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Saturday, May 21 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Fundraising and Volunteer Power

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Volunteers and guilds spearhead a range of events that contribute to the sustainability of opera companies and a stronger community of opera supporters. Whether they are organizing international trips, large galas, boutiques or auctions, volunteers are an active fundraising force. Learn more about these projects and find out how guilds are bringing in contributed revenue.

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Leah D. Barto

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America
Leah D. Barto is an arts and culture professional specializing in leadership development, arts education, and strategic impact. As director of learning and leadership at OPERA America, she oversees field learning at the annual conference and is the lead administrator for OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. Barto coordinates education/community engagement services for a network of more than 200 opera education practitioners and... Read More →

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Dan Cooperman

Director of Development, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman joined OPERA America in February 2015 as director of development. He previously served as director of development for BalletX, a contemporary ballet company in Philadelphia, from 2012–2015, during which time the company's budget grew by 40 percent. Cooperman's interest in opera is rooted in his academic study of music history. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in music and German studies and McGill University with... Read More →
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Zack Hangauer

Guild President, Lyric Opera Kansas City
Zack Hangauer is President of the Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild. Zack and his wife, Susan, have been guild members for 10 years and have served on the Board of Directors for the past six years. Zack retired from JP Morgan in 2010 and is living the retirement dream with the arts, travel and golf. Zack is a California native but has lived in Kansas City for the past 22 years. He and Susan have five children and four grandchildren. 

Susan Malott

Managing Director, San Francisco Opera Guild
Susan Malott has been Managing Director of San Francisco Opera Guild since 2006.  Prior to taking on this staff position, she served on the Opera Guild’s Board of Directors for 15 years.  Susan received her Bachelor of Music in voice from Northwestern University, and has over 25 years of experience in the fields of fundraising, events and volunteerism.  
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Rhonda Sweeney

President, Opera Volunteers International
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 3rd year as President of Opera Volunteers International and is a former President and Lifetime Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera Guild. Rhonda is a Houston Grand Opera Trustee serving on 3 key committees related to fundraising. She is also involved as a volunteer Director for the Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as President for the University of Houston's Moores School... Read More →

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