Welcome to our Newest Board Members!
Mary Edith Alexander has been with the Bank of America Art Collection since 2004, curating exhibitions for the bank’s Art in Our Communities program and providing curatorial support for projects in the bank’s real estate portfolio. Trained as a studio artist, Mary Edith received her undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her work has been shown nationally, as well as in local and regional exhibitions Levine Museum of the New South, the McColl Center for Visual Art, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Mary Edith has also taught art at various levels and institutions; she likes to say she’s “taught folks ages 4 to 84!” She also serves on the Executive Committee of Arts at Queens University, and also volunteers for various programs at her church including supporting Westerly Hills Academy and Trees Charlotte.
Born and raised in the Charlotte area, Joshua attended Winthrop University studying International Business. With deep appreciation for the arts from a very young age, Joshua was heavily involved in arts-related programs since elementary school. Drama club, band, dance, and creative writing were among the favorites. As an adult, Joshua has volunteered and served on several nonprofit boards – including the Young Affiliates of the Mint and founding a local chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network – with the arts-focused ones being his favorites.
Kimberly is currently an independent consultant and Endowed Professor in the Department of Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University where she also teaches in the School of Business. Previously she served for 15 years as the Vice President of Marketing and External Relations with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Her experience includes writing, editing, project management, marketing plan development, quantitative and qualitative research, higher education curriculum development as well as board leadership specifically in fundraising and stakeholder development. She is currently on the Development Committee of the UNC Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media Foundation Board. Her board memberships include Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation and the Duke Health System Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. She also serves as the Chairman for Christian Education for North East Baptist Church. Kimberly grew up in Raleigh and has Bachelor’s and Ph. D. degrees from UNC Chapel Hill in Public Relations and a Master’s degree in English from NC State University. She lives in Durham with her husband, Eric, and sons, Elliott and Edward.
Scott has been involved in business and sales for most of his career. His time outside of work is focused on family, but he also wants to make his community a better place to live. He enjoys volunteering for causes that he believes in. While he was not familiar with Arts for Life initially, he was “drawn” to the need that exists for families who have loved ones in the regional hospital systems. His volunteer time with Arts For Life has far exceeded his expectations. Scott is married and has two college aged children and lives in Kernersville, NC.
Stephanie Smith is a Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems where she’s responsible for scaling the growth and accelerating the adoption of bought Cisco products. She’s also a professor in the School of Business at North Carolina Central University. With a rich background in Marketing and Development, Stephanie brings years of experience having worked to penetrate new markets, assess product positioning and influence company’s strategy to execute for effectiveness. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from East Carolina University.
Will Sparks serves as the Dennis Thompson Chair and Professor of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where he has taught since 2000. Concurrently he serves as the founder and Managing Director of William L. Sparks & Associates, LLC, a professional services firm providing executive coaching, leadership development and change management services to organizations worldwide. He also serves as a Partner in Peter Browning Partners, LLC, a professional services firm focused on board governance. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior & Development from The George Washington University.
Welcome, Mary Edith, Joshua, Kimberly, Scott, Stephanie and Will!
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