Regal Opera Company

Regal Opera Chorale Board of Directors !


Chairman--Mike Monier
Vice-Chairman--Sonya Hood
Secretary--Celeste Zapata
Treasurer--Kelli Thomerson
Conductor and Managing Director--Pam Cochrane

Mike Monier
Mike was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Services Administration. Mike moved to Keller, Texas in 1990 and worked with Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth, as Director of Global Compensation. He held other Human Resources management roles during his career at Alcon.  Mike retired from Alcon in late 2012 and returned to his earlier life’s passion of music and singing. He has been involved with the Regal Opera Theater Company and Chorale since 2011 and has appeared in all winter Chorale performances and several of the Company's stage productions, such as “The Mikado” and the final performance, "Celebration."  Mike currently lives in Colleyville, TX and is married to Kathy. Together they have two daughters, one son and one granddaughter.  In his role as a board member, Mike serves as the President of the Regal Opera Company.
Celeste A. Zapata
Celeste was born and raised in Ohio, living mainly in Canton, Ohio.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Akron, Ohio.  She moved to Los Angeles, California and earned an MBA at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.  In 1999, Celeste moved to Fort Worth, Texas.  She has worked for Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, Santa Monica Hospital in Santa Monica, California, Blue Shield of California in Los Angeles, California, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.  Her nursing background is in adult critical care and she has held positions as Nursing Supervisor, Director of Critical Care, Director of Maternal Child Health, and Director of Nursing.  Currently, Celeste is the Manager of Clinical Review Denials and Appeals at Texas Health Resources in Arlington.  While Celeste does not sing, she does have a love of live theater and a love for Opera that developed when she was a college student in Ohio.  She worked behind the scenes in props, costuming, lighting, sound, and set painting at the Players Guild Theater in Canton, Ohio, for the Canton Ballet, and for the Canton Civic Opera Company.  A friend introduced Celeste to the Regal Opera Company’s production of The Elixir of Love in the fall of 2007.  By the spring of 2009, she was helping with telephone ticket sales, and later with concessions during show intermissions.  Celeste was appointed to the Regal Opera Company Board in 2011 and appointed as Secretary of the Board in January 2015.

Kelli Thomerson
Kelli’s choral career began while living in Austin more than 25 years ago. After moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Kelli performed in plays and musicals in Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, and Grapevine. She first sang for Regal Opera in 1998 but left soon after to raise her children. She rejoined in 2013 and in 2017 became treasurer for the Regal Opera Chorale. Kelli has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in history from Southern Methodist University. She is the curator for the Visitor Center and Museum in Roanoke, Texas.


Pam Cochrane
Pam Cochrane is the Conductor and the Managing and Artistic Director of the Regal Opera Company Chorale.  She began the company twenty three years ago for professional singers in the area to perform their craft,and she produced over forty operas and operettas.  The Chorale was born thirteen years ago as a concertizing part of the company singing at Christmas and spring.  The operas were phased out three years ago, and now the Chorale is the focus of the company.  Ms. Cochrane is an alumna of the University of Oklahoma and Texas Woman’s University graduating with a BME and an MA in Vocal Pedagogy.  She has taught music to students from elementary age to the university level and was the “Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year” from Harrison Lane Elementary in Hurst, Texas.  With over twenty years’ experience in sacred music, Ms. Cochrane has conducted many anthems and major works with church choirs in Georgia, Kentucky and Texas and was Director of Choirs at Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas.  Maintaining a voice studio in her home has always been an important part of her life for forty years and over thirty of her students have been selected to the Texas All-State Choir.  Several of her students have sung with major opera companies and in professional musical theaters. In 2003 Ms. Cochrane received the Women’s Shelter “Legacy of Women Award” for excellence in the Arts category.  She believes that “the arts elevate the spirit and stir the imagination!”


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