Board of Directors 2018-2019
Corliss Sellers-Drummond, Board Chair
Corlis Sellers began acting as a student with Hampton Players at Hampton University serving also as assistant director/stage manager for the production of the Scott Joplin opera, “Treemonisha.” After graduating, she appeared in various productions in community theater in Washington, DC and the Back Alley Theatre, including as Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. She made her TV debut at local NBC affiliate WRC in Washington as Anna Douglass opposite Congressman Ron Dellums in The Trials and Triumphs of Frederick Douglass, a docudrama.
Corlis served as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Priorities at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). where she created, produced, and directed “I Dream a World: The Voice and Vision of Dr. Simon Green Atkins” commemorating the 125th anniversary of WSSU. She retired in 2013 as Regional Administrator for the Northeastern U.S. in 2010 after 30 years with the Department of Labor. She moved to Winston-Salem and joined WSSU in 2013. She served as the Liaison to the Bishop of the Camden, NJ Diocese to the black Catholic community. Corlis retired from WSSU in February 2019 to pursue her passion for the arts as a performer and supporter.
John J. Hohn, Executive Producer
John is author of Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds (2011) and Breached (2014). He grew up in Yankton, South Dakota and earned an English degree at St. John’s University (Minn.), graduating in 1961. After three years of teaching high school, Hohn began a 40-year career in financial services and retired in 2007 after 15 years with Merrill Lynch in Winston-Salem, N.C. Hohn has appeared in many productions at the Little Theatre and Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance. He served briefly as board chair for Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance and board chair for Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis, where he was instrumental in combining the youth orchestras of Minneapolis and St. Paul into a nationally recognized youth music program.
Alice Sanders has participated with RSVP Community Theatre, Asheboro, Community Theatre of Greensboro, and Twin City Stage, Winston-Salem. Performances include Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, Camelot, The Electronic Saint, Our Golden Eagle, Amadeus, Great Gatsby, and more. Stage Manager credits include A Goddess Tail and It All Started With A Dog. Alice owns InfoGraph Creative, a boutique graphic design agency in downtown Winston-Salem, and teaches computer graphics and web design at Salem College. She also serves on the board of Preservation Forsyth.
Melissa Smith is the Director of Innovation and Initiatives at Senior Services, Inc. A veteran in the Aging Services field, her current work, the Aging With Purpose project, involves tackling the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom that many of older adults suffer from by finding out what is meaningful to them, making their lives more purpose-driven, and reconnecting them back to the community. A graduate of Salem College and a Philadelphia native, the arts have played an important part in her life; especially music. She has performed in several local bands throughout the years and currently sings in her church praise band. She is passionate about combating ageism and embracing the wisdom of our elders.
Robin Voiers is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Florida State University with degrees in English and Dance. She studied with Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Merce Cunningham and danced with the 13th American Dance Festival at Conn College. She taught dance at the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland. She drifted from musicals into drama and has performed at many regional theatres – Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas and Pensacola, and Washington, D.C. Some of her favorite roles include Gypsy, Anastasia, Titania (Midsummer Night Dream), Jean Brodie, Maria Callas, and Mme. Armfeldt, She also performed in A Little Night Music with the Piedmont Opera in March 2016. For the last few decades, she has travelled with her one-woman shows: Belle of Amherst, Zelda, Isadora and A Christmas Memory.
Fredrick (Rick) Wicker, Jr.
Rick, a native North Carolinian, has lived in Winston-Salem for over 40 years. He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. He worked at RJ Reynolds Tobacco and RJ Reynolds International for over 31 years before retiring in 2009 as the Senior Director of International Operations. He served on the Board of Directors of The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem for 11 years including Executive Committee positions and has served for 8 years as an officer of his neighborhood HOA. Rick has been a proactive patron and supporter of the performing arts in Winston-Salem during his forty years in the city.
Art Bloom, upon graduating from Washington & Lee University in 1980, began his career in the financial services industry with a short tenure at Wachovia Bank as retail advertising manager. After several years, he moved to Virginia to become president of his family’s retail furniture chain Bloom Brothers Furniture. In 2000, he found The Boom Agency, a successful marketing and advertising firm. He sold his business to a colleague in 2014 and became certified as a business coach and private board facilitator. He has served as chief operation officer, Winston-Salem Symphony and is past president of Winston- Salem Youth Chorus. Currently, Art serves on several boards including Arbor Acres, UNSCA Foundation, Piedmont Triad JRDF, and Piedmont Opera. Art is a frequent performer as a vocal soloist and pianist, appearing in musicals as well as with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Richmond Symphony among others. He has served as cantorial soloist and choir director for Temple Emanuel for 20 years. He also co-directs and accompanies the Arbor Acres Sharp & Flats and does regular sing-alongs for the DayBreak Respite Care ministry for memory-challenged adults at Centenary United Methodist Church.
Honorary Board Members
Honorary Board Members enjoy all the rights and privileges of regular members. They participate in meeting, serve on committees, and advise the board. Their attendance at all meetings in voluntary because of their busy professional schedules. They do not vote on any motions before the board.
T. Lee Covington
T. Lee Covington is President and CEO of Senior Services after joining the organization in August, 2015. Raised in Alamance County, Lee attended Eastern Alamance High and majored in business administration and finance at Elon College. Prior to Senior Services, he was Executive Director of Rockingham County’s Aging, Disability and Transit Services. After a few years in banking, he joined a nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities, followed by 15 years at The Arc, an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. He holds a master’s in public administration, UNC Greensboro, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Duke University. A member of Leadership Winston-Salem, class of 2016, he served as President of the NC Association on Aging (NCAOA) and Meals on Wheels NC. He served on a national committee of the new Ad Council Campaign for Meals on Wheels America. Lee lives in Clemmons with his wife Carol. They have three sons.
Mike Poston grew up in Laketon, Indiana. Throughout his career, Poston has worked in philanthropy in higher education, with 28 years focused in medical philanthropy. Mike holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington. He retired in 2016 after eleven years as Vice President of Guilford College for Advancement. He followed with a nine month project as Director of The United Way of Forsyth County Foundation where he focused on board development and defining key major philanthropic processes. From 1993 to 2005, Poston served as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Early career positions included key philanthropic roles at the University of Florida Health Science Center and Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, Oho. Mike is married with two adult children and twin five year old granddaughters. His wife Bonnie is retired from Wake Forest Baptist Health, Coy C. Carpenter Library.
Bland M. Wade, Jr.
Bland M. Wade, Jr. is the UNCSA Associate Dean of Design & Production. Before becoming AD, he served many years as the Director of Stage Properties at the UNCSA School of Design and Production. He received his BFA in 1980 from UNCSA before working professionally in a number of positions. As for teaching he writes "I provide any student willing to learn the tools and skills they will need to take possession of their education, this is what holds their interest and encourages a personal connection to their work." Bland is also a designer and artist. He has designed dozens of sets for plays and musicals and he and his wife Amy have their own studios and gallery in the Winston-Salem Arts District.