Foundation Board of Directors - UNCSA

Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors

The UNCSA Foundation Board of Directors is composed of a group of community leaders. The Board is the Foundation’s governance and policy-making body. As such, the Board bears fiduciary responsibility for privately fundraised gifts to UNCSA.

James E. Martin, President

James (Jim) Martin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is an investment advisor and Chairman of Arbor Investment Advisors. A Winston-Salem native, he has known UNCSA since it was founded. “UNCSA is a place of energy, creativity and magnetic enthusiasm.” Jim earned an A.B. from UNC Chapel Hill and a M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Peter Juran, Vice President

Peter Juran (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is a legal counselor and litigator in Winston-Salem, advising business clients in all manner of legal issues, including commercial, contractual, employment, real property and construction disputes. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate College before studying at Duke University, where he earned a M.A. in Philosophy and a J.D. Peter joined the board in the fall of 2015. He has also served on the board of directors of Leadership Winston-Salem, Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Hospice and Palliative Care Center and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

William R. Watson, Treasurer

William (Bill) Watson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is the Chairman of Salem Investment Counselors and a registered investment advisor. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill.

John Wigodsky, Assistant Treasurer

John Wigodsky (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was introduced to UNCSA in 1982, through the Host Family Program. Now retired, he earned degrees from Duke University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology before working in senior management for apparel firms, including Hanes and Fruit of the Loom. He says that serving on the Board “is a way of giving to UNCSA and helping to ensure its long-term success and viability.”

Stephen Karr, Secretary

Stephen Karr (Winston-Salem, N.C.) retired in 2009 as the Senior Director – Employment Practices at Reynolds American Inc. He earned a B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. A member of the Foundation Board since 2008, Steve previously served on the UNCSA Board of Trustees from 1999-2005 and on the UNC Board of Governors UNCSA Special Committee from 1996-97. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Winston-Salem Symphony. He has also served as Vice Chair for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Work Family Resource Center, Chair of the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Workforce Development Council and as a board member of the Equal Opportunity Advisory Council.

Wesley Davis

Wesley Davis (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is Vice President and a client advisor for Alex Brown. He studied at the Groton School before earning a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College and a M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina.

Kay Donahue

Kay Donahue (Winston-Salem, N.C.) practiced law for 35 years and is the retired director of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice law firm. She holds B.A. and M.A. Music degrees from Florida State University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. “How fortunate we are to have this fine nationally-renowned institution in our community,” she says. “It was my pleasure to serve on the board when asked. The passion and the commitment of the Foundation Board’s members compliments the incredible talent, hard work and tremendous productivity of the incredible faculty and students of UNCSA.”

Barry Eisenberg

Barry Eisenberg (Winston-Salem, N.C.) works in investment management as president of E Investment Corp. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Guilford College, is a securities broker (NYSE, NASD, CBT) and is a real estate broker (North Carolina Real Estate Commission). He first became involved with UNCSA in the 1970s as a volunteer with The Associates and has supported UNCSA students and staff ever since. He is a member of the UNCSA Giannini Society, has served on the UNCSA Gala Committee and was Co-Chair for “Guys and Dolls,” He has also served on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council’s Capital Campaign executive committee and as co-chair for Summit School’s Grandparents Annual Campaign. Barry has served on boards for Twin City Stage, Hospice Foundation, Piedmont Craftsman, American Red Cross and the Winston-Salem Jewish Community Council.  

McDara P. Folan III

McDara (Dara) P. Folan III (Winston-Salem, N.C.) has been Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary of Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) since July 2004. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Salem College and Academy and The Arts Council Endowment Fund, Inc. and the Board of Directors of the Downtown Winston-Salem Foundation. Mr. Folan is also a member of the bars of the states of North Carolina and Ohio. A native of Port Washington, NY, he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and political and social thought, a master’s degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Ragan, have three children: Caitlin, who is married to Davis Roach, McDara and McKenzie.

Douglas M. Henderson

Douglas (Doug) Henderson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is Vice President of Sales for Dorell Fabrics, where he imports and sells upholstery fabrics to the furniture industry. He earned a degree in Finance from University of Georgia. He has served on the Foundation Board since 2014, but has been involved with UNCSA - particularly in fundraising efforts - for more than 20 years. Doug, along with his wife Sue, is a 2016 Giannini Award-recipient.

David Hinton

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Joia Johnson

Joia Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) attended Duke University before receiving a J.D./M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Lee LaVallee 

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Frank K. Lord III

Frank Lord (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is retired from Arbor Investment Advisors, previously serving at Armtex Inc. and Hanes Companies Inc. He holds a B.B.A. in Business Accounting from Wake Forest University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Through serving on the board, “I feel like I can make a tangible contribution that helps the school,” he says. “It provides an opportunity to better appreciate the outstanding student artists and provides a deeper insight to the breadth of education and training the school provides for the students.”

Nola Miller

Nola Miller (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is retired from Wachovia Nonprofit and Philanthropic Services. She recently served as the president for The Associates’ Board of Directors.

Mark Oliver

Mark Oliver (Lewisville, N.C.) was introduced to UNCSA by former Board member Dan Murphy. A dentist in Winston-Salem, Mark earned a B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College and a D.D.S. from UNC School of Dentistry. “It is a pleasure to serve on the board of an institution that is responsible for cultivating the talent and honing the skills of arguably the most gifted individuals in the world.

Mary T. Perkins

Dr. Mary T. Perkins (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is self-employed and the owner of MT Perkins Collaborations, a healthcare consulting business. Previously, she was the Director of Nursing, Operations of Brenner Children’s Hospital, Director of Brenner Children’s Health Services and Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health Services for Wake Forest University Baptist Behavioral Health. She earned a B.S.N. degree from Hampton University, an M.S.N. from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco. She is the immediate past president of the Susan G. Komen NWNC affiliate, a current board member of the UNCSA Board of Visitors, a Stephen Minister, member of the UMMBC Health and Wellness Ministry, chair of UMMBC’s Community Garden and chair of the WS MOLES scholarship committee. She and her husband have been co-chairs of UNCSA's Larry Leon Hamlin Scholarship Committee since 2008.

Peter Richter

Peter W. Richter (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is Vice President, Supply Chain Network, Inmar, where he is accountable for the overall financial performance of Inmar’s Supply Chain network and specializes in reverse logistics and supply chain optimization through data analytics and insights. He has worked in consumer products and supply chain for 20-plus years with companies like PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Sara Lee, Sysco Foods and Inmar. He earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Wake Forest University and is a Certified Treasury Professional. UNCSA’s relationship with Inmar provided an opportunity for Richter to serve on the Foundation board and is a "great opportunity for me to give back to the community and provide guidance on financial challenges," he says.

Michael Ryden 

Michael Ryden (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is President and Founding Partner of Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate, where he provides management of brand advertising and marketing of residential real estate, buyer and seller representation and marketing and advertising support for 80 agents. He has a degree from Roanoke College. Michael’s career highlights include the marketing of local historic properties and adaptive reuse projects aimed to revitalize downtown, such as Albert Hall, Piedmont Leaf Lofts, The Charles Building and The Glade.

E. Taylor Shipley Jr.

E. Taylor Shipley Jr. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is retired. He spent 14 Years as an auditor for Ernst & Young followed by 24 years as a manager of and instructor for Booke, a division of Aon specializing in accounting seminars and software for insurance companies. He earned a B.A. degree from Duke University, an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University and was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He served the Foundation previously as chair of the Audit Committee and was past Treasurer of Piedmont Opera and N.C. Dance Theatre. He enjoys serving on the Foundation Board because "[UNCSA is] a national treasure based in Winston-Salem with which I am proud to be associated."

Julie Williams

Winston-Salem, N.C.

UNCSA Foundation Board Ex-Officio Members (Non-Voting)

Lindsay Bierman
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Ed Lewis, III
Winston-Salem, N.C.



Board of Trustees Liaison

Erna Womble
Winston-Salem, N.C.



University of the North Carolina School of the Arts
Foundation Board of Directors

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Winston-Salem, NC 27127-2188
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