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United Arts Elects Seven New Board Members

Jack Alphin, owner and managing broker of Alphin Real Estate
Helga Leftwich, partner and member of the law firm Hutchison PLLC
Sheree Crumbley, a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors
Kate Day, Global Sales Enablement and Talent Architect at Cisco
Clay Martin, an attorney at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Caroline Pendleton, Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Management Officer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Karen Sinclair, founder and president of Sinclair & Co. – an integrated communications agency in Raleigh

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County is making new friends and keeping the old – one is silver and the other is gold – as the poem goes. And the arts community in Wake County will prosper from this good fortune.

United Arts is proud to announce that seven new members have been added to its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year. These members were elected to the board because they possess creative ideas and unique skills that will help United Arts build upon fundraising and community initiatives to benefit the arts throughout Wake County. Eleanor H. Oakley, President and CEO of United Arts, said,

“This new group of directors is a wonderful addition to our organization. Every day the arts enhance our lives, our children’s education and our business environment. The talents and passion of our newest members will greatly benefit the arts in Wake County.”

Meet the newest members of United Arts’ Board of Directors:

Returning to the board is Jack Alphin, owner and managing broker of Alphin Real Estate engaged in commercial real estate in the Triangle market. Mr Aphin is a former board member of Raleigh Little Theatre; and while on the United Arts Board 10 years ago, he created United Arts’ signature fundraiser “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”.

Helga Leftwich

Helga Leftwich

Also returning to the board is Helga Leftwich, (left) partner and member of the law firm Hutchison PLLC. She advises early stage and established companies on corporate, securities and transactional matters over a broad range of industries. An undergraduate of Duke University and with her law degree from UNC School of Law, Ms. Leftwich began her legal career in Raleigh and joined Hutchison in 1996 when it formed.

New to the board this year is Sheree Crumbley, a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors specializing in retirement planning, income and risk management strategies. Ms. Crumbley has been in the banking and brokerage industry since 1998 and serving the Raleigh and Cary communities since 2010.

Another new friend to United Arts is Kate Day, Global Sales Enablement and Talent Architect at Cisco. Ms. Day’s 25 years of experience in international business, technology and thought leadership are not only a great asset to Cisco, but soon will be to United Arts as well.

Clay Martin also joins the United Arts board for the first time this year. Mr. Martin is an attorney at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP. A native of Raleigh, he received his law degree from UNC School of Law and served as editor of the NC Law Review.

Also new is Caroline Pendleton from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms. Pendleton is Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Management Officer in specialized industries commercial banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is a member of the Junior League of Raleigh and a graduate of Elon University.

Karen Sinclair

Karen Sinclair

The final new addition to the board is Karen Sinclair, founder and president of

Sinclair & Co. – an integrated communications agency in Raleigh. Ms. Sinclair has received several professional awards including Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award.

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About the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, based in Raleigh, NC, was incorporated in 1990. Our mission is to build better communities through support and advocacy of the arts. The United Arts Council offers grants to schools, organizations, communities and individual artists. United Arts also provides services to the community such as advocacy, resource development, professional/leadership development and special projects. The grants, programs and services of United Arts reach over 1.2 million people annually in Wake County.

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