MSgt Kyle Cramer was elected 2021-2022 President of the Arts Council of Wayne County at the July meeting of its board of directors. Also, 11 newly approved board members were welcomed.
Cramer may be the first active-duty military member to serve as the organization’s president in its 57-year history. He and his family moved back to Goldsboro last year after spending five years at Aviano Air Force Base, Italy. He is an Avionics Specialist and has served in the Air Force for 18 years. Kyle decided to apply for a position on the Arts Council board so he could become more involved in the community. Living in Europe, his family experienced art and culture in a variety of forms, and wanted to share some of those opportunities with people in Goldsboro. He has a special interest in public art and its effect on a community’s appeal and economy. Kyle is not a Goldsboro native. He grew up in Washington state and was stationed at Seymour Johnson for his first assignment. It was then he met his wife. He then spent time living in South Korea before he and his wife moved to Florida, where their son was born. In 2009 they moved back to Goldsboro where they had their second child, a daughter. They are now back in Goldsboro a third time and Kyle plans to finish out his career here at Seymour.
Other Arts Council officers are:
- Vice President – Spencer Dingess
- Secretary – Diane Belmont
- Treasurer – Casey Mozingo
- Past President – Andrea Freile
The new board members are:
- Spencer Dingess – He attended the University of Mount Olive where he held leading roles in theatre productions and served as president of the Drama Club. He is a retired veteran and has been an active Arts Council volunteer. He lives in Mount Olive.
- Casey Mozingo – She is a photographer who graduated from Barton College with a studio art degree. She has been a photographer for 20 years and currently works at Wayne Community College. She is a former Goldsboro News-Argus photographer. She also teaches beginning level photography classes and is vice president of the Goldsboro Civic Ballet.
- Kathi Edwards Doggett – She is elementary school art teacher for Wayne County Public
Schools. She studied art at Wayne Community College and graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in fabric design and weaving. She’s an active member in the teaching sorority Delta Kappa Gamma. She lives in Pikeville.
- Chretien Dumond – He is Director of Development for a private school in Wilson. He graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, a public, magnet high school where applicants must audition to be accepted. As a strong supporter of the arts, he has served on the Public Arts Steering Committee for Goldsboro and chairs the City of Goldsboro’s Commission on Community Relations and Development. He is a member of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and Wayne County Historical Association boards. He lives in Goldsboro.
- Andrietta Herron – She is an English as a Second Language teacher for Wayne County Public Schools and is part of the N.C. ESL Leadership Team. She is a painter and prefers working with water color and acrylic. She lives in LaGrange.
- Nancy Hicks – She majored in Art History and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been an avid collector of art most of her life. She moved from Raleigh four
years ago and lives in Goldsboro.
- Anna Hinson – She graduated from East Carolina University where she concentrated in Metals Design. She is an art teacher for Wayne County public schools and a studio artist at the Arts Council where she has taught many classes. She has painted several murals in downtown Goldsboro and is a multidisciplinary artist that currently focuses on painting, jewelry design, pyrography and print making. She lives in Goldsboro.
- Roddie Hoyle – He is a business owner with a background in sales and creates and markets special events. He is a member of the optimist club and a youth leader in his church. He’s participated in numerous Arts Council events and lives in Goldsboro.
- Meghan Pakalnis – She is the Development Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County. Passionate about the arts, she enjoys photography, theater, museums and plays the violin. She lives in Goldsboro.
- Lisa Roberts-Sorrels – A Goldsboro native, she is an interior designer and graduate of ECU where she also minored in Textiles and Fashion Merchandising. She has a master’s degree in residential and commercial design, is an art collector and has volunteered at Arts Council events for many years. She lives in Goldsboro.
- Bri Worek – She has a master’s degree in speech language pathology from West Virginia University where she also studied vocal performance and played with various orchestral groups. She began playing classical violin in 4th grade. A former voice instructor at the Arts Council, she currently co-owns Gold City House of Music. She lives in Goldsboro.
Other board members are:
- Donna Amos – Art teacher for Wayne County Public Schools
- Diane Belmont – Resource Development & Data Management Coordinator for Wayne
Community College Foundation
- Julie Beck – President of the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce
- Chris Claiborne – Hair stylist and real estate agent
- LaRose Daniels – Retired business owner
- Andrea Freile – Communications instructor at Wayne Community College
- Wendy Hicks – ESL instructor at Lenoir Community College
- Lee Kincaid – Southeastern Cancer Care Coordinator, Southeastern Medical Oncology
- Stephanie Morris – TSgt USAF and artist
- Coral Villanueva – Podiatrist and clinical research coordinator
- Angie Waller – Lead art instructor for Wayne Community College
Board members are elected annually for a three-year term. New officers serve one year, but may be reelected. The Arts Council executive director serves as a non-voting member of the board.