Our Board of Directors
Executive Director: John Westberg
From New York to Virginia and throughout North Carolina, Executive Director John Westberg has been championing public education for more than 40 years. John received a Bachelor of Science from Radford University, a master’s from SUNY Stonybrook, and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Administration and Supervision (Educational Leadership) from Long Island University. He also holds NC certification as a school administrator and school superintendent.
A dedicated student advocate, the former principal and assistant principal remains instrumental in creating greater access to quality education. John believes in connecting classroom and community through relevant, project-based learning. By integrating arts and culture into standard curriculum, his philosophy strives to educate the whole student: mind, body, and spirit.
This vision extends outside the classroom too, in community basketball leagues, where John coaches young basketball players towards excellence both on and off the court.
Alongside reading, gardening, and enjoying local culture, John is thrilled to be empowering students and building community through Wilmington School of the Arts.
President: Lily Nelson
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, working hand-in-hand with touring acts making their way to Wilmington.
Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English, Lily looked forward to working in the community. During her undergraduate work, she worked as a teacher’s aid and afterschool event organizer D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. and an afterschool event organizer.
Around town, Lily has assisted several theatrical organizations with set building, stage, and production management. She loves her fur babies and the Wilmington community, which has so welcomed her.
Vice-Chair: Joshua Bailey
Joshua Bailey has spent more than a decade as a North Carolina educator. Having taught in both charter and traditional public schools, Joshua’s teaching experience includes middle school language arts and social studies, high school English, and the arts. Mr. Bailey has been awarded numerous leadership positions, including a “Teacher of the Year” nomination in 2017.
Joshua is also an active member of Wilmington’s theater arts community–in the past five years, he’s participated in over 25 productions as an actor, writer, and director.
Joshua graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Japanese Studies.
Treasurer: Tom Martyn
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, Tom Martyn is a music maker.
Tom 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 a master’s in accounting from UNCW; Tom also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UVA in Charlottesville, VA.
Secretary: Jordan Wolfe
Jordan Wolfe earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre from Jamestown College, a Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of North Dakota, and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Regionally, Jordan serves as Head of Theatre at Coastal Carolina Community College, where he teaches an assortment of classes across arts-related disciplines including acting, stagecraft, theatre history, and directing.
He is the director and artistic head of the New River Players and a founding member of the Green Glass Theatre Co. As well, Jordan has worked across the country as a professional actor and director.
When not in the classroom he enjoys going to theatre, watching movies, hiking, kayaking, and rooting for all Chicago sports.
Member at Large: Jennie Leonard
Jennie Leonard has been teaching art in the public and private sector for nearly 15 years. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art and Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design, she is the creator of Mini Monets, a local art class for children ages three and up.
Jenny’s vision includes a wide variety of lessons that will expose children not only to different types of artistic creation, but to literature, math, and science foundations. “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,” she says. “Children have such vivid imaginations. Through Wilmington School of the Arts, they’ll be able to express imagination and emotion. They won’t feel pressured to color inside the lines.”
She strives to give young artists the ability to think creatively in finding solutions where the answers are not given.
Kevin Lee-y Green: Member at Large
Dancer and choreographer Kevin Lee-y Green is a native of Bolivia, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied contemporary dance and ballet. Over a 15-year career, he has worked with acclaimed dance artists including Camille A. Brown, David Parsons, Clay Taliafero, Sean Sullivan (Limon), Dianne Markham (Louis & Nikolai), and Brenda Daniels (Cunningham).
Kevin is the founder of Techmoja Dance and Theater Company— an inclusive and diverse dance and theater company created in partnership with his mother, community leader and culture bearer Donna Joyner Green. The mission of Techmoja is to enliven community, create a deep sense of cultural understanding, and connect people across boundaries through the creative process and performance. Techmoja brings people together, enriches communities, and centers diversity as a positive social value.
Under Kevin’s guidance, Techmoja recently launched performances at several stagings: Dixon Place in NYC; NC Dance Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina; Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina; and opened for renowned composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. As part of his commitment to working at the intersection of art and community, Kevin works to create innovative and impactful arts programming and initiatives, especially among urban and rural youth of color.
He has developed community engagement programs at Dreams Center for Art Education and at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design that strengthen youth interest and participation in the performing arts, and create a space for students and their families to engage with artists and each other.