North Carolina Arts in Action Board of Directors 2015


Susan Garrity, Board Chair
Vice President, Basham Associates - Raleigh
Laura Bayzle
Research Director for the Link Group - Raleigh 

Beverley Clark
Former Wake County School Board Member - Raleigh

Wanda Boone
Executive Director and Founder of Together for Resilient Youth (T.R.Y.) - Durham    

Brandon Ives
Managing Partner, Brasco Design and Marketing - Raleigh

Marilyn Chappell
Owner/Operator of Holly Springs Dance Company - Raleigh

Susan Herst, Board Treasurer
Partner, Urban Durham Realty - Durham

Eileen Cowel
Vice President and Marketing Specialist,
SunTrust - Central Carolina Region - Durham

Jeffrey LaRiche
President/CEO, Castle Worldwide - Chapel Hill

Melanie Doerner
Development Director, North Carolina Theatre - Raleigh

Nicole Oxendine 
Dancer/Teacher/Therapist, Director of Dance Department at Hillside High School - Durham 

John Mabe
Council for Nexsen, Pruet Law Firm - Raleigh

Mindy Solie, Board Vice Chair
Community Activist - Durham 

Tricia Phoenix
Community Volunteer - Raleigh
Suzanne Spignesi
Development Associate, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Durham

Star Sampson
Retired Principal at Holt Elementary Language Academy - Durham

LJ Yarborough
MBA, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, CRPC® 
Associate, Envestnet - Raleigh
Dianne Sellers
Former Commissioner, North Carolina Industrial Commission

Marlon Torres, MBA, PMP, CAE, Ex officio member
Executive Director, NC Arts in Action

Honorary Board Members

Deshera Mack (1955-2016)
Retired Principal Mel and Zora Rashkis Elementary

The Honorable Shirley Berger (1923-2011) Founder

Our Mission
North Carolina Arts in Action helps children reach their full potential using performing arts as the catalyst to build focus, discipline, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership.

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