Mayor of Phoenix Proclaims “Arizona Opera Year” and New Arizona Opera Board Members and Trustees Announced
The Board of Trustees of Arizona Opera welcomes several new board members and trustees
on the heels of the City of Phoenix’s proclamation that October 2012 until October 2013 will
be “Arizona Opera Year.” This proclamation is timely as Arizona Opera will open its new
Opera Center in early 2013.
These new board members and trustees are all prominent Arizona residents, with diverse
backgrounds and extensive records of community leadership.
The new members are Amelia Anderson, Managing Director of Corporate Finance at US
Airways; Deborah Callan-Quirk, historic preservationist, property developer and former CEO
of Milwaukee Envelope Inc.; Jean Cooper, former attorney and active leader in the American
Bar Association; Vikie Hariton, Arizona Opera Tucson League president and former arts
activist in Los Angeles; John Hughes, Arizona Opera Prescott Friends League president and
former Chief Credit Officer of American Express International Bank; and Melissa Sanderson,
Vice President for International Affairs at Freeport McMoRan. Víctor Manuel Treviño, the
Consul General of Mexico, is Arizona Opera’s newest Honorary Trustee.
The new trustees bring the number of voting board members to 31. The board will continue
to oversee Arizona Opera’s $7.4 million capital campaign which funds the company’s new
Arizona Opera is also embarking on a watershed and transformational next step with its
new Opera Center, establishing a permanent home from which it will bring to life its
world-class programming and events. The Opera Center, which is currently under
construction, will house an intimate black box performance venue, administrative offices,
educational and meeting facilities, rehearsal space, and costume, wig and makeup shops-
offering the community unprecedented behind-the scenes access to the creative process.
The Opera Center on Central Avenue joins other cultural pillars such as Phoenix Art
Museum, the Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre in the “uptown” arts district, which is
easily accessible via METRO Light Rail. Completion of the Opera Center is expected in the
first quarter of 2013.
All seven of the new trustees have been elected to renewable three-year terms.
Amelia Anderson is the Managing Director of Corporate Finance at US Airways, a Fortune-
500 company headquartered in Tempe, AZ.
Anderson serves on the Finance Committee of the Arizona Opera Board of Trustees.
Additionally, Anderson is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Arizona’s Children
Association, a state-wide child welfare and behavioral health agency, a position she has held
since February 2010.
Deborah Callan-Quirk currently owns and operates a historic preservation organization
and a property management company. She is the former CEO of Milwaukee Envelope Inc., a
100-year-old mid-sized envelope manufacturer.
Callan-Quirk currently serves on the Partners Board of the University of Arizona Museum of
Art, the University of Arizona School of Music Advisory Board, the International Folk Art
Museum Friend’s Board, and the Milwaukee Art Museum Collector’s Corner. She is a
member of the Board of Directors at the National Women’s Museum, New Mexico Chapter
and the Folk Art Society of America and has been a sustainer of the Junior League of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Tucson, Arizona for the past 31 years.
Former attorney Jean Cooper practiced law in Louisiana and Georgia and served at the trial
level with specialized subject matter jurisdiction in the federal system from 1977-2003.
An active leader in the American Bar Association for 30 years, she was also a founding
member of the National Association of Women Judges and is a life fellow of the American
Bar Endowment. Cooper also taught at L’Academie de Cuisine for 11 years as well as
consulted for Cooper Vineyards.
Vikie Hariton is currently the president of the Arizona Opera Tucson Opera League. While
she grew up in Tucson, Hariton spent most of her adult life in the greater Los Angeles area.
There she founded and operated Museum Presentation Associates, a company that
developed, constructed and transported exhibitions to museums from 1997 to 2009.
In addition, Hariton actively volunteered for various arts organizations in Los Angeles. She
was an active member and served on the Board of the Art Museum Council of the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art. Hariton was also an active Board member of Los Angeles
Music Center’s Club 100.
John Hughes is a retired international banker now residing in Prescott, Arizona and
currently serves as the president of Arizona Opera’s Prescott Friends League.
Hughes was the Chief Credit Officer of American Express International Bank and served on
various Boards and management committees. His career spanned many years both in the
United States and abroad in a variety of management positions and he holds an MBA from
the American Graduate School of International Management at the University of Arizona.
Hughes and his wife actively support cultural affairs and returning veterans in the Prescott
Melissa “Mel” Sanderson has been Vice President for International Affairs at Freeport
McMoRan Copper and Gold since 2010. In this capacity she works with Freeport’s
government and public relations functions, as well as with the corporate social responsibility
group on projects and issues relevant to Freeport’s overseas operations in Chile, Peru,
Indonesia and Congo, as well as Native American issues in the U.S.
Sanderson was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for over 20 years. Her last diplomatic
posting was as Political Counselor in the Democratic Republic of Congo following the end of
that country’s war and its transition to democracy.
Consul General Víctor Manuel Treviño was elected to the Arizona Opera Board of
Trustees as an Honorary Member. He has been a career officer in the Mexican Foreign
Service since 1982. Prior to his current position as Consul General in Phoenix, Arizona, he
was appointed Consul of Mexico in Brownsville, Texas and acted as Deputy Consul in Los
Angeles, CA and El Paso, TX. Treviño has served at the Embassy of Mexico in Belize and the
United States. While stationed Mexico City he has held the positions of Underdirector for
Borders, Area Manager for the Office of Latin America and the Caribbean and was Senior
Advisor for the Under Secretary of North America.
Treviño holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, an
M.A. in National Security from Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales and earned a
postgraduate in Continental Security from the Inter-American Defense College in
Washington, D.C. He has lectured and written articles on different issues regarding
International Affairs and Mexican Foreign Policy and served as Professor of International
Relations and Border Issues at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Mexicali,
Arizona Opera is Arizona’s only professional opera company, which produces fully-staged opera
performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that
reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is the
only opera company in the United States to serve multiple cities. ###