Who we are
Founded in 1973, Houston Ballet Guild has supported Houston Ballet, its Academy and special programs with passion and dedication for more than 40 years. We are committed to furthering the awareness of the art of ballet. And membership has its privileges!
The primary mission of the Guild is to support the programs, projects and performances of Houston Ballet and its Academy through active volunteer service and financial contributions.
The amazing women and men of Houston Ballet Guild love to celebrate the creativity of ballet. And we are social too! Our members enjoy a rich calendar of events, and there’s something for everyone. The Guild ensures that its members have a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the nation's fourth-largest ballet company.
Guild events are diverse and exciting. These include the incomparable Nutcracker Market, world-class performances by Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet II, intimate gatherings, exclusive in-studio meet and greet evenings, community engagement programs, annual trips, and much more!
Why do you love ballet?
For the classic and beautiful lines of the ballerinas?
The exceptional, inventive choreography?
The stunning and colorful sets and costumes?
The passion, drama and sheer beauty of the performances?
Members of Houston Ballet Guild love ballet
for all these reasons and more!
Officers & Board
President Casey Rowe
President-Elect Wendy Wilkins Burks
Vice President - Membership Jan DeCoux
Corresponding Secretary Clemencia Larimore
Parliamentarian Jennifer Kushner
Recording Secretary Susan Binney
Treasurer Myrna Fisch
Guild Coffee Chairmen (Fall) Dottie Erwin-Legendre & Sara Parr
Guild Coffee Chairmen (Spring) Gaylon Gullquist, Sally Miller & Mary Alice Parmet
Guild Trip Chairman Carol Brany & Sam Gershen
HBII Birthday Celebrations Chairman Linda Johnston
Hospitality Chairmen Jerry Ayers, Karan Robinson, Pam Staples, Phyllis Ullman & Jenny Williams
Houston Ballet Academy Support Chairmen Diane Fitzgerald & John Kendall
Houston Ballet Docents Chairman Laurie Johnson
Invitations Chairmen Beth Bryant & Michelle Jeffery
Membership Drive Events Chairmen Denise Malone & Liz Schlotzhauer
Membership Greeters Chairmen Tua Burke, Evelyn Leightman, Susan Osterberg, Rhonda Smith & Renita Wilson
Membership Mentors Chairman Mignon Gill
Membership Renewal Chairmen Cecilia Campbell & Kaylon Phillips
Needles En Pointe Chairman Marcie Bristol
New Member Orientation Chairman Jeannie Chandler
Nutcracker Market Chairman Wendy Wilkins Burks
Nutcracker Market Chairman-Elect Sara Parr
Special Advisors Katrina Arnim, Patsy Chapman, Cynthia Christ, Mary Ann Crocker, Cheryl Gallagher & Tina Raham Stewart
Special Events Chairmen (Fall) Zarina Ablyazizova, Jeannie Chandler, Mignon Gill
Special Events Chairmen (Spring) Megan Kessler & Tracey Williford
Student Matinees Chairmen Cynthia Brown, Sharon Erskine & Jean May
Theater District Open House Chairman Jana Stiffel
Tutu Times Chairman Susan Inger
Wortham Boutique Sales Chairman Martha Jones
Wortham Boutique Workshops Chairmen Marcie Bristol & Helen L.-Toombs