This dedicated group of individuals, drawn from the ranks of the Chorale and the surrounding community, provide financial and marketing guidance to the Monteverdi Chorale.

Board of Governors

Jim Carpenter, Artistic Director

Jim joined the Monteverdi Chorale as Artistic Director in January 2002. Mr. Carpenter is a native of Burlington, Vermont and received his undergraduate education at Ithaca College in New York, majoring in choral music education and voice. He went on to study with the late Robert Fountain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received the Master of Music degree in choral conducting. He has taught courses in Choral Literature, Music Education Methods, and History of American Popular Music at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He currently holds an appointment as Associate Lecturer in the UWSP Department of Theatre and Dance, teaching in the Musical Theatre program. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the International Federation for Choral Music, and the College Music Society. Mr. Carpenter has served on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

John Lay, Executive Director

John has been Executive Director of Monteverdi Chorale since 2007. He is a University of Wisconsin, Whitewater graduate with a degree in accounting and business administration. John received his Masters of Arts in teaching degree in Business Education from University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and spent 33 years at Mid-State Technical College as an instructor, manager, and administrator. He currently directs the Northern Gateway Chorus of Stevens Point Barbershoppers. John is a member of the Chorale and sings bass.

Jeanne Regnier - Treasurer

Jeanne is an Accountant/Consultant with Regnier Consulting Group, Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and has over 15 years of public accounting experience. She specializes in Corporate/Small Business Accounting and is a Certified Member of the QuickBooks® Professional Advisors Program. In addition to heading up the business accounting practice at Regnier Consulting Group, Inc., Jeanne is also named as the Treasurer for several non-profit organizations in the Stevens Point and Central Wisconsin area including the Chorale.


Michael Porrey, President

Michael has been a singing member of the chorale for 26 years. He spent six years on the board 2002 through 2008 and returned to the board for a second term in 2016. He took over as board president in 2017. In addition to his work with the chorale he was past president of the American Suzuki Foundation and the Stevens Point Barbershop Chorus. He studied vocal and piano performance at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He has sung with choral groups all over central Wisconsin including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Chorus, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Oratorio Chorus, Waupaca Community Chorus, and Stevens Point Barbershop Chorus. He is a 45 year member of the International Barbershop Harmony Society.

Carrie Dreger - Board Member

Carrie is a former chorale member currently in her second consecutive term on the Board. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three active children, playing at local parks, visiting family on the Chain of Lakes and enjoying many activities the Stevens Point area has to offer. When she is not with family, serving on the board or working at Sentry Insurance, you may see her in one of the local community theater productions.



Charmian Fournier - Board Member

Charm has been on the Monteverdi Chorale board since 2014 and is in her second term. She spent her career as a Social Worker for the Portage County Health & Human Services, Family Crisis Center and as the former owner of Elmers Garage. She continues to volunteer at the Family Crisis Center.

David Henry - Board Member

David is on his first tour on the Board of Governors but has been an active member of the Monteverdi Chorale for 23 years. He began his singing career in choirs at the age of 10 with the Wichita Boys Civic Choir and has sung in high school, college, church and private choral groups ever since. David views choral singing as a unique opportunity to make beautiful music with others.

Elise Olk - Board Member

Elise has been a chorale singer since 1992. She was a member of the chorale board 1998-2001 and has returned in 2017 for a second term. She is also currently the chorale's music librarian co-chair. In addition to her work for the chorale she was past president of the Stevens Point Newcomers Club and past board member of the Stevens Point Christian Women's Club. She has been an active long time member of her church choir and participated with both the Central Wisconsin Symphony Chorus and University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Oratorio Chorus. Along with her enjoyment of singing, she is an avid traveler, birder and walker. She enjoys family time with her 8 grandchildren.



Mark Phillippi - Board Member

Mark joined the Monteverdi Chorale board in 2017. He is a University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point graduate with a major in Mathematics and Computer Science. He currently works at Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point where he joined as an IT technology expert in 1986. Mark currently resides in Stevens Point with his wife and son.



Sherry Anderson - Board Member

Sherry joined the Monteverdi Board in 2016. She is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, IN with a degree in Telecommunications and Journalism. She was employed for 24 years in Chicago, IL in insurance coming to Stevens Point in 2004 to work at Sentry Insurance. Sherry is active with the United Way of Portage County serving on one of their Investment Committees since 2014. She currently resides in Plover, WI.



Sue Bergin - Board Member

Sue is a lifelong resident and active member of the community, volunteering with Operation Bootstrap, Stevens Point YMCA and the American Red Cross. She and her husband, Steve, have been active on the Monteverdi Chorale board for many years. She has been busy raising three children and now is enjoying two grandchildren whenever she gets the chance.

Wanda Lay - Board Member
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Wanda is a long time member of Monteverdi Chorale, and is currently serving her third term as a board member. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with degrees in English and Secondary Education. She worked many years for Sentry Insurance, and while there earned certification as a Certified Professional Secretary. Wanda went on to teach Communications at Mid-State Technical College, from which she is now retired. She is the mother of four.
Margot Friedli - Chorale Representative to the Board

Margot joined the Monteverdi Chorale board as the elected Chorale Singers Representative in October 2017. She has lived in Stevens Point area since 2015 having originally been from Thiensville Wisconsin. She currently is a choir and general music teacher having graduated from Winona State University in Minnestota with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She is currently assisting on opera productions at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point as well as singing with Monteverdi.

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Michael Porrey - President
Jeanne Regnier, Treasurer
John Lay, Executive Director
James A. Carpenter, Artistic Director
Sherry Anderson - Board Member
Sue Bergin - Board Member
Elise Olk - Board Member
Carrie Dreger - Board Member
Charm Fournier - Board Member
David Henry - Board Member
Wanda Lay - Board Member
Mark Phillippi - Board Member
Margot Friedli - Chorale Representative
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