The Pella Opera House has a new Executive Director. Ames native Renee McLaughlin recently took the position when she moved back to Iowa after spending four years in Ketchikan, Alaska. McLaughlin tells KNIA/KRLS News that she is happy to be in Pella. She says that she has really enjoyed her time at the Pella Opera House and has been busy booking different acts from comedians to country music singers. After applying, McLaughlin was interviewed twice and was offered the position shortly after.