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 purpose of the Guild is to support the programs, projects, mission 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.
Click here to view Houston Ballet Foundation's Mission and Diversity Statements.
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 Jennifer Kushner
President Elect Ann Bean
Vice President of Membership Christine Sofka
Treasurer Michelle Jeffery
Recording Secretary Megan Kessler
Corresponding Secretary Brenda J. Clem
Parliamentarian Traci Bocock
Bravo Events: Jeannie Chandler, CC Conner & Gay Currie
Communication/Social Media: Alison Farb & Brooke Kaplan
Directory: Patsy Chapman & Richard Clem
Fall Kickoff: Wendy Burks, Jackie Eubank, Gaylon Gullquist & Renee Humphrey
HBII Birthday Celebrations: Diane Go
Host Committee: Janis Bell, Jan DeCoux, Abimbola Farinde, Karen Haug, Beverly Hicks, Sally Miller, Susan Osterberg, Marilyn Ragsdale, Krista Shamaly, Pam Staples, Sandra Stettler, Phyllis Ullman & Tracey Williford
Houston Ballet Academy/ECE Support: Susan Binney, Ben Carmona & Leslie Culhane
Houston Ballet Docents: Sharon Roark & Michelle Seymour
Houston Ballet Student Matinees: Cynthia Brown, Catherine Kinsey, Jean May & Devyn Wolens
Membership Recruitment: Elba Villarreal & Amber Westman
Membership Renewal: Dede Aronack-Loughran
Members Trip: Cynthia Christ & Sam Gershen
Needles En Pointe: Marcie Bristol & Causey Coffield
New Member Events: Eileen Murphy, Kaylon Phillips & Casey Rowe
Nutcracker Market Chairman: Mignon Gill
Nutcracker Market Chairman-Elect: Casey Rowe
Social Events Committee: Carol Brant, Tua Burke, Wendy Burks, Joan Dunlap, Dottie Erwin-Legendre, Jackie Eubank, Cheryl Gallagher, Elise Glattier-Hollingsworth, Gaylon Gullquist, Renee Humphrey, Denise Malone, Kari Parsons, Liz Schlotzhauer & Rhonda Smith
Special Advisors: Philamena Baird, Cecilia Campbell, Sharon Erskine, Evelyn Leightman, Mary Dee Neal & Mary Alice Parmet
Spring Coffee: Katrina Arnim, Cindy Cook & Kathryn Riddles
Houston Ballet Theater District Open House: Katherine Bodron, Carol Howes, Diane McDaniel & Jana Stiffel
TutuTimes: Susan Inger
Houston Ballet Wortham Boutique Sales: Martha Jones
Houston Ballet Wortham Boutique Workshops: Marcie Bristol & Helen L.-Toombs