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 Chair Steve Suellentrop
Immediate Past Chair T. Peter Townsend
Vice Chair Joy S. Mankoff
Chair – Elect Holly Mayer
Vice President – Audit J. Davis Hamlin
Vice President – Development Lynn Mock
Vice President – Nominating Nick Even
Vice President – Treasurer Mark R. Flagg
Secretary Don J. McDermett, Jr.
Officer-at-Large Lynn McBee
Officer-at-Large Tom H. McCasland, Jr.
Officer-at-Large James R. Seitz, Jr.
Officer-at-Large Sarah L. Titus
Officer-at-Large Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D.
Officer-at-Large Donald Winspear

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 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 Stacie Whitley
Liaison, Office of Cultural Affairs Phillip E. Collins

Board of Directors

  • Martha Allday
  • Alice W. Bass
  • William Blaylock
  • Diane Brierley
  • Harold M. Brierley
  • Tassio Carvalho, Ph.D.
  • Keith Cerny, Ph.D. (ex officio)
  • John T. Cody, Jr.
  • Phillip E. Collins (ex officio)
  • Barry W. Cowan
  • Arlene Dayton
  • Patsy Donosky
  • Richard H. Edwards
  • Nicholas Even
  • Amy Faulconer
  • Cindy Feld
  • Mark R. Flagg
  • Antony Francis
  • Susan Geyer
  • Harriett Gibbs
  • J. Davis Hamlin
  • Deborah Hankinson
  • Jack Harrod
  • Linda W. Hart
  • Myra Barker Hull
  • Jana Irwin (ex officio)
  • Mac Irwin (ex officio)
  • James LaFontaine
  • Molly P. Lang
  • Mark H. LaRoe
  • Joy S. Mankoff
  • Richard A. Massman
  • Holly Mayer
  • Tom G. Mayer, M.D.
  • Lynn McBee
  • Tom H. McCasland, Jr.
  • 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
  • Stephen Suellentrop
  • Sarah L. Titus
  • Joanna Townsend
  • T. Peter Townsend
  • Sandy Tucker
  • John Ward
  • Martha Wells
  • Stacie Whitley (ex officio)
  • Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Marnie Wildenthal
  • Donald Winspear
  • Ellen Winspear (ex officio)
  • Joseph A. I. Worsham