Meet the members who form the Board of Directors for Classic Lyric Arts. We are infinitely grateful for their support, their vision, and their dedication to the future of our developing artists.

John Hunter

President and chairman of the board

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John Hunter recently retired from a career with QVC, a company he joined in 1991 as vice president of customer services. Since 2007, he served as executive vice president of customer fulfillment services, where he was accountable for leading activities in the divisions of customer service, distribution, business analysis and engineering, and Quality Assurance, for over 15,000 employees in the US and global teams. He previously served as senior vice president with Citibank in its credit card division, and also spent eight years with Avis Rent a Car in sales and marketing.

He currently serves as Advisory Board Chairman for the Leadership Development Program at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. He is a member of the Direct Marketing Association and was contributing author for Ernan Roman’s Integrated Direct Marketing and Lance and Dorothy Berger’s Talent Management Handbook. John served on the board of directors for GSI Commerce Inc. (Nasdaq: GSIC) from 2007- 2011. Hunter received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Pace University in New York.

Kathryn Stone

vice president


Katy Stone is owner and principal of Stonez LLC. She formed the LLC after retiring from a 32-year career at DuPont.

Katy has held various roles in operations, supply chain and strategy development, with the most recent role, prior to retirement, as the Senior Director of Global Operations for DuPont Electronics business.

In June of 2015, Katy started her consulting practice specializing in operations and supply chain excellence.

She is currently working as an independent consultant on the DuPont-Dow merger. She also serves on several non-profit boards and provides pro-bono strategic planning to non-profits that focus on education, health and/or the arts.

Katy holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tulane (‘83) and Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University. She lives between New York City, Wilmington, DE and New Orleans. She has been married for 32 years to her college sweetheart, Alan Stone, who is also a graduate of Tulane University, (Engineering ’83), (Law ’87), and has 4 adult children.

Alan N. Frankel



Alan Frankel is the retired founder and President of Lighthouse Capital Corporation.

He had a forty-year career in senior management positions for major corporations in the equipment financing and leasing industry.

He was one of three founding officers of Copelco Financial Services Group where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Copelco Leasing Corporation.

Alan also held the same positions with American Business Leasing. Additionally, he was a Principal with The Alta Group. He served on the Board of Directors of the Equipment and Leasing Association and currently is a member of the board of RSVP and a Trustee of Wilmington College (Ohio).

Charles Perrier



Charles Perrier’s career in dance has encompassed his work as a performer, an educator, a researcher and a librarian.

He studied with the former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer Alan Howard, Marin Ballet’s Leona Norman, San Francisco Ballet’s Anatole Vilzak, and, later in New York, with the beloved Nina Stroganova.  He performed with Pacific Ballet, Marc Wilde Ballet, Marin Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, San Diego Ballet, and San Francisco Moving Company.

He then entered into a 20-year partnership with Angene Feves in creating and performing programs of 16th-18th century dances at museums and universities.

He choreographed for the Pacific Regional Ballet Association, and taught ballet and modern dance in his own studio, the Tamalpais Dance Center in Mill Valley for eleven years. 

After 25 years on the West Coast, he returned to his East Coast roots, continuing his teaching in New York at the 92nd Street Y and the Brooklyn College Prep Center. He worked with Debra Weiss for 15 years, dancing and creating programs for schools and museums, including The Romantic Age: nineteenth century dance and manners. He worked for 18 years at The New York Public Library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Collection as an indexer, manuscripts librarian and eventually Assistant Curator. After over 55 years in dance, he continues to take ballet class weekly.


Artistic Director