Our People

Washington Performing Arts has engaged for more than half a century with artists, audiences, students, and civic life. The city is truly our stage: for decades, in venues ranging from concert halls and clubs to public parks, we have presented a tremendous range of artists and art forms, from the most distinguished symphony orchestras to both renowned and emerging artists in classical music, jazz, international genres, and more. Meet the team that makes it all possible.

Washington Performing Arts Staff

Executive Staff

Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO (she/her/hers)Download Contact Details
Douglas H. Wheeler, President EmeritusDownload Contact Details
Helen Edwards, Manager of the Office of the President & CEODownload Contact Details


Advancement

Meiyu Tsung, Director of Advancement (she/her/hers)Download Contact Details
Sara Trautman-Yeğenoğlu, Assistant Director of Advancement Resources (she/her/hers)
Elizabeth Hankins, Major Gifts Officer (she/her/hers)
Natalie Groom, Manager of Advancement Operations & Analytics (she/her/hers)
Grant MacElhiney, Special Events Manager
Scott Nunn, Advancement Assistant (he/him/his)


Marketing, Communications & Creative Media

Lauren Beyea, Director of Marketing, Communications, & Creative Media (she/her/hers)Download Contact Details
Scott Thureen, Creative Media & Analytics Manager (he/him/his)
Cassandra Gibson, Marketing and Communications Manager (she/her/hers)
Alex Galiatsatos, Digital Content Manager (he/him/his)
Amanda Sweet, Bucklesweet, Press & Media Relations (she/her/hers)
Daniele Oliveira, Graphic Designer


Education & Community Engagement

Amber Pannocchia, Director of Arts Education & PartnershipsDownload Contact Details
Valerie Murray, Education & Community Program Manager (she/her/hers)
Penelope Musto, Education Partnerships Manager (she/her/hers)
David Powell, Interim Director of Gospel Music ProgramsDownload Contact Details
Kathy Brewington, Manager of Choir Operations (she/her/hers)


Finance & Administration

Paul Leider, Chief Financial OfficerDownload Contact Details
Bridgette Cooper, Assistant Director of HR & OperationsDownload Contact Details
DeAnna Treadway, Controller
Jeanette Cortez, Finance & Administration Coordinator


Patron Services (Ticket Office)

Chad Dexter Kinsman, Patron Services Manager
Mbissane Diagne, Patron Services Associate


Programming & Production

Samantha Pollack, Director of Programming (she/her/hers)Download Contact Details
Kayla E. Loree, Programming Operations Manager (she/her/hers)


Special Productions & Initiatives

Eric E. Richardson, Supervising Producer (he/him/his)Download Contact Details
DeAnte Haggerty-Willis, Manager of Mars Arts D.C.


Resident Artists

Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director, Children of the Gospel Choir
Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director, Men & Women of the Gospel Choir
Anthony “Tony” Walker, Music Director, Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs
Karon Johnson, Choreographer
Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director Emeritus, Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs (he/him/his)

Washington Performing Arts Board of Directors

Washington Performing Arts has a dynamic and deeply engaged Board of Directors, Junior Board, and Women’s Committee, comprised of members from varied backgrounds, generations, professional expertise, and life experience.

Rudy Burwell, Chair*
Gary Yacoubian, Vice Chair*
Tom Gallagher, Treasurer*
Joseph May, Secretary*
Burton J. Fishman, Esq., General Counsel*

Her Excellency Shaikha Aisha AlKhalifa
Dina Al Sabah
Sunny Alsup*
Jeffrey Bauman*
Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO*
Nici Bush
Christina Co Mather
Michele Cober
Trista L. P. Colbert*
Kelly Dibble
Debbie Driesman

Robert S. Feinberg*
Brad Figel*
Luanne S. Gutermuth*
Lucia M. Hill
Vinetta C. Jones
Dina Lassow (Women’s Committee)*
André O. Lewis
Leslie Luxemburg (Friday Morning Music Club)
Alyssa O’Connor (Junior Board)*
Lynn Parseghian*
W. Stephen Piper*

Tafaya Ransom
Gordon D. Rush*
Marc Schlosberg
Kerrien Suarez
Ebony D. Thomas
Naboth van den Broek
Philip R. West
Douglas H. Wheeler, President Emeritus*
Zaminah D. Williams
Amber Young

Honorary Directors

Nancy G. Barnum
Arturo Brillembourg
Hans Bruland
Charlotte Cameron
Josephine Cooper
The Honorable Debbie Dingell
Roselyn Payne Epps, M.D.
Sophie P. Fleming
Eric R. Fox
Norma Lee Funger
Peter Ladd Gilsey
Barbara W. Gordon
France K. Graage
Felecia Love Greer, Esq.
James M. Harkless, Esq.

Susan B. Hepner
ViCurtis G. Hinton
Jake Jones
Steven Kaplan, Esq.
Sherman E. Katz, Esq.
Marvin C. Korengold, M.D.
Peter L. Kreeger
Robert G. Liberatore
Jerome B. Libin, Esq.
Dennis G. Lyons
Dr. Gary D. Mather
Gilbert D. Mead
Gerson Nordlinger
John F. Olson
Susan Porter

Frank H. Rich
James J. Sandman
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and
Veronica Valencia Sarukhan
Charlotte Schlosberg
Samuel A. Schreiber
Jon Sedmak
Albert H. Small
Shirley Small
The Honorable James W. Symington
Stefan F. Tucker, Esq.
Mary Jo Veverka
Carol Wilner
Paul Martin Wolff

Past Chairs, Board of Directors

Todd Duncan, Past Chairman Laureate
William N. Cafritz
Aldus H. Chapin
Kenneth M. Crosby
Jean Head Sisco
Kent T. Cushenberry
Harry M. Linowes

Edward A. Fox
Hugh H. Smith
Alexine Clement Jackson
Lydia Micheaux Marshall
The Honorable Stephen W. Porter
Elliott S. Hall
Lena Ingegerd Scott

James F. Lafond
Bruce E. Rosenblum
Daniel L. Korengold
Susan B. Hepner
Jay M. Hammer
Reginald Van Lee
Tom Gallagher

deceased
* Executive Committee

Junior Board

Comprised of young professionals and performing arts enthusiasts, the Washington Performing Arts Junior Board makes an impact in D.C. and beyond through its commitment to philanthropy, leadership, and advocacy.

The Junior Board builds an artistic community of their peers, develops their leadership network and skills, and adopts philanthropic projects with meaningful impact. From enjoying roof-top cocktail hours to advocating in Junior Board meetings to supporting education initiatives, the work of the Junior Board is as varied as its members!

Email JuniorBoard@WashingtonPerformingArts.org for more information.

Alyssa T. O’Connor
Chair

Kevin Yen
Vice Chair, Audience Engagement

Cassidy Grunninger
Vice Chair, Philanthropy

Benjamin Martin
Member-at-Large

Yinhsiu Grace Lin
Secretary

Katharine Barry
Urvashi Bhatnagar
Jenelle S. Coy
Dr. Anthony E. Daley, Jr.
Shirley Diaz
Linda Foinding
Marissa Higgins
Charles L. Halloway
Angela C.Y. King
William Korengold

Andrew M. Lee
Ian McCabe
John McCann
Camden Miller
Simon Patmore-Zarcone
Kayla Payne
Hugo Rojo
Erica Royal
Kyle Shernuk
Jeremy Skog

Catherine Snyderwine
Olivia Stam
Kristen Taylor
Aarthy Thanodaran
Mohit Tuteja
Raleigh Wheeler
Macaya Yao

Join the Junior Board

Our Junior Board members transform passion into purpose, directly contributing to the mission and work of Washington Performing Arts while developing the next generation of arts audiences. You’ll receive mentorship from our Board of Directors and develop your leadership skills through nonprofit service.

You’ll enjoy benefits such as:

  • Networking and making friends with young professionals in the DMV and our Board of Directors
  • Selecting which programs and performances the Junior Board sponsors and supports
  • Access to exclusive events like private embassy concert previews, educational programs, rehearsal sneak peeks, and more!
  • Priority seating, flexible ticket exchanges, and Kennedy Center lounge passes

Junior Board members commit to:

  • Completing a two-year term
  • Contributing dues ($1,000 per fiscal year, give or get)
  • Attending performances and our annual Gala
  • Generating ideas in our quarterly Junior Board meetings
  • Participating in one or more of our change-making committees: Audience Engagement, Philanthropy & Gala, or Nominating & Governance

“I lived overseas as a diplomat for 23 years and I always felt that my family missed so much of the American cultural scene. When I returned to Washington, a close friend introduced me to the Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee. … Our commitment is to help Washington Performing Arts promote the performing arts among youth, seniors, and a wide range of audiences. I am honored to be a part of this organization.”

—Denise Rollins, longtime member of the Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee and Washington Performing Arts supporter and subscriber.

Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee of Washington Performing Arts was organized in 1969 in response to a need for community outreach. We are one of the earliest-formed volunteer organizations for women in the nation’s capital that focuses on community service through the performing arts and support for high quality performances.