Programs

Julia Daniels

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My husband and I moved to Cary in the summer of 2013 after my retirement as a professor of psychology at Westchester Community College in New York.   I am currently an adjunct professor teaching online classes for that institution.  I have also taught psychology courses at East Carolina University and North Carolina Wesleyan College in the late 1990s.

Before moving to New York in 2000, I had retired from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan where I was a Founding member of Art Reach of Mid-Michigan as well as an Honorary Fund Drive Chair in 1995 and Volunteer of the Year in 1999.

My formative years were spent in Ann Arbor, Michigan where my father ran an architectural firm and was a prominent sculptor in the mid-west. It was from him that I developed an appreciation of design, sculpture, and the arts in general and hence the move to Cary was an obvious choice because this is a vibrant arts community with rich opportunities.

 

Dani Devinney, Secretary

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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.

June Finkbeiner

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June has been a touring docent at the NCMA since 1974.  She has a B.S. from Tennessee Tech and M.S. from the Univ. of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She has had a career at Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas and at Saks Fifth Ave. in Detroit, Michigan. June has lived in Cary since her husband’s job transfer in 1974.   Since 1987, June  has been a residential sales realtor.

Derreth Kavanagh

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I grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Wheelock College in Boston.  I taught elementary school for 32 years in Conn.,N.J. Mass. and N.C.  We moved here in 1979.  I have been a member of the CVA program committee for 10 years and am now the secretary.  I was one of the group who originated the Outdoor Sculpture in Cary.  I am working on the scholarship committee to award a high school senior who will be an art major in college.

Julia Mastrapaolo

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Julia Mastropaolo graduated from Meredith College in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and later received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

After graduation, Julia participated in several group and solo exhibits before becoming an Executive Director with Visual Art Exchange.  In 1998 she transitioned into a role as a grant maker with United Arts and later accepted the role of Grants Director with The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.  In 2001 Julia joined the staff of the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte.

For the last 10 years, Julia and her family have enjoyed new adventures while living in the Mid-Atlantic area of the country.  During this time she studied landscape design and completed renovations on several residential spaces.  Returning to Raleigh in 2012 she maintains a busy schedule volunteering with several arts groups. 

Dorothy Schmelzeis

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Dorothy and her husband have always supported the arts.  As a long-time resident and Realtor she is aware of the impact CVA is making in Cary and how it enhances the attraction of the community for current and potential residents.

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CVA 2016-2017 Sustainers Circle
 

Gold:
 Atlantic Tire & Service | WakeMed Cary Hospital
 

Silver:
Wells Fargo | Dick Ladd | Hendrick Cary Auto Mall | Paragon Bank
 

Bronze:
Alan Copland | Apollo Medical Center | Blue Cross Blue Shield NC | CMC Hotels/SpringHill Suites by Marriott | Fidelity Bank | JM Edwards Fine Jewelry | Don & June Finkbeiner | Dr. and Mrs. Michael Anthony | George and Melba Jordan | Duke Energy | Smith & Smith, CPA | Rob and Susan Alexander | Sally Cox State Farm Insurance | Ralph and Daphne Ashworth | Karen and David Lamar