Board Bios


 Kevin Bender

is the Executive Director of the Working Professionals MBA Program at Wake Forest University. He received a BS in Economics from Allegheny College in Meadville PA and an MBA from Wake Forest University. His professional career began in the Military after receiving a full ROTC scholarship.   Kevin spent six years on active duty with highlights being serving as the Aide to the Quartermaster General of the Army and a 17 month deployment to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. Kevin began his career in the private sector in San Antonio, TX as a plant manager in the manufacturing sector. He moved to Winston-Salem after 4 years to pursue his MBA full-time. Post MBA, Kevin worked as a senior consultant with Arthur Anderson in Atlanta, GA. He ultimately decided to come back to the city he loved, Winston-Salem, and started what has turned into a 15 year career with Wake Forest. He has managed all 4 of Wake’s Graduate Business programs. Kevin has remained in the Army Reserve and was activated for 3 years after 9/11 and served in Stuttgart Germany and Ghana Africa for this period. He is currently assigned to the United States European Command, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Kevin is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem and volunteers for several community based organizations. Kevin has 2 children, Drew and Cami. He and his wife Rebecca are avid outdoors people, community activists, big supporter of downtown development, the arts, and enjoy spending time at the Outer Banks.

Dabney Sanders

is the Project Manager of the Greensboro Downtown Greenway – a collaborative project of Action Greensboro and the City of Greensboro. Dabney oversees & coordinates all activities related to the creation of the $30M, 4-mile loop including design, fundraising, construction, and communications. She grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South, with a major in Natural Resources (Forestry & Geology) and a minor in Botany in 1987. Dabney moved to Greensboro in the Fall of 1999 with her husband, Walker, when he joined the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro as it’s President. Dabney currently serves as chair of the Triad Stage Board of Trustees. She also serves on the boards of Eastern Music Festival, the Pubic Art Endowment Steering Committee at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and the Greensboro Literary Organization which is hosting Greensboro Bound - the inaugural literary festival taking place in May 2018. She is on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the Piedmont Triad International Airport and is a former board member of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and former Board President of GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art. She lives happily in Fisher Park with her husband, Walker and dogs Hudson and Scout and chickens Flora, Betty, and Violet.

Jill Martin-Byers

currently works as Event Director and Talent Booking for (non-profit) Downtown Winston Salem Partnershipʼs Summer Music Series. Her background is in Stage Production, specializing in Lighting, Stage Management and Band Management with such acts as Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bob Dylan, Reba McEntire, Miley Cyrus, Motley Crue, Brad Paisley, and more. She is a member of THE. B. KIN BAND, and co-Front woman for local band, The Red Lipstick Society opening for such acts as Junior Brown, Dwight Yoakum, and The Dhuks. Jill moved to W-S in 2000 and is married with two children. She volunteers at The Farm at The Childrenʼs Home and enjoys learning, and encouraging everything that makes us artists! 

Chad Downard

is a professional visual artist living and working in Winston-Salem, NC. He served in the military for 12 years and had many adventures, at home and abroad. After living in Asia for over two years and and traveling to over 30 countries and most of the U.S., he can say Winston-Salem is one of the best places on earth to live. He married his wife, Martina, in North Carolina over 15 years ago and is happy they are now raising their three children here. After his time in the military, he immersed himself in the arts and has built a myriad of experiences and accomplishments involving many facets of the art world. He has worked as a fabricator, designer and model-builder for public artists and architects, assistant curator of a gallery, preparator for many exhibitions, taught art in the community, schools, museums, an art institute and a university, worked with emotionally disturbed kids and at-risk youth, sat in juries for public art commissions, showed his work both nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards for his art and design. He teaches at Sawtooth School for Visual Art and is excited to be a part of the “City of Arts and Innovation.” He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (BS, English), Cornish College of Arts (BFA, Sculpture and Painting) and has a certificate in Environmental Horticulture from Augusta Technical College.

Jim Gallucci

is a Professional Metal Fabricator, Designer, and Artist who has developed a substantial and prolific career spanning four decades. He has exhibited internationally in dozens of group and solo shows such as the World Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia and the 7th Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition at the Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum, as well as a Diploma of Nomination from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jim holds a BFA and an MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University and has instructed art at UNC Greensboro, University of Alabama and was the Exhibit Director at the NC Zoo in Asheboro. He contributes greatly to his community through numerous philanthropic projects as well as through the Gallucci Creative Fund. 

Rebeccah Byer

is the Founding Executive Director of The Olio, a Social Enterprise featuring an Apprentice Program and Glassblowing Studio which opened in September 2014 in Winston-Salem, NC. Since 2016 she has served as co-founder of Mary's Mavens, and in 2018 she joined Wake Forest University's Center for Entrepreneurship as a Visiting Professor of Practice. She has a bachelor's degree in crafts with a concentration in glassblowing from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and has worked in glass, education, and non-profit administration for over 25 years. She has created and worked for several for-profit and non-profit start-ups, and produced Indestructible, an award-winning documentary feature film written and directed by her brother Ben Byer (1970-2008), which documented the last six years of his life with ALS. Rebeccah's vision for The Olio and all projects is one of sustainability, empowerment, and community development. She also currently serves on the PTI Airport Public Art Committee and as faculty advisor for Social Impact 360.