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 Theater all over North Carolina. In 2016, she traveled with Michelle Pearson, artistic director of Black Box Dance Theater, 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 leads the visual art activities for Arts Together's Arts After Dark, a unique 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, dog and cat.
Kari Martin Hollinger comes to us with strong experience in communications, social media, graphic design, special events, board relations, and annual fund campaigns. She has 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, she also served as the Accessibility Coordinator for the agency.
Kari says: "I am passionate about how the arts can transform communities and have strived to build a career where my work supports the growth and needs of the Triangle’s diverse art community while furthering accessibility to the arts for citizens across the state. I have seen firsthand how the arts enrich, connect, and empower individuals of all ages and Arts Together’s educational programs fulfill a vital need in Raleigh’s community by providing these same transformational experiences.”
Brenda Howe obtained a degree in Social Work with a concentration in Family Relations and Child Development from East Carolina University. She then worked for seven years in a family and child development center in Greenville, NC, which emphasized the total family, while incorporating a preschool experience for children ages three-five. After moving to Raleigh, she became a medical social worker prior to having her daughter and son, who are both now grown. While raising her children, she was asked to become a substitute teacher for the Wake County Public School System, eventually becoming a teacher's assistant, and then the Early Arrival Coordinator. For many years, Brenda was the Site Coordinator for Arts Together's SummerQuest Program at the North Hills location. Brenda was most recently serving Arts Together as the Arts Program Director before becoming the Director of Preschool and Summer Programs. With her passion for art and love of children, Brenda has found a perfect fit at Arts Together.
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 five years ago. As Lead Multi-Arts Preschool Teacher and Assistant Summer Camp Coordinator, Sherri primarily teaches drama in the preschool program and assists our Director of Preschool and Summer Programs in administrative tasks for both preschool and summer camps. Sherri also coordinates our popular Counselor-In-Training program and during the summer, leads multiple camps in art, theater and multi-arts. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, painting and cooking. She resides in Raleigh with her husband, two daughters and a plethora of pets.
Stephen Wall has extensive experience in arts administration, most notably at Arts Together and Raleigh Little Theater. In addition, he has served as an educational performer whose theatrical talents have been enjoyed by students of public and private school systems throughout the United States. Stephen holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and embodies Arts Together's process-oriented philosophy. He has a reputation for excellent customer service, solid bookkeeping skills and attention to detail.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Andrea Osborne, President
Charlotte Holton, Vice President
Mary Lee Mazarick, Secretary
Sarah White, Treasurer
Council of Advisors
Renay Aumiller, AnLe Banh wilson, Whitney Cain, Richard Cansler, Sheri Erhart, Bill Hargrove, Cornelia McMillan, Keith Norval, Dorinda Peacock, Kathy Perkinson, Greg RascHke, Debbie Robbins,
Jason Smith, Danielle Stewart, Kathy Worm
Kari Martin Hollinger
2018-19 Preschool Faculty
Sarah Bousquet Rainbolt
2018-19 Afternoon/Evening Class Faculty
Katie Padgett Brown
Susan Comer Fisher
Steven James Rodriguez Velez