Mahri Kerley, left, and Dylan Minor.

Mahri Kerley, left, and Dylan Minor.

Opera Santa Barbara (OSB) has announced Mahri Kerley, owner of Chaucer’s Bookstore, and Dylan Minor, head of school at Anacapa School, have been elected to its Board of Directors.

“I am delighted to welcome Mahri and Dylan to the OSB family,” said artistic and general director Kostis Protopapas. “Mahri has had a long relationship with the opera, stemming from her love for the art form, and her strong belief in the life-changing power of the arts and literature.

“Dylan brings to OSB his formidable strategic business skills, as well as the same kind of excitement for innovation that currently inspires the rest of our team. OSB is stronger for having them both on the board, and I look forward to spending time with both of them.”

Kerley is a long-time community arts patron in Santa Barbara. She returns to the OSB Board of Directors this year. Kerley is also a supporter of UCSB Arts and Lectures, CAMA, and the Music Academy of the West.

Minor earned his Ph.D and MS in business administration from the Haas School of Business, University of Berkeley. In 2009, he founded Omega Financial Group, a wealth management firm in Santa Barbara that he continues to manage.

After serving as chairman of the Anacapa Board for the 2017-18 academic year, he became Anacapa’s head of school in July 2018.

Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming 2019-20 Season of Romance that will feature stories of love and drama, opening with Puccini’s classic Madama Butterfly, Nov. 1 and 3 at the Granada Theatre; followed by two OSB premieres at the Lobero Theatre: Daniel Catán’s homage to poet Pablo Neruda, Il Postino, March 7-8; and closing with the passion of young love with Charles Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, April 25, May 1 and 3.

Information about the company and the 2019-20 season can be found at

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— Joyce Familara for Opera Santa Barbara.