Board of Directors

The business of the Opera is managed by the Board of Directors, which is comprised of influential community leaders. They have shown their commitment to the Opera by donating at the major gift level. Subject to the approval of the Nominating Committee, they are invited to become members of the Board. The Board of Directors meets five times annually (three times with the Trustees) to receive reports from the working committees, to vote on the annual budget, and to attend to other matters of governance.


Board of Directors Executive Committee

Board Chairman Holly Mayer
Immediate Past Chairman Steve Suellentrop
Vice Chair Joy S. Mankoff
Chairman-Elect Lynn McBee
Vice President – Audit Stephen B. L. Penrose
Vice President – Development Lynn Mock
Vice President – Nominating Nicholas Even
Vice President – Treasurer Mark R. Flagg
Secretary Mark H. LaRoe
Officer-at-Large J. Davis Hamlin
Officer-at-Large Tom H. McCasland, Jr.
Officer-at-Large Don J. McDermett, Jr.
Officer-at-Large Nancy A. Nasher
Officer-at-Large James R. Seitz, Jr.
Officer-at-Large Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Committee Chairmen and Special Representatives

Chair, The Dallas Opera Foundation Don J. McDermett, Jr.
Chair, Education Committee Susan Geyer
Co-Chair, FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Donald Winspear
Co-Chair, FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT Ellen Winspear
Co-President, The Dallas Opera Guild Jana Irwin
Co-President, The Dallas Opera Guild Mac Irwin
President, The Women’s Board of The Dallas Opera Stacey McCord
Liaison, Office of Cultural Affairs Phillip E. Collins

Board of Directors

  • Martha Allday
  • Alice W. Bass
  • William Blaylock
  • Diane Brierley
  • Harold M. Brierley
  • Randall C. Brown
  • Tassio Carvalho, Ph.D.
  • Keith Cerny, Ph.D. (ex officio)
  • John T. Cody, Jr.
  • Phillip E. Collins (ex officio)
  • Arlene Dayton
  • Patsy M. Donosky
  • Richard H. Edwards
  • Nicholas Even
  • Amy Faulconer
  • Cindy Feld
  • Mark R. Flagg
  • Antony Francis
  • Susan Geyer
  • Harriett Gibbs
  • J. Davis Hamlin
  • Deborah G. Hankinson
  • Jack Harrod
  • Linda W. Hart
  • Myra Barker Hull
  • Jana Irwin (ex officio)
  • Mac Irwin (ex officio)
  • James LaFontaine
  • Mark H. LaRoe
  • Joy S. Mankoff
  • Holly Mayer
  • Tom G. Mayer, M.D.
  • Lynn McBee
  • Tom H. McCasland, Jr.
  • Stacey McCord (ex officio)
  • Don J. McDermett, Jr.
  • Geraldine “Tincy” Miller
  • Joyce Mitchell
  • Lynn Mock
  • Marla C. Muns
  • Nancy A. Nasher
  • Stephen B. L. Penrose
  • Michael E. Phillips
  • Martha Rochelle
  • Stephen H. Sands
  • Enika Schulze
  • Richard H. Schulze
  • James R. Seitz, Jr.
  • Brian Shivers
  • Darren Speir
  • Betty Suellentrop
  • Steve Suellentrop
  • Sarah L. Titus
  • Joanna Townsend
  • T. Peter Townsend
  • Sandy Tucker
  • John Ward
  • Martha Wells
  • Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Marnie Wildenthal
  • James E. Wiley, Jr.
  • Donald Winspear
  • Ellen Winspear (ex officio)
  • Joseph A. I. Worsham