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March 23, 2023

Seattle Opera

Christina Scheppelmann, Seattle Opera general director, appointed Marissa Betz-Zall chief financial officer, and Angela Gist chief operations officer. Betz-Zall and Gist succeed Jane Repensek, who had served as COO/CFO since 2017. As CFO, Betz-Zall will manage the financial health of the company, seeking new funding strategies and overseeing the $25 million budget. Betz-Zall began with Seattle Opera in 2013 as a senior accountant and later as a controller, before serving as associate director of finance from 2019–2021. In her most recent position as CFO client consultant for RADAR Nonprofit Solutions, Betz-Zall oversaw the onboarding of multiple new organizations, including Seattle Opera, to the remote finance platform. As COO, Gist will oversee the company's facilities, IT, and human resources departments, and will work closely with the board to chart the company's future. Gist joined Seattle Opera in 2021 as director of human resources. Previously, Gist served as artistic director of Vashon Center for the Arts and as managing director of Freehold Theatre. Seattle Opera was established in 1963.

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