Board & Staff
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Cabarrus Arts Council serves the entire county and carefully selects its board members to provide community-wide representation. Directors are nominated by a committee that includes board and non-board members who consider a matrix of priorities including municipalities, race, gender, arts expertise, professional expertise and many other factors. Every director fills a specific need on the board in order to build an effective team.
The arts council board is a working board. Every director attends monthly board meetings and is active on at least one committee. 100% of board members donate to the council and raise funds for it. The arts council board of directors works closely with the President and CEO and actively promotes the arts throughout Cabarrus County.
Cabarrus Arts Council
Dan Boone, Chair
Margaret West, Vice Chair
Bill Dusch, Treasurer
Kelly Propst, Secretary
Betsy Liles, Past Chair
Betty Ann Alicea
Mike Downs, ex officio
Pat K. Horton
Mike Legg, ex officio
Whit Moose, Jr.
Jennie Martin Tomlin
Every staff member of the Cabarrus Arts Council was meticulously interviewed and selected by the President and CEO to create a team of professionals who bring a combination of knowledge, experience and talent to the council. Skill, character and competence are evident in each member, and the team has specialists in a variety of art disciplines: theatre, dance, music, literary and visual art.
Visitors to the galleries and theatre discover a friendly, warm atmosphere where everyone is accessible. Community partners quickly learn that the arts council CEO and staff are team players, working for the good of the whole.
Noelle Rhodes Scott
President and CEO
The Cabarrus Arts Council hired Noelle Scott as its President and CEO in September of 2000. Noelle’s profession in arts administration began shortly after graduating magna cum laude with a BA degree from Wake Forest University. She interned with the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte during its first $1,000,000 fund drive, and then was selected as an intern with the North Carolina Arts Council where she worked with the United Arts Council of Greensboro and the Goldsboro Arts Council. Following these internships, she was hired by the High Point Arts Council as Associate Director, and then served as Interim Director after one year. During this time she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Business Management Institute for Arts Administrators, based on the Harvard program.
Instead of accepting the offer of becoming Executive Director of the High Point Arts Council, Noelle married Edward Scott and moved to Alexandria, Virginia. While there, she was selected as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and upon the conclusion of this program she was hired by the NEA as a research assistant. When the research was completed, Noelle was hired by the Arts Council of Fairfax County as its Program and Marketing Assistant where she served as curator of the council’s art gallery, helped coordinate the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap and promoted the arts.
Returning to North Carolina, Noelle served as Sawtooth Center for Visual Design’s first Associate Director and then as Interim Director before she was hired by the Winston-Salem Symphony as its Marketing Director. She has enjoyed working for arts council-supported agencies as well as arts councils and feels that it gives her the advantage of understanding both sides of the equation.
Growing up in Davidson as a professor’s daughter, Noelle had the opportunity to learn from excellent teachers. From an early age she took ballet and then modern dance, piano, and flute. Noelle attributes her passion for all arts and especially the theatre to her teacher, Constance Welsh. Noelle took Connie’s Children’s Creative Drama classes from the age of eight and revelled in the creativity and precision that Welsh nurtured. When Noelle was in high school, Welsh dreamed of a creative drama troupe that would go into the elementary schools and perform shows of excellence. When this became a reality, she called it Tarradiddle Players and selected Noelle to be a part of its first cast. At about the same time, Connie developed the Davidson Community Players and cast Noelle as Abigail in The Crucible. Both Tarradiddle and the Davidson Community Players are strong, years after Welsh’s death.
At Wake Forest, although majoring in French, Noelle concentrated her energies on acting. She performed in numerous plays, took many theatre classes, and seriously considered going to New York after graduation, but she realized that although she adored acting and was encouraged to make it her profession, she wanted to do something in the arts that would nurture communities. She found the right fit with arts administration.
Pat Verner became involved with the Cabarrus Arts Council in 1999 when she began editing the council's newsletter on a freelance basis. She joined the staff in February 2003 as Program Director and became Communications Director in 2008. A native of Grassy Creek in the North Carolina mountains, she received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where a senior year internship led to three years as a newspaper reporter. Her career also has included jobs in media relations, publications and fundraising for several nonprofit organizations, including Hospice of Cabarrus County, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, and Peace College. Her freelance clients have included Cannon Memorial YMCA, the UNC Center for Public Television and the Ackland Art Museum.
Performing Arts Director
Sara Heiser received a BA degree in Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Education degree from Mississippi State University. She first learned of the arts council in 1998 through her involvement with Art Enrichment. Teaching children about artists and art history became such a passion that she was soon coordinating this all-volunteer program which serves the elementary schools in Cabarrus County. In 2002 she joined the Board of Directors, acting first as program chair, then president. Sara joined the Cabarrus Arts Council staff as Education Coordinator in September of 2007. She often draws upon her experiences as a former third grade teacher while overseeing the Students Take Part in the Arts program. As Performing Arts Manager she enjoys working with professional performing artists and their agents to present excellent entertainment for Davis Theatre audiences.
Sarah Fran Sambor
Sarah Sambor received her undergraduate and master's degrees in Accounting from Western New England University. Hailing from Granby, Massachusetts, Sarah moved to North Carolina in February 2013. Prior to her employment at the Cabarrus Arts Council, she worked for four years as a staff accountant at local CPA firms in Holyoke, Massachusetts and Charlotte, North Carolina. After working with nonprofit organizations as a staff accountant, Sarah knew that working for a local arts council would be a great fit. Throughout high school she worked with Granby Arts Production both as an officer and member of the backstage crew. She even made an appearance in the acclaimed musical, Grease!
Lisa Baker McCombs
Lisa McCombs is a cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina Charlotte where she received a BA in Communication Studies in 2008. After completing the Disney College Program internship in Florida, she interned with Clear Channel Radio and was hired to work with radio programming, traffic networking and event promotions. Lisa has been involved with arts all of her life, participating in art camps, dance choreography and competition choirs throughout Cabarrus County. At Concord High School, she took several semesters of theatre and was the winner of the 2003 Theatre Award for "Outstanding Leadership and Director Assistance." She was first introduced to the Cabarrus Arts Council during an Art Walk with her family and friends and joined the arts council staff in July 2008. Lisa is currently participating in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cabarrus program and will graduate with the class of 2014.
Rachel Wilkes received her BM in Vocal Performance from Converse College in 2010 where she played NCAA Division II tennis and her MA in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in 2012 with a thesis publication in nonprofit enterprises. She has interned for various nonprofit arts organizations: Newberry Opera House, Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, the Arts Council of York County and Eastern Music Festival where she was responsible for sponsorship proposals, grant and speech writing, event planning and communications. Before her move to Concord, she worked as a substitute teacher and middle school volleyball and track coach for the Fort Mill School District.
Natasha Benjamin, a native of Cabarrus County, graduated from Jay M. Robinson in 2003. Prior to joining the Cabarrus Arts Council, Natasha worked a combined 9 years in the hospitality field as well as various clerical positions. After employment at a previous non-profit organization she knew that she wanted to continue working with non-profits and helping to enhance Cabarrus County. Natasha is a strong believer that Art programs can improve our community and youth. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the Arts field.
Christmas Concerts: Piedmont Choral Ensemble
Friday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 15
7 pm and 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Kannapolis and Forest Hill United Methodist Church, Concord
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Christmas Concert: Piedmont Prime Time Community Band
Sunday, December 15
Living Waters Church of God, Kannapolis
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The Fuzzbucket Music Company
Thursday, Dec 19
A modern version of an old-fashioned variety show.
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