Hundreds of people come together to make opera come alive on our stages, in our community, and online—from administrative staff to artists, from the Board of Directors to volunteers. Learn more below about just some of the passionate individuals behind Opera Colorado, and feel free to reach out to our staff for questions or comments. Not sure whom to contact? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you to the right person.
Jennifer ColganDirector of Marketing and Communications email@example.com
Jennifer is a violinist who grew up in Virginia. She is the proud owner of a herd of cats and is always knitting a pair of socks.
Cherity KoepkeDirector of Education & Community Engagement, Director of the Artist in Residence Program firstname.lastname@example.org
Learned Gaelic to sing in a Celtic band, and is used to fabulous mispronunciations of her name. Also believes—not unlike Cinderella—in the life-changing magic of great shoes.
Katie PreissnerDirector of Production & Artistic Services email@example.com
Has two little boys and three floppy basset hounds—and a curious fascination and love for her favorite animal, the platypus. Is on an endless quest for the perfect Oreo milkshake.
Erin Wenzel, CFREDirector of Development firstname.lastname@example.org
Has moved 17 times and lived in eight different cities. She still buys CDs (to listen to in the car), and would definitely beat you at West Wing trivia.
Anthony BerkleyDevelopment Operations Manager email@example.com
Anthony doesn’t tan, so he was legally required to leave his home state of Florida, settling finally in Colorado because mountains are awesome. He is an opera lover who spent a recent birthday enjoying the full Ring Cycle at the Met, and also has overly elaborate conversations with his vocal cat.
Leah Bobbey, CFREIndividual Giving & Special Events Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah, a former opera singer, is thrilled to make her return to the mountains after a hiatus spent in the Windy City. She’s always ready to try something new, whether it be learning to make homemade ravioli or planning her next international adventure!
Vee ButlerPatron Services Manager email@example.com
Vee owns an adorable corgi named Potato, who joined her in relocating from Massachusetts. She’s currently working towards her dream of retiring to Maine and opening a bed & breakfast with her best friend.
Linda Strauch, EASenior Accountant firstname.lastname@example.org
Has four grandchildren, and cites Rocky Mountain National Park as her favorite spot in Colorado. When it comes to her list of favorite foods, nothing can top chocolate ice cream.
Suzanne WhitneyMarketing Manager email@example.com
Suzanne is one more Illinois transplant who fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. Most weekends she is on a trail attempting to identify wildflowers. She loves a correctly placed semicolon and always has a book in her purse.
Bethany WoodManager of Education & Community Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany is happy to be back in her home state of Colorado after over a decade exploring life in the Midwest. She loves history, reading, and hanging out with her many nephews and nieces.
- Michael Wingfield, Technical Director
- Michael Boswell, Head Carpenter*
- Greg Killpack, Assistant Carpenter*
- Dave Youngs, Shop/Production Carpenter*
- Jeff Reidel, Head Flyman*
- Susan Osborn, Head Electrician*
- Karen Thurow, Light Board Operator*
- Rita Richardson, Assistant Electrician*
- Hillary Clark, Head Props*
- Terry Gulley, Assistant Props*
- Thomas Berning, Head Sound*
- Ann Piano, Costume Coordinator & Shop Manager
- Alison Milan, Wardrobe Supervisor
- Ronell Oliveri, Resident Wigs & Make-Up Designer
- Sarah Opstad, Associate Wigs & Make-Up Designer
* Members of IATSE Local No.7
- Margaret Gutierrez, concertmaster
- Byron Hitchcock, principal second
- Angela Dombrowski
- Debra Holland
- Robyn Julyan
- Chris Jusell
- Regan Kane
- Annamaria Karacson
- Cyndi Mancinelli
- Christine L. Menter
- Leah Mohling
- Susie Peek
- Ingrid Peoria*
- Gyongyver Petheo
- Veronica Sawarynski
- Leslie Sawyer*
- Robyn Sosa
- Takanori Sugishita
- Matthew Dane, principal
- Michael Brook
- Kostadin Dyulgerski
- Mary Harrison
- Sarah Richardson*
- Lora Stevens
- Jeff Watson, principal
- Cedra Kuehn
- Charles Lee
- David Short
- Elle Wells
- Carole Whitney
- David Crowe, principal
- Jeremy Nicholas
- Matthew Pennington
- Susan Townsend, principal
- Elizabeth Sadilek
- Sarah Bierhaus, principal
- Max Soto
- Michelle Orman, principal
- Heidi Mendenhall
- Charles Hansen, principal
- Michael Yopp, principal
- Lauren Varley
- Devon Park
- Marian Hesse
- Leslie Scarpino, principal
- Ken Aikin
- Bron Wright, principal
- Andy Wolfe
- Jeremy Van Hoy
- Janet Harriman, principal
- Peter Cooper, principal
- Mark Foster, principal
- Carl Dixon
- Nena Lorenza Wright
Orchestra Personnel Manager & Librarian
- Angela Dombrowski
*Leave of absence
OPERA COLORADO ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
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OPERA COLORADO VOLUNTEERS
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