Board of Directors
Dr. Gwendolyn Bacote (Treasurer) - Gwendolyn Bacote holds a PhD in Divinity Studies from Living Epistle Bible College and also studied at Bethlehem Bible College and NC A&T University. For the past 35 years, she's been a singer with the L.B. Florence Ensemble. Her other artistic pursuits include jewelry making (Passion Designs by Gwen). Dr. Bacote has more than 16 combined years experience in banking and administration and currently is a substitute teacher for Guilford County Schools and a a Gospel Minister.
Julie Cresenzo (Vice President) graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1981 with a BFA in Art and Education. She was born and raised in Eden and returned in 1988 when she married another native of Rockingham County, Randy Cresenzo. Once their twin boys started school, she did too. In 2015, Julie retired after 20 years as an Art Educator at Leaksville-Spray Elementary. In addition to serving on the board of the Arts Council and advocating for the Arts in our schools, she continues to express her artistic nature through pottery. Julie believes that art is a transforming experience, both on a personal level and potentially for a community. She is proud to be a part of an organization whose goal is to facilitate that process.
Delois Goode (Member) is an artist and the founder of Goode Over Flow Arts and Literature. The inspiration for her creativity began as a "little colored girl" growing up in the American South during the 1960s. Here, the myth of "separate but equal" conspired to silence her in school, at home, in the public spheres - and messages of segregation were constant on the cultural landscape, printed in black and white signs. As she matured from child to young woman, Delois discovered a way to express herself through the arts and writing poetry where she hid symbols that served a dual purpose and meaning. Her journey has deepened to include exploration of history and spirit, seeking a reason for existence. She discovered that the very first Artist in the world who created the heavens and the earth, and all that exist within, is the same Artist who painted her this color. This clarity brought meaning to all that happened to her - good or bad - beginning with the "little colored girl" who escaped her world by writing children stories, to the African-American woman who creates art from two worlds, to a person who writes poetry from her experiences to find and accept love. It is the process of creativity and transformation. Delois's projects have been featured in group exhibitions in galleries and fine arts and crafts shows. She has created logos and art projects for non-profits agencies, and a feature collection in a Yoga Studio. Her preferred medium is black Indian ink. Whenever an object of beauty comes within her view, she is compelled to draw her interpretation of its spirit, enhanced with African patters and fill it in with Indian Ink.
Kevin Moore (President) graduated from NC State University in 1979 and retired as Director of Rockingham County Soil & Water Conservation District. He manages Fairfield Farm, a beef cattle farm in Rockingham County. He is a lifelong Rockingham County resident, Kevin enjoys traveling, particularly on bicycle in foreign lands. Kevin is a woodworker, novice blacksmith and occasional brick oven builder.
Barbara Osborne, (Past President) lives in Eden and is a Realtor with Allen Tate. She has been a member of the Arts Council Board of Directors for the past 5 years. She was also on the board in the 1980s. She is married to William and has two grown sons.
Robert Racine (Member) is retired as a one-man trial and litigation firm that concentrated in the area of employee and civil rights litigation. He obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine at Portland (1976), and subsequently attended People's College of Law, Los Angeles, CA (1978 - 1982). Robert passed the California Bar Exam in July 1982 and began to practice law in November 1982. He has been a sole practitioner since February 1984, and is currently an in-active member of the Maine Bar. While in practice, Robert specialized in discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases representing the employee only. Throughout his career as a trail attorney, he served as counsel in more than 25 appellate cases, 4 before the Ninth Circuit. Robert resides in Summerfield with his family and volunteers for charitable groups and plays guitar in Praise Band.
Dr. Nancy White (Secretary) is currently a self employed visual artist, dog companion to Scout and Cotton, and married to Dennis Saver with small farm/ wood lot in Sandy Ridge, NC. She is retired founding and Executive Director UNC Coastal Studies Institute (2003-2017). She also served as Research Director NCSU College of Design (1998-2003); Visiting Faculty NCSU Department of Agriculture and Nature Resource Economics (1996 -1998); NCSU Graduate School (1989 - 1996); and Founder and Owner Landscape Associates Inc. of Raleigh (1975 - 1989). Nancy holds a PhD Forestry/ Ecology NC State (1996); MLA Landscape Architecture NC State 1992; and AB UNC Chapel Hill Fine Arts and Political Science (1971). Nancy was born in Suffolk Va, raised and home town is Virginia Beach, Va. Loves all water sports, walking, running, hiking, family, dogs, friends, and Dennis.
Amy Hardison has more than 18 years of experience in marketing, business development, and project management. She has a Bachelor’s from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Currently, Amy is VP at London Fall Protection, a board member of Girls Leading Girls, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu from 2008-2010. She has a passion for mentoring small businesses and contributing to Rockingham County. Amy is married to Brandon, an artist and muralist and they reside in Stoneville, NC.
Jenny Edwards, Executive Director, earned an M.A. in History from University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she concentrated in Environmental History. In addition to working with the RC Arts Council, she is a program manager with the Dan River Basin Association where she manages development of trails and river accesses. Her experience in the non-profit world includes: corporate relations manager for WHQR public radio; Executive Director of the SPCA of the Triad; and program officer with the NC Humanities Council. Jenny lives with her family, including three Old Time Scotch Collies and an Aussie (don't judge) in Rockingham County, NC. She loves wandering aimlessly in the woods, kayaking, belly laughs, and hanging out with artists. Contact Jenny at director at rcarts.org or (336) 349-4039.