BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Stephanie Batten, President, Merrill Lynch
Chip Futrell, Vice-President, North Carolina State University
Brent Flowers, Treasurer, Flowers Plantation
Joe Dlugos, Secretary & Marketing Chair, Barton College
Dave Sheppard, Member-at-large, Community Leader
Liz Uditis, Properties Chair, Community Leader
Gloria Freeman, Visioning Chair, Community Leader
Buck Yelverton, Past-President, Community Leader
Dr. Rena Corbett, Barton College
Chip Futrell, NC State University
Betsy Peters Rascoe, Design Dimension, Inc.
Omar Salazar, Rockinteriors
Tripp Vaughan, Vaughan’s Jewelers
Rev. Marty Stebbins, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Stuart Walston, Walston Properties
Kathryn Ferrari Bethune, Executive Director
Dana Corson, City of Wilson
Committee Structure: Creating an Impact
Preservation of Wilson has an active Board of Trustees where all members agree to serve on at least one committee. Committee members do not need to be a member of the Board of Trustees. We encourage individuals to get involved in an area they find the greatest interest. Allowing non-board members to work on committees is an excellent way to retain interested volunteers during the lapse period if they have served six years, our term limit. With a lapse of one year, a person may be reappointed.
Marketing & Art – To promote interest locally, regionally and nationally using the website, social media, media opportunities and other advertising methods. We market Historic Downtown Wilson as a place to call home focusing on the properties we offer and those offered by local realtors. We look for creative ways to spread the word that Wilson has charming and affordable historic homes, an uncomplicated lifestyle, an ideal location, two colleges, the state’s fastest fiber-optic Internet connections available in every home, tree-lined neighborhoods, five historic districts, a vibrant arts community and a roster of companies the envy to many metropolitan areas. The Art Committee oversees the planning for the annual Art Show held at the Spring Garden Party each year.
Joe Dlugos, Marketing Chair
Betsy Peters Rascoe, Art Co-Chair
Anne Joyner, Art Co-Chair
Finance – To promote Preservation of Wilson’s financial security while being wise stewards of the funds so generously donated to this organization by its contributors.
Brent Flowers, Chair
Dr. Rena Corbett
Dr. Frank L. Eagles, Resource Development Chair
Properties – The Properties Committee focuses on the real estate activities of Preservation of Wilson as we market these properties to preservation minded buyers. We currently have three active real estate agents on the committee who help keep us current on the local market. New this year will be to oversee the Revolving Fund and the Visual Improvements Matching Grant Program.
Liz Uditis, Chair
Charles Robl III
Field Work – This group is reserved for helping in the field when needed. This includes helping with signage and assisting when a truck is needed during each year.
Visioning – To help develop a revitalization program which promotes economic development while creating safe and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods. This group recommends short and long term goals and seeks to find solutions to issues that create roadblocks in development. A special interest to the Visioning Committee is learning more about the many Stone Houses built by Oliver Nestus Freeman.
Gloria Freeman, Chair
Betty Lou Walston
Rev. Marty Stebbins
Spring Garden Party & Hospitality Committee – Preservation of Wilson’s Hospitality Committee includes those who love to entertain. This allows Preservation of Wilson to reduce our special events costs with refreshments prepared by volunteers. This committee oversees the menu planning and set up for special events such as the Annual Garden Party and Spring Letter Fest. Many of these folks do the cooking, others volunteer during events, and others provide leadership roles.
Bill Hamilton, Co-Chair
Margaret Clark McRae, Co-Chair
Vernon Mason, 2018 Garden Party Host
Andy Summerlin, 2018 Garden Party Host
Betsy Peters Rascoe, 2018 Art Co-Chair
Anne Joyner, 2018 Art Co-Chair
Frank & Dot Eagles
Rev. Marty Stebbins
Joe & Liz Uditis
Hal & Ginny Tarleton
Dave & Susan Sheppard
Stuart & Starlette Walston
Joe & Lacy Dlugos
Brent & Leslie Flowers
Tripp & Anna Belle Vaughan
Stan & Rena Corbett
Katy & Drew Hardister
Jerome & Rosa De Perlinghi
Betty Lou Walston