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Oct. 5, 2012/For Immediate Release (High resolution photos available)

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu





WINSTON-SALEM – The Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) welcomed seven new members at its regular meeting today. The new trustees are Noel “Skip” Dunn, Justin Eure, Quin Gordon, Justin Poindexter, Michael Tiemann, Carrie Vickery and Ryan Wineinger.  An eighth trustee, Isaac H. Green, joined the board in May. 

Noel “Skip” Dunn has been chairman emeritus at Aon Global since 2009. He was president of Aon Risk Services (Holdings) of the Americas for 12 years, and held various senior management positions at Aon for 10 years. He was a partner in Pilot Insurance Agency of Winston Salem – one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage companies in the south – from 1969 until the firm was sold to Aon in 1986. Dunn has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters degree (CPCU).

 He has served on many nonprofit boards including Reynolda House, National Nature Conservancy, Wake Forest University Board of Visitors, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Awards in the Visual Arts, National Audubon Society, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He has also been a member of the UNCSA Board of Visitors.

Justin Eure is a science writer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. He received his B.F.A. in directing from UNCSA in 2007 and was the recipient of the Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship. He received his M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University in 2011, where he was the inaugural recipient of the practicum grant for science reporting.

 Eure spent 10 months in Nepal on a Fulbright Scholarship studying the rehearsal and performance of Buddhist and Hindu ritual dance, which included visits to Tibetan monasteries at the foot of Mt. Everest. He worked in New York alongside UNCSA alumni at 9Thirty Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of pressing environmental issues. He served as its associate artistic director for the 2009-10 season.

 Eure has produced documentaries and original stories from Chicago’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.

Skip DunnJustin EureQuin Gordon
Dunn                    Eure                   Gordon
Isaac GreenJustin PoindexterMichael Tiemann
Green                   Poindexter         Tiemann
Carrie VickeryRyan Wineinger
Vickery               Wineinger

 Quin Gordon is a New York-based theatre director and teacher. His New York City directing credits include The Picture of Dorian Gray (Sonnet Repertory Theatre), The Dinner Party (Lincoln Center Institute), Babette’s Feast (World Premiere, Threads Theatre Co.), Hot Cripple (Seeing Place Theater), Things We Want (TheatreLab), Red Light Winter (DPVCT), Modern Love (Theatre Row), The Power of the Crystals (NYC Fringe Fest). Regionally he has directed Shostakovich's Hamlet (Aspen Music Festival, with UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri as conductor). He was assistant director of Vieux Carré (Pearl Theatre Co., Austin Pendleton) and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (Mint Theater, Stuart Howard).

 Gordon is a graduate of The New Actor's Workshop and received his B.F.A. in directing from UNCSA where he recently taught and directed a workshop production of All's Well That Ends Well.

Isaac H. Green is president and chief executive officer of Piedmont Investment Advisors, and serves as Piedmont’s chief investment officer and portfolio manager of its Strategic Core product.

Green has more than 25 years of investment experience. He previously served as executive vice president and managing director of Loomis Sayles’ Value Equity Management Division. He was responsible for 25 investment professionals who managed seven products with more than $10 billion in assets. Green joined Loomis as a portfolio manager in 1993. In 1995, he became managing partner of the Detroit office and was elected a director of the firm. 

Prior to joining Loomis, Sayles & Co., Green was senior vice president and director of investments at NCM Capital Management. He joined NCM in 1988 as director of research.

Green received his A.B. in economics and history from Duke University, and his M.B.A. in finance and business economics from Columbia University. He began his investment career as a securities analyst with NCNB National Bank.

 Justin Poindexter is a composer and guitarist who has been featured in award-winning films and albums, and has performed in venues from Georgia roadhouses to New York’s Lincoln Center.  He is a graduate of UNCSA, where he studied composition with Kenneth Frazelle and guitar with Gerald Klickstein. He is a 2007 recipient of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Institute.

Poindexter is the founding artistic director of UNCSA’s Music Academy of the American South (MAAS) and a founding member of the New York-based “hot folk” ensemble, The Tres Amigos. With the Amigos, he has traveled across the country, performing concerts and educational workshops on the American music canon. 

He curates education and community programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center and writes for its educational publications. He has performed and/or collaborated with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ken Peplowski, Nellie McKay, Matt Wilson’s Art & Crafts, Art Baron, Luis Bonilla, Marshall Allen of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Alvin Atkinson and Bill Crow. Poindexter leads professional development workshops for music educators and is a frequent guest composer and music director of the 52nd Street Project, a NYC musical theatre outreach program.

Michael Tiemann is an open source software pioneer, having written the first native-code C++ compiler and debugger more than two decades ago. His early work led to the creation of leading open source technologies and the first open source business model. In 1989 he co-founded Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his 10 years at Cygnus, Tiemann contributed in a number of roles, from president to hacker, helping lead the company from fledgling start-up to an open source leader. In January 2000, Cygnus Solutions was acquired by Red Hat, and Tiemann became Red Hat's chief technical officer.  In 2004, he became the company's first vice president of open source affairs.

In 2006, Tiemann applied his knowledge of open source software to music production by founding Manifold Recording, a high-end, carbon neutral recording studio and production facility in Pittsboro, N.C.

As a child, Tiemann sang professionally in the Choir of St. Thomas Church in Manhattan for four years, recording four albums, appearing on national television, and performing at events including the 1976 bi-centennial celebration at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Tiemann graduated from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, spent a summer working for The French National Institute of Computer Science in Paris, and did graduate work in electrical engineering at Stanford University. 

He has served on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative (retiring as president), GNOME Foundation, and Open Source for America. He also served on the board of the Montessori Community School (retiring as president).  Presently, Tiemann participates in the Chancellor's Working Group for Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and serves on the board of Carolina Performing Arts.

Carrie Vickery was a member of the inaugural class at Elon University School of Law where she received her law degree with litigation concentration. Vickery was the founder and president of the Elon Law Democrats and member of the Women's Law Association. She attended high school at UNCSA, where she played the oboe. She received her B.A. in political science from Western Carolina University.

 Vickery practices both civil and criminal litigation, concentrating her practice in family law at the Walter C. Holton firm in Winston-Salem. She is admitted to practice in all federal district courts in North Carolina and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Family Law Section and serves on several committees within the section. She is also a member of the Forsyth County Young Lawyers Board of Directors.

 Vickery is an adjunct professor at Forsyth Technical Community College where she teaches business law, family law, ethics and professionalism to paralegal students.

Ryan Wineinger is a creative artist with Walt Disney Imagineering in Orlando, Fla. He earned his B.F.A. in scenic design from UNCSA’s School of Design & Production in 2009. In his senior year Wineinger was one of 15 students chosen nationally to display his work at the Young Designers’ Forum of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) national conference, and his work was selected to be part of the student exhibit at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Also in his senior year, he received the Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship of Excellence at UNCSA, and the W. Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award from USITT.

Wineinger received a Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has worked as assistant scenic designer for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 34th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Wineinger has worked in scenic and projection design for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Hubbard Street Dance,  Orchestra London, No Rules Theatre Company,  New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Franklin Stage Company. 

 As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.