Memorial Opera House Foundation
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The Mission of the Memorial Opera House Foundation is to provide financial support to Memorial Opera House so that they may use theatre and the arts to build community and create a sense of belonging.
Over 125 Years of Arts & Community!
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Call our Box Office at 219.548.9137
Hours: M F Sa 10a - 2p • W 5p - 9p
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Mail your check to this address:
Memorial Opera House Foundation
104 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
Stop in and visit us!
We love seeing new faces. Stop by during our box office hours, volunteer for a project, or see a show. We can’t wait to meet you! Or make an appointment with the Executive Director to find out about all the ways you can support Memorial Opera House
Board of Directors
|Shannon Franko (President) is a resident of Valparaiso and has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry, currently working at 1st Source Bank in Valparaiso. She became involved with the Memorial Opera House in 2016. As a resident of downtown Valparaiso, preserving the historical value and integrity of the building encouraged her to join the board and become involved with the current restoration project through community development and fundraising. Shannon received her BA from Purdue University and completed the ABA’s Graduate School of Banking program. She resides in Valparaiso with her two children, Jake and Sydney.|
|Colleen Peluso (Vice President) joined the Memorial Opera House Foundation Board exactly 10 years after discovering the theater in 2009, when she performed there for the first time. Over those 10 years, Colleen has both directed and acted in shows at the Memorial Opera House while earning a Masters in Education from Valparaiso University and beginning her teaching career in Northwest Indiana. Currently, Colleen teaches English at Valparaiso High School where she also co-directs the theatre program. Her passion for theatre, especially the Memorial Opera House, is what drives her to actively participate in increasing its positive impact on our community. Colleen and her husband John have two wonderful boys, Everett and Foster.|
|Laurie Parpart (Secretary) has been involved with the Memorial Opera House for over 30 years, and has performed in numerous productions there. She is now excited to begin the next chapter as a member of the Memorial Opera House Foundation. Laurie is currently a faculty member in the nursing department for Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, as well as an adjunct faculty for Valparaiso University. She is currently a member of Circle of Ivy, an Ivy Tech organization. Laurie recently earned her doctorate degree in nursing practice from American Sentinel University in Colorado. Laurie has always had a passion and love for theatre and dance. She and her husband Ray have enjoyed performing in numerous stage productions together and with their three children, Sean, Lindsay and Carlie.|
|Cliff Bryan (Treasurer) has worked as a Financial Advisor to both individual and institutional investors since 1994. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. as a Managing Director-Investments and Branch Manager in 2018, he was Managing Director & Branch Manager for Wells Fargo Advisors, where he was employed for 10 years. Prior to that he was a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager with Morgan Stanley. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Finance from Valparaiso University and Indiana University, and worked for 10 years as a Financial Advisor with A. G. Edwards before joining Morgan Stanley. He has taught various Finance courses at Valparaiso University School of Business for the last 10 years during the evenings. He has been recognized as a Premier Advisor for the last 11 years, a distinction reserved for the firm's top producers who have also demonstrated exceptional client service. His mission to provide every client with targeted, comprehensive financial advice and portfolio management carries over to his involvement with our local community. He is active with Easter Seals, The American Cancer Society, and The American Lymphoma Society, the Visiting Nurses Association, and The First Tee. He has lived in Valparaiso since 1978. He has married for 34 years to Laura Bryan, who teaches in the Valparaiso Community School system. They have two grown children, Lauren Bryan Fernandez, a Spanish teacher in the Valparaiso School System, and Dr. Clifford Bryan, who practices with his wife in central Florida. He served as President of the Porter County Visitors Commission for 8 years and serves on numerous local and national Boards for non profits organizations.|
|Kaye Frataccia (Past President) is the former Program Manager for Empower Porter County’s Around the Table. She is also serves as a Valpo Parks Foundation Board member. She Co-Chaired the Valplayso community build park project. She was a Valparaiso Community Schools Spanish teacher for 24 years and served in a variety of community leadership roles including Porter County United Way Board Chair and Campaign Co-Chair, President of Tri-Kappa Valparaiso, Don Quijote Foundation Chair, and Housing Opportunities Board member. She has received numerous service awards including the United Way Dorothy M. Porter Award for Service to the Community, Valpo Kiwanis Club Volunteer of the Year, and Porter County Community Foundation Volunteer of the Year. Kaye and her husband Ric have two sons and three grandchildren.|
|Marcia Arnold (Member at Large) is a retired Valparaiso High School Spanish teacher. Having studied and lived in Spain, as well as working in both Spain and Mexico, she has a real appreciation of diversity and culture. Her family has lived and thrived in Valparaiso for 48 years, enjoying this wonderful community. Memorial Opera House is one of their favorite amenities that Valparaiso has to offer. She is excited to serve on the Foundation Board to help enhance the cultural services that it provides.|
|Jackie Gray (Member at Large) is excited to be involved once again with the Memorial Opera House. She served as the theatre’s Managing Director from 1996-2002. A fifth generation Valparaiso resident she is also connected to MOH through her great grandfather James Jackson Gray, who was a member of the local Chaplin Brown Post of the GAR, the organization that built the Opera House in 1893. Currently Jackie is self-employed as a designer and owner of Jaclyn Gray Design, where she creates one of a kind purses and sells them at art shows and similar events throughout the Midwest.|
|Michael D. Kvachkoff (Member at Large) was born and raised in Crown Point. He received his B.A. at Purdue University where he studied Business Management at Krannert. From there he received his J.D. at Valparaiso Law School and has been practicing law since 2013. Mike was introduced to Memorial Opera House as a result of his wife’s involvement on their stage in 2016, and since then has graced the stage a few times himself. Memorial Opera House provides numerous outlets to the community, so Mike joined the foundation in hopes of assisting with fostering its success even further. Mike and his wife Bobbie have a beautiful daughter, Amara.|
|Melissa Osika (Member at Large) is a lifelong resident of Porter County and has been a full time Realtor for 20+ years. She is actively involved in her community and is currently a member of Circle of Ivy - Ivy Tech’s philanthropic organization, a member of the City of Valparaiso/Valparaiso University Town & Gown Committee, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Society and Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, and the Organizational Committee Chair for the newly formed College Hill Neighborhood Association. Her past participation has included Friends Assisting Women in Need, Inc. (FAWN) - Director, FAWN/Housing Opportunities 2012, 2013 Dinner & Style Show - Chair, Housing Opportunities Board of Directors - Vice-Chair, Ivy Tech's Capital Campaign Community Division - Chair, and Referral Organization of Indiana Network, Inc. - Valparaiso Chapter President. She was awarded the Ivy Tech Chancellor's Scholarship Award in 2004, the Ivy Tech Alumni Achievement Award in 2013, and Housing Opportunities, Inc. Angel of the Year in 2009.|
|Linda Rodenbarger (Member at Large) was born and raised in Valparaiso and has enjoyed productions at Memorial Opera House her entire life. She received her BS in Education from Indiana University and her Masters Degree from Valparaiso University. She currently teaches at Paul Saylor Elementary in Portage and has been there for 45 years. She and her husband Jerry have three grown children: Dr. Andrew Rodenbarger, Mrs. Sarah Jones, and Mr. Zach Rodenbarger. They also have two grandchildren. She is excited to be part of the Memorial Opera House Foundation Board.|
|Debbie Shaffer (Member at Large) is excited to begin her term with the Memorial Opera House Foundation Board. She has been involved with the Opera House for the past 15 years. Her love of the theater leads her to work behind the scenes. She is a past recipient of the Memorial Opera House Volunteer of the Year Award. Debbie has resided and taught in Valparaiso for over 30 years. She recently retired from teaching Nutrition & Child Development at Valparaiso High School. She was devoted to developing young leaders through her work with Student Council & Key Club and served on state and national boards with each organization. She has also served on the Purdue University Music Organization Advisory Board. Currently, she is employed as a wine server, a position she thoroughly enjoys as she meets people from all around the world. Debbie is married to Jerry Lodovisi and has two children, Carolyn Shlensky (L.A.) and Bryce Shaffer (Lafayette).|