International Advisory Board

The Carolina Performing Arts International Advisory Board provides strategic guidance, serves as a brain trust, and generously supports our organization. This dedicated group of ambassadors unwaveringly shares their time, talents, ideas, expertise, industry acumen, networks, experiences, and resources to advance CPA’s mission, vision, and values.

20/21 Board Members 

Lisa Church
Board Chair and Chair, Nominating & Governance Committee 
New York, NY

Betsy Battle 
New York, NY 

Betsy Blackwell 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Jerri Bland 
Durham, NC 

Maribel Carrion
Chair, Engagement Committee 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Brandon Cooke
Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee 
New York, NY 

Susan Credle
Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee 
New York, NY 

Kathi Eason 
Durham, NC 

Jonah Garson 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Bernadette Gray-Little
Chair, Finance Committee 
Chapel Hill, NC 

 Renee Grisham
Co-Chair, Campaign Committee 
Charlottesville, VA 

Stephanie Hughley 
Raleigh, NC 

Sally Johnson 
Raleigh, NC

Nirav Kachalia 
Singapore 

Annie Liptzin
Co-Chair, Campaign Committee 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Karol Mason 
New York, NY 

Stewart Parker 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Wyndham Robertson 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Sharon Rothwell 
Board Chair-Elect 
Chapel Hill, NC

Sallie Shuping Russell 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Liz Simonton 
New York, NY 

John Watson 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Ex-Officio Board Members

Bob Blouin 
Chapel Hill, NC 

James Moeser
Chapel Hill, NC

Ron Strauss 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Clockwise from top left:
1. Board members Lisa Church and Joan Gillings on a CPA Board trip, Norway, 2019
2. Board member Bernadette Gray-Little and husband Shade Little  at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, Chapel Hill, 2019 (credit: York Wilson)
3. (L to R) Board member Maribel Carrion and nephew John Moody; Board member Kathi Eason and husband Steve Eason at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio Grand Opening Gala, Chapel Hill, 2018 (credit: York Wilson)
4. Board member Renee Grisham and husband John Grisham at the Whiskey & Words fundraising event, New York, 2019 (credit: York Wilson)
5. Board members Betsy Blackwell and John Watson with Nederlands Dans Theater artists at their post-performance reception, Chapel Hill, 2018 (credit: York Wilson)

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