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Seattle Opera.

Staff Directory


General Director:

Christina Scheppelmann

Director of Programs & Partnerships:

Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Director of Artistic Administration & Planning:

Aren Der Hacopian

Director of Marketing & Communications:

Kristina Murti

Director of Production:

Doug Provost

Director of Development:

Allison Rabbitt

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer:

Jane Repensek

Director of Human Resources:

Nancy Del Villar Vivé



Dominica Myers
Associate Director of Administration


Blaine Inafuku
Associate Director of Artistic Planning

Jonathan Dean

Paula Podemski
Company Manager

Emmy Ulmer


John Keene
Head of Music Staff and Chorusmaster

Philip A. Kelsey
Assistant Conductor

David McDade
Head of Coach-Accompanists

Jay Rozendaal
Coach-Accompanist/Orchestra Librarian

Stephen Wall
Chorus Personnel Coordinator

Beth Kirchhoff
Chorusmaster Emeritus

Stage Management

Yasmine Kiss
Production Stage Manager

Adrienne Mendoza, Alex Wommack
Assistant Stage Managers


Chris Burkett
Individual Giving Officer

Julia Curns-Welch
Institutional Giving Officer

Matt Lider
Individual Giving Officer

Stephanie Matsunaga
Development Operations Coordinator

Erica McIntyre
Development Operations Manager

Catherine Merlo
Sr. Individual Giving Officer

Ahana Sen
Stewardship and Events Associate

Isabel Thomas
Research and Database Manager

Caroline Webb
Stewardship and Events Manager

Programs and Partnerships

Naomi André
Scholar in Residence

T.J. Callahan
Programs Communications Coordinator

Courtney Clark
School Programs Manager

Sara Litchfield
Youth & Family Programs Manager

Lokela Alexander Minami
Community Engagement Manager

Britney Schroeder
Production Manager, Community Projects

Stephanie Sintef
Tour & Productions Coordinator

Miriam Anderson, Courtney-Savali Andrews, Jessica Andrews, Andrew R. Coopman, Liz Frazer, Li-Tan Hsu, Li-Cheng Hung, Kayla Johnson, Chelsea LeValley, Steven Luksan, Debra McKinney, Christine Menschner, Kathryn Van Meter, Rachel Nofziger, Melissa Plagemann, Tasha Smith, Kristen Swenson, Ta Wei Tsai, Lyndee White, Cassandra Willock
Teaching Artists


Marissa Betz-Zall
Associate Director of Finance

Randee Byrd
Payroll Manager

Lindsey O'Connor
Senior Accountant

Trevor Torres
Payroll Assistant


Todd Clark
Facilities Manager

Mark Nebel
Facilities Coordinator

Information Systems

Iain Quigley
Desktop User Support Technician

Stuart McLeod
SQL Developer and CRM Administrator

Marketing & Communications

Arryn Davis
Marketing Coordinator

Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Communications & Public Engagement Manager

Glenn Hare
Senior Communications Manager

Ed Hawkins
Marketing Manager/Copywriter

Larisa Melkumova
Graphic Designer

Meg Stoltz
Digital Marketing Manager

Sales and Services

Michelle M. Carrasquillo
Associate Director of Marketing, Sales and Services

Gregory Schell
Ticket Operations Manager

Kristin McCarthy
Audience Services Manager

Corrie Yadon
Patron Experience Manager

Debra McKinney
Group Sales Coordinator

Katrina Finder, Alexander Hawker
Audience Services Lead

Erin Buck, Yoojeong Cho, Leonie Fogle, Shelly Traverse, Emma Wahl, Cassie Willock
Audience Services Representatives

Direct Sales

Ed Boyd
Direct Sales Manager

Mary Hobbs
Senior Account Representative

Angie Bolivar, Virginia Jackson, Dorothea Kopta, Cheryl Nance, Claudio Remirez, Gail Sage, Albert Sanders, Toni Zeigler
Account Representatives


Russell Crosbie
Technical Director

Alicia Moriarty
Assistant Production Director

Mare Sasse
Assistant Production Manager


Susan I. Davis
Costume Director

Heidi Zamora
Costume Show Manager, Design Coordinator

Ieva Ohaks
Costume Rental-Stock Coordinator

Hannah Tyo
Costume Assistant

Anna Golbov
Costume Stock Intern

Denise Barry
Lead Cutter

Miriam Goodman-Miller
Crafts Supervisor

Shanna Sincell

Cynthia Abbott, Kim Dancy
First Hands

Yoko Niendorf

Carrie Steficek
Wardrobe Head

Christy Kazimour
Assistant Wardrobe Head

Scott Arend, Mary Seasly, Charley Trowbridge
Wardrobe Attendants

Hair & Makeup

Liesl Alice Gatcheco
Hair & Makeup Manager

Ashlee Naegle
Wig Master

Julia Wing-Krafft
Wig Assistant

Ashlee Naegle
Lead Principal Hair & Makeup Artist

Julia Wing Krafft, Trisha Partida, Eva Robins
Principal Makeup Artists

Jenn Hill, Julia Wing-Krafft, Fiona Kraus, Anne McGowan, Allegra Rege, Kelly Schmidt
Hair & Makeup Artists

Cheryl del Rosario Lavarias
Assistant Hair and Makeup Department Manager

Rosetta Greek
Assistnat Hair and Makeup Show Manager

Stage Crew

Charles T. Buck
Master Stage Carpenter

Jason Balter, Bruce Warshaw
Assistants Master Stage Carpenters

Justin Loyd
Head Flyman

Adam Lantz, Matthew Lint, Robert Millard, Tommy Price, Jason Wagoner
Assistant Stage Carpenters

Jim Nash
Master Electrician

Martin Cunningham
Assistant Master Electrician

Molly Brindley, Chris Dimoff, Jim Gable
Assistant Electricians

Chris Reay
A/V Supervisor

Hannah Fenske
Properties Master

Sandy Burke
Assistant Properties Master

Candy Solie
Lightboard Operator

Jack Burke
Master Sound Technician

Executive Bio

Christina Scheppelmann. copyright Christian Machio.Christina Scheppelmann, General Director

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Christina Scheppelmann is the fourth General Director to lead Seattle Opera.

As the Artistic Director General at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, a position she held from 2015-2019, Scheppelmann was responsible for programming, casting, and overall artistic direction.

Prior to that, she was the first Director General of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), the first theater of its kind in the Gulf Region, where her mission was to present high-quality music, opera, and dance from around the world. Under her leadership, ROHM established an excellent reputation as a cultural destination in Oman and opened doors for international musical and cultural relations.

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As Director of Artistic Operations at Washington National Opera, Scheppelmann oversaw the artistic planning for 11 years. She was instrumental in fundraising efforts, leading to grants for individual productions, ongoing projects and renovations. Her passion for the artform and interest to see it flourish into the future led her to conceive of and secure funding for WNO’s American Opera Initiative, offering young composers and librettists a developmental forum in which to bridge the gap between conservatory training and full-length commissions.

A long-time champion of young artists, she has led masterclasses, lectured at artist training programs, and judged vocal competitions around the world.

Scheppelmann began her career in the arts early-on, performing in the children’s choir of the Hamburg State Opera. After completing a degree in banking, she left her home country of Germany in 1988 to work in an Artist Management agency in Milan. Fluent in five languages, she quickly became known for her communication skills and was soon offered a job in arts administration at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

In 1994, she was recruited by Lotfi Mansouri to assist him at San Francisco Opera where, as one of the youngest artistic administrators at the time, she continued her work in planning seasons and hiring singers, conductors, directors and designers. Ms. Scheppelmann prides herself on having built solid collaborative relationships with union and civic leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, and national and international press.

Scheppelmann was previously awarded the rank of Commendatore in the Order of the Star of Solidarity by the Italian government for her career-long work promoting opera and Italian culture. She also served as the Vice President for the board of Opera Europa, the professional organization of opera houses and festivals.

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