Museum Board Announces New Members and Officers

Posted July 28, 2020 at 10:33 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – At its annual meeting in June, Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc. honored retiring board members and elected officers and seven new board members.  Bradley Erbes, Alexandra Perillo, Lynn Gattone and Lorelle Feezor retired from the board after six years of active service. Officers for the coming year are Emily Bogan, president; Kate Baynard, vice president; Chrystal Fray, secretary; and Daniel Owen, treasurer.

The Board of Directors also nominated and appointed Jack Mills as its first Director Emeritus. He has made significant contributions to the Museum over more than 27 years serving as a member of both the Museum’s Associates and Advisory Boards, holding numerous leadership positions and volunteering his time leading school and family programs.

New board members have each been elected to serve three-year terms on the Associates Board and are named below:

  • John Coble is a partner in the Marshall, William & Gorham law firm. He received his JD from Campbell University in 1985, is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Fifth Judicial District Bar, serving as president in 2001. As a longtime resident, being able to help the Cape Fear Museum is a great and treasured opportunity to help the community he calls home.
  • Diane Durance is the director of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, she launched and grew three companies, including a telecommunications engineering firm, a communications publishing company and a residential construction business. She holds a BBA and MPA, both from Southern Methodist University.
  • Jean Guinup is the owner of GC Communications, LLC, a tourism and hospitality consulting firm. Her professional experience includes working with domestic and international visitor markets, both direct to consumer and via the travel trade. She also serves on the Board of the Wilmington Area Hospitality Association.
  • Susan Hanna is retired from NHRMC after 30 years in a number of nursing roles and has worked with nursing students at CFCC for nine years in hospital clinical settings. She is an active community volunteer and currently serves on the Family Selection Committee at Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity and delivers meals once a month for Meals on Wheels.
  • Sara Izad is a software architect at nCino for retail product. As part of the new FinTech industry in Wilmington, she makes high-level design choices concerning nCino’s software applications, automation and system design. She noted that she loves to learn, code, design, travel, promote, empower, read and listen – not always in that order.
  • Lisa Leath is the Founder of WorkTok and President of Leath HR Group. She has been recognized as a “40 under 40” award winner and a two-time Coastal Entrepreneur Award winner.  In the community, Lisa has served on numerous boards, including as chair for United Way of the Cape Fear Area, board director for Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and director for Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. She loves culture, science and kids and looks forward to making an impact with the Cape Fear Museum.
  • Girard Newkirk is founder of KWH Coin Smart Grid, a digital currency that converts renewable distributed energy resources to digital tokens on a unique blockchain. He recently announced Genesis Block, a project launching three media platforms to engage the broader community to provide information and resources for small businesses and to promote community partnership. He is a Pender County native and was the recipient of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal Coastal Entrepreneur Award in 2019.

“We are delighted to welcome these dedicated community leaders to Cape Fear Museum’s Associates Board,” said Sheryl Kingery Mays, museum director.  “Each board member adds a rich diversity of backgrounds, talents and experience to the board and plays a crucial role in the oversight of our institution and efforts to build an exciting future for the museum.”

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker,, 910-798-4367

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