People - Pacific Northwest Ballet


Peter Boal
Peter BoalArtistic Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet; Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet School
Peter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, 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 and became 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.

Otto Neubert
Otto NeubertBallet Master
Otto 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
Anne DabrowskiBallet Master
Anne 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.

Giovanni VillalobosBallet Master
Giovanni Villalobos was born in Puerto Rico, where he began dancing at the age of eight under the guide of Roberto Rodriguez. He studied at the School of American Ballet (with Peter Boal, Jock Soto and Andrei Kramarevsky) and the Royal Danish Ballet (as part of the D.A.N.C.E student exchange program), and he choreographed for the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2003, he was awarded the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, and a year later he joined New York City Ballet. He has worked with prominent choreographers, including Christopher Wheeldon, Susan Stroman, Eliot Feld, Benjamin Millepied, and Liam Scarlett, and he appeared in the film version of Jerome Robbins’ Opus Jazz. In 2014, he was chosen to become a member of the Teachers Fellowship at SAB. Mr. Villalobos was a guest teacher at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 2015, and joined PNB School as a year-round faculty member in the fall of 2018. In June 2019, he became Ballet Master for Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Michele CurtisFamily Matinee Ballet Master
Michele Curtis is Family Matinee Ballet Master for the PNB student matinee productions of Bruce Wells’ Beauty and the Beast, Le Corsaire: A Pirate’s Tale, Hansel & Gretel, Pinocchio, and Snow White. Ms. Curtis joined the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 2006 after a performing career with both classical and contemporary dance companies. She performed with Connecticut Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Donald Byrd/The Group, Pilobolus Dance Theater, and Seattle Dance Project. From Los Angeles, CA, she received her early training from Catherine Kingsley, Meredith Baylis, Yvonne Mounsey, Rosemary Valaire, Stanley Holden, The Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Ms. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from UCLA.

Norbert Herriges
Norbert HerrigesTechnical Director
Norbert 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.

Reed NakayamaResident Lighting Design Coordinator
Reed Nakayama is a lighting and video designer based in Seattle. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he moved to Washington to attend Cornish College of the Arts, where he studied lighting and scenic design, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2007. His designs for local companies include Seattle Shakespeare Company (A Winter’s Tale), Strawberry Theatre Workshop (Our Town), and Teatro Zinzanni (In Tents). In 2013, Mr. Nakayama joined PNB as a member of the stage crew and was named Resident Lighting Design Coordinator in 2019. He has designed the lighting for Kyle Davis’ A Dark and Lonely Space and Ezra Thomson’s The Perpetual State, among other works.

Christine Joly De LotbiniereCostume Shop Manager
Bio coming soon.

Artistic Team

Doug Fullington, Audience Education Manager and Assistant to Peter Boal,
Jon Blake, Birgit Hansen, Librarians
Sheila Dietrich, Archivist

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.

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 Wilson, Director of Company Operations,

Marketing and Communications

Lia Chiarelli, Marketing Director
Lexi Clements, Associate Marketing Director
Gary Tucker, Media Relations Manager
Marsha Bennion, Publications Manager
Caitlin Klask, Senior Marketing Coordinator
Kristen Ramer Liang, Engagement Manager
Lindsay Thomas, Videographer
Cassandra Lea-Saxton, Digital Experience Designer
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
Megan Weigley, Patron Experience Manager
Max Frauel, Patron Experience Supervisor
Julie Jamieson, Group Sales
Amanda Mulvihill, LiLi Pigott, Teal Christensen, Patron Service Representatives
Shaliese Rogers, Telesales Campaign Manager


Elizabeth Damore, Director of Development
Liza Madison, Associate Director of Development
Marianna Clair, Individual Giving and Board Liaison Associate
Suzanne Erickson, Foundation & Government Relations Manager,
Nicole Fredriksen, Corporate Relations Manager
Maria Gorbaty, Development Coordinator
Carrie Mood, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Manager,
Kristin Price, Special Events Manager
Nicole Song, Annual Fund Manager,

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.


Josh Archibald-Seiffer  Conductor/Pianist

Company Pianists

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


Violin 1
Michael Jinsoo Lim, Concertmaster
Jennifer Caine Provine, Associate Concertmaster
Emilie Choi, Assistant Concertmaster
Stephen Daniels**
Tom Dziekonski*
Ella Marie Gray*
YeSol Im
Lynn Bartlett Johnson**
Raffaela Kalmar
Petro Krysa
Christine Olason*

Violin 2
Rita Lee, Principal
Raffaela Kalmar, Assistant Principal
Ingrid Fredrickson*
William E. Boyd*
Anne Cady*
Adrianna Hulscher
Laurie Wells
Kim Zabelle**

Alexander Grimes, 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
Evan Pengra Sult, Principal
Laura Werner 

Laura Werner

Dan Williams, Principal
Tad Margelli*

English Horn
Tad Margelli

Jennifer Nelson**, Principal
Denise Lum

Bass Clarinet/E-Flat
Denise Lum

Mona S. Butler*, Principal
Dana Jackson

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

Richard Werner*

Mark Williams*, Principal
Kay D. Nichols*

Bass Trombone
Douglas Nierman*

Ryan Schultz, Principal

Phil Hanson*, Principal

Matthew Kocmieroski*, Principal
Gunnar Folsom

John Carrington, Principal

Allan Dameron
Christina Siemens

Personnel Manager
Rodger Burnett

Music Librarian
Mona S. Butler

*Founding members of PNB Orchestra (1989).
**25 plus years with PNB Orchestra.
The Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra is composed of musicians represented by the PNB Orchestra Players Organization.
Steinway & Sons is the official piano of PNB.

Costume Shop

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

Scene Shop & Production

Norbert Herriges, Technical Director
Sandra Barrack, Production Stage Manager,
Leigh'Ann Andrews, Stage Manager
Randall G. Chiarelli, Resident Lighting Designer
Murray Johnson, Master Carpenter
Dante Leonardi, Master Electrician
Jeffrey Stebbins, Master of Properties
Alan Hiskey, Flyman
Peter Gantt, Shop Carpenter
Howard Neslen, Tim Casey, Assistant Carpenters
Jonathan Hackett, Production Electrician
Reed Nakayama, Assistant Electrician
Jay Gosselin, Kevin Krist, Properties Assistants
Jan Harvey-Smith, Master Scenic Artist
Scott Bennett, Jennifer Law, Kelly Staton,
Scenic Artists
Dominic Iacono, Lighting Technician
Toby Basiliko, Sound
Jim Austin, John Evans, Follow Spot
Jack Taylor, Videographer

Physical Therapy Services

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


Amy Barkley, Pilates Coordinator
Melissa Brown
Carol Elsner
Teresa Hanawalt
Deborah Kenner
Dina McDermott
Uraina Nagy
Kayoko Price
Suzanne Singla
Tara Stepenberg
Marjorie Thompson

The Seattle Gym, Official Fitness Club for PNB Dancers


Chairman – Aya Hamilton
President – Joan Fitzmaurice
Treasurer – Maria Mackey
Secretary – Lynn Lindsay
Immediate Past Chairman – Aya Hamilton 2 3
Chairman Emeritus – Sheffield Phelps 2 3 *
Assistant Secretary – H. David Kaplan
VP of Governance – Lynne Graybeal

Committee Chairs

Trustee Engagement – Vivian Schwab
Education – Jon Conte
Major Gifts – Peter Horvitz 2 3
Marketing & Public Relations – Sara Jones
Foundation Board Chairman - Peter Horvitz 2 3

Ex-Officio Trustees

Artistic Director – Peter Boal 1
Executive Director – Ellen Walker 1

Young Patrons Circle – Jon Shepherd
Parents Association – Jennifer Gaines 1
PNB STARS – Alesha Shemwell 1

Governing Board of Trustees

Donna Barnett
Carl Behnke 2
Susan Brotman 2
Sue Buske
Jon Conte
Sharon Falkner
Jerald Farley
Joan Fitzmaurice
Stephen E. Fuhs
Lynne Graybeal
William Grinstein
Elizabeth Guez
David Hadley
Aya Hamilton
W. Daniel Heidt 2
Kalen Holmes
Toni Hoover
Peter Horvitz
Gail James
Christy Jones
Sara Jones
H. David Kaplan
Dan Kingston
Megan Kirley
Wendy Kizzier
Alex Lange
Terrel Lefferts
Josh Lieberman
Lynn Lindsay
Maria Mackey
Frederick W. McDonald
Carol Neiman
Susan Okamoto
Gwendolyn C. Payton
Betty Pirnat
Tom A. Puentes
James Raisbeck
Barbara Ries
Catherine Ries
Vivian Schwab
Elizabeth Stokes
Aimee Truchard
Stephanie True
Natasha Lalji Verjee
Connie Walsh
Jodi Wong
Leslie Yamada

Advisory Board of Trustees

Marleen Alhadeff
Mariana Ancira
Courtney Bear
Elisabeth Bodal
Kristin Bunce
Cheryl Clark
Brooke de Boutray
Margaret Dell’Osso
Elizabeth Dougherty
Becky Figueroa
Kathy Alvord Gerlich
Stacy Graves
Adiel Guinzburg
Samantha Holloway
CathyBeth Hooper
Jill Jackson
Pamela Johnson
Glenn Kawasaki
April Kieburtz
Maritta Ko
Rocke Koreis
Candy J. Lee
Helene Mawyer
Alida Oles
Kristin Pastoriza
Mimi Richards
Jenna Shah
Alesha Shemwell
Mel Sturman
Peggy Swistak
Christina Tanner
Jennifer Thompson
Karen Van Til
Deidra Wager
Lisa Wahbe
Kathryn Wickham
Shirley Zaic

Trustees Emeriti

Norma Cugini*
Jane M. Davis*
Wendy Griffin 2
Cathi Hatch 2
Travis Keeler 3
Arthur H. Mazzola 2
Jane McConnell
Joe Norman 3
Rick Redman
Francia Russell
Kent Stowell
Carol Wright

Board of Trustees Life Fellows

Patty Barrier
Kay Baxter
Robert R. Braun, Jr.
Ron Elgin
James A. Elias
Don C. Franklin
David F. Hill 3
Catherine Hobi Hawes
John Iverson 3 *
Jim Judson*
Dr. Susan Lindsay
Maria Postnikoff-Downing
Marsha Rich Ingham
Sharon Richardson
Susan R. Richey
Cynthia Stroum
Linda Warson
David B. Winder 2 3
Linda Wyman

Past Chairs

Sheffield Phelps*
David Winder
Arthur Mazzola
Wendy Griffin
Luke Helms
Susan Brotman
Allen Shoup
W. Daniel Heidt
Cathi Hatch
Peter Horvitz
Carl Behnke
Aya Hamilton

Past Presidents

Harold Heath*
Sheffield Phelps*
David Winder
John Iverson*
Travis Keeler
Jerome Sanford*
Arthur Jacobus
David Hill
James Kraft
Peter Horvitz
Aya Hamilton
Joe Norman
David Hadley

1Advisory/Ex Officio
2Past Chairs
* Deceased

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Kent Stowell

Kent Stowell

Founding Artistic Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Kent Stowell was Artistic Director and principal choreographer of Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1977 until his retirement in June 2005.

Mr. Stowell began his dance training with Willam Christensen at the University of Utah, later joining San Francisco Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet in 1962 and was promoted to soloist in 1963. In 1970, he joined the Munich Opera Ballet as a leading dancer and choreographer. In 1973, Mr. Stowell was appointed ballet master and choreographer of Frankfurt Ballet, and he was named, with Francia Russell, Co-Artistic Director of the company in 1975. In 1977, Mr. Stowell and Ms. Russell were appointed Artistic Directors of Pacific Northwest Ballet. During his tenure, Mr. Stowell choreographed thirty-six ballets for the Company. His many contributions to the repertory include Swan Lake, Cinderella, Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Firebird, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Hail to the Conquering Hero, Carmen, and Silver Lining.

In 2001, the University of Utah honored Mr. Stowell with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Stowell’s other awards and honors include the Washington State Governor’s Arts Award, the Dance Magazine Award, an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Washington, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Seattle University. In 2004, Stowell received the ArtsFund Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was recognized by the King County Council for his achievements in the arts.


Francia Russell

Francia Russell

Founding Artistic Director, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Francia Russell was Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 1977 until her retirement in June 2005. She is responsible for the addition to the Company’s repertory of many works of George Balanchine. In addition to teaching, rehearsing, and promoting the potential of Company dancers, Ms. Russell enriched the curriculum of PNB School by adding related subjects of study and engaging a team of expert consultants. She also oversaw the development of an extensive community education program and founded the DanceChance program in 1994. These components of the School were distinguished as ahead of their time in American dance education.

Ms. Russell’s most influential teachers were Felia Doubrovska, Antonina Tumkovsky, Vera Volkova, Robert Joffrey, and George Balanchine. She joined New York City Ballet in 1956 and was promoted to soloist in 1959. She retired from the company in 1961, danced for a year with Jerome Robbins’ Ballets USA, and taught on the faculty of the School of American Ballet in 1962-1963. In 1964, Balanchine appointed her ballet mistress of NYCB. Ms. Russell was one of the first ballet masters chosen by Balanchine to stage his works. To date, she has staged 246 productions of Balanchine ballets worldwide. In 1987, she staged the first Balanchine ballet in the People’s Republic of China for the Shanghai Ballet, and in 1988-1989, she staged the historic first authorized performance of Balanchine’s work in his homeland for the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg. From 1975 to 1977, Ms. Russell and Kent Stowell were Co-Artistic Directors of Frankfurt Ballet.

Ms. Russell’s numerous awards include the Washington State Governor’s Arts Award, the Dance Magazine Award, an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Washington, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Seattle University, and the Brava Award from Women’s University Club of Seattle. In 2004, Ms. Russell received the Arts Fund Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was recognized by the King County Council for her achievements in the arts.