Board of Directors

Wendy Allen

Secretary

Exhibiting Member in Fiber since 2012. Specializing in wet felt Merino wool accessories, including hats, scarves, mittens. BCA in Theatre, UNC-Charlotte; also studied at Penland and in San Francisco, which included an apprenticeship in fashion patterning skills and business planning classes at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Self-taught in felting employing basic millinery techniques acquired in through costume design studies in college.

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.

John Cain

Treasurer

Supporting Member. Retired. BB&T Wealth Lending 2015-2019, BB&T Area Executive 2003-2015, First Virginia Bank Commercial Relationship Manager 1979-2003. Serves on several boards from diverse organizations including Harford Day School, Home Partnership Foundation, The Lawdew Topiary Gardens, and UM Upper Chesapeake Health from 2009-2015.

Kelia Coffey

Board Member

Supporting Member.  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

Supporting 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

Board Chair

Supporting Member.  Principal, GarMar Advisors; previously, CMO, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union; 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.

Elizabeth Gledhill

Board Member

Supporting Member. Art Educator at the Arts Based School, middle grades 5-8; previous work includes interior designer, co-owner of the Pink Mink Boutique, scenic artist and fabricator at Lexington Design (Los Angeles, California), as well as freelance scenic work in film and commercial production. BFA UNC School of the Arts School of Design and Production, MAT-Art Education Salem College.

Mary Gunyuzlu

First Vice Chair

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

Second Vice Chair

Supporting 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

Supporting 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.

Maureen Ihrie, PhD

Board Member

Supporting 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.

O’Neal Jones

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in Wood since 2012. Professional custom furniture and cabinetry maker since 1979. BA, NC State University. Has work experience and specialized in architectural millwork, cabinetry, and custom home building since 1972. Served as President, Vice President and general Board Member of Carolina Designer Craftsmen.

Amber Koger, LLC

Board Member

Supporting 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

Board Member

Supporting Member.  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

Immediate Past 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.

Cindy Miller

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in Jewelry since 2020. Owner Artist, Cindy Miller Design Studio. Creates collections of jewelry that are marketed and sold internationally. Formerly Program Manager / Graphic Contracts for NASA; Graphic Designer & Multi-media Specialist. Commercial Art & Marketing degrees, University of Alabama, BA University of Colorado.

Andrew Sachs

Board Member

Supporting 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.

Charles Watson

Board Member

Supporting Member.  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

Judith Swain

Board Member

Supporting 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.

Annie Grimes Williams

Board Member

Exhibiting Member in Metals/Jewelry since 2014.  BFA in Metal Design, East Carolina University. Artist behind CopperTide Contemporary Enamel Jewelry. Instructor of Metals, Jewelry, and Enameling at Sawtooth School for Visual Art. Co founder and organizer of Ardmore Art Walk. Recently served on the Board of Art Nouveau Society of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem. Founding member of Metal Mavens Artists’ Collective.

Erika von Isenburg

Board Member

Supporting 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.

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.

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Piedmont Craftsmen | E-Commerce Specialist

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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.