Meet Our Board

The ArtsCenter's Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of professionals, artists, and community leaders who share a commitment to fostering artistic growth and creativity in Orange County. Their guidance and expertise play an essential role in the continued success of our organization. Discover the dedicated individuals who make up our Board of Directors below!
  • Bernadette Pelissier

    Bernadette came to Chapel Hill in 1975 to study at UNC and received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1980. Bernadette’s…
  • Kamal A. James

    Kamal A. James is founder and Chief Educator at JamesEducation.com. He uses the SAT and ACT to promote college preparation…
  • Mark Kleinschmidt

    Mark Kleinschmidt grew up in the Air Force and spent his childhood living all around the country. He ultimately landed…
  • Becky Woodruff

    Becky Woodruff is the Owner/Manager of the Frame & Print Shop at University Place and The Frame & Print Shop…
  • Riza Jenkins

    Riza Jenkins is a Senior Consultant with ICF in the Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure operating group. Riza worked as the…
  • Mark Otter

    Mark Otter, is Chief Executive Officer at Participate, Inc. Prior to founding Participate in 2019, Mark was the COO of…
  • Jackie Tanner

    Jackie Tanner was born in London then lived in Brussels until age five when her family moved back to the UK. After…
  • Emily Evens

    Emily Evens is a North Carolina native who has lived in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area for 25 years. She is…
  • Helen Kalisher

    Helen Kalisher is an artist, designer and business owner living in Chapel Hill, NC. Born in the UK, she spent…
  • Rebecca Moore

    Rebecca Moore is a ceramic artist living and working in Carrboro. She has been involved in education-related endeavors for many…
  • Hathaway Pendergrass

    Hathaway Pendergrass, a native of Carrboro, North Carolina works at Epting and Hackney law firm in Chapel Hill. He joined…
  • Ellen Medearis

    Ellen Medearis, Vice President of Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs (DHDAA) since 2011, has worked at Duke for more…
  • Johanna Foster

    Johanna Hawfield Foster is a native North Carolinian who remained in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area after graduating from University of…