Legion of Honour, the highest order of merit for military and civil accomplishments.
A graduate of l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, she holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and minors in Formal Logic and History of Sciences. She studied under the tutelage of French Academician & Stanford Professor, Michel Serres. She has written several books on fashion and fragrances and curates content about Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Human Resources. She recently published a new book: Everybody Wants to Love Their Job—Rebuilding Trust and Culture.
Lisa Lindelef is a longtime advocate for women’s, children’s and civil rights. A second-generation Californian, born in Los Angeles who fell in love with San Francisco at the age of 11, she finally moved here permanently 25 years later. She grew up in an arts-connected family, but not opera because, in her childhood, there was no permanent opera in Los Angeles. She was introduced to opera by a former spouse. Lisa has been a long-term supporter of both SF Opera and Opera Parallèle. She is especially excited by Opera Parallèle’s promotion of new operas/productions, and making opera more available to all.
Lisa is a retired psychotherapist and lawyer who spent most of her professional career working in nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA in Psychology from Stanford University, a MS in Counseling Psychology from USC, and a JD from Stanford Law School. She has been a senior staff member with a number of nonprofit organizations and a board member with many nonprofits, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She is currently a Leadership Council Member of Rise Up Together, a non-profit encouraging women and girls to expand their horizons and develop their skills, and has long been associated with the ACLU Northern California. She is a former Assistant Director of Public Service Programs at Stanford Law School and a former director of Berkeley Law’s Judicial Internship Program.
In another stage of her life, she was an intern and then associate producer for KQED FM – possibly the best job she ever had. Lowest pay, greatest challenge and fun.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Bernice Lindstrom has been a subscriber to the San Francisco Opera for 45 years. Besides her family and friends, her greatest loves are opera and traveling. Having studied abroad at the University of Vienna where she fell in love with opera, and in Paris at the Sorbonne and the Institute for Foreign Teachers of French, she has taught high school and adult education German and later both French and German in middle school. Bernice now manages her real estate investments and travels frequently to see operas around the US and in Europe. Her daughter, Lise Lindstrom, is a professional opera singer with an active career. In recent years Bernice has become especially interested in contemporary opera. Bernice graduated from Pomona College majoring in Comparative Literature and then received her Masters in Education from Stanford.
Simin Naaseh serves as the CEO and President of Forell/Elsesser Engineers, a preeminent structural engineering firm in San Francisco. The firm has a strong structural design portfolio of cultural buildings such as SF Conservatory of Music, SFJazz, Berkeley Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, original SFMOMA, amongst other, as well as important public, institutional, corporate and privately-owned buildings. While building on the firm’s 58-year tradition of technical excellence and exceptional service, Simin takes a special interest in advancing the firm as one of the most innovative structural engineering firms in the nation. Simin is well recognized for her experience in seismic design and the implementation of innovative seismic protection technologies such as seismic isolation and has lectured internationally sharing her knowledge on the subject. She is very active professionally and has served as the president of the board of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). She has also served on the board of American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco, and as a trustee of the California Preservation Foundation. She currently serves on the board of the Design Build Institute’s Western Pacific Region. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Azar Abadegan in Tabriz, Iran, and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Simin is a resident of Oakland and enjoys the nature and the art scene in the Bay Area.
Alan Olejniczak is a playwright, scriptwriter, and opera librettist. He’s a member of the Micro Galleries International Collective, Associate Artist with Faultline Theater in San Francisco, and a scriptwriter for Punch Presentations in Hong Kong. Alan’s plays have been produced across the country and available on New Play Exchange. His opera Death of Ivan Ilych will have its workshop premiere next May with Opera Orlando. Alan is a former board member of Theatre Bay Area and a current member of the Dramatist Guild and Opera America. In September 2019, Alan was chosen as an Artist in Residence for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the first playwright ever selected by the National Parks Arts Foundation. Alan’s other artist residencies include those in Pātan, Nepal; Skagaströnd, Iceland; along with the prestigious The Arctic Circle Residency, sailing the icy waters around The International Territory of Svalbard.
Nicole Paiement, DMA
Nicole Paiement has gained an international reputation as a conductor of contemporary music and opera. Her numerous recordings include many world premiere works.
Maestro Paiement’s 2012 Dallas Opera debut conducting Peter Maxwell Davies’ 1979 thriller, The Lighthouse earned rave reviews. Subsequently, Paiement was appointed Principal Guest Conductor at The Dallas Opera. Paiement has since returned to Dallas to conduct performances of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, as well as the critically acclaimed and highly anticipated world premiere of Joby Talbot’s opera Everest, Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma. In 2018, Paiement conducted the US premiere of Michel Van Der Aa’s Sunken Garden.
Founder and Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle, Paiement has conducted many new productions, including: world premieres of Lou Harrison’s final version of Young Caesar, Dante De Silva’s commissioned opera Gesualdo, Prince of Madness (presented as a graphic opera), Luciano Chessa’s commissioned opera A Heavenly Act, the commissioned chamber version of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, the premiere of the re-orchestration of Terence Blanchard’s Champion in collaboration with SFJAZZ Center; West Coast premieres of John Rea’s re-orchestration of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Philip Glass’ Orphée; Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts; Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar; Francis Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias; Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel; American Premieres of Adam Gorb’s Anya 17 and Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness; the San Francisco Bay Area return of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking; a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse; Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles; and Jonathan Dove’s Flight. In 2017/18 Paiement conducted a new double bill of Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus and Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti in collaboration with SFJAZZ, as well as Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince. Opera Parallèle made its debut at Phillip Glass’ Days & Nights Festival in the 2018/19 season with Glass’ In the Penal Colony; that season also featured Paiement conducting the world premiere performances of Today it Rains, a commissioned opera by Laura Kaminsky based on the life of Georgia O’Keeffe, and the return of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince.
Paiement has served as the Artistic Director of the BluePrint Project at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) where she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works from many living American composers. At SFCM, she holds the Jean and Josette Deleage Distinguished Chair in New Music. Paiement previously served as the Director of Ensembles at the University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC), where she was awarded the UCSC Eminent Professor Award in 2014. She received the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professorship in 2015 in recognition of her outstanding contributions and achievement in artistic scholarship and teaching.
Paiement was awarded American Composer’s Forum’s “Champion of New Music Award” for her outstanding contributions to contemporary music in 2016. In addition to being a leader in the world of contemporary opera, Ms. Paiement is also a specialist in early 20th Century French music and regularly conducts music from the Baroque and Classical repertoire.
Ms. Paiement is a very active guest conductor. Most recently, she made her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago with Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, as well as performances with the Washington National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival (2016 – 2018) and a debut at Seattle Opera with Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Other prior engagements include Talbot’s Everest with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Puts’ Silent Night at The Atlanta Opera and Washington National Opera for the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife. In 2019 Paiement also conducted the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s If I Were You with Merola Opera Program, San Francisco.
Mo. Paiement made her debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2019 with Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and at L’Opéra de Montréal with the Canadian premiere of Benjamin’s Written on Skin in January 2020. Mo. Paiement’s 20/21 season includes her debut at Houston Grand Opera for Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves.
Jerome C. Roth
Jerry Roth, a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, specializes in business and international litigation as well as white-collar criminal defense.
Jerry is recognized by Chambers USA as a “leading lawyer” in white-collar litigation in California. He was named by Best Lawyers as the 2016 top lawyer in San Francisco for “bet-the-company” litigation.
Jerry is an active member of the international litigation bar and is also an ICC-trained international arbitration lawyer. He speaks French, Spanish and Italian and works in German and Portuguese. Jerry is the current President of the Paris-based Union Internationale des Avocats, the world’s oldest international law association. He has also served as co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s International Litigation Committee. In addition to his Harvard College and Harvard Law School degrees, Jerry holds a French-language master’s degree in law from the Université de Paris.
Jerry has an active pro bono practice. He recently served on a pro bono basis as General Counsel to the Blue-Ribbon panel set up by the San Francisco District Attorney to investigate potential bias in the San Francisco Police Department. He has submitted many amicus briefs on LGBT issues including same-sex marriage. In 2007, Jerry and other ABA members spearheaded a program to train Sudanese lawyers to represent victims of the Darfur tragedy before the International Criminal Court, and he has trained human rights lawyers in Haiti, Brazil and elsewhere around the globe.