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Sept. 20, 2013/For Immediate Release

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



Board meets Friday, Sept. 27

(Winston-Salem) The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Board of Trustees will welcome four new members when it meets at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 in Eisenberg Social Hall of Hanes Student Commons on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St. in Winston-Salem. The new members are Stephen Berlin, E. Greer Cawood, Elizabeth B. Madden and Erna A.P. Womble.


Stephen Berlin is a partner in Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP with significant experience in several areas of environmental law, including environmental litigation, business transactions involving environmental issues and environmental compliance matters. He has worked in most areas of environmental litigation in federal and state courts, and at both the trial and appellate levels. During the course of this career, he has acted as lead environmental counsel for several multi-million-dollar business transactions involving manufacturing concerns throughout the United States.

Berlin has been recognized for environmental law in “The Best Lawyers in America” for seven years and in “Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business” for five years. He was named to Business North Carolina’s “legal elite” list in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was recognized among the Triad's most influential professional executives for 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the Triad Business Journal. He has been recognized as a North Carolina "Super Lawyer” for environmental litigation and land use/zoning in 2010 and environmental law in 2010, 2012 and 2013 by SuperLawyers magazine and was named to The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2010 and 2011.


Berlin has a B.A. and J.D (both cum laude) from Wake Forest University, where he serves as an adjunct professor and coach of the National Trial Court Team. He is a member of the Wake Forest Board of Visitors, vice chair of the Arts Council Board, chair of Winston-Salem Business Inc., and chair of the Development Committee of the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum. He is a past chair of the Enrichment Center Board and former president of the Forsyth County Bar Association.


E. Greer Cawood has been a political consultant for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, managing advocacy efforts for state and local arts funding and advising the president and CEO on policy matters. She was finance director for Senator Richard Burr’s 2010 campaign. Cawood managed Wachovia Corporation’s office of public policy for five years and its corporate communications office for two years. She was floor assistant for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), and held several positions in the office and on the campaign staff of Senator Jesse Helms. She was staff assistant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1990.

Stephen Berlin

E. Greer Cawood

Elizabeth Madden

Erna Womble

Cawood was appointed by the N.C. Senate to the National Heritage Trust Fund. She serves on the board of Forsyth Country Day School and on the executive committee of the Twin City Garden Club. Former board memberships include the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, The N.C. chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, the Foundation of the UNC School of Nursing and the North Carolina Banker’s Association.

She has a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  


Elizabeth Madden is a senior private banker for the Triad West Region of Wells Fargo Private Bank.  As part of The Private Bank, she works with clients to understand their needs and then coordinates a team of specialists to provide clients with wealth management services, including banking, credit, investment management and trust and estate services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as well as brokerage services through Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Madden was a financial specialist and branch manager for Wachovia Bank, N.A., in Winston-Salem.  She has been in the banking industry for more than 13 years.

Madden earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

She is involved in numerous community activities supporting Winston-Salem.  She currently serves on the State Employees Credit Union Family House resource development committee and recently participated in Take the Lead benefiting The Bethesda Center for the Homeless. Formerly, she served on the Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health advisory board at Forsyth Hospital and was financial advisor for the Medical Alliance of the Piedmont. Madden also served as the chairperson for Wells Fargo sponsorship in the American Heart Association Heart Walk and as corporate co-chairperson for Winterlark benefiting the cancer support program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She continues to support The Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and the Medical Alliance of the Piedmont. 

Erna A.P. Womble is a Partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, counseling clients nationally and statewide in her litigation practice of more than 26 years.  She earned a B.F.A. and a Master’s in elementary education at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, where she also taught music appreciation and music theory lab (ear training) part-time at the college level to help pay for her undergraduate and graduate education.  She earned her J.D. degree at the University of South Carolina, and served a federal judicial clerkship to the Hon. U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr., prior to entering private practice with Womble Carlyle. 

Womble has an abiding interest in the arts and the humanities.  She and her husband and law partner, Bill Womble, Jr., are active participants and supporters of several arts, community, and professional organizations.


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.