Board of Directors

Nicole de Naray, President

Nicole has lived in Colorado Springs since 1986. Her professional life was spent in various forms of financial management, inclusive of banking, government, small business, and non-profit accounting. Since her retirement from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in 2010, she has served on various Boards—Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Home Front Military Network Advisory Board, her HOA, and as a Mt. Carmel Community Ambassador. She studied piano as a “military brat” in Germany & France and continues to play. Her husband of 45 years, Andy, passed in 2020. She feels blessed to have her son, Andrew, and family nearby. 

Eve Tilley-Chavez, Vice President

Eve, whose parents were visual artists, grew up in the Colorado Springs arts scene, hanging out with painters, writers, and musicians. A student of J. J. Baird, she was in the chorus of several Colorado Springs Opera productions meeting several friends who also continue to support the vocal arts & PPOL. She has a BA in English and a Masters of Arts in Teaching, both from Colorado College. Eve was President and general factotum of The Star Bar Players in the 1980’s and the Pikes Peak Arts Council from 1996-2009. She is a “terrible singer,” but enjoys acting and directing in the theater, making pop-up cards, and paints a little, and loves attending various arts performances and cooking with her husband, Sol Chavez.

Catherine Thompson, Ph.D., Secretary

Catherine taught history at the University of Connecticut and the College of Holy Cross before moving to Colorado Springs in 2019. She is an avid hiker, a joyful kayaker, a hopeful painter, and a published writer. Although she states that she has no singing abilities, she admires those who do so and loves the mission of PPOL. She has served as a PPOL Director and corresponding secretary and as part of the Young Voice Team.

Tom Trainer, Treasurer

What Tom relates he was: a software developer, solution architect, and senior project manager for Digital Corp, which was bought out by Compaq, then Hewlett Packard. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1987 to upgrade the computers/software at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (NORAD). What he says he is now: a traveler, dog companion, house project manager, and bringer of coffee to his wife Dr. Susan Rae Jensen. He has a daughter here and a son in Coos Bay, OR , and three grandchildren. His first opera experience was at the Vienna Opera when stationed in Europe, but he was “sold” after seeing Countess Maritza at Santa Fe Opera.

Trudy Fennewald

Trudy has a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music education and vocal performance. She taught K through 12 music in North Carolina and Fountain, CO. She is a soprano & has sung in opera, oratorios, music theater and jazz (& for PPOL.) Currently, she sings in the First Methodist Church Choir, and with her husband, Marty, has managed the FUMC First Company which gives musical theater opportunities to young singers in our community. Trudy has two daughters, Aubrey and Elaina, and tries to keep up with the nine grandchildren.

Kim Gunderson

Kim is a Marketing Client Associate with the Tiemens Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. She has been providing concierge client services, and coordinating special events and the team’s community relations activities for the past decade. She is also involved with outreach for the Tiemens Foundation, where she assists with events and sponsorships. She has been serving in this community for more than 30 years, formerly in the senior services industry. Kim has been a board member with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild and the Community Development Committee at UCCS Center on Aging. She currently splits her time between Colorado Springs and a more relaxing lifestyle in Summit County.

Connie Joiner

Connie has served in many roles for PPOL in the past, most recently as secretary. Her music history encompassed singing roles in musical theater and Gilbert and Sullivan operas. She sang in the Grace Episcopal Taylor Choir for 25 years as well as the Roman Catholic Choir & OTR choruses. Connie was elected for three terms as Teller County Clerk and Recorder and two as County Treasurer. She also served as Ute Pass Symphony Guild President.

Dr. Susan Rae Jensen, MD - FACC, FCCP, FACP, FSCAI
Susan moved to Colorado Springs in 1981 from the University of Iowa to begin her career as an interventional cardiologist at the Heart Center of Colorado, then at the University of Colorado Memorial South and is now doing a “pro bono” cardiology clinic at Mission Medical Clinic, for the uninsured and underinsured. She was named a Top Doc in Colorado Springs and has been a prominent voice for women’s heart health and cardiovascular risk management and prevention. In addition, she has had extensive classical voice training with the honor of being a Metropolitan Opera audition finalist. She has been the soprano soloist in hundreds of solo recitals and concerts, musical theater and opera performances & scenes as well as soloist for many oratorios. Recently she was the featured soloist in multiple concerts, inclusive of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Handel’s Messiah, featured soprano vocalist for spirituals at First Christian and "About the Negro Spiritual," as well as benefit concerts for SFO. Of her over 50 benefit concerts, many have been for Colorado Opera Festival and its Guild, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Santa Fe Opera, CS symphony concerts and programs for its Guild, as well as for PPOL. She holds Awards of Appreciation and Distinction in vocal performance from Colorado Opera Festival, Colorado Springs Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Pikes Peak Opera League, and has a Lifetime Achievement Award with lifetime membership from Pikes Peak Opera League. “My passion has been to support creative endeavors in the arts and sciences, so that each individual can realize their special gifts and talents.”