Board of Trustees
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.
Nelson, a seasonal Blowing Rock resident, otherwise lives in Greenville, NC where she raised three children, 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.
Carol Biggers Dabbs
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 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 attended Salem Academy, Winston Salem, NC and Queens University, Charlotte, NC. 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, 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.
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.
Anthony S. di Santi
Anthony is a local attorney with di Santi, Watson, Capua, Wilson and Garrett. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received his law degree from Wake Forest. Anthony is a veteran and has been very active in the Blowing Rock community, including Commissioner on the Blowing Rock Town Council, Board of Directors of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Inc., Board of Trustees of the Blowing Rock Stage Company, President of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, past Member of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, Member of the American Legion and Member , Chalice Minister and two terms on Vestry of the St. Mary’s of the Hills Episcopal Church. Anthony and his wife, Deborah Winters di Santi, live in Blowing Rock and have one child, Erin di Santi Campbell.
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 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 benefitting Chestnut Ridge. He has been a member of BRAHM since its beginning.
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 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, 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.
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 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.
Welborn E. Alexander, Jr.
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.
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.
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)
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 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.