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Melissa Skaggs

Melissa Skaggs is a native Kentuckian with a love for music and singing. She pursued and received a degree in both Vocal Performance and Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky where she studied with Dr. Everett McCorvey, the late Gail Robinson, and Dr. Jefferson Johnson. As a student at U.K., Melissa was an active …

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Karen Rice Sellers

Karen Rice Sellers is the Assistant Director of the State Board of Elections (SBE), an independent agency of the Commonwealth. Prior to residing in Lexington and joining SBE, Ms. Sellers’ career was previously as a health care executive in Eastern Kentucky where, among her duties, she provided oversight for the Highlands Foundation and Community Development …

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Dr. Wolfgang Korsch

Dr. Wolfgang Korsch was born in the central part of the former West Germany and attended a high school with a focus on arts, especially music, classic languages and sciences – a real ‘Humanistisches Gymnasium.’ Although Wolfgang has always been fascinated by classical music, his main interest is science.  Growing up he played the trumpet in …

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Keith Key

Keith Key is the senior advisor for Key and Associates with Merrill Lynch. His practice focuses on offering a comprehensive approach to managing wealth that begins with beginning to know a client and the client’s family, financial situation and what matters most to them. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP) and a Certified Portfolio Manager …

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Connie Jennings

Connie Jennings agrees with one of her favorite poets who said “music does what words wish they could.”  She feels, as many of us do, that there is a power in music that is not easily found elsewhere. This power dissolves culture, language and social divides.  Music has been a fact in Connie’s life since childhood …

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Ed Henry

Ed Henry is a native Kentuckian who holds two degrees from the University of Kentucky – a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and a J.D. from the UK College of Law. Ed and his wife Geri enjoy the UKOT performances, and he considers it genius that he was invited to be on …

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Susan Gardner

Susan Gardner is a scientist and a lifelong lover of learning and intellectual inquiry. As a professional physicist, she relishes the opportunities she has to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds worldwide and enjoys helping young scientists to realize their career goals. Joining the UKOT /OperaLex Board gives her a chance to help …

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Mark Fritz

Mark Fritz is an EMT doctor who joined his practice to help deal with voice and swallowing issues. He has always enjoyed music and the opera. His mother was a music teacher, and he grew up playing the piano.  His first Lexington Opera experience was attending the ENCORE program back in ‘normal’ 2019. It was …

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Jeanie Dorton

Jeanie Dorton retired from the Big Sandy Technical and Community College as the Community and Legislative Liaison and Manager of Advancement. After graduating from Paintsville High School, she attended Prestonsburg Community College, where she received an Associate in Arts Degree as well as an Associate in Science. She later graduated from Morehead State University with …

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