Elizabeth Naegele: Chair Elizabeth Naegele is a consultant with a national non-profit that supports schools and districts in ensuring all students have equal access to a high-quality education. Before this role, Elizabeth was an instructional leader in high-performing charter schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, and rural northeastern North Carolina. Elizabeth began her career teaching middle school Science in the Bronx with Teach For America. Elizabeth received a Bachelor’s Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University, and an advanced certificate in School Administration from National-Louis University. She is a native of North Carolina and enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband and two young children.
Barry Rice: Vice-Chair Barry Rice is a 35-year veteran of public education, with experience as a teacher, principal, and in central office positions. He is very process-based oriented and has extensive knowledge of operational functions in a large school system, system based budgets, data analysis, and compliance issues. He has handled Information Services for USCG Auxiliary Flotilla and has held several offices. Mr. Rice is a proud grandpa of two (6 & 4) , and is active in his church, where he is a ruling elder. He enjoys fishing, making knives, reading history, and themed short stories about the weird and unusual.
Tom Martyn: Treasurer Tom Martyn is active in music making as a member of the Wilmington Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society and the Carolinas District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the latter of which he is the current Executive Vice-President and rising President. Mr. Martyn has had a long career in engineering and finances, and is a retired Company Controller. He is a graduate of the M.B.A program at Lynchburg College, VA, and received the M.A. in Accountancy from UNCW, as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UVA in Charlottesville, VA.
Caitlin Hardeman: Secretary Caitlin Hardeman has been in the field of education for 13 years, and currently works in the ed tech industry as a learning designer, and she delivers professional development to educators in districts and schools across the country. Prior to this role, Caitlin taught 3rd-6th grades in New York, Texas, Arizona, and Tennessee, and she specializes in English Language Arts. She began her career teaching 6th grade in the Bronx with Teach For America. Caitlin received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University. She originally hails from New York, but also identifies as a Texan. After moving around while her husband served in the Army, she is happy to be settled in Wilmington with her family, and she enjoys getting to raise their two young children by the beach.
Joshua Bailey: Member at Large Joshua Bailey is in his eleventh year as an educator in North Carolina. He has taught in a charter school and in traditional public schools. His teaching experience ranges from middle school language arts and social studies, to high school English and the arts. Mr. Bailey has been awarded numerous leadership positions, and was nominated as Teacher of the Year in 2017. In addition to his educational activities, he is also an active member in the Wilmington theater arts community, having been a part of over 25 productions in the last 5 years as an actor, writer, and director. Joshua graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky, where he completed a B.A. in English and a minor in Japanese Studies.
Lily Nelson: Member at Large Lily has a true passion for the arts and immersion within the community. She is the Assistant Technical Director at Thalian Hall and has recently been promoted to Artist Services, where she will work hand-in-hand with the touring acts as they make their way through the southern leg of their respective journey. Lily graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in Theatre and English, with the hopes to one day work in the community. During undergraduate study, she worked with D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy as a teacher aid and an afterschool event organizer. She has assisted several theatrical organizations with set building as well as stage and production management. Lily loves her fur babies and the local Wilmington community that has welcomed her.
Jennie Wenk: Member at Large Ms. Wenk graduated with a BFA in Computer Art and Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design, and has been teaching art publicly and privately since 2005. She is the creator of Mini Monets, a local art class for children ages three and up. Ms. Wenk's vision is to provide a wide variety of lessons that will expose children not only to different types of artistic creation, but to literature, math, and science foundations. She says of the program, "Sharing my talent, knowledge, and experience with children is something very special to me. It is amazing to see the joy in a child’s eye when they are creating art. Children have such vivid imaginations that through this program they will be able to express their imaginations and emotions and not feel pressured to color inside the lines. I strive to give young artists the ability to think creatively in finding solutions where the answers are not given."
John Westberg: Member at Large John Westberg has 40 years in education, twelve of those as a school administrator. He was also three-term member of the Port Jefferson (NY) School Board. John was the founder and executive director of a North Carolina charter school and brings important expertise and leadership to Wilmington School of the Arts. Mr. Westberg received a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University, a Masters from SUNY Stonybrook, and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Administration and Supervision (Educational Leadership) from Long Island University. Mr. Westberg also holds NC certification as a school administrator and school superintendent. He loves basketball, has been a basketball coach, and currently plays in the Over 55 League at the YMCA. He also enjoys reading and gardening.