Our Board of Directors





   DANNY BROCK, ABR,CRB,CRS,SRES (Treasurer) is Founder and President of Century 21 Brock and Associates.  He has served the industry and community in many capacities, including as the Past President of the NC Association of Realtors, Treasurer of the NC Association of Realtors, President of Wilmington East Rotary, member of the  Wilmington Association of Realtors, Treasurer of the Homeowners Alliance for the State Realtors Association, member of the Nation Association of Realtor’s Conventional Finance Committee, Treasurer of the Thalian Association, and now as President of the Thalian Association.  Danny’s mission as President of the Association is to put the full strength of his 30 years of business experience and success into growing the organization, and leaving it with a solid foundation for a sustainable future.  “It is an honor to lead an organization with such a rich tradition,” said Brock. “To think that we have been enhancing the cultural landscape of our area for over 225 years is humbling.  Our Community Theater, and Youth Theater programs, are something we can all be proud of.       danny brock

   BRADLEY COXE 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.   Bradley Coxe

   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. Caitlin Hoffman

   GENE DAWSON Gene Dawson is one of the newest members of the Board of Directors. He is originally from Memphis, TN, but resided in Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, for nearly 40 years before moving to Wilmington with his family in August, 2017. Growing up in Memphis, he was bitten by the music bug as a teen and began playing guitar, which led to performing with bands around town, TV appearances, and studio recordings. This musical momentum was interrupted by being drafted into the US Army which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon return, he moved to the Washington DC area where he met his wife Susan and continued to perform and compose music that led to a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. He also recorded at Capital and RCA studios in New York. Among his published compositions Gene composed and performed a portion of the Musical soundtrack for a film documentary about the ponies of Assateague Island called, “Run Wild, Run Free” which had a sold-out opening and continues to circulate in schools across the east. Gene studied music in college, majoring in classical guitar. As creator and booking agent for Dawsonconcerts, he and his wife presented and promoted a concert series in Maryland for 12 years with over 80 performances and multiple published articles, local TV spots, and a major Network TV special in the Washington DC area. Gene’s early music career was also recognized in the published book “Memphis Garage-Rock Yearbook 1960-1975 “ and his first guitar is on display in the private collection at the Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Gene’s business career spanned 30 years in commercial real estate, 26 of those with McDonald’s Corporation. He excelled in the area of real estate development and developed multiple new McDonald’s locations in the Mid-Atlantic area. He later spearheaded the development and implementation of a Property Management Department for McDonald’s where he later led a team of property management professionals. This department expanded nationwide to include over 15,000 properties and Gene retired in 2013 as a National Property Manager. For his service at McDonald’s he received the coveted Ray Kroc Award.
Gene Dawson

   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.
Emma Jackson

   TORI JONES (President) 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. tori

   TINA LEAK has been involved in the arts for all of her life. Her first musical production was West Side Story with the Thalian Association 30 years ago and later became a Radio City Music Hall Rockette in New York City. She has performed all over the United States and 14 countries, working with such artists as: the late Gregory Hines and his brother Maurice, PINK, Ben Verreen & Mohammad Ali, to name a few. Tinahas over 15 years teaching experience, is listed in Who’s Who in Dance and has been awarded The Rockette Showmanship & American Dance Achievement Awards. After retiring from the stage Tina became Director of VIP Marketing and Sales for Nightclubs and Entertainment for the MGM-Mirage Corporation. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts for the past 5 years and is the board co-chair for Thalian Associationʼs TACT and TACT Academy. tina leak

   JOAN LOCH (Vice-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. Image not available

   KRISTEN MCKEITHAN is a Wilmington native and Pirate since graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising and a Minor in Business Administration. After 9/11, she moved to New York City where she lived and worked in both Manhattan and Brooklyn for total of 15 years. Kristen supported Dennis Hopper and Lake Bell while briefly back in Wilmington which led to a career as a personal assistant. She went on to support CEO’s, a pop singer, and major philanthropists as their right hand. In this role she served as their main liaison to the boards they served on and built strong relationships with those organizations such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Opera, Weill Cornell Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Kristen also enjoyed becoming a supporter of the arts herself as a member of BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), BRIC, the Brooklyn Museum, Park Avenue Armory, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Since her return to her hometown at the end of 2015, she has spent her time volunteering with the Forest of Dreams Mural, Support the Port, D.C. Virgo PTA, Dreams, Community Boys and Girls Club, GLOW (Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington), JC Roe Center, and the YWCA. Kristen is currently serving on the Community Relations Committee for the City & County and on the Blue Ribbon Commission’s VOYAGE Community Council. Kristen was recently nominated as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear. The Northside is her home where she enjoys visiting her downtown neighbors and local businesses daily with her yellow lab Skipper. Image not available

   HANK MILLER serves as a Senior Broker and Director of Business Development for Cape Fear Commercial. A licensed real estate broker, his primary role is to enhance company profitability through business development with new and existing clients. Mr. Miller focuses on ensuring a clear, growth oriented strategic direction, and attaining the highest levels of quality services and customer satisfaction. Since joining the company in 2002, Mr. Miller’s involvement has been multifaceted including development, construction management, landlord and tenant representation, and consulting services.  A sample of projects include development and construction of headquarters for two regional banks; development, leasing and construction for a Fortune 100 manufacturing company, tenant representation for a regional law firm; and real estate consulting services in a bankruptcy case involving the successful disposition of prime residential resort property. A native of Wilmington, Mr. Miller received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is very active in civic and community organizations in Wilmington and throughout the State. He has served as a member of the Southeastern North Carolina Economic Development Commission, member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Partnership and North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. Mr. Miller is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts, former member of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees, the Leadership Team of the Partners for Economic Inclusion, a Board Member of The Foundation of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is a Past-President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. He lives in Wrightsville Beach with his wife Maggie. hank miller

   HEATHER SCHACK ODOM (Secretary) Heather Schack Odom is a bank manager with First Bank, and has enjoyed working for the bank for 16 years. Her essential roles within the bank include assessing local market conditions and identifying current and prospective sales opportunities, developing forecasts, financial objectives and business plans, and above all, helping her clients realize their dreams by providing financial solutions and building trusted relationships. With an exposure to the arts early on as a child, Heather found that her real passion was achieved playing clarinet. She went on to perform with the UNCW Wind Ensemble from 1994-1999, has filled in as a musician for Thalian Productions, and performed regularly with the N.C. All-County, N.C. All-District, and N.C. State Honors Bands while in the New Hanover County School System. Serving the community is very important to Heather, which is why she is currently spending time working closely with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, most recently as vice chairman, assisting with fundraising and community outreach. And even though Heather’s helping hand is essential to her, she also cherishes every moment spent with her husband Jordan, and young daughter Eris. Heather Schack Odom

   STUART PIKE 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. 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.” Image not available

   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.” Wayne Roberts




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