Opera SB Welcomes Mahri Kerley and Dylan Minor to OSB Board

• Opera Santa Barbara Elects Mahri Kerley and Dylan Minor to Board of Directors •

Mahri Kerley Dylan Minor Opera SB Board

Opera Santa Barbara is honored to welcome Mahri Kerley, founder of Chaucer’s Bookstore and Dr. Dylan Minor, Head of School at Anacapa School to its Board of Directors. Both elections took place in April of this year. 

“I am delighted to welcome Mahri Kerley and Dylan to the OSB family.  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!” says Artistic and General Director Kostis Protopapas.

Mahri Kerley is the founder of the much-beloved Chaucer’s Bookstore and a long time community arts patron in Santa Barbara. She returns to the OSB Board of Directors this year. A native of Canada, Kerley lived in the Bay Area before moving to New York and eventually settling in Santa Barbara. She opened Chaucer’s in 1974 and has been in its current location at Loreto Plaza on upper State Street since 1983.  Even with the threat of major competitors, Chaucer’s has remained Santa Barbara’s most popular independent bookstore. Chaucer’s gives back to the community by hosting book fairs and author readings, two major store-wide sales, and keeps a long-standing discount for teachers. Kerley’s store has endured with a spirit of offering thoughtful and knowledgeable customer service that in turn has created a loyal following. 

Kerley is also a generous supporter of UCSB Arts and Lectures, CAMA, Music Academy of the West, and Camerata Pacifica. Kerley was an SB Chamber Orchestra patron for more than 20 years and was appointed to their board in 2009. That same year she was recognized as part of Santa Barbara Independent’s Local Heroes. In 2016, she was honored alongside other SB icons by the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation which recognizes business visions that uniquely capture and redefine the spirit of Santa Barbara. 

Dr. Dylan Minor earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics/Economics at UC Santa Barbara and a PhD and Masters of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of Berkeley.

He has taught MBA students at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management. His research has been featured in a variety of media, including: ABC, Academic Minute, CBS, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, Harvard Gazette, Human Resource Executive, INC.com, NPR (All Things Considered), Quartz, USA Today, Wired, WSJ, and the Washington Post.

In 2009, he founded Omega Financial Group, a wealth management firm, in Santa Barbara that he still manages today. In 2017, he also founded Argos Global Advisors, a hedge fund based in Santa Barbara. Finally, he engages in expert consulting for companies, including both large companies and startups, in the areas of finance, strategy, data analytics, social responsibility, and strategic human resource management.

After serving as Chairman of the Anacapa Board for the 2017-2018 academic year, Dylan moved into the role as Anacapa’s Head of School in July, 2018. Under his leadership, Anacapa will focus more heavily on entrepreneurship, differentiation, and responsive curriculum. 

“We are thrilled to have Mahri and Dylan join our board.  Each brings a wealth of knowledge to Opera SB. Mahri comes with much historical knowledge of the musical arts in Santa Barbara as well as her very special business acumen.  Dylan comes with a wealth of financial and business experience as well as being involved with the arts in our community–especially as it relates to his young children. We all look forward to working with them both,” says OSB Board President Joan Rutkowski

Opera Santa Barbara is excited for its upcoming 19|20 Season of Romance that will feature timeless stories of love and drama. OSB opens with Puccini’s classic Madama Butterfly ( Nov 1 & 3)at the Granada Theatre followed by two OSB premieres at Lobero Theatre: Daniel Catán’s homage to poet Pablo Neruda, Il Postino (March 7 & 8) and closes with the passion of young love with Charles Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet (April 25, May 1 & 3). 



L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore