The Kennedy Center

Washington National Opera Staff

Artistic Operations

  • Robert Ainsley, Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative
  • Aaron Doty, Operations Director
  • David Butler, Finance Manager
  • Stefanie Mercier, Manager of Rehearsal Planning and Artist Services
  • Elizabeth Ventura, Associate Manager of Rehearsal Planning and Supernumerary Coordinator
  • Colin Brush, Artistic Administrator
  • Nikki Grizzle, Special Projects and Community Relations Manager
  • Lynn Krynicki, Production Stage Manager
  • Ken Weiss, Music Administrator
  • Michael Baitzer, Head of Music Staff
  • Steven Gathman, Chorus Master
  • Amanda Joos, Orchestra Manager, KCOHO/WNO
  • Ashley Stonebraker, Orchestra Assistant Manager, KCOHO/WNO
  • Caitlin Oldham, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Coordinator
  • Andrea Bachinski, Studio Manager and Artistic Operations Coordinator
  • Rebecca Phillips, Artist Services Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Looby, Operations Assistant
  • Anne-Carolyn Bird, Executive and Artistic Assistant
  • Beth Griffin, Rehearsal Planning Assistant
  • Matthew Munroe, Administrative Assistant


  • Marsha M, LeBoeuf, Costume Director
  • Mark Hamberger, Associate Costume Director
  • Timm Burrow, Senior Costume Coordinator
  • Lynly Saunders, Costume Coordinator
  • Samantha M. Wootten, Hair and Makeup Coordinator
  • Tessa Grippaudo, Costume Stock Coordinator
  • William Nelson, Lead Draper
  • Sally Kessler, Draper
  • Cathie Gayer-Roubie, Costume Crafts Supervisor
  • Erika Krause, First Hand
  • Michele Macadaeg, First Hand
  • Marla Parker, First Hand
  • Stella Pivnik, First Hand

Costumes continued

  • Jennifer Bae, Stitcher
  • Charlotte Brooks, Stitcher
  • Claudia Brownlee, Stitcher
  • Madeline Belknap, Stitcher
  • Megan B, Lynch, Stitcher
  • Clare Parker, Stitcher
  • Rose Peele, Stitcher
  • Jesse Shipley, Stitcher
  • Kitt Crescenzo, Assistant Costume Coordinator


  • Becca Kitelinger, Manager of Development
  • Lauren Scarborough, Manager, Institutional Giving
  • Abigail Beekman, Assistant Manager, Board and Special Events
  • Dara Slepoy, Assistant Manager, Major Gifts and Circles
  • Jaimie Appleton, Assistant, Major Gifts and Circles
  • Clarissa Heartsfield, Assistant, Board and Special Events
  • Sophia Labas, Assistant, WNO Donor Relations
  • Lisa Strachan, Assistant, Institutional Giving


  • Vanessa Thomas, Director of Explore the Arts
  • Jeanette McCune, Director of DC School and Community Initiatives
  • Betty Siegel, Director, VSA and Accessibility
  • Jennifer Bowman, Director of Music Education
  • Ashi Day, Manager, Events for Students & WNO Education


  • Britney Brewington, Marketing Manager
  • Christopher George, Social Media Manager

Public Relations

  • Rachelle Roe, Director of PR
  • Sabrina Skacan, Senior Press Representative, WNO & Classical


  • Paul Taylor, Technical Director
  • Christy Blackham, Associate Technical Director
  • Rachel Witt, Properties Coordinator

Washington National Opera also warmly acknowledges the work of the following Kennedy Center areas:

  • Alicia Adams, Vice President of International Programming and Dance
  • Eileen Andrews, Vice President of Public Relations
  • Ellery Brown, Senior Vice President of Operations
  • Andrew Cary, Vice President of Digital
  • Carlos Bias, Vice President of Facilities
  • Jeffrey Finn, Vice President of Theater Producing and Programming
  • Kevin Giglinto, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales
  • Maria Kersten, General Counsel
  • Alfonso Martinez, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Leslie Miller, Senior Vice President of Development
  • Esther Olavarria, Vice President of Institutional Affairs and Chief of Staff
  • Lynne Pratt, Chief Finance Officer
  • Mario Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education
  • Glenn Turner, Vice President of Production
  • Robert van Leer, Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning
  • Nicole Weaver, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Technology