Staff & Board

Academy of Vocal Arts Board of Directors

Harold F. (Rick) Pitcairn II · Chairman of the Board
Susan E. Kane · Vice Chairman & Treasurer
Martha R. Hurt · Vice Chairman & Secretary
B.A. (Mackie) MacLean, Jr. · Chairman Emeritus

Dr. Romeo Abella
Kenneth E. Ahl
R. Randolph Apgar
Christine Batchelor
Judith Broudy
Alice Chase
Kristin Davidson
Joan DeJean
Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio
Peter G. Gould
Nancy Fabiola Herrera
I. Gail Howard
Bryan Hymel
Anthony P. Jannetta
Dr. Richard Kent
Sandy Leopold
Leon L. Levy
Joseph W. McGuire, Esq.
John D. Rollins
Thomas O’Rourke
Dr. Ruth Ryave
Corey Smith
Ann R. Stephenson
Walter M. Strine Jr., Esq.
Richard L. Troxell II
P. Jeffrey Warden
Gordon Wase, Esq.
Charlotte H. Watts

Emeritus Board

Kay Bossone
Dr. Elizabeth M. Bowden
Dr. Raymond Friday
John A. Nyheim
Francis J. Palamara
Laren Pitcairn
Edith A. Reinhardt
Franca C. Warden

Academy of Vocal Arts Staff


K. James McDowell · President and Artistic Director
Christofer Macatsoris · Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Chair


Val J. Starr · Dean of Students
José Melendez · Assistant to the Music Director/Librarian
Jonathan Oehler · Production Stage Manager
John Lane · Administrative Associate
Rebecca Carr · Coordinator for Opera Outreach
Caitlin McCarthy · Administrative and Young Professionals Associate


Susan L. Mock · CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Ludmila Caspi · Accounting Associate


Robert W. Lyon · Director of Institutional Advancement
Christopher K. Feltham · Director of Major Gifts
Peg Curtin · Special Events Manager
Leah Golub · Development Associate 


Camille M. Mola · Marketing and Public Relations
Bill Buddendorf · Box Office Manager

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