Board of Directors

Steve Winegar, Board Chair
Steve is local entrepreneur who has helped grow several companies in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area over his 25+ years here.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MBA from Duke University.

Jean LeCluyse, Artist Membership Chair
Jean is a member artist of FRANK. She holds a BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas and a BSN from Washburn University. She worked as a scientific illustrator prior to a career in nursing. She has been a member and leader of arts organizations in the Triangle for many years. 

Sasha Bakaric, Treasurer
Sasha is a member artist of FRANK. With an advanced degree in applied mathematics, Sasha had a successful career in management and finance before devoting herself to ceramics. Originally from Croatia, she now lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two daughters.

Barbara Tyroler, Secretary
Barbara is a photographer and a member artist of FRANK. She holds degrees from University of Massachusetts in Amherst and University of Maryland. Barbara is a native of Chapel Hill and before returning to her hometown she was on the faculty of the University of Maryland. Barbara’s interests are in community organizing. She is a recipient of over 25 community development grants. 

Lisa Brown
Lisa Brown has been involved with nonprofit fundraising her entire career, with a special focus on client services, major gifts, and fundraising processes management. She has a degree in Art History and Political Science from Emory University, specializing in the Classical era and archaeology. Originally a Texan, she married her high school sweetheart, who as new faculty brought her to Chapel Hill in 1998. They have two teenage boys with whom they enjoy snow skiing, summer biking and hiking, and all kinds of music.

Megan Gardner
Megan is an executive with a Chapel Hill-based software company with a primary focus on client services, marketing, and operations. Originally from Maryland, Megan called the Northeast home for many years while working in professional sports in Boston. Megan holds an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and now calls Chapel Hill home. 

Brand Fortner
Brand is teaching professor at North Carolina State University and adjunct professor of physics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is considered an expert in accessible scientific visualization and in technical data formats. He previously was chief scientist of the intelligence exploitation group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and is the founder of two scientific software companies: Spyglass, Inc, the original publisher of the Mosaic web browser, and Fortner Software LLC, a leading developer of Macintosh based scientific visualization tools. Dr. Fortner previously held positions at NASA and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and has written two books on color vision and technical data: Number by Colors, and The Data Handbook. He holds a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Illinois and funded a chair in astrophysics at that university (along with a second chair in physics at North Carolina State University). He also co-sponsors a film festival at that university. Brand is active on both corporate and nonprofit boards.  He is an art collector and a big fan of FRANK Gallery.

Alan Hecht
Alan is a President of Multi-Chanel-Marketing, a marketing consulting company that he started in 2001, after a successful marketing career at Saks Fifth Avenue, Gray Advertising and Bloomingdale's. Alan holds BA in History from Queens College, an MBA in Marketing from New York University. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife who is an artist and owner of Top Dog Art.

Gordon Jameson
Gordon is a member artist and one of the founding members of FRANK. Gordon has been a professional artist for over three decades. He has extensive experience in working with arts organizations. Gordon is one of the founding members of Orange County Artist Guild and he served on Board of Directors of Orange County Artist Commission since 2000. Gordon lives in rural Orange County with his wife where he enjoys gardening, cooking and fine dining.

Towny Ludington
Towny had a long and successful career as a professor of English and American Studies at UNC. He holds bachelor’s degree from Yale and a doctoral degree from Duke University. Towny is the author of 11 books on American literature, arts and culture. He is currently chairman of North Carolina Humanities Council. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife.

Cathy Pierce
Cathy has been the managing Editor of a medical magazine based in Europe since 2005. Although originally from California, Cathy graduated with a B.A in English Literature from The University of Kansas in 1998. After graduating, she lived Milan, Italy for 13 years before deciding to return to the states to make Chapel Hill her home. She has experience in public relations, event coordinating and fund raising.  

Dennis Szerszen
Dennis has had a successful 35+ year career in software market development,  first with IBM, andagain in his second career with a number IT startups. He has been an avid photographer since his youth. He volunteers his time in order to share his love ofphotography with various groups, including Frank's community outreach program and Duke's OLLI program. Dennis and his wife Kate are longtime residents of the Durham/Chapel Hill area. 


Advisory Board

Bonnie Layman, retired, CPA
John Warasila, Alliance Architecture
Jeffrey York, Director, Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission
Dan Ellison, Attorney

Gallery Manager

Torey Mishoe
Torey holds two MAs in Art History and Museum Studies from Syracuse University, and a BS in Arts Administration from Appalachian State. She has worked with arts organizations and non-profits of many shapes and sizes over the past ten years and loves working with the artistic community in Chapel Hill.