Tippy stepped in as Administrative Director at the request of the Executive Committee of the MOA Board of Directors during a time of staff transition. A Jackson, Mississippi native, passion for her hometown and state can be best described as ambassador. Tippy is always ready to recite the long list of writers, artists and music legends who hail from the Magnolia State. Human Resources management occupied 15 years of working life for Tippy and during that time she developed a love for non-profit organizations and volunteer work. Many years were spent working as volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson resulting in ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for her work on the chapter newsletter and recruiting volunteers to work at building sites. Tippy also volunteered with the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Mississippi which resulted in an employment offer in the development office. Networking with other volunteer groups grew the volunteer base of the Foundation and opened the doors to many interactions with arts groups in the Jackson area. Tippy was invited to serve on the Board of Directors for Mississippi Opera in 2001 and quickly became active with the Opera Guild, providing leadership and hospitality for artists and hosting fundraising events. During this time she became active with DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies), serving on the Board of Directors, hosting meetings and events for the group. Tippy was a member of the first group of volunteers for the newly formed Mississippi state capitol docent program.
Related Experience: Knowing the importance of music education, Tippy will continue to support the efforts of the Mississippi Opera Committee on Education (MOCoE). Continuing collaborations with the Mississippi Boy Choir to bring opera to students around the state, Tippy is planning a co-production of Verdi for Kids’ – His Life and Music. Additional outreach programs include a production of the operetta The Telephone to be presented in the Belhaven Popular Street Park and a free student matinee of Cosi fan tutte. Sustaining Mississippi Opera as the 9th oldest opera company in the United States includes a commitment of its Board of Directors to build the community, celebrate the culture while inspiring new generations of opera and music lovers. This task will be the leading aspiration for the 2013/2014 season of Mississippi Opera.