Board of Directors

Board Members

Daniel Olson
As one of its founding members Dan Olson has served on the Board of Directors of Riverside Lyric Opera since its inception and also has participated musically with the company, mainly as a chorus member. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from Seattle Pacific University, a Bachelor of Music in History and Literature from Pacific Lutheran University and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. Admitted to the California State Bar in 1976, he has practiced law in Riverside since 1980 with emphasis on Real Estate and Construction matters, Corporate Law, General Business and Civil Litigation, Family Law and Probate. His judicial experience includes sitting many times as Judge Pro Tem in Riverside County Superior Court, and as an Arbitrator and Mediator with the Riverside County Bar Association, Superior Court and the California 4th District Court of Appeals. Dan was a performing member of the Pacific Chorale for 20 years and also served on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Association of Orange County for several years. Other community service includes being a past member and past president of the Riverside Optimist Club and the Riverside Optimist Youth Club, Inc., serving as a Commissioner on the Airport Commission, City of Riverside, and an Alternate Commissioner on the Riverside County Airport Land User Commission. He is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and is a former Squadron Commander, a Deputy Group Commander, a Deputy Director of Legal Affairs (JAG) for the California Wing and for the Pacific Region (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii.) A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as a Communications Officer on an Aircraft Carrier during the Vietnam Era. Dan also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of 3 other Non-Profit Corporations: Drug Alternative Program, Hyveth Williams Ministries, and Precious Hearts Academy, a school for autistic and developmentally disabled children. He is married, with 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Doris C. Perez
Owner of Executive Secretarial Services and Doris Perez Interpreting since 1978 to present. Doris is a California Court Certified Interpreter since 1979, instructor, field trainer and cross-cultural consultant since 1973. B.S., Music Education from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, MD. M.S., Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. She was past President of the California Court Interpreter’s Assocation - Riverside Chapter (1985 to 1988). Doris is a Charter Board Member of Riverside Lyric Opera founded in 2002. She has served as President and Chairman as well as Community Liaison and is currently the Managing Director. She has participated musically with the company as a chorus member, accompanist and rehearsal director. Doris was a member and performed with The Paul Hill Chorale in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Maestro Paul Hill (1971 to 1973). She was a performing member of the Pacific Chorale in Orange County, CA (1982 to 1994) under the direction of Maestro John Alexander. Other community service includes: Founding Board Member in the non-profit corporation of Hyveth Williams Ministries. She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer since 2007, and is an Advisor/Consultant to the President and Director of Precious Hearts Academy, a school for autistic and developmentally disabled children in San Bernardino, CA. Doris is a member of Riverside Woman’s Club in Riverside, CA. She is married, with 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Thomas Barnidge
Thomas Barnidge learned to appreciate opera at an early age. A native of Riverside, both his parents performed in opera. He regularly attends opera performances, not only locally, but is a regular visitor to the Santa Fe Opera, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Opera, and has also visited the Paris opera as well. Mr. Barnidge retired from Riverside County after a 30 year career, and besides his work with the Riverside Lyric Opera, also does volunteer work with the Riverside Dickens Festival and the Coachella Valley History Museum.
Peggy Gomez
Peggy A. Gomez has been a chorus member of Riverside Lyric Opera since 2004, performing in Die Fledermaus, Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Magic Flute, The Flowering Tree, HMS Pinafore, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Gomez also performs the duties of music librarian, prop master, costumer, and jack of all trades. Ms. Gomez became a member of the Board of Directors in May of 2016 and was elected to the position of Corporate Secretary in February of 2017. Ms. Gomez is a native of Biloxi, Mississippi and has lived in Riverside, California since 1972. She is married to Victor and has two children – Ryan and Alexandria. Ms. Gomez retired after 34 years with Kaiser Permanente in March 2016. In her spare time, Ms. Gomez enjoys playing with her two granddaughters, singing, and woodworking.
Elsa Coulter
Ms. Reyes Coulter was born in Colombia S.A. where she graduated with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. She came to the United States at the age of 26 and started working with Margarita O'farrill Charm School as one of the instructors. Ms. O’farrill and Ms. Reyes Coulter starred in a TV program on channel 40 called “Mujer" for 3 years. She went on to further her education at Long Beach State University, and from there she was able to have her own Radio program at KAVL in Lancaster and become a Community Advocate. She married Danny Coulter and had a daughter named Rhoda. As a child, Rhoda was one of the voices in Steven Spielberg’s animated movie An America Tail. She has two grandchildren, Gregory (25) and Romas (10). Gregory was the newborn child on the hit TV program Murphey Brown. Ms. Reyes Coulter is now 71 years young, and she is organizing community programs and events. She is the founder and CEO of Tuning Sounds. A non-profit organization that focuses on providing children the opportunity to learn how to play musical instruments by helping them develop their musical abilities. The children in Tuning Sounds learn how to work together through live performances in an ensemble. Ms. Reyes Coulter has acquired a lot of experience throughout the years and continues to provide community programs and events for many years to come.
Susan Turner
Ms. Turner is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She also serves as Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, and an appointee of the President of the University of California to the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Turner led a variety of research projects while she was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND, including studies on racial disparity, field experiments of private sector alternatives for serious juvenile offenders, work release, day fines and a 14-site evaluation of intensive supervision probation. Dr. Turner's areas of expertise include the design and implementation of randomized field experiments and research collaborations with state and local justice agencies. At UCI, she has assisted the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the development and validation of a risk assessment tool as well as evaluations of parole programs. Dr. Turner is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the American Probation and Parole Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, past Chair of the Division of Corrections and Sentencing, and current chair of the Division of Experimental Criminology, of the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Turner was a founding member of the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, and served as principal flutist and board member from 1998 to 2001. Since 2006, she has been a member of the University of California Symphony orchestra.
Sharon Salinger
Sharon Salinger is professor emerita from the University of California, Irvine. Her first faculty position was in the department of History at the University of California, Riverside where she also held a number of administrative posts—associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, interim director of the Center for Ideas and Society, and chair of the Department of History. Her proudest moment was receiving the campus’s distinguished teaching award. She left UCR in 2005 to become Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education and Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. Perhaps her greatest pleasure at UCI is playing bassoon with the UCI Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Stephen Tucker. Salinger’s research and teaching specialties focused on early American cultural and social history. In addition to an edited volume and numerous articles, she has authored, To Serve Well and Faithfully (Cambridge University Press, 1987), Taverns and Drinking in Early America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), and with Cornelia Dayton, Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), which received the 2014 Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians. In the Fall of 2014, she completed with Carla Pestana a four-volume edition of primary documents, The Early British Caribbean, 1570-1700 (Pickering-Chatto, London). She is currently working on a study of French impressions of New World Indians, 16 th and 17 th centuries, a project that takes her to France on a regular basis.

Corporate Officers

Thomas Barnidge
Executive Vice President
Peggy Gomez
Vice President Marketing
Peggy Gomez
Daniel Olson


Dr. Stephen Tucker
Artistic Director
Doris Perez
Managing Director
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