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 - 2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Board of Directors

    Keith Gehl, Chair
    Retired Senior Vice President
    Family Dollar

    Betsy Liles, Vice Chair
    Personal Chef
    Dinner Bell

    Dave Davis, Treasurer
    Wealth Management
    Wells Fargo

    Chantel Balknight-Thompson, Secretary
    Deputy Director of Human Resources
    City of Concord

    Donald Anthony
    Pastor, Community Leader
    Grace Lutheran Church

    Ruth Brooks
    Founder and Director
    Multicultural Student Union

    Angie Brown
    General Manager
    Great Wolf Lodge

    Nicki Bryant
    Civic Leader

    Jessica Castrodale
    Community Outreach Coordinator
    CHS-Northeast

    Emily Croom
    Civic Leader

    John Crump
    Mayor
    Midland

    Ryan G. Dayvault
    Facilities and Special Projects Coordinator
    UNC Nutrition Research Institute

    Bill Dusch
    Mayor
    Concord

    Diane Honeycutt
    Realtor, Team Honeycutt
    Allen Tate Realtors

    Lori Nash
    Financial Services Specialist
    Town of Harrisburg

    Perla B. Nunes
    Clinical Trials Project Leader
    Duke Transitional Institute

    Garrett Price
    Photographer/Owner
    Carolina Portrait Designs

    Mary Beth Roth
    Director of Middle Schools
    Cabarrus County Schools

    Betsy Hamilton Smith
    Owner
    Elizabeth Interiors

    Jennie Martin Tomlin
    Visual Artist

    Keith Whaley
    Insurance Agent
    State Farm Insurance

  • Ex Officio

    Chip Buckwell
    Superintendent
    Kannapolis City Schools

    Mike Downs
    County Manager
    Cabarrus County

    Del Eudy
    Mayor
    Mount Pleasant

    Mike Legg
    City Manager
    Kannapolis

    Chris Lowder
    Superintendent
    Cabarrus County Schools

    Steve Sciascia
    Mayor
    Harrisburg

Corporate Sponsors

  • Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Embassy Suites
  • Concord Printing Company
  • Duke Energy
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Independent Tribune
  • S&D Coffee and Tea
  • Technologies Edge
  • Wells Fargo
  • Arts North Carolina
  • Stocks, Smith, Campbell & Dendy, P.A.