Women’s Guild

2015-2016
Women’s Guild Officers

President
Mrs. Patrick Dowling (Betsy)

Administrative VP
Ms. Laura J. Donnaway

Education VP   
Ms. Ann R. Duffy
Mrs. Clarkson Moseley (Shirley)

Fundraising VP
Mrs. Bruce A. Gordon (Melissa)
Mrs. John L. Eckholdt (Virginia)

Guild Home Reservations VP
Mrs. George M. Murrell
(Pat Dunbar)

Home VP
Ms. Graziella de Ayerdi
Mrs. William Long (Dee)

Membership VP 
Mrs. Alvin A. Baumer (Penny)

Social VP
Mrs. A.J. Capritto (Eileen)
Mrs. Bernard J. Eckholdt Jr. (Joan)

Recording Secretary
Mrs. Patrick D. Breeden (Margie)

Corresponding Secretary   
Mrs. Kearny Robert (Kathleen)

Financial Secretary 
Mrs. John L. Heard Jr. (Anne)

Treasurer   
Ms. Karen T. Villavaso

Special Advisor  
Mrs. Thomas S. Davidson (Betty)

Historian  
Mrs. Robert B. Anderson (Ann)

Parliamentarian
Mrs. Joseph J. Darlak (Gloria)

Immediate Past President
Dr. Erin O’Sullivan Fleming

Junior Committee Co-Chairs
Torry Dean
Summer Duperon

Board of Governors

Term expires 2016

Mrs. J. Robert Barnes
Ms. Cherry Bordelon
Mrs. Prescott N. Dunabr
Mrs. Robert Favret
Ms. Maryann Hillyer Fisher
Mrs. Wynne Friedrichs
Mrs. Don Guzzetta
Mrs. John W. Hall
Mrs. Thomas C. Keclamp
Mrs. Morris Klinger
Mrs. Lee Anne Leopold-Savoie
Mrs. Jacquelyn Lothschuetz
Mrs. David H. Mielke
Dr. Carolyn Clawson Prickett
Mrs. Kenneth Ritter
Mrs. Charles Rodney Smith
Mrs. Rudolph Viener III

Term expires 2017
Ms. Deborah Alciatore-Empey
Mrs. Charles A. Blanque
Ms. Rose Annette Chisesi
Mrs. Frederick W. Christian
Mrs. Alfred J. Colfry Jr.
Mrs. Guy B. Corbett
Ms. Constance Cowart
Ms. Lorraine Cucchiara
Mrs. William E. Elliott
Mrs. George D. Fee III
Mrs. W. Jerry Hudson
Mrs. Charles Edward Lavis
Mrs. John P. Reidy
Mrs. Donald R. Rice
Mrs. Alfred E. Stacey IV
Mrs. Philip J. Straub
Mrs. Peter J. Talluto
Ms. Carol J. Werling
Mrs. Kenneth B. Wisdom

Term Expires 2018
Mrs. Jo-Ann C. Adams
Ms. Barbara Ballard
Mrs. William L. Chapman
Mrs. Thomas S. Davidson
Ms. Marlene Duronslet
Ms. Carrel Epling
Mrs. David E. Ferg
Mrs. W. Wayne Forman
Ms. Anita Garcia
Ms. Amanda Green
Ms. April Hurry
Mrs. John Liukkonen
Dr. Jane Cagan Miller
Ms. Sonya Moore
Mrs. Rawly M. Penick III
Mrs. Darrin Piotrowski
Mrs. L. F. Rogers Jr.
Mrs. Gerald Satawa
Ms. Lynne E. Skidmore
Mrs. Adele C. Uddo
Mrs. Roy C. Walther

Founded in 1947, the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association has an important marketing role in the success of opera in New Orleans. The Women’s Guild plans and executes events with the assistance of dedicated members who volunteer countless hours and share their expertise that continue the legacy of opera in New Orleans. Membership dues are $40 per year and include:

  • Attendance at the General Fall Meeting and Past President’s Reception
  • Attendance at the Eggnog Party and Holiday Boutique
  • Attendance at the Annual meeting and luncheon
  • Four Opera Orientations from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Opera Guild Home
    • Sunday, September 25, 2016: Don Giovanni
    • Sunday, October 30, 2016: Macbeth
    • Sunday, January 29, 2017: Sweeney Todd
    • Sunday, March 19, 2017: Faust

Guild Fundraising Events

  • The elegant September Seduction gala on Friday, September 16, 2016 featuring live entertainment, fine cuisine and libations
  • The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon featuring cocktails, a silent auction, a raffle, a beautiful style show, lunch, and entertainment

Please email our Membership VP to become a member. Follow the Women’s Guild on Facebook!

*If you are a young woman between the ages of 21-40, consider joining the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association!