President of the Board
Vice President of the Board
Secretary of the Board
Treasurer of the Board
Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, David arrived in Durham in 2014 and joined Liberty Arts in 2015. He has owned, operated, and managed two successful freelance design businesses, Huber Audio Design and Engineering and DSH Pipes, over the last 9 years. During his time as an Audio Designer, he put his BA in Theatre from LSU to work designing shows for the Cortland Repertory Theatre, Syracuse University, and many others. Having held a deep appreciation and passion for briar tobacco pipes since 2006, in 2011, David took a hiatus from theatrical design in order to explore his sculptural side making his own line of hand-made briar tobacco pipes. Five to six days a week, you can find David sweating the details of his latest creation in the Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio.
Collaborative communication, finding creative solutions, and building effective internal procedures are some of his strong suits. Since he joined Liberty Arts in 2015, he has created a proposed review process for artists, built the Classes Coordinator position that manages student enrollment and attendance for Liberty Arts’ classes, and created the Financial Policies and Procedures for the organization as a whole. As the Liberty Arts Treasurer, he works to manage finances frugally and effectively in order to move the organization closer to its long term goals.
Leigh has enjoyed a 40+ year career as an engineer with the past 20 years in executive management positions at two engineering companies. In his last venture, Leigh started a technology based supply chain company which gave birth to a new industry known today as Chemical Management. After leading that company through 10 years of double digit annual growth, he retired in 2012 to focus on glassblowing.
Throughout his career as a chemical engineer, he maintained a passion for the beauty and science of glass. He started glassblowing classes in 1998 at the Urban Glass Institute in New York City and today works out of several glass studios in central North Carolina. Leigh’s interest in glass leans towards transparent glass objects because of their visual depth and gem-like richness of the colors he uses.
Rick brings a wide array of skills including engineering, robotics, course design, vocational training and customer service. He has been working with artists in the Liberty Arts community since 1996 starting out in steel and blacksmithing with Jimmy Alexander – a beloved founding figure at Liberty Arts. Rick got his start as a service manager with a Chevy dealership and then spent 12 years training adults to drive tractor trailers through Johnston Community College. With degrees in computer engineering and automation robotics, Rick spent nearly 20 years with the North Carolina Department of Transportation first training employees and contractors on signal equipment installation then serving as his division's IT technician and finally working with traffic signal systems on North Carolina's highways.
For over ten years, he served as an adviser at Wake Technical College in the Automation curriculum. And for the past 17 years he’s served as scoutmaster for a Raleigh Boy Scout Troop receiving numerous awards for his leadership and helping over 30 scouts reach Eagle Scout rank. Rick’s proficiency with machines and trouble shooting, his long history in vocational training, and his love of the arts make him a unique asset to Liberty Arts where he plays a key role in supporting a growing curriculum of public classes.
A native of Kinston, NC, Michael received his BFA in Sculpture from East Carolina University in 1997. He has worked professionally as a Foundryman and Metalsmith at Carolina Bronze Foundry and Vega Metals. In 2003, he started WallerFoushee Studios with his wife and sculptor Leah Foushee Waller and began working as a full-time artist. In 2010 he partnered with life long friend and artist Kirk Davis to form Carolina Shuckers hand forged oyster knife company. In addition to creating personal work and historical restoration projects, they have created over a dozen public art projects throughout North Carolina- most notably ‘Major’, the over life-size bronze bull pasturing in downtown Durham, NC. They live in Hillsborough, NC with their two children.
Michael has been involved with Liberty Arts since 2001, working closely with the founding members in the development of the George Watts Hill Pavilion for the Arts. After 12 years of working as Liberty Arts Facilities Manager and Artist in Residence, Michael joined the board of directors in 2013 and served as co-administrator of The Bull City Sculpture Show.
As a statistical programmer, Peter Katz works with a team of researchers at Duke University who conduct demographic surveys based in Mexico and Indonesia. Since, moving to Durham in 2007 with his wife Maria Sanchez he has advocated on behalf of neighborhood and community groups that make Durham a more unique and engaging place to live.
He has served as president of the Old North Durham Neighborhood Association, vice president of the Inter-neighborhood Council (a coalition of Durham’s neighborhood and homeowner’s associations whose mission is to promote the quality, stability and vitality of Durham’s residential neighborhoods) and currently serves as chair of the Durham City Housing Appeals Board (which hears appeals on housing and building code condemnation cases). Peter has interests in GIS mapping, computer generated 3-dimensional art, nature photography and is a year-round surfer, paddleboarder, and father to wily preschooler, Lucas Max.
When I say a great number of different subjects inspire my work, I am not simply making a vague generalization. There are too many subjects, perhaps. I am forever full of racing thoughts, usually with my attention in hot pursuit. It’s the reason why I often work in a short series-based format, and why I have seven different ongoing series of work at the moment.
Each series has its own individual artist statement, combination of materials, and methods of production. However, they all share some strange common thread involving mammals, fallibility, and destruction. All in all I strive to find a comfortable balance in the midst of such variety by working as both a sculptor and illustrator.
Originally from the DC/Baltimore area, where she worked as a project manager for a large staffing company, Brit McInnis moved to Durham in 2016 to continue pursuing a career in photography, a skill she developed nearly a decade ago which led to her working for two photography studios, in addition to photographing many weddings and boudoir sessions. She now works full time as a real estate photographer and transaction manager, while also maintaining her photography business, BMC Studios.
I believe artists are the cultural conscience of our time!
Originally from New Jersey, Ilene Hadler has happily called Durham home since 2009. She has a marketing degree from George Washington University, and an MBA in Marketing Rutger’s University. Before fleeing the corporate world in her 40’s to pursue her love of photography and fused art glass, Ilene held marketing management positions with several Fortune companies including Standard & Poor’s Corporation, and Johnson & Johnson. Most days you’ll find Ilene either documenting the lives of others with her camera, or in her glass studio making beautiful glasses objects using the techniques of Kiln-form glass making she studied at Corning Glass Studios. She believes artists are the cultural conscious of our time, and wants to do everything in her power to help the arts thrive in Durham!
Ilene has served on several non-profit boards over the years, (everything from dance companies in New York City, to a homeless and battered women’s shelter in Florida). Currently, she is also on the board of The Trinity Park Neighborhood Association.