|BRADLEY COXE (Secretary) Bradley Coxe is a native and resident of Wilmington. He currently is an attorney and partner in the Wilmington law firm of Hodges Coxe Potter & Phillips, LLP. The firm is a full-service firm with a wide ranging array of legal services for both personal and business interests. Bradley primarily practices in the fields of personal injury and business litigation. He has been involved in theater in Wilmington since high school and has acted in several shows for Thalian Association on the main stage at Thalian Hall and at the Red Barn Studio. Prior to joining the Thalian Association Board of Directors, he was a Board member and chairperson of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross. Bradley is married to Julie Hays Coxe and has a daughter, Ella, born in 2002, and a son, Gavin, born in 2006.|
| DEBBY GOMULKADebby Gomulka, ASID Allied Member, is a professional award-winning interior designer who founded Debby Gomulka Designs, LLC in 2000. Her design work spans our beautiful historic district to the many new coastal developments in Wilmington and Southport.
With a B.S. in Interior Design and a Minor in Art from Meredith College, her family’s background in art and antique collecting and her mother’s magical talent for decorating houses was a natural lead into Debby’s career. Her impressive portfolio includes features in national and regional publications for her design work in Charleston, the Hamptons, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Wilmington, Southport, and Leland.
It is an honor and pleasure to serve as a Board of Director for Thalian Association Community Theatre, North Carolina’s oldest community theatre. Debby is looking forward to sharing her creative and artistic talents with TACT and their many fundraising events.
In her free time, Debby is steeped in serving on many non-profit boards and leadership positions including President of the Bellamy Mansion Museum, Preservation NC board member and Vice President at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, WIN (Women’s Impact Network) Philanthropy Chair, Rotary Club of Wilmington Literacy Chair and ASID (The American Society of Interior Designers) Coastal Region Chair. Debby has also served as an adjunct professor of Interior Design at Cape Fear Community College and received the Historic Wilmington Foundation Award for Historic Preservation on behalf of a client project.
Debby is married to John K. Gomulka, an attorney, and in their free time they enjoy spending time at the beach, traveling, dining at award winning restaurants in our lovely historic district, and training their 4 beautiful collies for agility competition
|CAITLIN HOFFMAN Caitlin Hoffman grew up on Lake Gaston in a small town in Northern NC. In 2004 she left her hometown to move to Wilmington where she received a BA in Parks and Recreation Management from UNCW in 2008. After graduation she decided she was never leaving Wilmington and so far has made good on her promise. With 10+ years in the catering and event industry, she is passionate about throwing a great party but also giving back to her community. Volunteering her time with the Junior League of Wilmington, Nourish NC, Kids Making It and several other local nonprofits in the Wilmington area, she continues trying to make a positive impact. She recently served as a board member for the Wilmington Food and Wine Festival in May 2018 and is the newest member of the Thalian Association Board of Directors. She is currently the Marketing Events Coordinator at RiverLights and is back at her alma mater studying for her PMBA. She and her husband live in Downtown Wilmington where they are currently renovating a 1930’s bungalow, which sounded like a good idea at the time.|
| EMMA JACKSON the current New Hanover County Schools Federal Programs Director Emma Jackson is a native of Belize. Except for a four-year period in the late 1960’s, where she served as a lecturer at Belize Teachers College, she has spent all of her professional life in the New Hanover County School System as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Executive Director of Instructional Services. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in New York and attended Washington University in St. Louis, New York University, and is a graduate of Fayetteville State and East Carolina Universities. Among the numerous state and local education committees on which she has served are her two terms on the NC Annual Testing Commission, where she chaired the Writing Sub-Committee, the NC Commission on Education for Economic Growth, the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, the NHCS Senior Quality Council and the Redistricting Committee.
Emma has held leadership positions in many organizations. She has served as the Treasurer, and the President of the Churchwomen and the Sr. Warden of St. Mark,s Episcopal Church, the National Vice-President of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., local President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. She has also been a Board Member of the Cameron Art Museum and TACT. She is married for over fifty years to Russell Jackson and they have two daughters and a granddaughter.
| SILVIEA JOHNSON
Silivea Johnson – Silivea Johnson is an exceptionally talented female pioneer and vocalist who is also a multifaceted Recording Artist, Musician, Songwriter, Production Engineer, and Radio Syndication Show Host. Although her primary artist genre is Faith Based Music, she is an extraordinary jazz vocalist who was also classically trained throughout her childhood years. Silivea Johnson has opened for major artists such as Patti LaBelle, and Dionne Warwick to name a few.
Shortly after graduating from college, Silivea recorded and toured as lead vocalist with Billboard Award winning Jazz Trumpeter Tom Browne. With Browne, Silvea graced various world renowned jazz venues such as “Blues Alley”, (Georgetown) , as well as “Sound Of Brazil” (SOB’s), and “The Blue Note” in New York City. She also performed live on the 90’s popular musical television series by Black Entertainment Television Network called BET’s Jazz Central, hosted then by the late Lou Rawls. Silivea has also performed live in concert on New York City’s top Urban Radio station WBLS F.M.
Whether on the air, behind the piano, soundboard console, or at the microphone Silivea uses her platform to bridge generational gaps through music.
Silivea Johnson is a supporter of community arts, and is currently a board member of Thalian Association Wilmington, NC. When she is not doing music, she manages and co-operates a small business with her husband.
|TORI JONES Tori worked in marketing and operations for PepsiCo, Cumulus Broadcasting and Atlantic Coast Advertising before founding Clove Marketing in 1999, a full service marketing agency. She has since assisted hundreds of retail, service, manufacturing and institutional organizations with a variety of successful profit-building efforts. She holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and a BS in Marketing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition to her agency work, she has served as an instructor at UNC Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business, where she taught Promotions Management, and Marketing Research. Tori has served on numerous local boards and committees for organizations including Dreams of Wilmington, Communities In Schools, Wilmington Industrial Development, Coastal Entrepreneurial Council, Cucalorus Film Festival, Cape Fear Blues Festival, Celebrate Wilmington!, Cameron Museum of Art, Wilmington Downtown Inc., and Downtown Business Alliance. She is current member and past president of Wilmington West Rotary.|
|JOAN LOCH (President) is originally from Southern New Jersey where her career started in marketing with corporate companies such as Union Carbide, VPP Inc, and Acme Manufacturing. She ventured out on her in the mid 90’s to begin a consulting career in process development and project management with clients such as Dow Jones Business Information Systems, Curtis Young Company and EG&G Inc to name a few. A severe injury in 2003 side lined her until her and her husband relocated to NC in 2005. They purchased Crescent Moon, a gallery of fine handcrafted art glass and metal sculpture, which they owned and operated until September 2015. She is the owner and organizer of the American Craft Walk Wilmington, and event that premiered in 2016. In February of 2017 Joan received her license in Real Estate and joined Momentum Companies as a commercial broker. Overall, her career spans 40 years accumulating experiences and expertise in marketing and business development. Joan additionally has board participation experience both in NJ and NC.|
|STUART PIKE (Vice-President) Although a resident of Southport Stuart has been an active participant in Thalian Association productions, appearing in seven shows, since his return to his home state of N.C. in 2011. He joined the board in 2014. His theatrical roots span some 50 plus years making his theatrical debut as Ebenezer Scrooge (at the age of 10) in his hometown of Greensboro, N.C. in a Greensboro Children’s theater production of “A Christmas Carol”. Stuart is a First Vice President-Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors (Wells Fargo Clearing, LLC). His office is in Southport. “My hope as a member of the board is that I might help facilitate the continued legacy of exceptional theater produced by Thalian Association Community Theater to the greater Wilmington community for many years to come.”|
|WAYNE ROBERTS Wayne Roberts was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. He is a graduate of Oak Ridge Military Institute and UNC -Chapel Hill. After graduation in 1965, Wayne settled in Greensboro N.C. with his wife, Diane. In 1971, he started Roberts Insurances Services Inc which over the next 37 years, became a regional leader in transportation insurance coverages. Wayne sold his company in 2008 and retired to Wilmington to a home he has had for over 10 years. He and Diane have two daughters and seven grandchildren four of whom also live in Wilmington. Wayne is a member of Wrightsville United Methodist Church and Wilmington East Rotary club. He also serves on the Landfall Architectural Review Committee. He looks forward to being part of Thalian Association Community Theatre.”|
| STAR SOSA Star Sosa, is an award winning fine jewelry designer and entrepreneur is best known in the Cape Fear Region for Spectrum Gallery and Spectrum Fine Jewelry. Before moving to Wilmington, Ms. Sosa owned a wholesale and retail jewelry design business in California and New Mexico. Her jewelry designs were sold at fine juried craft shows across the United States and in stores from San Francisco to New York City.
Spectrum Gallery opened in Chandlers Wharf in downtown Wilmington in 1997 and moved to The Forum in 2000. The art gallery closed in 2016 but Spectrum Fine Jewelry continued with an award winning team known for exceptional custom fine jewelry design, unique gems and jewelry, and expert repair and restoration services. Star Sosa retired in 2019 to care for family members.
Spectrum hosted monthly events & fund raisers for 22 years and represented literally hundreds of artists and designers. In the community, Spectrum supported performing and visual artists and organizations and was a business underwriter of WHQR for over 20 years. Star Sosa developed and produced the Azalea Plein Air Paint Out and Benefit Art Sale which happens during the Cape Fear Garden Club’s annual Azalea Garden Tour. Star’s experience as a craft show exhibitor, art show organizer, and gallery owner will be a wonderful support for art shows, special events, and educational efforts at the Community Arts Center.”
|LINDA STINSON Linda is an owner/partner in RLS Focused Solutions, a business coaching firm established in 2003. She has successfully completed programs in individual and organizational development and is part of continuing educational programs in those areas. Linda has worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the Carolinas in planning and business development and has conducted presentations at annual conferences/meetings for various organizations and associations. She has been a speaker at business forums and those presentations have included programs for the North Carolina Center for Non-Profits, The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life, and the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina. Linda has also presented programs for the Small Business Centers at Brunswick Community College and Southeastern Community College. Linda is a graduate of Leadership Wilmington and has served on the Board of Directors of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, acting as chairperson for two years, and the Board of Directors of DREAMS. Linda’s past experience includes 10 years with Ted Bates & Company, an international advertising and marketing firm and 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry serving individuals, groups of varying sizes, and corporate clientele.”|
| JAN WUTKOWSKI (Tresurer) Jan Wutkowski grew up in a military family with many moves over her school years. She received her BAE from the University of Mississippi and a ME from the University of Southern Mississippi.She spent a few years as a school librarian before moving into scientific/medical/engineering research librarianship.
In 1994 Jan moved to Wilmington, from Memphis, to live on a 40’ sailboat.In early 1995, she had a life-changing opportunity to live in Australia, spending an incredible year exploring far and wide.While living in Melbourne she found her life’s calling and attended millinery school studying under one of the world’s most renowned milliners.Returning to Wilmington in early 1996 she spent 12 years as the research librarian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, while continuing to develop a customer base with her millinery.
In 2005, she opened a retail shop, aMuse: artisanal finery, specializing in custom-made hats and vintage jewelry.During that time she was very involved in Wilmington’s fashion and charity scene and continues to find opportunities to work in arts-related events. She is thrilled to be a part of Thalian Association and looks forward to helping continue its historic legacy.”