PORTLAND, Maine – PORTopera welcomes Anthony Fratianne and Alfine Nathalie to their board this month. Both are participants in the Institute for Civic Leadership Emerging Leaders Program (ICL), an impressive program that develops young leaders and encourages community engagement through leadership in non-profit organizations and committees around Maine.
Anthony Fratianne is an attorney at Drummond Woodsum in Portland. He received his B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1998 and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. Before joining Drummond Woodsum, Anthony practiced law in Philadelphia at Morgan Lewis and Bockius, one of the largest law firms in the world. He currently serves as the firm’s contact for MERITAS and was designated a 2011 “Rising Star” by New England Super Lawyers. Fratianne, whose sister is a member of the Portland Symphony, is passionate about local artists and cultivating Maine’s arts and culture scene. His corporate success, mentoring experience, and civic interest in the future of Maine communities make him a welcome addition to PORTopera’s governing body. Fratianne is a resident of Portland.
Alfine Nathalie has devoted a majority of her life to serving her greater community. Born in Nairobi, Kenya to two African refugees, she has made it her life’s mission to dedicate herself to bettering the human condition by creating a future of justice and equality locally and for the world at large. She is fervent about the agency of young leaders in building a promising future for communities. Through her experiences in high school volunteering, church Outreach Committee, public round table discussions at USM, the AmeriCorps Leadership Program, volunteer work with the Parkside Neighborhood Center, and as a scholar with the George J. Mitchell Institute, Nathalie has fostered a sense of pride and commitment to advancing cultural awareness and education in Maine. Beyond her civic interests, she is also an avid singer and dancer and brings this passion and creativity to the PORTopera board. She is a resident of Falmouth.
PORTopera is Maine’s only opera company performing fully staged operas with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Madama Butterfly is scheduled for July 25 and 27 at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium. For more information, visit www.portopera.org.