Board of Directors and Staff

We are governed by a 13 - 18 member volunteer Board of Directors who are elected for three-year terms.

Meet Our Board of Directors and Staff:

 

Lee Carol Giduz

Lee Carol Giduz
Executive Director

Lee Carol Giduz is the Executive Director of the Caldwell Arts Council, a multidiscipline arts organization that serves the students and residents of Caldwell County with quality art programming. She has served in this position since 1994. Lee Carol graduated with honors from Davidson College with a degree in Public Policy and is a Fellow in the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. She has served or is serving on the Board of Advisors for Wildacres Leadership Initiative, the Board of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Advisory Panel of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Economic Development Board for the City of Lenoir, the Board of Western Art Agencies of NC, and the Board of the JE Broyhill Civic Center. Her volunteer time is shared between the Beall Street Community Garden, Wildacres Leadership Initiative, and a variety of community projects.

   
   
Matt Underwood

Matt Underwood
Board President

Matt is Network Systems Engineer at Siemens Healthcare, and is owner/operator of the famous Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock, NC.

   
Edward Terry

Edward Terry
Treasurer

A resident of Lenoir since 2001, Edward Terry is the father of two wonderful children and works in the Marketing Department at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. In addition to volunteering with the Caldwell Arts Council, Edward serves on the boards of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and the Caldwell County Education Foundation. In his free time, Edward enjoys travel, music and writing.

   
Pete Lupo

Pete Lupo
Secretary

My wife, Sheree and I are native North Carolinians. We currently live in the Kings Creek area of Caldwell County. My wife and I love the outdoors and try to spend as much of our free time there as possible. I have been a practicing artist for 30 years and recently my wife has become involved more with her passions of pottery and photography.

Becoming involved with the Caldwell Arts Council has introduced us to like minded people who share the love of small town living and an appreciation of the incredible amount of artistic talent that the area has to offer.

   
Hope Surpris

Hope Surpris
Board Member

Hope Surpris is a transplant from Westchester County, a suburb just north of New York City. She is a Life Coach and prior to relocating she had a Life Coaching and small business consulting practice. Previously, she worked several years as an Administrator in the training and development areas for the financial and healthcare consulting sectors.

   
Bill Karr

Bill Karr
Board Member

Originally from Westchester and Dutchess Counties in New York as well, we are very happy to have found The Coves, Lenoir and The Caldwell Arts Council. As a retired guidance counselor for 6th-8th grade students, The Arts, in all its forms, are some of the best influences kids and adults can have in their lives. So I am looking forward to being more involved in the great work the Arts Council does for our community and people. The visitors who see Lenoir and what the Arts Council does, cannot help but be touched and impressed.

   

Dawn Mathews
Board Member

 Dawn Mathews is a native of Caldwell County and has been displaying art at the Council since high school.  She is the owner of The Thankful Goat, a local goat milk soap and bath products business in Granite Falls. Dawn is a homesteading, homeschooling mom of two boys, wife to Steve, and a local author. Connect with her at www.thethankfulgoat.com

   

 

Emily Miller
Board Member

 

Originally from Alleghany County North Carolina, Emily Miller, her partner Daniel, and their two children moved to Lenoir in 2011.  Emily has a long history of involvement with the arts. She is an avid maker, largely in the disciplines of fiber art and wood working. Emily completed undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Psychology with a concentration in Creative Writing, a Master of Arts in English Education and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a graduate certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. Emily's work explores art and craft practices as an extension of human wellbeing within the context of an economic metanarrative. Delighted by the vibrant arts community in Lenoir, Emily is thrilled to join the Board of Directors for the Caldwell Arts Council. 

   
 

 

   
Helen (Nell) Fisher

Helen (Nell) Fisher
Board Member

Originally from Westchester and Dutchess Counties in New York, we now live at The Coves in Collettesville. We are extremely excited about the area with such natural beauty, culture and history, the wonderful people, and the outstanding work The Arts Council offers here in Caldwell County. As a retired preschool and elementary teacher, I know how much inspiration and culture the Arts Council contributes to every aspect of the county, the people, and most importantly, the children. We can't help but get more deeply involved in such a great effort.

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Griffith
Board Member

Originally born and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Jimmie Griffith attended Appalachian State University and moved to Lenoir, NC in 2004 where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He currently works at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute as an instructor and amongst other things coordinates the College’s Brazilian educational partnerships and co-chairs the CCC&TI Global Diversity Committee. Jimmie is also a musician/composer that has participated in several different musical projects (Banana da TerraMaisCéu and UNC- Chapel Hill’s Viva Cackalacky – Latin Music in the New South) promoting Brazilian music in NC since 2000. As an educator, artist and Caldwell County resident, Jimmie is delighted to be a board member of the Caldwell Arts Council in order continue to bring cultures and people closer together through the arts, education, and business.

 

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John Francis
Board Member

 

John Francis serves as the Northwest Regional Associate for the North Carolina Community Foundation where he works with NCCF’s local affiliates and endowment funds across ten counties across northwestern NC. Prior to joining NCCF, John worked for three years with City Year Boston, an AmeriCorps organization, and served as Fellow with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. He can frequently be seen walking around downtown Lenoir with his wife Katie and their two dogs, Sheba and Briscoe. John is particularly interested in local art as a community asset and economic development tool.

   
Kim Greene McClure

 

Kim Greene McClure
Board Member

Kim’s art focus has primarily been in the performing arts. She played clarinet in the Happy Valley School band, before switching to bassoon in 9th grade at Hibriten High School. Kim continued playing bassoon at Appalachian State University, as a member of the Wind Ensemble. She currently plays in the Harper Band, part of the James C. Harper School for the Performing Arts. Kim has been on the board of directors for the Caldwell Arts Council since January 2012, and also serves on the board of directors for the Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention.

   
 

 

Liz Hoffman
Board Member

 

   

 

Nancy Crawford
Board Member

My husband John and I moved to Lenoir with our family in August of 2007 from Syracuse, New York. The first public event we attended in our new town was the Sculpture Celebration. At this event I immediately fell in love with sculpture and the Arts Council. I am employed with Bernhardt Design and am the proud parent of 8 children and two wonderful grandchildren.

   
Susy Barnett

Susy Barnett
Board Member

Susan Barnett, Susy to her friends, grew up in upstate New York, the daughter of a hospital administrator and teacher. She is a graduate from Marshall University and Appalachian State University.

Now, retired, Susy enjoys reading, knitting, watching movies, gardening, volunteering at the Caldwell County Arts Council and entertaining friends. She and Scott, also recently retired from Caldwell County School, have two grown sons. Her oldest son Chris, lives in Boca Raton, Florida. Her son Andy and his wife, Vera, in Banner Elk, NC.

   
Adrienne Roellgen

 

Adrienne Roellgen
Programs Coordinator

Adrienne coordinates the Caldwell JAM program (Junior Appalachian Musicians) at both Granite Falls Elementary and Happy Valley schools, and coordinates volunteers to help as needed with Arts Council events. She also manages our Satie's Gift Shop! Married to Eno, they have three children.

   
Cathy McCoy

Cathy McCoy
Administrative Assistant

Cathy takes care of the office needs for the Arts Council, answering the phone and keeping everyone updated on arts events in our region. Married to Mitchel, they have one daughter.

   
Bob Fitzgerald

 

Bob Fitzgerald
Facility Manager

Bob has been Facilities Manager for Caldwell Arts Council since 1993 and helps with many tasks in the office, keeps the gallery lights shining as nicely as the floors!