2018-19 Friends of Arts NC State Advisory Board Members

Through active involvement and engagement, Arts NC State’s Board of Advisors promotes the welfare and development of Arts NC State’s programs through advocacy, fundraising, and service. Our members serve as liaisons for generating interest in Arts NC State’s programs and initiatives, playing a crucial role in helping to develop the private financial resources necessary to support and strengthen our exceptional programs.

 

 

John Coggin, Chair

John Coggin is an NC State alumnus who graduated in 2009 with degrees in communication and interdisciplinary studies. He serves as the Director of Advocacy for the NC Rural Center. John attended Arts NC State events as a student and now attends theater, dance, opera, and visual arts events throughout the Triangle.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I wanted to do more to support the arts and students at NC State.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Arts NC State exposes students to a world outside of many students’ academic realms and allows students to hone avocational goals in the arts while at NC State.”

Tara Owens, Chair Elect

Tara Owens graduated from NC State in 2005 with a BA in communications. She serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Eschelon Experiences, a Raleigh-based restaurant group. Her professional accomplishments include implementing advertising and marketing initiatives, sculpting the company’s charitable contribution plan, and creating new internal departmental structures. Tara is an active member in the drama department at her church, and she and her husband patronizing Arts NC State, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Little Theatre, DPAC, and others.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I care immensely about the arts and my alma mater. It felt like a natural fit to combine two of my great loves!”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“The arts can cultivate great emotional and intellectual depth in the student body and community at large.”

Bruce Branson

Bruce Branson has served as a Professor of Accounting at NC State’s Poole College of Management for over 25 years. He received BS and PhD degrees in accounting from Florida State University. Bruce has supported NC State LIVE and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design for many years. She also regularly attends performances and events at the North Carolina Museum of Art and other venues throughout the Triangle.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

Arts NC State is a tremendous resource for the NC State community and Raleigh. It has enriched our lives significantly, and I wanted to help ensure its continued growth and success.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Exposure to so many disparate art forms. Students and faculty have the opportunity to experience music, performance art, visual art, dance so easily and so well curated.”

Shawn Brewster

Tom Cabaniss

Tom earned a BS from NC State’s College of Engineering and a JD from the University of Virginia. He serves as managing partner of McGuireWoods LLP, focusing on corporate finance, restructuring, and bankruptcy. In 2013, Tom received the Watauga Medal, the university’s top non-academic honor, and joined NC State’s Board of Trustees. Tom has served NC State in various capacities as both a volunteer and donor. He joined the Friends of Arts NC State Board of Advisors in the same year and made a lead contribution to the Gregg Museum of Art & Design building campaign.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook began his career as a 4-H agent at NC Cooperative Extension in Harnett County followed by 30 years with the statewide organization for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives in member relations and training. After his retirement from that organization, Dan joined NC State’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences part-time as the interim director of the 4-H Development Fund. In 2017, Dan founded his own training and development consulting business (3C Consulting LLC).

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I have been involved in some area, music, theatre, pottery  and visual arts since my childhood and especially beginning in my high school years and continuing until the present.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“I have been a NC state ‘fan’ since I first attended NC 4-H Congress (held on NC State’s campus) as a teenager. Being asked to serve on the FANS Board gives me an opportunity to gain an even greater appreciation for ALL of the many ways that students can take an active role in some aspect of the arts.  It also allows me perfect opportunities to share with friends and associates all of the great programs and community outreach programs that are made available throughout the year.”

Joan-Ellen Deck

Joan-Ellen Deck and her husband, Thomas Sayre, are mainstays in the Raleigh arts community. While not formally trained, Joan-Ellen is a dedicated “dabbler” in the arts. She has taken various local arts classes, including at the Crafts Center. Joan-Ellen has primarily worked with fabric sewing, and dying, though her current focus is on Encaustic. She is an avid follower and supporter of the local dance community and was the only non-major dancer in her college’s dance company. Joan-Ellen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from Corker College and Appalachian State University, respectively.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I believe that exposure to the arts is important in the development of rounded, sophisticated members of society. I feel that institutions of higher learning are a perfect place to allow access to the arts, and NC State is exceptional in this area.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Beyond the classroom a university should offer a stimulating and vibrant environment to support the growth of the students it serves. The arts are an important way to expose students and the surrounding community to exciting and different ways of viewing the world.

Besides developing and growing the personal creativity of the individual, exposure to the arts is creating consumers of the arts. Individuals who value the arts are more likely currently and in the future to seek and participate in arts opportunities in their communities. Having active participants and supporters of the arts helps the arts thrive, which adds to the richness of life in any community.”

Paul Fomberg

Paul Fomberg retired in 2016 from nearly 29 years at the NC State Historic Preservation Office. He earned a BA in history and American Studies from UNC-Charlotte and a MA in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. Paul is a longtime supporter of University Theatre and NC State LIVE and an avid collector of antiques, particularly 19th and early 20th antiques (with a focus on tableware).

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I served previously on the former Theatre Endowment Board now on the Arts NC State Board due to my interest in performing arts.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Living near a university always provides opportunities for attending arts events and adds to the community at large, as well as provides a well-rounded educational experience for the students.”

Gary Greene

Gary Greene is an NC State alumnus and current parent of an NC State student. He is the President/CEO of Greene Resources, a recruiting firm founded in 2000 offering a wide range of talent solutions to connect people and companies. Gary graduated in 1990 from NC State with a BA with honors in business management and economics. His son, Joseph, a member of the class of 2020, is University Scholar pursuing a degree in computer science. Gary and his wife, Julie, have attended Arts NC State events and supported the programs financially for many years in addition to being members of the greater Triangle arts community.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“Alex Miller [retired Vice Provost] led the University Scholars Program when I was a student years ago going through the program. Alex kept in touch over the years and had me come back on occasion to speak to students and faculty. He introduced me to the Friends of Arts NC State Board of Advisors, which has been a wonderful way to reconnect with the university.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“It is through the arts that one can create, innovate, communicate freely, express emotion, tell a story, and fulfill a passion. At NC State, students may be majoring in something else, but they are able to express themselves and fulfill their passions through the arts programs. By opening up these programs to the community, it provides exposure to NC State. More importantly, it connects the students and faculty to the world outside the university and provides a much-desired resource that any growing community needs – access to the arts.”

Roxanne Hicklin

Roxanne Hicklin has served as the Director of Art & Scenic Operations at SAS for over 35 years, where she stewards the company’s internationally known art collection. She is a longtime supporter of Wolfpack Women’s Basketball and the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. In 2017, Roxanne broadened her support of NC State by establishing the Visual Artist Award Endowment. Roxanne is trained in the fine arts and holds a BFA from Salem College.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I support Arts NC State in many other ways, so I decided this would be a good way to further support my passion, both for NC State and for the arts at NC State.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Art enlightens everyday life. It inspires creativity in the creator and the viewer. I am very pleased that NC State recognizes the value of art for the students and the public.”

Jason Horne

Jason Horne, an NC State alumnus, began working at SAS in 1997, when he was still a student. In 1999 he went full-time at SAS as an Application Developer. In the past few years he has transitioned to a role of Enterprise Architect, where he works with leaders across the rest of the company to transform the company’s internal software systems to meet future business needs. Jason received a BS in mathematics, a BS in secondary mathematics education, and MS in computer science from NC State. While a graduate student, Jason participated in the Music Department’s Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Pep Bands. Jason and his wife, Eva Feucht, ‘02, are still active musicians and are members of Raleigh’s Little German Band and Dancers and Oakwood Second Line. Their two very young children are budding musicians as well.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

The music program was a key part of my experience at NC State. If there’s any wisdom to be found in my brain, I’m happy to try to use it to help future students realize the benefits of engagement with the arts as well.

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“The arts programs at NC State add vibrancy to the university community and the city, through educational, entertainment, and cultural programs. Even more importantly, it gives participating students opportunities to develop their artistic and leadership skills, which will benefit them after graduation as citizens of Raleigh or elsewhere.”

Bernard Hyman

Bernie Hyman received a masters in social work from Columbia University. His successful career culminated with leading the United Way in Pennsylvania and then North Carolina. He then taught at the UNC School of Social Work for nearly a decade before retiring in 2003. Bernie is an avid collector of fine art (60 years) and pottery (30 years). His major pottery collection is being donated to the Gregg Museum of Art & Design.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I served as a Friends of the Gregg Board president and member before joining the Arts NC State Board. My board service is a logical extension of my lifelong interest and support of the arts.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“For students, Arts NC State provides a more well-rounded educational experience and potential for lifelong pleasure. For the community, Arts NC State provides an opportunity to reflect on the culture and creative process at the heart of the ‘good life’.”

Jason Lemons

Jason Lemons graduated from NC State in 1998 with a degree in textile management. He has served as a direct sales leader throughout his career and has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2007. Jason plays the guitar, attends concerts, and visit museums with his family. His two young children are involved in the arts, including in music, painting, and drama.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“Once I learned about Arts NC State and reflected on my time attending the university, I was excited to have the opportunity to join the board. I love NC State and am a believer that the university has not yet met its potential. I think the arts are a way to support the community and the students at NC State.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“The arts are so important to our community and I think NC State can play an important role. For example, the Gregg connects “downtown arts” to the campus so beautifully. As the university continues to grow and evolve and branch out further into the community, the university and community have a responsibility to support one another, and the arts can be a great example of serving one another.”

Rebekah Middleton, Student Representative

Alex Obiol, Student Senate Representative

Alex Obiol is a student studying Textile Engineering with a concentration in Information Systems. Alex is a Park Scholar and serves as the Director of the University Affairs Department (within Student Government). A dancer in high school, Alex now focuses on textile crafts, including knitting, embroidery, and sewing.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“Arts have always been central to relationships within my family and my own life. I decided to join the Friends of Arts NC State Board of Advisors because I wanted to learn more about NC State’s arts programming, and to offer a student voice to the Board in order to increase opportunities for students all over campus.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Arts programming brings life into communities. It provides a way for people to express their emotions, to connect with others, and to discover new ways of thinking. This effect is important for college campuses, as it forces people to push their boundaries, which is what college is about for young students.”

Sharon Perry

Sharon Perry graduated from NC State with a degree in French in 1971. As a student she refinished her Sailfish sailboat at the Crafts Center and attended Friends of the College and Thompson Theatre performances. Sharon retired in 2001 after serving as the executive director of several trade associations, including the Travel Council of North Carolina and the American Society of Echocardiography. A lifelong arts lover, Sharon took ballet classes as an adult and is a supporter of Carolina Ballet, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Arts NC State.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“My husband (whom I met while we were students at NC State) and I have lived in Raleigh for 44 years. I have taken courses at the Craft Center and to enjoy NC State LIVE and University Theatre performances. I appreciate the opportunities the university offers to enrich the lives of Raleigh residents as well as students, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the board.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Access to Arts NC State provides many students their first opportunity to experience both student and professional performances, which certainly contribute to well-rounded and happy young people. Students who take the extra step of participating in the programs of Arts NC State are further enriched. The programs are an important benefit to the entire community and are part of what makes Raleigh a great place to live.”

Diane Ocilka Sanders

Diane Sanders retired from NC State in 2008 after serving as University Theatre’s marketing director for 18 years. Diane is a supporter of various arts organizations throughout the Triangle, including the Arts NC State, Cary Arts Center, the North Carolina Symphony, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“My years spent as part of Arts NC State enabled me to meet countless students who acknowledged that the arts on campus added to their lives. A young engineering student once told me she chose to attend NC State not only for its fine academic programs but because it encouraged her to participate in the arts without requiring the arts to be her major. I am pleased and honored to be a member of the board.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“I believe the arts bring people and their ideas together. Public art can provide a new way to experience your community. Families are delighted when they share their experiences discovering or renewing their interest in the arts. Art lifts up humanity and challenges the individuals to think differently about themselves and the world. NC State students make lasting friendships through their participation in the arts programs.”

Linda Satterfield

Linda Satterfield has enjoyed a 30-year career in marketing and communications. She is also an active volunteer in the region and served as on the Contemporary Art Museum’s (CAM) board for ten years. Linda developed marketing a communications plans for many arts organizations including the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Spoleto Festival, and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. Linda and her husband are also art collectors, primarily by North Carolina artists.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“I was truly honored to be asked to join the FANS board. And considering my previous support of the Gregg Museum and NC State LIVE’s performances, there was no way I could say no!”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“I could not imagine living in a community that did not have strong arts programming. Simply said, art, in all its forms, makes us human.”

Tom Stafford

Tom Stafford served NC State for 41 years including 30 years as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In his position as Vice Chancellor, Tom oversaw all of the arts programs. He and his wife have financially supported and attended NC State’s arts event for many years.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“Because the arts are essential to an NC State education and our excellent arts programs can only get better with strong support from the FANS Board.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Arts NC State deeply enriches the campus and surrounding communities.”

Becky Thompson

Linda Wharton

Tom Stafford served NC State for 41 years including 30 years as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In his position as Vice Chancellor, Tom oversaw all of the arts programs. He and his wife have financially supported and attended NC State’s arts event for many years.

Why did you choose to join the Arts NC State Board of Advisors?

“Because the arts are essential to an NC State education and our excellent arts programs can only get better with strong support from the FANS Board.”

In your opinion, what value does Arts NC State bring to the campus and greater communities?

“Arts NC State deeply enriches the campus and surrounding communities.”

 

Ex-Officio

Rich Holly, Executive Director for the Arts

Jill Orr, Director of Development

Michael Auchter

Michael Auchter, Development Associate