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.
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, Interim 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.
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.
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.
Mary Bost Gray
Mary Bost attended Salem Academy in Winston Salem and Queens University in Charlotte. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.