Cary Visual Art is governed by Board of Directors who meets monthly and is responsible for determining the overall artistic, fiscal and management policies of the organization. Board members serve a three year terma and are required to participate in one of the standing committees; Programming, Marketing or Fundraising. Nominations for new board members are sought in April. If you are interested, please contact us through our website

Susan Alexander, President

I have been in Cary my whole life except for my college years at UNC-CH. I have practiced as a pharmacist in retail, home care and hospital settings. I married Rob Alexander in 1987, also a Cary native!  We have 2 sons, Ladd, age 24, and Stone, age 18. l have served in various capacities at church and am currently on the Board of Advisors for the Lucy Daniels Center, Cary Debutante Society member, and the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors.  I look forward to serving on the CVA Board of Directors and supporting CVA programs and events.

Chris Ashworth


A lifelong Cary resident of 30 years, Chris has seen Cary grow from a sleepy bedroom community into the bustling metropolis we know and love today. After attending Appalachian State University Chris joined the family business in 2009 as the Special Events coordinator and as a buyer for the Lynn's and Daphne's Hallmark chain. A diehard sports fan Chris loves to cheer on the App State Mountaineers, the Tar Heels, and the Carolina Panthers to victory. He has volunteered as an announcer and buddy with the Miracle League of the Triangle, and heads the Cards for Caring donations for the Hallmark chain. He also serves on the Cary High Business Alliance,  the Cary Chamber Education Committee, and the Ashworth Family Discover Teacher Award Board.

Dan Campbell

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My name is Dan and I am a full-time professional working artist. I’m hooked on vibrant color and bold, sweeping, powerful brush and palette knife strokes. I am somewhat influenced by abstract expressionist painters like Kandinsky, Pollack, Delaunay, and De Kooning— movers and shakers of the action painting movement, a more freewheeling style of painting. Additionally, I love impressionism, drawing from the masters, Degas, Cezanne, and Monet to a degree. My own style and intention is to bring a passion, drama, and fresh energy to a painting so that it catches your eye from across the room!


Dani Devinney, Secretary


Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dani has enjoyed living in the Triangle since 1995. She has seen many exciting changes since then and strives to bring her lifelong love of art to cultural activities that benefit Triangle residents. Dani and husband Tim own Mission Possible Team Realty and specialize in Triangle residential sales.  Dani is involved with Cary Visual Art as a board member and Programs Committee member as well as with Cary's Committee for the Future and a neighborhood group called the "Job Mob". She has three teenagers and some of Cary's first urban chickens.

Michael Kelly


Michael Kelly is a senior commercial lender with Wells Fargo Bank in Cary, NC where he is responsible for managing a portfolio of Business Banking clients. He has a diverse background in banking including dealer finance, middle market lending, international trade and relationship banking, as wells as management experience and international sales.  He is an active community volunteer who has contributed time with Habitat for Humanity, The Special Olympics as the business banking liaison, and has volunteered at The Ronald McDonald House.  Additionally, he held a number of positions and is currently secretary of the Stampede Club at Middle Creek High School. 

Michael has a BA in Economics and MBA in International Business.  He is married to Christine and lives in the Town of Cary with their two boys Brendan and Sean. 

Paul Sausman


I grew up in Northwest Indiana in the small town of Portage Indiana. After graduating from High School, I joined the United States Air Force and served four years as a combat photographer. I’ve  attended the Air Force School of Photography in Denver, Colorado. I am proud to have served my country in Viet Nam and spent a year in Saigon with the 12th. RITS (Recon Intel Tactical Squadron).  

My wife Audrey and I moved to Cary, North Carolina five and a half years ago. Since moving from Colorado, I have been teaching photography at Wake Tech Community College for the past five years. I teach all skill levels from beginner to advanced.

I am a member of the Cary Rotary Club and am a Paul Harris society  member. My past offices held include, VP Glenridge Board of Directors, Sponsor and member of the Big Brothers of America.

Claire Smith


Claire is almost a Cary native and a supporter of Cary in all ways. Beginning her career at Hair Waves Salon in 1984 and now owner with her husband Jimmie.  Claire loves being a stylist.  She is a Redken certified Hair Colorist as well as a Redken educator.

She believes in giving back to the community and does this through the many fundraising projects held at the salon, being a member of the Cary MacGregor Rotory Club, an ambassador with the Cary Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer with the North Carolina Theater as well as Artspace.

Geruad Staton

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Geraud is the executive director of The Helius Foundation, serving necessity-driven entrepreneurs throughout the Triangle. He is also an award-winning artist for his oil portraits and figurative works. An Air Force veteran, Geraud has had the desire to give back to the community his entire life. He has worked NC Hazard Mitigation/FEMA and even worked a few years as a private investigator. Through the Helius Foundation, his painting, and work with the CVA, Geraud has found his true calling. 

Deanna Zolfo

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Deanna has over 20 years of professional experience in project ownership bringing attention to detail and an energetic leadership style. She has experience in project and program management, events management, internal & external written communications, marketing strategies and deliverables, creative outputs, business analyses and reports, commitment to customer satisfaction, quality assurance, and best practices.

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