Board of Directors

Marvette Aldrich

Board Member

Adjunct Professor at North Carolina A&T State University. Former Assistant Professor of art at Winston-Salem State University. Retired from Guilford County School as a Media Specialist.  Currently serves on Boards of National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and The African American Atelier in Greensboro, and as a past Board member of Associated Artists of Winston-Salem.  MFA in Studio Art, UNC-Greensboro, BA in Art Education and MA in Educational Media from NC Central University.  Served on the Board and Education Committee 2011-2013. 

Janet Bealer

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in Fiber since 1998.  AB UNC-Chapel Hill. Studied weaving at Georgia State University, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts. Professional weaver since the early 1970s. Former contributing editor and former managing editor of Textile World Magazine, served on Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild Board of Directors (Vice-President, Exhibits) and past President of Handweavers of the Savannahs. Currently serving on UNCSA Associates Board of Directors (Co-Chair, Hospitality Committee). Has work in numerous publications and collections.

Kelia Coffey

Immediate Past Chair

Director, Client Advisor, Alex Brown. Past Board Member of Mental Health Association of Forsyth, Member of North American Truffle Association, and NC Wine Growers Association. Received Outstanding Women in Business award from Triad Business Journal.

Dede DeVries

Board Member

Over 30 years agency experience in advertising and marketing. Working with clients in home furnishings, consumer goods, retail, technology and more. Current owner/designer of 3d(+1) (Dede DeVries Designs—DedeDeVries.com). As a freelancer have worked on marketing campaigns for non-profits including Sawtooth School, Second Harvest Food Bank and Piedmont Craftsmen. Designed and produced Piedmont Craftsmen’s first website. Graduate of East Carolina University School of Art with studio majors in Commercial Art and Applied Design (clay, metals, and fiber). Former production weaver, looking to replace a very old warp.

Linda Garboczi

1st Vice Chair

Previously, Chief Marketing Officer, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.  Previously, Partner/Consultant specializing in profitability for nonprofit associations and community banks. Serving on the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Board of Directors.  BS, Marketing, Goldey Beacom College. MS, Business Administration, Shippensburg University.

Kerry Gonzalez

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in Clay since 1993.  BFA in ceramics, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Also studied ceramics at the University of Southern Florida, Tampa and glass blowing at Pilchuck School in Stanwood, WA and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Works exclusively in Raku ceramics and his copper Raku vessels are exhibited and collected nationally.

Mary Gunyuzlu

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in clay since 2018.  Instructor of ceramics at Sawtooth School of Art.  Teaches ceramics to blind and handicapped children at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a program at the Industries for the Blind.  BA Art History with a Minor in Fine Art, University of Delaware, Masters in Teaching, Queens University in Charlotte.  Winston-Salem, NC

Sharon Hamilton, PhD

Board Member

CFO United Way of Forsyth Co (retired). Served as Treasurer of River Run International Film Festival; Treasurer of Hand On Northwest NC; and treasure and Board Chair of Sawtooth School for Visual Art. Served as Piedmont Craftsmen’s Board Chair in 2006 and Treasurer in 2005 and 2007.

Kate Hanley

Board Member

Group Planning Director, The Variable; Associate Director Consumer Marketing at Merz North America; Associate Director Brand Planning at MullenLowe; Director Strategy & Innovation at Egg Strategy; previously practiced Commercial Litigation in Chicago and Denver; Education: JD from University of Denver School of Law; BA from University of Notre Dame. Volunteer/Board Experience: Board Member, Big Shoulders Fund; Board Member, Rush University Medical Center – Rush Associates; PEAK (Partnership to Advance and Educate Kids), Volunteer/Mentor.

Chuck Heath

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in wood since 1988. Retired. Professional Craft Artist from 1973- 2012. Piedmont Craftsmen (Emeritus) Exhibiting Member in wood (along with his late wife Sue Heath), from 1988 to 2006. Instructed at the Sawtooth School of Art 1987-1999. Previously served on Piedmont Craftsmen’s Board and on the Sawtooth School’s Board, concluding both tenures with terms as Board President. Chuck and Sue were recognized for their work with the “Audubon Award” as members of the Chevy Chase, Maryland Audubon Naturalist Society in 1998 and 2004. Chuck and Sue were selected to represent North Carolina on the White House Christmas tree in 2002.

John Hunter

2nd Vice Chair

Retired Senior Vice President, Senior Career and Executive Coach, Lee Hecht Harrison.  Has worked in marketing management for Hanes Hosiery and American Tourister.  B.A., Denison University.  Leadership Winston-Salem.  Past Board member of Stratford Rotary and Junior Achievement.  Past board member of Piedmont Craftsmen.

Maureen Ihrie, PhD

Board Member

Associate Professor of Spanish, Elon University 2001-2014 and department chair 2012-2016. With her husband, supports Triad Stage, WS Symphony, Theater Alliance, Second Harvest Food Bank, UNCSA Associates. PhD in Spanish literature from Bryn Mawr College. Has served on dozens of academic committees from the departmental to the University level.

Amber Koger, LLC

Board Member

Attorney, Senior Transaction Counsel, Inmar. Practiced with Kilpatrick Townsend, practiced in Minneapolis, Minnesota at an international law firm. Current member of the Family Services Board and Human Relations Day Planning Committee for Leadership Winston-Salem.

Gary Ljungquist, PhD

Secretary

Retired Professor at Salem College, long time Piedmont Craftsmen Supporting Member and volunteer, past chair of Sawtooth Director search committee, served on search committee for President of Salem Academy and College, Advisory Committee for Division of Arts/Humanities, Forsyth Technical Community College, has volunteered with Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, AIDS Task Force, AIDS Care Services and NCPride. Vast experience in strategic planning.

Tomi Melson

Board Chair

Exhibiting Member in Fiber since 1973. Piedmont Craftsmen Executive Director 1999 to 2005. Retired Director of Development and Community Relations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. More than 25 years of experience in non-profit management, BA in Arts Management from Salem College. Honored with a Piedmont Craftsmen Sherpa Award in 2011.

Andrew Sachs

Board Member

Attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend since 2008. Wake Forest University School of Law, JD. Mental Health Association of Forsyth Co former Board Member, Reap More Than You Sow Garden Project former Board Member, Wake Forest Law Review Managing Editor 2007-2008. Previously served two terms on Piedmont Craftsmen’s Board.

Tom Skinner

Board Member

President, Phoenix Packaging and owner of Skinner Warehousing and Storage in Winston-Salem. BS, High Point College. Long time Fair Sponsor. For more than 20 years Tom has created decorations for the Fair, provided Piedmont Craftsmen with storage space, and assistance for special events.

Judith Swain

Board Member

Docent at Reynolda House, Volunteer for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as Altar Guild member, on Ecclesiastical Arts Committee and Wedding Director. Former teacher, retired art gallery manager, long-time supporter of the arts.

Erika von Isenburg

Board Member

Sales Manager, Phoenix Packaging, Inc. Lover and supporter of the arts. Erika has been a Craftsmen’s Fair sponsor for many years and assisted with special events.

Charles Watson

Treasurer

Senior Director of Human Resources, Strategic Partner, Reynolds American.  Employed with Reynolds American for 31 years.  Serves as Treasurer and Trustee for First Calvary Baptist Church.  BS, Marketing, Alabama State University. MS, Business Administration, Keller Graduate School of Management.  Kernersville, NC

Annie Grimes Williams

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in Metals/Jewelry since 2014. BFA in Metal Design, East Carolina University. Has taught metal forming and enameling workshops across the southeast. Serves on Board of Art Nouveau Society of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, member of Carolina Designer Craftsmen’s Guild. Included in multiple publications and exhibitions, co-curated Create : Adorn, DeLurk Gallery, Winston-Salem.

Staff

Chris Asuncion-Haynes

Gallery Director

Gallery Director since 2010.  BS in Journalism, Emerson College, Boston MA; Apria Healthcare Customer Service Specialist 2008-2010; United Healthcare Customer Care Professional 2006-2008; Barnes and Noble, Department Manager 2002-2006.  Long time Piedmont Craftsmen Volunteer assisting with audience development, Young Collectors, Fair, and Shop before joining our staff.

Deborah Brody Britton

Director of Member Relations and Craftsmen's Fair

Director of Member Relations and Craftsmen’s Fair since 1999.  BA Hampshire College, Theatre Design and Production, MFA UNC-Greensboro, Creative Writing; Reference Librarian, Neuse Regional Library 1996-1999; Public Information Officer/Registrar, Sawtooth School for Visual Art 1989-1996, Owner/Manager Rainbow News & Café, Winston-Salem 1981-1987.

B. Jane Doub

President & CEO

President and CEO since 2005.  Exhibiting Member in Fiber since 1992.  BCA UNC-Charlotte, working fiber artist since 1980 specializing in handwoven garments; Fiber Program Coordinator for Sawtooth School 1982 – 2004; and co-owner of Fiber Co. since 1987.  Has served on a variety of non-profit and community service boards and committees.  Currently serving on the Public Art Commission.  Winston-Salem’s 2006 Artist of the Year.

Molly Grace

Director of Development and Donor Relations

Director of Development since 2019.  B.A. Theater Arts, Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Attended Salem College. KLEUR, Owner and Founder, 2015 – 2017. District Activist, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2017 – 2019.

Gretchen Siebert

Operations Manager

Operations Manager since 2017.  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN; Facilitator/Instructor, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, 2017 – present; Part-time Assistant, The New Winston Museum, 2016 – 2017; Visitor Services Specialist, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2014 – 2017.

Nicole Uzzell

Director of Education and Exhibitions

Director of Education and Exhibitions since 2003.  BA in Communications, UNC-Greensboro; BA Arts Education, Winston-Salem State University; MFA, LUCAD (Lesley University College of Art and Design), Instructor, Sawtooth School for Visual Art Ceramic Program 1992 to present; Graphics and PR Coordinator, SciWorks, 1994-1998.

Employment Opportunities

Piedmont Craftsmen | Development and Donor Relations Manager

Organization Overview

Piedmont Craftsmen is a non-profit artisan guild that promotes the value of fine craft; we champion quality fine crafts roduced and sold in the United States; we stimulate innovation, creative design and use of materials; we provide an outlet for the exhibition and sale of artist members’ works; and we provide education and foster connections among artists and the community. Piedmont Craftsmen was founded by both collectors and makers of fine craft, making us unique as a guild. The ongoing dialogue between makers and collectors has nurtured, shaped and strengthened us since our founding in 1963.