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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:

Angela Gist



Elton Torres
Executive Assistant to the General Director & Board Liaison


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

Adrienne Mendoza, Cristine Reynolds, Alex Wommack
Assistant Stage Managers


Chris Burkett
Associate Director of Development-Individual Giving

Julia Curns-Welch
Institutional Giving Officer

Matt Lider
Individual Giving Officer

Stephanie Matsunaga
Development Operations Coordinator

Erica McIntyre
Development Operations Manager

Isabel Thomas
Research and Database Manager

Maria Meyer
Stewardship and Events Manager

Programs and Partnerships

Naomi André
Scholar in Residence

Courtney Clark
School Programs Manager

Sara Litchfield
Youth & Family Programs Manager

Lokela Alexander Minami
Community Engagement Manager

Miriam Anderson, Courtney-Savali Andrews, Jessica Andrews, Andrew R. Coopman, Samuel Corales, Damien Geter, Afarin Mansouri, Debra McKinney, Jessica Murphy Moo, Melissa Plagemann, Priscilla Salisbury, Shelly Traverse, Ta Wei Tsai
Teaching Artists


Marissa Betz-Zall
Associate Director of Finance

Randee Byrd
Payroll Manager

Lindsey O'Connor
Senior Accountant

Kianna Carter
Finance Associate


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
Social Media Manager

Glenn Hare
Associate Director of Communications

Larisa Melkumova
Graphic Designer

Meg Stoltz
Associate Director of Marketing

Sales and Services

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

Gregory Schell
Ticket Operations Manager

Corrie Yadon
Patron Experience Manager

Debra McKinney
Group Sales Coordinator

Kristin McCarthy
Audience Services Manager

Emma Ming Wahl
Audience Services Lead

Eric Jeffords
Audience Services Representative


Alicia Moriarty
Assistant Production Director

Stephanie Sintef
Assistant Production Manager

Costume Shop & Hair and Makeup Studio

Liesl Alice Gatcheco
Costume, Hair and Makeup Director

Ashlee Naegle
Wig Master

Cheryl del Rosario Lavarias
Costume, Hair and Makeup Assistant

Carrie Steficek
Wardrobe Head

Cristy Kazimour
Assistant Wardrobe Head

Scott Arend
Wardrobe Attendant

Denise Barry
Lead Cutter

Miriam Goodman-Miller
Crafts Supervisor

Kim Dancy
First Hand

Rose Hope

Ashlee Naegle
Lead Principal Hair & Makeup Artist

Calli Dey, Trisha Partida
Principal Makeup Artists

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


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, sh