OPERA HOUSE ARTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BILL ANDERSON – Chair
Bill was born in Washington, D.C. to a Navy family and moved every two years–east, west and overseas–and eventually to the U. S. Naval Academy. His own naval career was spent mostly under water but after six years he surfaced and went to Harvard Law School and practiced law in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Seattle before retiring in 2006. He has also been Chairman of the Concord (MA) Housing Authority, CEO of Olympic Foods, and Stewardship Chair of the Deer Isle Sunset Congregational Church, where he created the Island Speaker Series. Bill first came to deer Isle at age 15, where he had the great good fortune to meet his wife-to-be, Lanny. Bill and Lanny have three children in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pakistan, and five grandchildren from ages 7 to 34. Bill’s interest in theater bloomed in high school, when he played the title role in Coriolanus. He was last seen on the Opera House stage as Michael in God of Carnage.
DAVID STEPHENS – Vice Chair
KATE HOLMES CALDWELL
With more than 25 years of development experience, Kate has helped raise more than $80M for educational, cultural and civic organizations in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis areas. Her clients include Universities, schools, churches, civic and arts organizations. In addition to holding several development positions at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Johns Hopkins University and Garrison Forest School, she has served as President of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council and is a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council, giving presentations to local Boards and development staffs. From 2015-2018 she served as a Trustee of St. Anne’s School of Annapolis and from 2012 – 2018 served on the Board of the Job Opportunities Task Force in Baltimore. She has recently been elected to serve a 3-year term on the Board of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis and is active in the Anne Arundel County Women’s Giving Circle. Her fund raising articles have been published in Planned Giving Today and Fund Raising Management. Kate holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and is certified as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) through the American College. In addition she holds a M.M. from Catholic University in Vocal Performance, with several CD’s available through Born in Washington, D.C., Kate grew up in Sweden, Cameroon, England, Malta, and France, and began coming to Deer Isle in the 1960’s to visit her grandparents. She now enjoys spending full summers on the island with her husband, three adult children when they can visit, and winters in Severna Park, MD, outside of Annapolis.
Grace Gregor began her professional life as a high school English and media teacher in Concord, Massachusetts, back in the era of Super 8 cameras and reel-to-reel projectors. After leaving the workforce to raise children, she dove into the allconsuming world of volunteerism until she realized she could get paid for her time. From the mid-nineties until 2008, she worked as a full-time fundraiser at organizations ranging from a children’s theater company to The Concord Museum, where she served as Director of Development. At the United Way of Massachusetts Bay she specialized in major gifts development and acquisition. From time to time, she works as a fundraising consultant to organizations planning capital campaigns, most recently Gateway Arts in Brookline, MA. While she continues to serve on a few boards in Boston, her heart yearns for the greater Blue Hill Peninsula. Grace and Bill Gregor live in Brooksville, Maine and Boston when they are not visiting family me bers or traveling the world. Grace has undergraduate and advanced degrees from Simmons College and Boston University, as well as a Certificate in Management from Radcliffe Seminars. She and Bill, to whom she has been married forever, have three grown children and one grandchild.
BOB LASKY – Treasurer
Bob Lasky graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1964 with a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude; and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1967, J.D., magna cum laude. He was a Law Clerk with Justice Samuel J. Roberts, Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1967-1968, and a Law Clerk with Chief Justice Earl Warren, United States Supreme Court from 1968-1969. Bob was with the Washington, D.C. office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft since 1969, first as an Associate, then as a Partner, and then as Senior Counsel. He retired at the end of 2011. His practice was in corporate and securities, with specialization in government sponsored enterprises (Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) and mortgagebacked securities. He is not admitted to the bar in Maine. Along with his wife Macy, he has owned a seasonal residence at Crockett Cove in Stonington since 1984; they moved to Little Deer Isle as full time residents in June 2003. The Laskys have two children (and, alas, no grandchildren); son David lives with wife Gina in Boulder, Colorado; daughter Rebecca lives with husband Andrew, in Brooklyn, New York.
Ray McCaskey served as Chief Executive Officer of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) from April 1993 through October 2008. HCSC is comprised of four Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans — Illinois, New Mexico, Okl homa and Texas. Ray was also chairman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association from 1996 to 1998. He currently serves as chair of the board of Chicago Shakespeare Theater; chair of the board of regents of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa; vice chair of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation; co-chair of Life Directions, an inner city mentoring program; and past chair of the United Way campaign for metro Chicago. He is an actuary by profession.
Acclaimed for his “fresh-toned and touching portrayal” by Opera News and lauded by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his “rich lyrical tenor, fabulous top notes, and striking good looks,” John continues to garner attention for his countless world-class performances at the most revered houses throughout the United States and worldwide. He has performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the tenor
solo in Händel’s Messiah with DCINY, the title role of Candide with South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and productions of Turandot and The Merry Widow with The Metropolitan Opera. John has also performed the te or solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Portland Symphony Orchestra; Phillip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 with The Washington Chorus; Händel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and DCINY; and a solo performance in a brand new concert entitled Rev. 23, the unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation as dictated by St. John the Divine with Prototype Festival. Additionally, he performed the role of the Footman in Der Rosenkavalier with Boston Symphony Orchestra, and returned to The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Eugene Onegin. In June 2017, John opened J. McVeigh Jewelry on Main St in Stonington. He is now a summer resident and returns to Stonington when he is not performing. John has performed often at the Opera House.
Peter has been summering on the island, at the Richards family home, Ames Farm on Indian Point Road, since he was an infant. A graduate of the MFA program in Acting from A.R.T.’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University with a BA from Harvard, Peter now splits his time between Brooklyn and LA as a director and actor. A founding member of OHA’s Artistic Advisory Board, Peter helped to co-found
OHA’s winter theater series, selecting and directing the February productions of Brilliant Traces, Dying City, and The Aliens from 2010-2012; he also selected and directed Elizabeth Rex as part of Shakespeare in Stonington 2011 and Men’s Lives as part of OHA’s “Our Own” Community Playreading Series, and a number of productions since, including Julius Caesar, The Seagull, and The Tempest. He co-curated with Linda Nelson, in 2014-15, an expansion of a revived playreading series. At OHA, he has also been seen in many Shakespeare productions, including As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, 10 Real Star Acts, and Measure for Measure. He has also performed at A.R.T. (American Repertory Theater) in Cambridge and at The Metropolitan Opera, among others. He is a founding member of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant, an Associate Artist with Blessed Unrest, and has twice been a guest artist at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.
ARIANE VAN BUREN
Ariane van Buren brings a wealth of financial expertise to OHA, as well as a lifelong family connection to Deer Isle and a passion for theater. An accomplished leader, speaker, and author, Ariane is a trustee of several donor-advised funds at the Maine Community Foundation. She has been the principal fundraiser at Transnational Institute, and active on impact investing at Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI), Social Venture Network, Environmental Grantmakers Association, and Confluence Philanthropy. As an author she has numerous books and articles to her credit.
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
NANCY WILSON, Chair
RENE COLSON HUDSON
CAROL ESTEY, Founding Director
JUDITH JEROME, Founding Director
LINDA NELSON, Founding Director
LINDA PATTIE, Founding Director