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Board of Trustees

  • George Ball, Treasurer

    George attended Yale University, graduating in 1956 with a BS from Yale’s Sheffield School of Engineering. Commissioned in the Marine Corps, he attained the rank of Captain as a pilot before leaving the service. He began his investment banking career in New York City, working for several firms, which included serving for 15 years as Vice President with Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette. In 1990, he and Robert Philpott founded Philpott, Ball, & Werner in Charlotte, North Carolina. George remains active as chairman of the company today. In conjunction with his investment banking activities, he has served on the boards of directors of four public companies.

  • Teresa Caine

    Teresa Caine has been a homeowner in Blowing Rock since 1991. Her involvement with BRAHM began as a volunteer for several years before joining the Board of Trustees in 2006. She was actively involved in the fundraising and visioning of the museum in those early years. Teresa's field of study is Accounting. In 1966 she and her husband, Don, started Camco Manufacturing Inc. with one product. Today, Camco has more than 1,200 employees, 3,000 products, and multiple manufacturing facilities in the United States and around the world. Teresa has served on the Board of the Blowing Rock Community Club, Blowing Rock Gardening Club, and has served as Treasurer and President of BRAHM. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Blowing Rock Historical Society, and the Board of Trustees at High Point University. She has been married to Donald Caine for 56 years. They have two children, and four grandchildren.

  • Nelson Crisp
    Nelson Crisp

    Nelson, a seasonal Blowing Rock resident, lives in Greenville, NC where she raised three children. She was the first woman to practice law in Pitt County and served on numerous boards including The Greenville Museum of Art. She graduated from Duke University with an AB Degree in History and acquired a JD Degree from UNC. She first came to Blowing Rock as a guest of Adelaide Craver back in the late sixties and has never missed an annual visit. She now owns a place in Mayview. She and her late husband, Sellers, bought their first painting, Dubrovnik by Phillip Moose, and have continued to acquire art by NC artists; Sara Blakeslee, Hobson Pittman, Robert Dance, Wayne Trapp and many others. She joined BRAHM before the move to its present fabulous facility. She has enjoyed BRAHM trips to New York and Philadelphia and looks forward to many more.

  • Debbie Covington

    Ms. Debbie Covington is currently a marketing/ business consultant. Prior to her current interests, she joined Appalachian State University's Office of the Chancellor (July 2015 through December 2016). Covington held several senoir marketing leadership roles for more than 15 years with Wachovia Corporation. She also served in the role of interim marketing director of Wachovia's marketing division (2006-2008). In addition to holding an MBA and a bachelor's degree in accounting, she attended the French Culinary Institute while living in New York City. Debbie and her husband, James, reside in Blowing Rock.

  • Carol Biggers Dabbs, Vice President
    Carol Biggers Dabbs, Vice President

    Carol is one of BRAHM’s earliest donors. She has been a part of the Museum since 2006 when she and her four daughters made a generous contribution to name the front garden in memory of her husband and their father, John Dabbs. A native of Charlotte, NC, Carol graduated from St. Mary's High School & Junior College in Raleigh, NC. She is the owner of John Dabbs Ltd, a retail gift store started in 1972 by her husband in Charlotte. Carol has been an active volunteer with the Crossnore School for 17 years and looks forward to participating as a trustee at BRAHM.

  • Leigh Giles
    Leigh Giles

    Leigh Giles is a native of High Point, N.C. She attended Converse College and New York School of Interior Design. After school, Leigh worked as an interior designer in Atlanta for 11 years before marrying and moving to Lynchburg, Virginia. She has been active in the Lynchburg community and is continuing to work as a designer. She and her husband, Billy, spend the summer in Blowing Rock.

  • Mary Bost Gray
    Mary Bost Gray

    Mary Bost attended Salem Academy in Winston Salem and Queens University inCharlott. Blowing Rock has been special to her since childhood and she and husband Michael built their home here in 2002. They have been contributors to BRAHM since its beginning. She has served as a Deacon and Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Concord, NC. She currently serves as chairwoman of the William and Norma Cannon Charitable Trust. She has two grown daughters and two grandsons. Mary Bost enjoys bridge, Mah Jongg and spending time at their home in Vero Beach, FL.

  • Bob Hess
    Bob Hess

    Robert is a local Certified Public Accountant with his own firm. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Robert has been active in the Blowing Rock community. In his early years, he served as President of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, served on the Blowing Rock Planning Board, served on the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Inc. and served on the Blowing Rock ABC Board. He has two children, Sam who is married to Morgan Gibson and is a partner with him in his CPA practice. His daughter Sydney is presently working in the public relations field in China. Bob looks forward to helping with the many activities of BRAHM while enjoying his two passions of cycling and duplicate bridge.

  • Louis N. Gottlieb, MD
    Louis N. Gottlieb, MD

    Lou currently resides in Winston-Salem and has been a summer resident of Blowing Rock since 1992. He was in the private practice of ophthalmology for more than 35 years. Lou grew up in New York City where he loved the museum and Broadway exposure and came to North Carolina to attend medical school. He and his wife Marcia (now deceased) have three children, Justin, Dana, and Richard, and seven grandchildren. Lou has learned more about BRAHM by traveling on the Museum trips in recent years.

  • Bo Henderson, President

    Bo is a full-time resident of Blowing Rock where he has resided for the past nine years; 18 years prior to that, he lived nearby on Shulls Mill Road. He retired from an interior design practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he did residential and commercial work nationally. Professionally, he has been involved with the American Society of Interior Designers, serving on that organization’s national committees and as president of ASID Carolinas. He is a member of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Parish, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, and the Blowing Rock Country Club. For three years Bo served as chair of the St. Mary Tour of Homes, was a patron party chair for the Tour for 15 years, and has chaired the Fashion Show Patrons' Party benefiting Chestnut Ridge. He has been a member of BRAHM since its beginning.

  • Ed Kelly
    Ed Kelly

    Ed has founded two successful appliance and electronics businesses. He also co-founded a national buying and marketing group for independent retail, appliance, audio/video and furniture dealers in the United States and Canada. Today Ed enjoys traveling with BRAHM and other groups because he especially delights in learning about art and artists and the historical contexts of their work. He and his wife, Linda, have two children, four grandchildren, and maintain a summer residence at Hound Ears Golf and Country Club.

  • Pat Mauldin
    Pat Mauldin

    Pat has been a seasonal resident of Blowing Rock for 20 years. When not in Blowing Rock, she lives in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Over the years, she has taught, raised five children, become a certified financial planner, and has served on a wide variety of non-profit boards. Pat is particularly interested in BRAHM’s outreach to the community.

  • Cindy Milner

    Cindy, with husband Cobb, is raising three kids, runs three businesses, and has been a vibrant part of the Blowing Rock community for 25 years. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio with degrees in marketing and retail, she’s held positions with Time Life, A.C. Neilson, and Crate and Barrel. Now she owns and runs Gideon Ridge Inn, Bistro Roca, and the New Public House. Her community activities include volunteering with the Blowing Rock School PTO, Blowing Rock Community Foundation, and as a board member of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Her passions are travel and outdoor activities. She looks forward to directing her energies towards the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

  • Ralph Patterson

    Ralph B. Patterson worked in advertising, marketing and promotion, and in the newspaper business for nearly 40 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been active in numerous charitable, community and public service organizations and has served on a variety of Boards, including the Pulaski County United Way and the Arkansas Heart Association. He is a former Member and President of the Central Arkansas Library Board. Patterson's work has won hundreds of local, regional and national advertising awards. Although retired, he has continued to do freelance advertising and marketing, primarily pro-bono work for civic and charitable causes in Arkansas and North Carolina. Patterson has been married to the former Elizabeth Howell for 38 years and they have two married sons.

  • Linda Russell, Ex-Officio Past-President
    Linda Russell, Ex-Officio Past-President

    Linda Russell spent nearly 20 years as an advanced nurse practitioner in Duke Medical Center's Surgical Oncology unit, followed by a stint as an assistant clinical professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She and her husband Alton split their time between their homes in Blowing Rock, Raleigh, and Boynton Beach, Florida. Linda is active in all of her clubs, serving on and chairing a number of committees. She currently is a freelance writer and enjoys golf, reading, and bridge.

  • LaRose Spooner, Secretary
    LaRose Spooner, Secretary

    LaRose received a B.A. in Chemistry from Tift College; an M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from Duke University; and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from NCSU. For 35 years, she was associated with Meredith College in Raleigh, retiring as Vice President for Marketing. Her professional and civic activities include serving on the Board of Trustees of BRAHM, the Board of Governors of the Blowing Rock Country Club, and the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Educational Facilities Finance Agency. She was honored as a Mentor of Distinction by the Women’s Business Advisory Council of Raleigh, as an Outstanding North Carolina Business Woman by the National Association of Women Business Owners, and served as the first woman president of the North Carolina Association of Institutional Researchers.

  • Jim Tanner

    Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, which he received from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also served in the United States Navy as a Line Officer. Jim has served on several boards including the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation; the Youth Basketball Board for the City of Raleigh; the Mordecai Historical Soceity and Revolving Fund; the Wake County SPCA; Triangle Family Services, Raleigh; and for Preservation North Carolina. Jim currently holds the title of Commercial Mortgage Banker and is a specialist in multifamily and residential health care.

  • Welborn E. Alexander, Jr., Founder Emeritus
    Welborn E. Alexander, Jr., Founder Emeritus

    Welborn served as president of BRAHM's Board of Trustees for 12 years before stepping down in June 2012. A native of Lenoir, NC, he is a graduate of Duke University and a retired senior executive of CSX Corporation, a major railroad and transportation company. Welborn and his wife, Patty, moved to Blowing Rock in 1995, living here until 2015 when they became residents of Winston-Salem. They are supporters of the visual arts and are collectors of American Impressionist Art from the early 1900s. Having served on the Boards of the Nasher Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and currently on the Mint Museum, Welborn brings a wealth of experience to this group.

  • Herbert Cohen, Founder Emeritus
    Herbert Cohen, Founder Emeritus

    Herb has connections to Blowing Rock reaching back to 1958, when he began spending time with friend and fellow artist Philip Moose at his home here. Earning a BFA and MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Herb has served as an instructor at Alfred University, a designer for Hyalyn Porcelain Company, Hickory, NC, and as Exhibits Director and Acting Director at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte. As an award-winning potter and sculptor, he has exhibited throughout the United States; served as juror for numerous exhibitions, fairs, and shows; and served appointments to regional committees and boards.

  • Joseph Daingerfield Dulaney, Sr., Founder Emeritus
    Joseph Daingerfield Dulaney, Sr., Founder Emeritus

    Joseph Daingerfield Dulaney is the grandson of artist Elliott Daingerfield, and son of Gwendoline Daingerfield, Elliott’s daughter. The Daingerfield family has been coming to Blowing Rock since 1886, when Elliott made his first visit “and fell in love with this bit of heaven,” says Joe. Joe has two grown children, Dain and Anna, and four grandchildren. He is a graduate of Davidson College and was an insurance agent until his retirement from BB&T Insurance Service in 2000. He is active in many organizations both in Blowing Rock and in Charlotte, including Christ Church in Charlotte, St. Mary of the Hills, Rotary, Urban Ministries of Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity, Little League, and the Boy Scouts. Joe is also a past board member of the Mint Museum in Charlotte.

  • José Agustin Fumero (1925 - 2016), Founder Emeritus
    José Agustin Fumero (1925 - 2016), Founder Emeritus

    José had connections to Blowing Rock reaching back to 1958, when he began spending time with friend and fellow artist Philip Moose at his home here. A graduate of City College of New York (CUNY) and the Cooper Union Art School of New York, José has made his living as a designer and stylist, specializing in fabrics and textiles, for companies including Cohn-Hall-Marx-Cohama of New York and the Collins and Aikman Corporation. As a painter and fiber artist, he has exhibited at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; Palazzo Venezia in Rome, Italy; and museums and galleries throughout the southeastern United States. José has also held teaching positions at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; and the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte.

  • Lamont Hudson, Founder Emeritus
    Lamont Hudson, Founder Emeritus

    LaMont and his late wife CoraAnn, of Charlotte, NC are the reason the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum was founded. In the late 1990s, following a showing of their collection of works by Elliott Daingerfield, the Hudsons offered this collection to Blowing Rock if a suitable "home" could be found for it. Based upon this promised gift, a founding group began to explore the possibility of building a Museum in Blowing Rock. The organization is grateful to the Hudsons for providing an inspirational purpose.