OCB SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS AND TRUSTEES:
Will you please be OCB Board Member or Trustee for our 2013-2014 season? This season promises to be thrilling and it would be wonderful if you joined our united effort in presenting quality voices and building new audiences.We need your support now to help ensure greater future success for OCB. You choose how active you can participate, but will you please share a small portion of your resources with us? A tax-exempt donation of any size would be greatly appreciated.
Join our talented Board of Directors or Trustees and become an integral part of OCB’s continued mission. Interact with artistic leadership and general management on upcoming season plans, attend private rehearsals and master-classes, be given priority seating at events, together with substantial recognition in all online and printed materials. Becoming an OCB Board Member or Trustee provides a unique opportunity for you to join an established opera company in New York City and furthers OCB’s mission of mentoring and performance opportunities for gifted young vocalists.
To discuss the possibility of becoming an OCB Board Member or Trustee, will you please email me your resume?
All best wishes and I hope we can work together soon,
Jay Meetze, OCB Founder & Artistic/Music Director
Leticia Smith-Evans, Esq., President
Leticia Smith-Evans is a civil rights attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. where she advocates for equal access to educational opportunities via impact litigation and policy advocacy. Prior to joining LDF, she was an associate at a large, international law firm, served as a federal judicial law clerk and as state policy advisor and agency liaison. She is also a former New York City public school teacher. Dr. Smith-Evans graduated from Williams College, and received a J.D., M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an avid fan of the arts, and believes they should be accessible to everyone.
Kathleen G. Cully, Esq., Secretary
Kathleen has nearly 25 years’ experience as a transactional and corporate governance lawyer. She has been involved in all aspects of structured finance since working on the first private mortgage-backed securities in 1985. In January 2007, Kathleen opened her own law firm with a website at http://www.kgcully.com; until then, she was the General Counsel of the CIFG Group, a AAA-rated financial guaranty insurer. Prior to joining CIFG in 2003, Kathleen served for five years as General Counsel of the American Capital Access group. For the preceding five years, she was the deputy general counsel of the rating agency Fitch, Inc. Previously, she held various positions at Citicorp, including serving as an associate general counsel. She was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell before joining Citicorp in 1985. Kathleen received her J.D. in 1982 from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Nathan Lubow, Treasurer
A resident of Manhattan, Nathan is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. An active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, he has written articles, delivered lectures and conducted seminars on a wide range of accounting and financial topics. He is also a member of the Founders Leadership Council of the Commercial Finance Association’s Education Foundation. Lubow’s public service activities include being the past treasurer of the banking and finance unit of B’nai B’rith, and member of the Board of Directors of the Opera Company of Brooklyn and the New York Alliance Against Sexual Assault. He is also an advisory board member of the Valley National Bank.
Jay Meetze, OCB Artistic and Music Director, Founder
Jay has conducted nearly fifty operas and is lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership of the forces of the OCB.” (Opera News). His CD on Albany Records features Sheri Greenawald and Ashley Putnam in Thomas Pasatieri’s newly rewritten La Divina. Opera News named the CD Critic’s Choice and Top 10 of the Year. Meetze is featured in Classical Singer Magazine, CNN’s Tips from the Top, front-pages of Wall Street Journal and Crain’s NY Business. He is in two new arts administration books and has received rave reviews/articles in American Record Guide, NY Magazine and the NY Daily, Times and Post newspapers. He has landed OCB on the Jeopardy quiz show and Good Morning America with MythBusters.