Mission Fulfillment

  • ChathamArts provides exceptional programs in visual, performing, and media arts that encourage dialog across community boundaries.
  • ChathamArts augments core curricula in local schools through student scholarships, exhibits, after school outlets, and classroom residencies.
  • ChathamArts rewards artistic and creative efforts through various grants and scholarships.

ChathamArts Staff

Executive Director - Cheryl Chamblee,  cheryl@chathamarts.org   919-542-0394

Board of Directors 

Lori Major Carlin is the Public Information Officer (PIO)/Arts Coordinator for Chatham County Schools. Prior to her post with CCS, Dr. Carlin taught at Northwood High School for 16 years, served as the director of the Theatre Arts program, and co-founded the Northwood Arts Education Foundation. She completed her undergraduate degree at Clemson University and then attended NC State to finish her doctorate in Educational Research & Policy Analysis. Board member since Oct. 2012

Bett Wilson Foley (Secretary) currently serves as a Commissioner on the Pittsboro Town Board. She is also a floral designer with Fearrington Village and provides promotional and graphic design support for Chatham Habitat for Humanity and Chatham County Partnership for Children. Foley earned a degree in Journalism and Art from UNC-Chapel Hill and was formerly the Arts Editor at the Chapel Hill News and the Communications Director at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. She also established the children's program at Chatham County Libraries.  Board member since Oct. 2012

Gina Harrison (Vice-President) is a UNC alumna and an instructional designer. She directs the FPG Child Development Institute publication office at UNC-Chapel Hill. An arts education advocate and long-time volunteer in Chatham County Schools, Harrison is past president of the Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation  and she's the newest member of the board of ArtsNC, NC's statewide advocacy organization for the arts. Harrison is a 25+year member of Duke’s Chapel Choir & Schola Cantorum and is vice-president of the Friends of Duke Chapel Advisory Board.

Karen Howard currently serves on the Chatham County Board of Education. She is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in English, and a former attorney, having obtained her law degree from the University of Buckingham in England. With six children of her own, including a special needs child, Mrs. Howard is an avid supporter of arts in education and a dedicated proponent of the benefit of arts in special education. Board member since July 1, 2013

Lesley Landis-Voller (President) is a graphic designer with 25 years experience. She is principal of Lesley Landis Designs where her clients include Chatham County Economic Development Corporation, Orange County Artists Guild, Duke University Special Collections at Perkins Library, and the National Humanities Center, among others. Landis-Voller served as a steering board member of Carolina Culture Zone, is a co-founder of Wake-Up Wednesday and is a board member of the Chatham County Fair. Board member since 2006

Pierre Lauffer is the current VP of the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center. A former agricultural extension agent in the Congo with the Peace Corp, Pierre has served on the NC Board Peace Corp Assoc. and was on the Executive Board of the Haw River Assembly. Pierre has more than 22 yrs of professional experience in natural resource management programs mixed with a vast range of community action and economic development work in the public and nonprofit sectors. Board member since 2012 

Gilda McDaniel (Treasurer) is Special Events Manager at the Fearrington House, focusing primarily on weddings, but other events as well. She is privileged to work closely on the annual Fearrington Folk Art Show. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, McDaniel grew up in Asheville and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Art History, English and History. She's been on the board of ChathamArts since 2003, was Board President from 2005-2009 and now chairs the Events Committee. McDaniel served on the boards of the NC Arts Incubator and the United Way of Chatham County. Board member since 2002

Marcelle Pachnowski is a working artist with a BA and MFA in Painting. Her artwork is in numerous national and international collections. Marcelle has extensive experience with not-for-profits from grass roots arts councils to being president and serving on the governing board of the National Association of Women Artists. She also has many years of teaching art to diverse populations and was an artist-in-residence with the Georgia Council for the Arts and the City of Atlanta.  Board member since 2011.

Diane Pettus is an artist and former art educator, as well as a former small business owner. Having experienced the transformative power of the arts at an early age, she is a passionate advocate for arts funding and arts education. Board member since July 1, 2013

Rev. Dr. Peter Thomas is a retired Episcopal clergy person who, with his wife Carolyn, has lived in Fearrington Village for the past 8 years, during which time he has been the president of Fearrington Cares and the Home Owners Association. Peter's interest in the Arts is focused on the importance artistic expression has for developing healthy, creative people, programs, and community. He is especially interested in the development of programs in all aspects of the arts which would benefit children, underprivileged persons and seniors in Chatham County. Board member since Oct. 2012

Advisory Board

Linda Booker    documentary filmmaker with By The Brook FIlms

Debbie Bousquet   assistant facilities planner at UNC-Chapel HIll

Maggie Crandall

Mark Hewitt    author and principal potter at W.M.Hewitt Pottery

Florence Johnson    former Executive Board member, watercolorist

Molly Matlock    concert and special event coordinator at the NCMA 

Jan Nichols

Jane McEvoy   former Executive Board member, retired English teacher with the CCCS

Efrain Ramirez

Dee Reid    Director of Communications, College of Arts & Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

Kathie Russell

Randy Voller    Mayor of Pittsboro

Daryl Walker

Jeffrey York    Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill

David zum Brunnen    touring actor and arts educator with EbzB Productions