Peter Boal

Artistic Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet School

head_boalPeter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, after having seen a New York City Ballet performance of George Balanchine’s Coppélia, he began studying ballet at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Mr. Boal became a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1983, a soloist in 1987, and a principal dancer in 1989. In 2005, he retired from New York City Ballet after a 22-year career with the company. Mr. Boal was also a full-time faculty member at the School of American Ballet from 1997 to 2005. In 2003, he founded Peter Boal and Company, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble.

Among the many ballets in which Mr. Boal was featured at New York City Ballet are George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), and Prodigal Son; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels; and works by William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon.

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Otto Neubert

Ballet Master

head_neubertOtto Neubert became ballet master for Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1992. Mr. Neubert assists the artistic director in rehearsing, teaching, and scheduling the Company, and also rehearses PNB School students in their roles for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ and other productions.

Mr. Neubert has performed as a guest artist in PNB's The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Prior to joining PNB, he danced as a soloist with New York City Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. Born in Munich, Germany, he received his early training with Alex Ursuliak, ballet master of Stuttgart Ballet and director of the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. Mr. Neubert was also trained at Stuttgart Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and with Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo.

Anne Dabrowski

Ballet Master

head_dabrowskiAnne Dabrowski joined PNB as ballet master in 1997. Originally from San Diego, Ms. Dabrowski received her early dance training from California Ballet School. She danced professionally with Hartford Ballet and continued there as company teacher and assistant ballet master and also served as a principal faculty member of the School of the Hartford Ballet. Ms. Dabrowski assists the artistic director in teaching, rehearsing, and scheduling the Company and rehearses PNBS students in their roles for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ and other PNB ballets.

Paul Gibson

Ballet Master

head_gibsonMr. Gibson was named assistant ballet master immediately upon retirement from PNB in June 2004. He joined the Company in 1994 as a soloist and was promoted to the rank of principal in 1996. His choreographic work includes ballets for PNB and works for PNB School's Professional Division, as well as works for San Francisco Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet Choreographic Workshop, and Allegheny Ballet Company. Mr. Gibson has also been a participant in the New York Choreographic Institute. Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, Mr. Gibson began ballet training at Allegheny Ballet Academy and later went to summer programs at the School of American Ballet. He won a scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and joined that company in 1988, where he rose to the rank of soloist. Mr. Gibson assists the artistic director in teaching, rehearsing, and the scheduling the Company and rehearsing PNBS students in their roles for Company productions.

Norbert Herriges

Technical Director

herriges_headNorbert Herriges began working in Seattle theater after receiving a degree in Theatre Arts at Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, Oregon. In 1984, he started at ACT as a scenic builder and in 1991 moved to Seattle Repertory Theatre, where he worked for fifteen years as a shop carpenter and later as Scenic Coordinator. In the course of his 28-year career in local theater, Mr. Herriges has worked backstage for PNB in various capacities. Most recently, he coordinated the set construction for PNB’s new production of George Balanchine’s Coppélia. He became Interim Technical Director for PNB in February 2011 and assumed the position of Technical Director in July of 2011. Mr. Herriges oversees and coordinates all technical aspects of PNB’s productions, assisted by an exceptional staff of stage technicians and managers.

Randall G. Chiarelli

Resident Lighting Designer

head_chiarelliRandall G. Chiarelli served as PNB's technical director and lighting designer from 1979-2005. He served as technical director of San Francisco Ballet from 2005-2006 and returned to PNB in November 2006. He created the lighting designs for much of PNB's repertory, including Kent Stowell's Swan Lake, Firebird, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, Cinderella and Carmen, and re-created the lighting designs for PNB's Balanchine repertory. His scenery designs for PNB include Les Biches, Divertimento No. 15, Capricious Night, much of Carmen, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Student and apprentice to pioneer lighting designer Thomas R. Skelton, Mr. Chiarelli is a Seattle native and received painting and sculpture degrees from the University of Washington.

Larae Theige Hascall

Costume Shop Manager

head_hascallBorn in Spokane, Washington, Larae Hascall joined PNB in 1983 and became Costume Shop Manager in 1987. She supervises both Costume Shop and Wardrobe in the creation, alteration, and maintenance of all costumes worn in PNB productions. She is also supervisor for specialty makeup and wigs. Ms. Hascall has been the primary collaborator for costumes created by such renowned designers as Theoni V. Aldredge (Carmina Burana), Martin Pakledinaz (Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Paul Tazewell (Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake), and Roberta Guidi di Bagno (Coppélia).

Artistic Team

Doug Fullington, Assistant to the Artistic Director,
Jon Blake, Birgit Hansen, Librarians
Sheila Dietrich, Archivist

Executive Office

Ellen Walker

Executive Director

ellen_headEllen Walker served eleven seasons as Director of Marketing & Communications for Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is also a member of the faculty for Seattle University’s MFA program where she teaches arts marketing. Prior to joining PNB, she was a marketing and sponsorship consultant to arts and civic organizations, and managed a number of projects for Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation. From 1988 to 2000 Ms. Walker was Director of Marketing for Seattle Children’s Theatre. Ms. Walker is a native of Seattle, Washington with degrees from the University of Washington and Trinity College, Dublin.

Senior Administrative Staff Biographies

Lia Chiarelli, Director of Marketing and Communications

lia_headLia Chiarelli has spent her career marketing her favorite arts organization—Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her areas of expertise include: earned revenue optimization, community management and comprehensive advertising and promotional campaigns. A Seattle native, Ms. Chiarelli has a degree from the University of Washington. She speaks and consults on a variety of topics related to ticketing, social media and arts administration.

Terrie Flaming, Director of Human Resources

Ms. Flaming brings 16 years of experience in Human Resources leadership and development, in diverse industries including Architecture and Engineering, Telecommunications, Manufacturing and Non-Profits Arts. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Hawaii Pacific University and has earned her Senior Professional Human Resources credentials from the Human Resource Certification Institute. Her primary areas of expertise include Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Leadership Coaching and Development, HR Administration and Project Management.

Michael Ann Mullikin, Director of Company Operations

Michael Ann Mullikin, a native of Maryland, relocated to the West Coast to join Pacific Northwest Ballet as Company Manager in July 2012. Previously, Michael Ann served as Manager of Dance Programming and General Manager of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Michael Ann studied Arts Management and Dance at the College of Charleston where she also performed with the Robert Ivey Ballet, including performances during Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina. Michael Ann taught ballet, jazz, and tap for three years at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary, a South Carolina Blue Ribbon School. Michael Ann is active with Dance/USA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a Maryland 4-H All-Star.

David Thorpe, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Thorpe was a senior manager at the accounting firm Bader Martin, PS before joining PNB in 2010. He is a CPA and received his B.A. in business from the University of Washington.

Human Resources

Terrie Flaming, Director of Human Resources


David Thorpe, Chief Financial Officer,
Karen Portzer, Accounting Analyst
Kaleriya Maslyak, Accounting/Payroll Associate

Information Technology

Craig Big Eagle, IT Manager
Jason Darland , Desktop Technician
Doug Jones, Report Developer


Serni Reeves, Office Manager,
Brian Zenk, Maintenance Supervisor
Cheryl Gunder, Receptionist
Diane Sardeson, Saturday Receptionist

Company Operations and Touring

Michael Ann Mullikin, Director of Company Operations,

Marketing and Communications

Lia Chiarelli, Marketing Director
Josh TerAvest, Associate Director
Gary Tucker, Media Relations Manager
Marsha Bennion, Publications Manager
Cassandra Lea-Saxton, Marketing Coordinator
Kristen Ramer Liang, Engagement Manager
Lindsay Thomas, Videographer
Jamon Siefert, Webmaster/Digital Media Specialist
Doug Fullington, Assistant to Peter Boal/Audience Education Manager
Kayti Bouljon, Director of Community Education
Shannon Barnes, Curriculum Manager
Jennifer Shealy, Senior Manager of Ticket Operations
John Tangeman, Manager of Audience Services
Megan Weigley, Customer Service Manager
Julie Jamieson, Group Sales
Andy Frank and Max Frauel, Customer Service Representatives
Shaliese Rogers, Telesales Campaign Manager


Carolyn Black, Director of Development
Lilah Helton, Associate Director of Development,
Sarah Tackett, Annual Fund Manager,
Allison Kramer, Corporate Relations Manager,
Suzanne Erickson, Foundation & Government Relations Manager,
Kristin Price, Special Events Manager
Matthew Echert, Research Manager
Carrie Mood, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Manager,
Hannah Franke, Board Liaison and Individual Giving Associate
Erin Richmond, Development Coordinator
Nicole Song, Donor Information Coordinator

Special Counsel

Valerie Hughes, Perkins Coie, Employment Law
Amy M. Royalty, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, Immigration Law
Moss Adams LLP, Auditors

Emil de Cou, Music Director/Principal Conductor

thumb_decouEmil de Cou assumed the full-time position of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor at the start of the 2011-2012 season. He was associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, participating in a wide range of NSO performances and events following his Wolf Trap debut in 2000. Mr. de Cou debuted at Carnegie Hall as guest conductor for the New York Pops and has also conducted Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He was Principal Pops Conductor for the San Francisco Symphony and served as musical consultant for NASA collaborations, including “Salute to Apollo, the Kennedy Legacy” at the Kennedy Center. In 1985, Mikhail Baryshnikov hired Mr. de Cou to conduct American Ballet Theatre and in 1994, he joined the staff of San Francisco Ballet. He has also conducted New York City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, and National Ballet of Holland, among others. Mr. de Cou was born in Los Angeles and studied at the University of Southern California. He was the subject of a documentary on National Public Radio and was chosen from 200 candidates to study in Leonard Bernstein’s master class at the Hollywood Bowl.


Allan Dameron, Conductor

Company Pianists

Allan Dameron, Christina Siemens, Pianists
Stephen Barnes, Yelena Golets, Katja Rubin, Don Vollema, Class Pianists


Violin 1

Michael Jinsoo Lim, Concertmaster
Brittany Boulding, Associate Concertmaster
Lynn Bartlett-Johnson
Natasha Bazhanov†
Stephen Daniels
Tom Dziekonski*
Ella Marie Gray*
Peter Krysa
Rebecca Lowe*
Christine Olason*

Violin 2

Ingrid Fredrickson*, Principal
Rita Lee, Assistant Principal
William Boyd*
Anne Cady*
Adrianna Hulscher
Laurel Wells
Kim Zabelle


Scott Ligocki, Principal
Betty Agent*, Assistant Principal
Tim Christie
Joyce Ramée*
Laura Renz
Eileen Swanson*


Page Smith*, Principal
Virginia Dziekonski*, Assistant Principal
Meg Brennand
Andrea Chandler
Charles Jacot
Brian Wharton


Todd Larsen, Principal
Stephen Schermer, Assistant Principal
Maurice Clubb
Ben Musa


Karla Flygare*, Principal
Laura Werner


Laura Werner


Dan Williams, Principal
Tad Margelli*

English Horn

Tad Margelli


Jennifer Nelson, Principal
Denise Lum

Bass Clarinet/eb Clarinet

Denise Lum


Mona Butler*, Principal
Dana Jackson


Rodger Burnett*, Principal
Danielle Lemieux
Richard Reed*
Ryan Stewart


Richard Werner*


Mark Williams*, Principal
Kay Nichols*

Bass Trombone

Douglas Nierman*


Ryan Schultz, Principal


Phillip Hanson*, Principal


Matthew Kocmieroski*, Principal
Gunnar Folsom


John Carrington, Principal


Allan Dameron
Christina Siemens

Personnel Manager

Rodger Burnett


Mona Butler


  • *Founding members of PNB Orchestra (1989)
  • Revolving members of the string sections are listed alphabetically
  • The Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra is composed of musicians represented by the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians
  • Sherman Clay & Co. is the official purveyor of pianos for Pacific Northwest Ballet.
  • Steinway & Sons is the official piano of PNB.
  • †On sabbatical leave

Costume Shop

Larae Theige Hascall, Costume Shop Manager
Sherri J. Thompson, Wardrobe Mistress
Barbara Pritchard, Assistant Wardrobe Mistress
Patrick Stovall, Wardrobe Assistant
Robin Emerson, Costume Shop Assistant
Victoria McFall, Mark Zappone, Drapers
Luna Pham, Pauline Smith, First Hands
Terry Frank, Millinery/Crafts
Wendy Oberlin, Dyer/Painter
Shelby Adele Rogers, Head of Specialty Makeup
Joyce Degenfelder, Wigmaster

Scene Shop & Production

Norbert Herriges, Technical Director
Randall G. Chiarelli, Resident Lighting Designer
Sandra Barrack, Production Stage Manager,
Mary Catherine McGuire, Assistant Stage Manager
Murray Johnson, Master Carpenter
Dante Leonardi, Master Electrician
Jeffrey Stebbins, Master of Properties
Alan Hiskey, Flyman
Howard Neslen, Tim Casey, Assistant Carpenters
Jonathan Hackett, Production Electrician
Kevin Krist, Jay Gosselin, Properties Assistants
Jan Harvey-Smith, Chief Scenic Artists
Ruth Gilmore, Scott Bennett, Kelly Staton, Jennifer Law, Scenic Artists
Jeff Doll, Lighting Technician
Toby Basiliko, Sound Technician
Jim Austin, Chris Balducci, Follow Spot
Jack Taylor, Videographer
Peter Grantt, Shop Carpenter
Reed Nakayama, Assistant Electrician

Physical Therapy Services

Steven Anderson, MD, Pierce E. Scranton Jr., MD, Consulting Physicians
Boyd Bender, Physical Therapist
Christopher Kagen, Ellie Pierce, Massage Therapists


Marjorie Thompson, PNBConditioning Program Director
Alexandra Dickson
Carol Elsner
Deborah Kenner
Dina McDermott
Uraina Nagy
Kayoko Price
Kristen Rusnak
Tara Stepenberg

The Seattle Gym, Official Fitness Club for PNB Dancers


Chairman – David Hadley
President – Joan Fitzmaurice
Treasurer – Chris Rich
Secretary – Lynn Lindsay
Assistant Secretary – Lynne Graybeal
Immediate Past Chairman – Aya Hamilton2

Vice Presidents

Board & Donor Development – Gail James
Marketing/Public Relations – Sara Jones
Education – Gregory Kusnick
Volunteer Development – Barbara Pearson
New Works – Peter Horvitz2
Foundation Board Chairman – Peter Horvitz2
Governance Leadership – Peter Horvitz2
Chairman Emeritus – Sheffield Phelps*

Ex-Officio Trustees

Artistic Director – Peter Boal1
Executive Director – Ellen Walker1
Young Patrons Circle – Molly Davis | Daniel Rathbone
PNB Stars – Kristin Pastoriza
PNB League – Rebecca Wakefield
Parents Association – Laura Rookstool

Governing Board of Trustees

Heidi Alessi
Carl Behnke 2
Susan Brotman 2
Cheryl Clark
Jane Cremin
Jerald Farley
Sharon Falkner
Stephen E. Fuhs
Joerg Gablonsky
Robin F. Gainey
Susan Grinstein
William Grinstein
Maria Gunn
W. Daniel Heidt 2
Kalen Holmes
Toni Hoover
Pam Johnson
Christy Jones
H. David Kaplan
April Kieburtz
Dan Kingston
Megan Kirley
Wendy Kizzier
Rocke Koreis
Lisa Kroese
Natasha Lalji
Alex Lange
Carol Neiman
Charles Newton
Susan Okamoto
Alida Oles
Gwendolyn C. Payton
Tom A. Puentes
James Raisbeck
Richard C. Redman
Barbara Ries
Catherine Ries
Scott Scherer
Johnese Spisso
Aimee Truchard
David Vaskevitch
Deidra Wager
Connie Walsh
Deborah Watson
Sheree Wen
Leslie Yamada

Advisory Board of Trustees

Nancy Alvord
Kathy Alvord Gerlich
Elisabeth Bodal
Barbara Chaplin
Margaret Dell’Osso
Elizabeth Dougherty
Patricia Edwards
Eliza Flug
Caroline Goedhart
Gail Goralski
Stacy Graves
Steven M. Harlow
Tracy Harsvik
Anne-Marie Hedges
Tom Hedges
Cathy Beth Hooper
C. James Judson
Glenn Kawasaki
Firoz Lalji
Deborah Lamb
Candy J. Lee
Carrie Lee
Jennifer Lowe
Helene Mawyer
Frederick W. McDonald
Tracy McGuire
Arnold Ness
Mimi Richards
Michael Righi
John C. Rudolf
John F. Shaw
John H. Short
Melba Short
Mel Sturman
Angela Sutter
Peggy Swistak
Christina Tanner
Shannon Tierney
Lisa Wahbe
Jodi Wong
Arlene Wright
Jack D. Wulfekuhle

Trustees Emeriti

Norma Cugini
Jane M. Davis
Wendy Griffin 2
Travis Keeler 2
Cathi Hatch 2
Arthur H. Mazzola 2
Jane McConnell
Joe Norman 2
Francia Russell
Kent Stowell
Carol Wright

Board of Trustees Life Fellows

Patty Barrier
Kay Baxter
Benjamin W. Bevis
Robert R. Braun, Jr.
Ron Elgin
James A. Elias
Brady Richardson
Don C. Franklin
Catherine Hobi Hawes
David F. Hill
Catherine Hobi Hawes
John Iverson
Helen C. Kloess*
Dr. Susan Lindsay
Sharon Richardson
Maria Postnikoff-Downing
Marsha Rich Ingham
Susan R. Richey
Cynthia Stroum
Linda Warson 2
David B. Winder 2
Linda Wyman

1Advisory/Ex Officio
2Past Chairs
* Deceased

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