Teresa Caine, Secretary
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.
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.
Professionally, Joe has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and is currently an executive vice president with Wells Fargo. Having held a variety of leadership roles in banking, wealth management, and insurance businesses, Joe’s experience includes strategy development, strategic consulting, sales and marketing, operations, corporate finance and cash management, and marketing. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Duke University, where he was recognized as a Fuqua Scholar.
Personally, Joe lives in Charlotte, NC with his partner of 19 years, Chris Albertson. Chris and Joe enjoy spending time during the summer at their home in Blowing Rock, and in the winter at their home in Palm Beach, FL. When in Blowing Rock, they attend St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church and are members of Blowing Rock Country Club. Joe and Chris enjoy travel, supporting the arts, vintage cars, and good food and wine with friends and family. Joe has served on boards for a variety of non-profit organizations, most recently The Arts Empowerment Project in Charlotte. Joe is also a daily yoga practitioner.
Nelson Crisp, Vice President
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.
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.
Linda is a longtime resident of the Blowing Rock area, and she currently resides in Yonahlossee Racquet Club with husband, George, daughter, Gina, and her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Mister Blue. Linda graduated with honors from Appalachian State University in 1975 with a degree in English and Psychology. In 1989, Linda opened what would become Greystone Insurance and in 2017, sold the agency to LifeStore Bank. She currently serves as Vice President and Agency Manager at the Greystone location. Linda is an avid hiker and is extremely passionate about her work with longtime clients at Greystone.
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.
R. Dean Hamric
Dean has been involved with arts-related boards for over 30 years, most recently as a Trustee and Executive Committee member with The Tampa Museum of Art. In the past, he served on the board and as a past president of the Art Society with The North Carolina Museum of Art, Vice Chair of the Trustees at The Nasher Museum at Duke University and the Board of Directors with The Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh.
Dean retired in 2019 after a career in banking and finance in both North Carolina and Florida. He and his husband Burt are permanent residents of Tampa and seasonal residents in Blowing Rock. In Tampa, Dean has served in leadership roles with The Tampa Rotary Club and with Suncoast United Way. Both are avid collectors of North Carolina pottery, photography as well as other regional art.
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.
Don Hubble, Treasurer
Don was born and raised in northern Michigan. An alumnus of Western Michigan University and Stanford University, he served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division for 3 years and was recalled for an additional year of service during the Berlin Crisis. Now retired, Don’s long career included work for Eastman Kodak, Dow Chemical, and Reeves Bros, Inc. He also served as president and COO of National Service Industries, as well as chairman, president, and CEO of Angelica Corporation. His university board service includes St. Mary’s University and Johnson and Wales University, where he received an honorary Doctorate of Business. Don also served on the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business for Washington University. He has served on the boards of three public companies and a number of nonprofit organizations as well. He has been Chairman of Junior Achievement of Georgia, a board member of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Planning Board of the Town of Blowing Rock. Don is a member of Blowing Rock Methodist Church and Blowing Rock Country Club. He is pleased to rejoin the BRAHM board having previously served two terms. Don and his wife Loretta have three adult children and seven grandchildren.
A native of Ashe County, Sandy’s love for the High Country runs deep. She has lived in Blowing Rock for 10 years with her husband Randy. They also have a home in Hickory where Sandy started a home care agency, Health & Home Services, 20 years ago and recently sold. Prior to that, she was Director of Sales and Marketing for Alba Waldensian in Valdese, NC. Sandy holds a BS in Business from Gardner Webb University. She enjoys golfing, hiking, reading and spending time with her two grandchildren, Harper and Mason.
As a young wife and mother in the late 60’s, Gail was invited to join the Council of 101, an auxiliary formed for the benefit of the Orlando, Florida Museum of Art, then called Loch Haven Museum. The Council raised money and furnished docents for the museum.
Some 35 years later, Gail made a temporary move back to her old college town in Lakeland, Florida. An early retirement forced Gail from her interior design studio due to her dad’s illness. She kept her ASID affiliation and assumed her dad’s real estate business. Always enchanted by Florida Southern and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Gail joined the Polk Art Museum and once again became a docent. The move was a good one as Wednesdays were the days that Polk County bused all fifth graders living in the area to the museum. Many of the children were from lower socio-economic homes. What a delight (for them) and for her to watch these young children discover a museum filled with art and sculpture.
Born in Berea, Kentucky at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, Gail feels fortunate to be living in these mountains again. She has had a home in Blowing Rock for almost 20 years and enjoys being a part this special community. Gail and Dr. Michael Vallillo met ten years ago. They have a home in Winter Park, Florida during the winter months. Blowing Rock has been enhanced by the museum and the opportunities to enhance the town with BRAHM are extraordinary. GaiI looks forward to continued joy and education from being personally involved with BRAHM.
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 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.
Growing up, Lee’s mother was a supporter of the arts in Asheville. Like many kids, he was a victim of “required culture”, being towed to performing arts events and museums. In the 1980s, Lee’s mother introduced him to Penland School of Crafts, which was a turning point. Seeing how art was created and meeting the people who did it made it real. From that time forward, art became part of his life. When he retired, Lee began volunteering regularly at Penland and The Mint Museum, which kindled another interest: the importance of art education and community outreach. Over the last several years, Lee has had the privilege of working with the amazing BRAHM staff, and looks forward this continued relationship. BRAHM has seen incredible growth in recent years; it is a true asset to its members and the community.
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.
Jess Wehrmann, Executive Committee, At-Large Member
A native of Wilkes County, Jess is a ‘07 graduate of Wake Forest University. Go Deacs! She and her husband, Kenneth, moved to the Blowing Rock area in 2012 when they acquired Monkee’s. As a business leader, resident and volunteer, Jess is committed to the town of Blowing Rock. She is a 2013 graduate of the Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge, in her 6th year on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and has served as the head of the Business Support Committee where she developed the downtown Sip and Shop and the Holiday Stroll. She and Kenneth also have the privilege of using Monkee’s as a platform to support many local non-profits including BRAHM. It is Jess’ passion to be an integral participant in Blowing Rock’s continued growth.
In her spare time; Jess is an avid reader, traveler, foodie, yogi, and loves hanging with her best friend, Kenneth.
Nancy Brittelle, Turchin Center Advisory Member
Nancy Brittelle serves on the Advisory Board of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University and is their liaison to the Board of Trustees at BRAHM. She has worked as Director of the Kids in Koncert Suzuki Music Program at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory NC and as Coordinator of the Suzuki Association of the Capital District in Albany NY. She began creating art after moving back to NC from upstate NY and has been a full-time resident of Blowing Rock since 2000. Her current work consists of indoor sculpture assembled from repurposed paper packaging materials. She has a deep connection to the arts and is an avid art, music, film and theater lover. She and her husband Doug have one son William, a lovely daughter-in-law Molly and two beautiful grandchildren, Clyde and Delphine.
Patricia Alexander, Founder Emeritus
Former President of the Board, Linda Russell shares a few words about Patty at BRAHM's last Alexander Arts Lecture...
"There are people in this world who help out in seemingly small ways in different situations, but, in fact, have a huge impact on other people and events, altering outcomes in positive ways.
We, at BRAHM, have an individual who has seemingly stood in the background and observed activities from the sidelines during the development of this museum, but, in fact, has been one of the most dynamic activists ever.
The backstory on this person is a tale of diligent dedication and meticulous attention to detail with a vision of an architectural, cultural and educational cornerstone of this community that we now call BRAHM.
When we were a Museum without Walls, she worked tirelessly coordinating and organizing work sessions for mailings and program-planning.
She initiated the marvelous museum trips and worked with our travel agent to ensure their educational value.
She became the “Go-to-caterer for all events, including the annual art auction that was held in the American Legion Building. I remember a bidding war for a particular piece of art that now hangs in our living room. (Those were early fundraisers).
Being an exceptionally gracious hostess, she held numerous Founders’ Dinners in her home.
She personally provided underwriting support for exhibits, notably for Common Threads and Curious Collections, out of her “EGG MONEY.” When attending Sunday afternoon concerts, she would pull a $20 bill out of her bra for admission, even though her admission as a Daingerfield Member was free. Always supportive. Rumor has it that she attended a Trombone concert, kicking and screaming all the way because she HATES THE TROMBONE. But attendance was expected to be low so she went. The question is: DID SHE KEEP THE $20 BILL IN HER BRA FOR THAT ONE!
On a serious note, she was always a leveling force, a stabilizing power and a tower of strength, even during the tumultuous economic downturn. She was deemed the 3rd leg of a 3-legged stool.
At the first Alexander Arts Lecture she was presented a TILE with the letters CCBW inscribed on it. That TILE is now installed on the front walk and sums up her role as CHIEF COOK AND BOTTLE WASHER.
Patty Alexander, will you please come up and receive a more fitting title than CCBW. As the designee for the Board of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, I would like to confer on you the status of 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
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 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.