Our Board

North Carolina Humanities’ operations are managed by the executive director and overseen by a volunteer board of trustees. Trustees serve a renewable three-year term, and five trustees are appointed by the Governor of North Carolina. NC Humanities’ board is composed of trustees who are committed to enhancing the cultural life of North Carolinians and whose background, expertise, and leadership provide NC Humanities with the tools to be effective and successful.

  • Lorna Ricotta, Board Chair

    Advancement, Fundraising, and Event Planning Expert

    Fayetteville

  • Mike Wakeford, Vice Chair

    Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts at UNC School of the Arts

    Winston-Salem

  • Margaret D. Bauer

    Professor of English at East Carolina University

    Greenville

  • Kerry Bird

    Director of North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission

    Durham

  • Elizabeth A. Carlson

    Founder and Curriculum Director at Carolina Music Ways

    Winston-Salem

  • Rodney Dawson

    Education Interpreter Specialist for North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

    Brown Summit

  • Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams

    Lecturer, Department of English at UNC Wilmington

    Wilmington

  • Sergio Fernandez

    Executive Director of Latino Advocacy Coalition

    Asheville

  • Nancy Fields

    Museum Director and Curator of The Museum of the Southeast American Indian at UNC Pembroke

    Pembroke

  • Jessica Hardin

    Attorney at Robinson Bradshaw

    Charlotte

  • Les High

    Founder and Publisher of The Border Belt Independent

    Whiteville

  • Douglas Jackson

    Associate Professor of Music at Elizabeth City State University

    Elizabeth City

  • Brian Kahn

    Partner at McGuire Woods, LLP

    Charlotte

  • Tasse A. Little

    Volunteer

    Charlotte

  • Rebecca Reyes

    Retired Minister and Social Worker

    Durham

  • Diane Robertson

    Self-Employed Consultant and Documentary Film Producer

    Carboro

  • C. Thomas Steele, Jr.

    Manager at Pittman & Steele, PLLC

    Burlington

  • Rick Thames

    Visiting Journalism Professor and Knight-Crane Executive in Residence at Queens University of Charlotte

    Charlotte

  • Cecelia Thompson

    Executive Director of Action Greensboro

    Greensboro

  • Liliana Wendorff

    Professor of Spanish at Queens University of Charlotte

    Charlotte

  • Kathy White

    Curriculum and Instruction Consultant

    Roanoke Rapids

  • Laura Williams

    Financial Reporting Consultant for UNC System

    Charlotte

  • Todd Wright

    Director of Jazz Studies at Appalachian State University

    Boone

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