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Board of Directors

Houston Grand Opera Board of Directors 2020–21


Allyn Risley, Chairman of the Board
Janet Langford Carrig, Senior Chairman of the Board; Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Senior Chairman
James W. Crownover, Chairman Emeritus of the Board
Lynn Wyatt, Vice Chairman of the Board

Members at Large

Richard E. Agee, Finance Committee Vice Chair 
Thomas Ajamie
Robin Angly
John S. Arnoldy *
Christopher V. Bacon, Secretary; General Counsel 
Michelle Beale, Governance Committee Chair 
Judith A. Belanger, Finance Committee Vice Chair 
Astley Blair, Audit Committee Chair 
Zane Carruth
Anna Catalano, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
Albert Chao
Donna P. Josey Chapman
Louise Chapman
Mathilda Cochran, HGOco Committee Chair
Albert O. Cornelison Jr. *
David B. Duthu *
Frederic Dyen
Benjamin Fink
Michaela Greenan, Audit Committee Vice Chair
Dr. Ellen R. Gritz, Studio Committee Chair
Robert C. Hunter *
Richard Husseini
José M. Ivo, Development Committee Vice Chair  
Marianne Kah
Perryn Leech
David LePori  
Claire Liu, Finance Committee Chair
Gabriel Loperena, Development Committee Chair 
Richard A. Lydecker Jr.
Beth Madison *
Sid Moorhead
Sara Morgan
Terrylin G. Neale, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Emeritus Chairman 
Ward Pennebaker
Cynthia Petrello  
Gloria M. Portela
Matthew L. Ringel, Marketing and Communications Committee Vice Chair
Kelly Brunetti Rose
Glen A. Rosenbaum
Jack A. Roth, M.D., Studio Committee Vice Chair
Tom Rushing, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Chairman
Manolo Sánchez
Harlan C. Stai
Patrick Summers
John G. Turner
De la Rey Venter
Alfredo Vilas
Margaret Alkek Williams

* Senior Director

Administration & Staff


Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director *
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair


Perryn Leech, Managing Director *
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chair


Ana María Martínez, Artistic Advisor

Richard Bado, Director of Artistic Operations/Chorus Master *
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair
Molly Dill, Producing Director *
Dale Edwards, Director of Marketing and Communications 
Carleen Graham, Director of HGOco
Deborah Hirsch, Senior Director of Development *
Gregory S. Robertson, Chief Advancement Officer *
Brian Speck, Director of HGO Studio
Lise Suino, Chief Financial Officer


Morgan Cluck, Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Music Director
Dawn Gillespie, Governance and Business Manager
Lisa Swain, Chief of Staff 


Tracy Campbell, Interim Director of IT
Luis Franco, Office Services Coordinator *
Denise Fruge, Accounts Payable Administrator *
Matt Gonzales, Database Administrator *
Chasity Hopkins, Senior Accountant
Ty Jones, Network Administrator
Debbie Loper, Payroll Administrator *
Daniel Williams, Director of Finance
Melissa Williford, Director of Human Resources *


Richard Buffett, Director of Major Gifts and Legacy Planning
Kelly Finn, Director of Development, Institutional Giving
LaKiesha Henderson, Operations Manager, Institutional Giving
Scott Ipsen, Director of Patron Services *
David Krohn, Director of Development
Sarah Long, Development Officer
Kelly Nicholls, Director of Development
Lindsey Peters, Associate Director of Special Events
John Philligin, Senior Development Officer
Brooke Rogers, Director of Special Events
Emma Russell, Special Events Coordinator
Denise Simon, Special Events Operations Manager *
Natalie Wheeler, Development Officer

Tamila Amanzholova, Graphic Designer
Natalie Barron, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Chelsea Crouse, Creative Manager
Itzel Garcia, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Cynthia Lewis, Team Lead *
Catherine Matusow, Editor-in-Chief
Joel Nott, Customer Care Center Coordinator
Will Oliason, Digital Marketing Manager
Alan Sellar, Videographer
Emily Sitton, Marketing Manager

Ashley Bales, Senior Advancement Data Manager
Natalie Burrows, Director of Advancement Operations
Ariel Ehrman, Advancement Data Coordinator
M. Jane Orosco, Marketing Data Manager *
Amber Sheppard, Operations Coordinator Individual Giving


Brian Mitchell, Archivist *


Kathleen Brown, Programs Coordinator
Andrea Horton, Community Initiatives Coordinator
Alisa Magallón, Senior Education Manager
Meredith Morse, HGOco Operations Manager
Emily N. Wells, Senior Producing Manager


Richard S. Brown, Orchestra Personnel Manager *
Joel Goodloe, Company Manager
Carolyne Hall, Associate Company Manager
Daniel James, Music Administrator/Artistic Media Manager
Jeremy Johnson, Dramaturg
Eun Sun Kim, Principal Guest Conductor
Kirill Kuzmin, Principal Coach
Mark C. Lear, Associate Artistic Administrator *
Joshua Luty, Music Librarian
Kevin Miller, Assistant Conductor
Peter Pasztor, Principal Coach *
Karen Reeves, Children's Chorus Director *


Kristen E. Burke, Production Manager *
Michael James Clark, Lighting Supervisor *
Norma Cortez, Head of Costumes *
Esmeralda De Leon, Costume Coordinator
Joseph Farley, Assistant Technical Director
Clair Hummel, Costume Coordinator
Nara Lesser, Costume Production Assistant
Judy Malone-Stein, Wardrobe Supervisor
Melissa McClung, Technical and Production Administrator
Joshua C. McIntosh, Technical and Safety Director
Megan, Properties Design Director *
Dotti Staker, Wig and Makeup Department Head *
Myrna Vallejo, Costume Shop Supervisor *
Annie Wheeler, Stage Manager *

Jamie Gelfand, Studio Manager
To view the full list of HGO Studio Faculty, click here.

*denotes 10 or more years of service


2019–20 Houston Grand Opera Orchestra

Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair


Denise Tarrant*, Concertmaster
Vacant, Assistant Concertmaster
Natalie Gaynor*, Principal, Second Violin
Carrie Kauk*, Assistant Principal Second Violin
Hae-a Lee-Barnes*
Miriam Belyatsky*
Anabel Detrick*
Rasa Kalesnykaite*
Chavdar Parashkevov*
Mary Reed*
Erica Robinson*
Linda Sanders*
Oleg Sulyga*
Sylvia VerMeulen*
Melissa Williams*


Eliseo Rene Salazar*, Principal
Lorento Golofeev*, Assistant Principal
Gayle Garcia-Shepard*
Erika Lawson*
Suzanne LeFevre*
Dawson White*


Barrett Sills*, Principal
Erika Johnson*, Assistant Principal
Ariana Nelson*
Wendy Smith-Butler*
Steven Wiggs*

Double Bass

Dennis Whittaker*, Principal
Erik Gronfor*, Assistant Principal
Carla Clark*


Vacant, Principal
Henry Williford*


Elizabeth Priestly Siffert*, Principal
Mayu Isom*


Sean Krissman*, Principal
Eric Chi*


Amanda Swain*, Principal
Michael Allard*

French Horn

Sarah Cranston*, Principal
Kimberly Penrod Minson*, Second Horn
Spencer Park*


Tetsuya Lawson*, Principal
Randal Adams*


Thomas Hulten*, Principal
Mark Holley*

Bass Trombone

Kyle Gordon †


Mark Barton*, Principal


Joan Eidman*, Principal


Alison Chang*, Principal


Richard Brown*, Principal

Orchestra Personnel Manager

Richard Brown*


† - On Leave

For audition information, please visit our Employment and Auditions page.


2019-20 Houston Grand Opera Chorus

Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master

Nathan Abbott
Geordie Alexander
Dennis Arrowsmith
Cody Arthur
Stephen Ash
Sarah A. Bannon
Zachary Barba
Megan Berti
G. Leslie Biffle
Fredy Bonilla
Andrew Briggs
Andrew B Campbell
Christopher Childress
Patrick Contreras
Esteban Cordero
Sybil Elizabeth Crawford
Ann Scott Davis
Robert Dee
Callie Jo Denbigh
Robert Dingman
Justin Dunkle
Stacia Morgan Dunn
Ashley Duplechien
Ashly Evans
Peter Farley
Don Figg
Ami Figg
Brian M. Gibbs
Dallas Gray
Suzanne Gregory
Nancy Hall
Sarah Jane Hardin
Marvin Henderson
Frankie Hickman
Julie Hoeltzel
Austin Hoeltzel
Jon Janacek
Camille Jasensky
James Jennings
Joe Key
David Kirkwood
Kirsten Lutz Koerner
Brianne Mathews
Wesley Landry
Sarah L. Lee
Amanda Levy
Katie Loff
Aarianna B. Longino
Britany Lovett
Melissa Lubecke
Lindsay Lymer
Sarah Lysiak
Alisa Magallon
Alejandro Magallón
Kathleen Manley
Heath Martin
Neal Martinez
Antonio Martinez
Norman Lee Mathews
Katherine McDaniel
Natasha Monette
Jeff Monette
Matthew Neumann
Iván Nodal
Casey Jones Parrish
Cristino Perez
Geoffrey Peterson
Abby Powell
Nicholas Rathgeb
Gabrielle Reed
Kendall Reimer
Tyler Resto
Hannah Roberts
Kathleen Ruhleder
Johnny Salvesen
Christina Scanlan
Valerie Serice
Paul Joseph Serna
Rodney Sharp II
Brian David Shircliffe
Kate Smith
Kade I. Smith
Kaitlyn Stavinoha
John Stevens
Lauren Henderson-Turner
Lauren Vick
Elizabeth Vickers
Denise Ward
John Weinel
Ofelia Adame
Dalton Woody
Jennifer Wright


A supernumerary (or “super”) is a non-speaking, non-singing role in an opera, much like an extra in a film.

Houston Grand Opera regularly seeks adult and child supernumeraries for mainstage productions. If you are interested in being considered for supernumerary roles, please send a headshot or current photo, resume, and current height and weight to

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