Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Cherrelyn Napue brings Arts Together a wealth of experience in development, executive leadership and nonprofit management. Her background includes the arts, education and alumni relations at the university level. Prior to joining Arts Together, Cherrelyn served as Director of Alumni Engagement for Up with People, an international “gap year” touring performance program for young adults. She has also held previous roles at Up with People, including as a performer herself. In addition, Cherrelyn taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an affiliate professor in the nonprofit management program, school of professional studies. Known as an entrepreneurial leader and community advocate, she has received numerous acknowledgements and awards for her leadership, including Woman of the Millennium by the Colorado Black Round Table and the Salute to Black Women Award. Cherrelyn holds a BS in Nonprofit Organizational Administration from MSU Denver and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Passionate about social justice, she enjoys singing, traveling, serving the community, experimenting in the kitchen and spending time with her husband and teenage son.
Kathryn Auman’s love for dance began with a weekly dance class at the age of four taught by Lemma Mackie. By age eight she was performing with the Rainbow Dance Co., a multi-age modern dance company. She danced with Rainbow for 10 years before attending Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was the recipient of the Frances Wessels Scholarship and received a BFA in Dance. Kathryn is currently the Director of Dance Programs and Rainbow Dance Co. at Arts Together. In addition to teaching at Arts Together, Kathryn also teaches and performs with Black Box Dance Theatre all over North Carolina. In 2016, she traveled with Michelle Pearson, artistic director of Black Box Dance Theatre, to China to teach and create dances. Kathryn is also grateful for the opportunity to be teaching, choreographing and dancing at Arts Together, where her love for dance all started!
Renée Boyette develops and implements Arts Together’s visual arts curriculum for students ranging from preschool to elementary school age. Additionally, she has led the visual art activities for Arts Together’s Arts After Dark, a multi-arts experience for adults. Renée has organized and led many interactive visual art projects at events throughout the Raleigh community including the Hillsborough Wide Open Celebration, NC Sports Day at the NC History Museum, family events at North Hills, Artsplosure and the Governor Morehead School. She has spearheaded the children's art activities for the SPARKcon festival and curated, in collaboration with Marbles Kids Museum, the Raleigh Historic Development Commissions’ children’s art contest. Renée pursued a BFA in Art Education with a concentration in painting from East Carolina University. She believes strongly in the importance and transformative power of the arts and considers herself an advocate for getting messy. Renée likes collage, encaustics and creating with clay, and in her spare time, she enjoys gardening and working on her historical home in Louisburg with her husband and beagle.
A Triangle transplant from Virginia, Kari Martin Hollinger comes to Arts Together with strong experience in marketing and communications, social media, graphic design, special events and board relations. She previously served as Program Administrator for the North Carolina Arts Council and as Communications Project Manager for the North Carolina Symphony. While at the North Carolina Arts Council, Kari was also the Accessibility Coordinator for the agency. She is passionate about furthering accessibility to the arts as well as how the arts can transform communities, having seen firsthand how the arts enrich, connect and empower individuals of all ages. Kari holds a BA in Fine Art with minors in Communications and Business Administration. In her free time, she loves reading, walking her dog, playing board games, cooking, visiting the farmer’s market and exploring her own artistic pursuits.
Brenda Howe obtained a degree in Social Work with a concentration in Family Relations and Child Development from East Carolina University. For seven years, she worked in a family and child development center in Greenville, North Carolina, which emphasized the total family while incorporating a preschool experience for children ages three to five. After moving to Raleigh, Brenda became a medical social worker prior to having her daughter and son, who are both now grown. While raising her children, she volunteered frequently in their schools, which led to substitute teaching for the Wake County Public School System. Later, she worked as a Teacher Assistant and Early Arrival Coordinator. Brenda was the Site Coordinator for Arts Together’s Summer Program for many years before becoming the Director of Preschool and Summer Programs, which she has now served for over 12 years. Her passion for the arts and love of children is a perfect fit for Arts Together. In her spare time, she loves reading, cooking, traveling, gardening, yoga, working out and playing with her granddaughter.
Sherri Pekks holds an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Florida and has more than 10 years teaching experience. She’s taught at preschools in both Jacksonville, Florida and Raleigh before she became a preschool faculty member at Arts Together over six years ago. As Lead Multi-Arts Preschool Teacher and Assistant Summer Camp Coordinator, Sherri primarily teaches drama in the preschool program and assists the Director of Preschool and Summer Programs in administrative tasks for both preschool and summer camps. She also coordinates our popular Counselor-in-Training program and leads multiple multi-arts camps during the summer. Sherri was very active in theater in high school and college, and now stays involved as a Teaching Artist at Raleigh Little Theatre. To feed her live performance hankerings, she volunteers behind the scenes at various theaters. Sherri resides in Raleigh with her husband, two daughters and a plethora of pets, and enjoys gardening, reading, painting and cooking in her spare time.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Andrea Osborne, President
Charlotte Holton, Vice President
Mary Lee Mazarick, Secretary
Sarah White, Treasurer
Council of Advisors
AnLe Banh Wilson
Kari Martin Hollinger
2019/20 Preschool Faculty
2019/20 Afternoon/Evening Class Faculty
Katie Padgett Brown
Laura Jean Montgomery
Steven James Rodriguez Velez