Merola Opera Program Announces Company’s First-Ever Director of Advancement

By David Salazar

The Merola Opera Program has announced that Nancy E. Petrisko will be taking on the newly created role of Director of Advancement, effective June 1, 2021.

In her new role, Petrisko will lead the way with fundraising efforts as well as communicating regularly with Board Members, overseeing the planning and execution of the annual benefit gala, and developing new approaches for increasing audiences and membership.

“I am thrilled to have Nancy join the Merola team,” said Merola Executive Director Jean Kellogg in a press release. “She has so many of the qualifications we were looking for—extensive development experience in a wide-range of arts and education organizations, excellent rapport with donors, a history of mentoring staff members, deep respect in the arts community, and a great passion for opera and young artists. I am certain she will be a catalyst for new ideas for building support in order to sustain the quality and vitality of Merola and the future of opera.”

Petrisko’s resume includes work with several opera companies including Washington National Opera, Vocal Arts Society, Opera Lafayette, Washington Concert Opera, and Opera Parallèle. She worked as an Operations Manager with San Francisco Opera for over 30 years and is also Director of Development for the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis.