La Nica Allison is a North Carolina native. She earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Duke University. A corporate leader at IQVIA, a global health information technology and clinical research organization, La Nica has an extensive career in business operations management with non-profit, government and corporate organizations. She previously served as the President of the Wake County Community Foundation. La Nica enjoys being active in the community and supporting the arts, and moved to Fayetteville along with her husband Darrell, who serves as the Chancellor of Fayetteville State University.
Major General Al Aycock served 37 years in the Army with 20 years at Fort Bragg. During Al's tenure as Garrison Commander, Fort Bragg earned 2 Army Community of Excellence awards. After departing service, Al and his wife, Sue, settled in Fayetteville. Sue serves as a Guardian Ad Litem. Al has served our area on the Chamber Military Affairs Council as Chair, on the Salvation Army board, on the Kiwanis board, and as Chair of a Mayor's development task force. Al earned a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke. He is the Chair of the CFRT facilities committee and served as the 2021 Board President. He is also a member of the Construction Committee.
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Nina Rene' Corders is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville. After graduating from Terry Sanford, she earned a B.A in English from North Carolina Central University and a Master's Degree in Ed Leadership from FSU. She enjoyed a 29 year distinguished career in Cumberland County Schools prior to her retirement from public education in 2007. Currently, she serves as principal of St. Ann Catholic School. Ms. Corders is an active member of St. Ann Catholic Parish and the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She received the Long Leaf Pine Award in 2003. She is a mother of two and has a passion for reading, writing, gardening and the theater.
Juanette Council is a native of Fayetteville, NC. After graduating from E. E. Smith High School, she received a BA in Industrial Relations from the UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Hampton University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University. Dr. Council currently serves as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at FSU and has served the university for more than 30 years. She was selected as FSU Employee of the Year in 2018. Juanette is a life-time member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and serves as the Vice President of the Fayetteville (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Cardell B. Hunt is a native of Columbia, SC and is the oldest of nine children. Cardell attended Benedict College and graduated from the University of SC with a degree in Psychology/Education. Her professional career expanded over 35 years as a Federal Government Employee with several agencies. She currently works with the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.She is active with several civic organizations as well as with her graduate chapter, Zeta Pi Omega- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has received numerous awards including the recent 2020 Humanitarian Award from Zeta Pi Omega Chapter. She is the mom of two and grandmother to five grandkids.
Elizabeth Keeney has lived in Fayetteville since 1975 when she and her husband were moved here by the Army. She attended the Medical College of Virginia and received her B.S. She has a passion for a variety of philanthropic interests, including volunteering at schools, serving with the PTA, acting as a scout leader for both the girl scouts and boy scouts, and teaching Sunday school programs, Her husband lovingly referred to her as a “Professional Volunteer.” She has served on many board including the United Way, the Cumberland County Medical Society Alliance, and the CCF. She loves to travel and read and she is a proud mother of four and “Mimi” to 7 grandchildren.
Greg King is a Fayetteville native and the co owner of H&G Properties and Old Street Investments, commercial property management companies. Greg is a graduate of NCSU with a BA in business management and a minor in finance. After college Greg started his career as an actor in productions across the United States and as a featured singer on Cruise Ships around the world, eventually ending up in NYC. Greg moved back to Fayetteville to start his business and has been acting at CFRT in numerous productions over the last 24 years. Greg is also a visual artist with artwork at numerous locations around Fayetteville.
Jean Schaefer Moore is an eighth-generation downtown-Fayetteville merchant. She and her husband own Moore Exposure, a promotional products company on Williams Street. Her volunteer passion is the arts, as she believes they bring beauty and economic vitality to her community. She has served on the board of the Arts Council, including a total of four years as chairman, the Cool Spring Downtown District Board, and the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She and Steven have a son and a daughter who are both Army captains.. She is looking forward to being a part of the expansion of CFRT, which she considers to be one of the area’s brightest assets.
Robert “Jason” E. Poole II is a native of Fayetteville, NC. Jason graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters of Accounting in 1999. After graduation Jason spent two and a half years working in Pinehurst with a large regional firm. His practice experience includes audit, financial reporting, management consulting and tax services for small to medium sized businesses throughout North Carolina. In June of 2002 Jason moved back to Fayetteville and joined the firm as a staff accountant. During 2006 Jason was admitted as a partner with the firm. Jason works with corporate, estate & trust and individual clients.
Zach Pritchett was born and raised in historic New Bern, NC and moved to Fayetteville in 2010. He attended NC State University where he earned his degree in accounting. During and after college, he worked for the North Carolina General Assembly. He has served with organizations like the Fayetteville Young Professionals (Board President ‘15-‘16), Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors ‘15), Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (Board President), Communities in Schools, American Red Cross-Highlands Chapter, and CFRT (Board Member and Blues-N-Brews Event Chair). He works for Systel Business Equipment as their Sales Operations Manager.
With years of experience in the insurance industry, Jerome Scott has been providing service to North Carolina for over thirty years. Often called the Insurance Guy by his friends and clients, Jerome has a desire to provide needed coverage as well as serve. Before entering the marketing area and establishing his own office, Jerome worked in both home office and regional office environments. He can assist you with all of your insurance needs from life and health, to home and auto, and also business. With a first rate, customer service oriented staff, you're sure to get the best value for the coverage you need.
Vivek Tandon is a native to Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from FTS and received a BA in Business from NC State University. After graduation, he moved back to pursue a career in Real Estate, as well join the family hospitality business. Vivek is CEO for Trinity Hospitality which operates hotels in both NC and SC. He has also expanded operations into the Multifamily, Retail, and Office sectors. He serves on the board for Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Corporation and is the Chairman of the Tourism Development Authority of Cumberland County. Vivek loves all sports and music, and also loves all the positive changes and growth that Fayetteville is experiencing.
Karen Brown Tisdale is the Registered Principal and Owner of Brown & Associates Investment Services. She earned her BFA in Theatre Arts Education with a minor in English from East Carolina University and is a former high school theatre teacher in Pitt County. She served as CFRT’s Education Director and Stage Manager from 2004—2007, and she has also enjoyed performing on CFRT’s stage in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Karen and her husband, David, have three children, Dawson, Jackson, and Callie. She enjoys being active in the community and supporting her children’s love of sports and the arts.
Col. (Ret) Willie F. Wright is a Virginia native who is known around Fayetteville for his incredible volunteer work. After spending 30 years as an Officer in the United States Army, he began his 2nd career as an educator in the Cumberland County School System. Many will recognize Mr. Wright as one of the House Managers at CFRT where he has assisted patrons for many years. Mr. Wright is the recipient of several awards including the Long Leaf Pine Award, and he is a member of the Hall of Fame at his alma mater Virginia State University. In his free time, Mr. Wright enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Wade Duggins is a Fayetteville native, and a graduate of Fayetteville Academy ('97.) Wade has a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University ('01.) He started career in construction in 2002 and is an unlimited licensed General Contractor. Wade currently holds the title of Owner/Manager of Smith Duggins Companies. Wade is proud father of Mary Charles (eleven) and McNeill (nine) who both attend Village Christian Academy.
David Tisdale is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Business Administration (concentration in Management Information Systems). He worked in the technology industry upon graduation from college before spending 10 years in building and remodeling. David still maintains his General Contractor license and is currently the Director of Academic Technology at Fayetteville Academy. He is the proud father to Dawson, Jackson, and Callie and husband to Karen.
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Mac Healy has lived in Fayetteville since 1978 and is the President of Healy Wholesale Co., a beer and wine distributor. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wake Forest University and began working in the beer/wine industry when his father began their business. He is the recipient of the Realtor Cup, which is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the civic, economic, and cultural growth of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Methodist University and is the Chairman of the Foundation for North Carolina Civil War Reconstruction History Center.
Deborah Martin Mintz moved to Fayetteville as a military spouse and quickly became involved in the arts scene in Fayetteville. She worked with CFRT when it was the Fayetteville Little Theatre, and worked at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County for 25 years before her retirement in 2018. She was promoted to Executive Director and spent 17 years advocating for the arts. As executive director, Mintz oversaw an organization that provides funds to local arts groups, supported arts in the schools and organized the International Folk Festival and other major events. She is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award in the state.
J. Wayne Riggins, OD, MD, is on staff at Cape Fear Eye Associates in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was Chief of the ophthalmology department at the Womack Army Medical Center, and won awards for his work as a clinical instructor there. A Colonel in the US Army Reserves, he was the first to establish a treatment regimen in the Army for soldiers with myopia and astigmatism. A Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, he also performs Lasik surgeries, neonatal exams, and corneal transplant.
Dr. W. Dickson Schaefer practices general orthopaedic surgery with a special interest in joint reconstruction. A native of Fayetteville, he completed his training and residency at Wake Forest University. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Schaefer has served in the United States Army Reserve since his commissioning in 1996. He holds the rank of Colonel. Dr. Schaefer formerly served on Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Valley Medical System and Bladen County Hospital. He is also former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Fayetteville Academy and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Methodist University.
Libby McNeil Seymour has performed extensively in regional theatres across the US. With a B.A. in Theatre from Queens University-Charlotte and certification in Arts Management from UNC-CH, Libby has served on state and national arts panels and Boards. She served as President of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County for over 5 years. Her favorite role is “Mom” to Alexandra. She is currently obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe — because we need heroes and people who tell the truth.
Susan Shereff is a registered nurse who moved to Fayetteville as a military spouse. She works with her husband at their private dermatology practice and frequently attends performances at CFRT and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra.