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Our Team

As is our mission, the Arizona Opera staff strives to elevate the transformative power of storytelling through the music—cultivating community, strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.


Arizona Opera Staff

Joseph Specter, President & General Director 



Zackery Hayhurst, Director of Artistic Administration
Christopher Cano, Head of Music & Director, Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio
Cody Steele, Company Manager
Shawn Campbell, Orchestra Manager
Laura Tagawa, Orchestra Librarian


Box Office

Sarina Lacina, Box Office Manager


Costume Shop

Kathleen Trott, Costume Shop Manager
CeCe Sickler, Cutter/Draper
Becky Giblin, Master Stitcher
Shelby Joiner, First Hand & Painter/Dyer
Emily Stovall, Workroom Assistant & Costume Rentals
Claire Mezzetta, Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor & Stitcher II
Cody Grasher, Apprentice II
Karen Bondy, Apprentice I
Rich Fine, Apprentice I



Ashley Parks, Director of Development
AJ Frost, Associate Director of Development, Institutional Relations
Amanda Stansfield, Individual Giving Manager
Joanna Burrell, Development Operations Manager


Education AND Community Engagement

Cassie Robel, Director of Education & Community Engagement
Miriam Schildkret, Education Teaching Artist

Finance and Administration

Joann Serra, Director of Finance, Administration, & HR
Maria Tellez, Staff Accountant & Budget Analyst
Iryna Comstock, Accounting Associate



Heidi Kelley, Director of Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations
Ellen Hinkle, Associate Director of Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations
John McCoy, Marking Manager



Greg Hirsch, Resident Lighting Designer & Director of Production

Robert Auchter, Production Manager
Alanna Maniscalco, Properties Supervisor
Matthew Christophel, Technical Director


Stage Management

Keri Muir, Production Stage Manager


Wigs and Makeup

Alita Lopez, Wig & Makeup Manager




Arizona Opera Orchestra

Violin 1

Ikuko Kanda, Concertmaster
Linda Lambie, Assistant Concertmaster
Rebecca Wittkamp
Galina Sukhina
Mutsuko Tatman
Dasha Hlavenka
Hisami Iijima Dillard
Carla Kountoupes


Violin 2

Cynthia Baker, Principal
Helga Kolosick, Assistant Principal
Priscilla Benitez
Richard Hoffman
Laura Tagawa
Tamara Freida



Christina Beasley, Principal
Vivi Erickson, Assistant Principal
Caroline Ruiz
Katherine Shields
Jeffrey Norman
Monica MacMichael



Debra Pearson, Principal
Mary DiBartolo, Assistant Principal
Margaret Gilmore
Tom Hoisch
Abe Liebhaber
Yeil Park



Chunyang Wang, Principal
Claudia Botterweg, Assistant Principal
Derek DeVelder
Jason Roederer



Lynn Gorman DeVelder, Principal



Paula Redinger, Principal
Melanie Winans



Neil Tatman, Principal
Scott Morano



Brian Viliunas, Principal
Marianne Shifrin



Melanie Sanguinetti, Principal
Jill Marderness



Peter Erb, Principal
Nathan Mitchell
Bruce Hembd
Shawn Campbell



James Benitez, Co-Principal
Leslie Linn, Co-Principal



Martin Demos, Principal
Michael Becker
Grant Jordan



Steve Mapes, Principal



Neil Dunn, Principal



Corey Ritter, Principal