Shari Loe, 67, returned to the Board of Light Opera of New Jersey in May 2022 after a break from July 1, 2019-21 to concentrate on her role as President of the Board of Trustees of Morristown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Shari is a retired attorney who worked in-house at AT&T for 28 years. She graduated with a BA in Political Science from Yale in 1977 and obtained her law degree from New York University Law School in 1983. An Army brat who has lived in France, California and Virginia but identifies as Texan from her family’s roots there, and having lived in Houston from age 12 through college, she comes from a musical family, sings in her church choir when she can, and has loved story-telling and theater all of her life. Her daughter Sarah Bernadette Matsushima, who was honored to be a member of the LONJ company in her teens, has moved on to become a professional singer-songwriter with degrees from Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. Shari is forever grateful that LONJ nurtured Sarah’s talent and held her to the same high standards as adult members of the company. Shari continues to serve as an active volunteer in her congregation, including being co-chair of its Capital Campaign which has raised almost $8M over the past 8 years to support a building project. A mother of three and grandmother of two, she enjoys reading (especially science fiction and fantasy, science, African-American and Womens’ Studies), and lives in Whitehouse, NJ with her husband, David Matsushima and their black Lab, Gigi. She’s working on becoming a patio gardener at their new townhouse.