BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    Evelyn Hughes
    President

    Evelyn Hughes is the founding Artistic Director of Peach State Opera, for which she has conducted Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Elixir of Love, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and Madame Butterfly.  She has a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University, with further graduate study at the University of Virginia, Westminster Choir College, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  She has performed locally and throughout Europe as both singer and violinist, in addition to teaching collegiate voice and opera for over thirty years.

    Nancy Martin
    Secretary

    Nancy Martin was a co-founder of the “Concerts on the Square” series in Decatur. Nancy is also an active choral singer with the Emory University Chorus and The William Baker Summer Singers, as well as a current music student at Perimeter College at Georgia State University.  She is a Master Gardener who has been a site leader for the Scott Park Community Garden and presently works with the Woodlands Gardens in Decatur.  She is now a Vice President of the Avondale Garden Club.   Nancy retired from the DeKalb County School System after thirty years as a middle school science and language arts teacher.

    Tyler Charrasse

    Tyler Charrasse is the Business Development Manager at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA). She is responsible for generating and managing new and alternative bookings in the sports and entertainment market segment, as well as managing the GWCCA sponsorship program. Prior to this new role with the GWCCA, Tyler was the Sales Manager for the Georgia Dome where she started her career. Tyler’s passion for the world of sports and entertainment led her to Atlanta from the French island of St. Martin.

    Through this passion for event planning, Tyler’s decision to join the Peach State Opera family came easily. She wishes to help PSO promote the arts across Georgia, in the hopes that one day her own children may benefit from those efforts.

    Jodi Evans

    Jodi Evans is a Marketing Product Manager at Delta Air Lines, where she helps to craft online marketing strategies for one of Delta’s key product offerings.  Jodi has a passion for marketing, having worked in the field for almost two decades.  She is also very passionate about the arts, with years of experience playing the piano and doing ballet in her formative years.  Jodi serves as a mentor in a career readiness program at the Covenant House, where she helps youth prepare to embark on meaningful careers.

    Sara Frooman

    Sara Frooman has worked extensively in visual art, business, photography and text editing, as an award-winning freelance photographer; as a costumer for jazz and opera artists touring domestically and internationally; and in designing special events for conventions, the Duke Cancer Center and UNC-related facilities. She later became a respiratory therapist and worked on professional well-being issues. Sara served on the board of Capital Opera in Raleigh and was The Atlanta Opera Volunteer of the Year. She currently serves on the board of the Atlanta Opera Guild.

    Shelton Jones

    Shelton Jones learned to play various brass instruments while growing up in Charleston, SC, and St. Louis, MO. He received a BA in Government from LSU and an MA in Management from Central Michigan University. Shelton, who lives in Decatur, GA is married and has two grown children. He became interested in choral singing twenty years ago and has sung with the the William Baker Summer Singers, the Decatur Civic Chorus, and the Emory University Chorus.

    ADVISORY COUNCIL
    Brian Bonin

    Dr. Brian Bonin is an Assistant Chair in the Arts and Humanities department of Perimeter College at Georgia State University.  He has performed in opera and recital throughout the Southeast and in Germany.  Brian brings to PSO experience in educational opera outreach, having worked with outreach programs at Opera in the Ozarks and the LSU Opera Outeach Program (LOOP).

    Martha Ann Davis-McGaw

    After raising a family of seven children in Jamaica for 22 years, a love of and interest in diverse cultures informs Martha Ann’s professional career. She is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Education.Her previous roles include Director of a Boys & Girls club, Youth and Public Educator Program Director at both Berks Women in Crisis, an advocacy group and shelter for victims of domestic violence, and Berks Advocates Against Violence, a nonprofit that worked with batterers and families in crisis. Martha Ann received an award from Keystone Mercy Health Plan and the City of Philadelphia for her work in the YWCA Annual Week Without Violence project. She is also a published author and was a trainer and counselor in the Olweus’ Bullying Prevention Program. Martha Ann advocates the use of performing arts as a means of creating a healthy environment, especially for at-risk youth and their families.

    John King

    John King is a consultant with Breitland, LLC, where he helps IT sales teams develop more powerful presentations and more effective demonstrations of their complex solutions.  He delivers these services on five continents to clients that include SAP, Oracle, Google and IBM.  He currently serves on the boards of The Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Opera Guild and the Bobby Dodd Institute.  He is also a member of the OPERA America’s National Trustee’s Forum, is the board chair of Historic Oakland Foundation and the president of the Greater Atlanta Alumni Association of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

    Jacy McGaw-Cesaire

    Jacy McGaw-Cesaire is a public health professional in health and well-being.  Her focus is in mental health illness prevention and good mental health promotion. Jacy works closely with national and local stakeholder partners, international organizations and communities to address complex problems.  She was instrumental in the UK’s national health policy initiative to reduce 10% of suicides by 2020.  Jacy has recently moved back to the US after living in Europe for 15 years.  She has written key pieces of guidance using health research and science on how to improve health and well-being of communities. Jacy holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. She is also fluent in French and German.

    John King

    Angela Connelly, CPA, has provided accounting and tax services for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University in Accounting and Finance.  Angie is also a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

    John King

    John King is a consultant with Breitland, LLC, where he helps IT sales teams develop more powerful presentations and more effective demonstrations of their complex solutions.  He delivers these services on five continents to clients that include SAP, Oracle, Google and IBM.  He currently serves on the boards of The Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Opera Guild and the Bobby Dodd Institute.  He is also a member of the OPERA America’s National Trustee’s Forum, is the board chair of Historic Oakland Foundation and the president of the Greater Atlanta Alumni Association of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.