Rebeccah Byer is the Founding Executive Director of The Olio. Originally from the Chicago area, Rebeccah started blowing glass in 1993 as a college student at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and has taught, worked, and lived in many industries and occupations since. Her experience includes education, sales, marketing, food service, administration, non-profits, and film production (www.indestructiblefilm.com), among others. She has lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina since 2006 and has two young sons Henry and Elliot. She is a co-founder of Mary's Mavens, sits on the PTI Airport Public Art Committee, and is a member of the Kenan Institute Arts Enterprise Lab 2.0 and EMC Arts Community Innovation Lab.
Byer's focus is primarily on utilizing the arts as a way to build social capital in her community and grow The Olio as a social enterprise in order to expand this work.
Sarah Band was raised in San Francisco’s Bay Area. She attended San Francisco State University and received her Bachelors in Fine Art in 2011. At The end of 2013 Band had her first solo exhibition at Public Glass in San Francisco entitled “Apocalypse”. Sarah is a nationally recognized artist, and was a Studio Scholarship Recipient from The Chrysler Museum of Art. Sarah is the Creative Director at The Olio and focuses on educating teens and young adults with glass blowing and business skills. She has shown at the Cultural Arts Center in Greensboro and is currently showing work at The Olio's gallery.