Board of Directors 2017-2018

The wonderful people that support and guide us

ashley-rusherAshley Rusher Co-Chair

Ashley is an attorney at the law firm of Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A. She practices in the areas of business bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. Ashley chairs the Business Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group at Blanco Tackabery and serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Outside the firm, Ashley serves on the board of directors of a number of local and regional professional and nonprofit organizations including the Triad Chapter of Risk Management Association, the Carolinas Chapter of International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Middle District Bankruptcy Seminars, Inc., Financial Pathways of the Piedmont and the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus. Ashley is married and has three children, the youngest of which is a member of the Young Women’s Ensemble of the Chorus.

darren-chiottDarren Chiott Co-Chair

Darren is employed as the Assistant director of Financial Aid at UNC School of the Arts. He is happily married with 3 children, one of which sings with the WSYC. He holds a BA degree from Johnson State College and a MA from UNC-Greensboro. Outside of work and family, Darren is an avid bicyclist and motorcyclist.


Kay Bolick  Vice Chair

Kay has been a Relationship Director in the Resource Development area of United Way of Forsyth County since 2010, working with both accounts such as Wake Forest University and Novant Health, as well as individual donors.  Kay is a member of the WLC (Women’s Leadership Council) with United Way, obtained a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt in 2015, and a Consultative Engagement certificate from United Way Worldwide in 2016.  Prior to United Way, she was a Performance Analyst with US Airways (now American Airlines).  Kay is a new board member with the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus.  She and husband Don enjoy attending their concerts and others performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony, Old Salem Band and Winston-Salem Pops.   Kay understands the importance of educating our youth and has served as a WINGS volunteer at Bolton Elementary and Prince Ibrahim Elementary schools.  Kay is beginning her fifth year as a board member with Smart Start of Forsyth County.

bill-gibsonBill Gibson Secretary

Bill Gibson is a retired lawyer who has lived in Winston-Salem since 1978. He is a graduate of Baylor School, Dartmouth College, Stanford Graduate Business School and UNC-Chapel Hill Law School. He was also a court-certified mediator for several years.
Bill has been a member of several local non-profit boards.  He served with the West End Association, Group Homes of Forsyth, Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods, six years with the Winston-Salem Symphony. He is currently a member of the Youth Orchestras Advisory Council, the Youth Chorus Advisory Council, and the board of Horizons Residential Care Center; he also serves on the board of BarCARES, a statewide program administered by the NC Bar Association.

miaohua-jiangMiaohua Jiang Treasurer

Miaohua Jiang was born in China. He joined the faculty of Wake Forest University in 1998 after graduating from Penn State with a PhD in mathematics in 1995. He also held postdoctoral positions at Georgia Tech and University of Minnesota and a visiting position at CNRS, France. He is married to Ying Xiong with two children, a daughter studying environmental health at UNC Chapel Hill and a son who has been a member of WSYC for two years. He enjoys music, reading, gardening, and walking on Muddy Creek Greenway.

athena-karahaliosAthena Karahalios

Athena started her home based business, Accounting Solutions, in 1997 after working in the accounting field for 10 years. Services provided to clients include small business payroll, bookkeeping, and management financial statement preparation, QuickBooks installation and support and small business and individual income tax preparation. She earned her BS degree from UNC-Greensboro. Athena has previously served on the WSYC Board of Directors as Treasurer and as Treasurer of the Parent Association. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Hellenic Dance Troupes of The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Foundation of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She also volunteers as Co-Coordinator of the Sunday School Program for her church and Co-Chair of the Agora Committee for the W-S Greek Festival as well as volunteer QuickBooks and bookkeeping consultant at the church. Athena is married with two children, the youngest of which is a member of the WSYC Young Women’s Ensemble.


160829_yc_board_020Michelle Speas

Michelle brings over 25 years’ nonprofit/NGO experience in Japan, Africa and the United States to her current executive leadership role as Chief Development and Public Relations Officer of Family Services in Winston-Salem. She earned her BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MA degree in from the University of Mississippi at Oxford – both in US History.  She is also a graduate of Duke University’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management program and Leadership Winston-Salem. Michelle and Christian live in Advance, NC with their two sons, Davis and John.  Her youngest son joined the WSYC in 2015.  They attend Center Grove Baptist Church and are also “parents” to two cats, two dogs and one horse – all rescue animals.

Upcoming Events

Dec
2
Sat
2017
7:00 pm Winter Celebration Concert @ Salem College Fine Arts Center
Winter Celebration Concert @ Salem College Fine Arts Center
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Enjoy the beautiful voices of close to 80 singers of the WSYC at their Winter Celebration Concert “Winter Wonderland”
Dec
13
Wed
2017
7:30 pm Charlie Brown Concert with Music... @ Salem College Fine Arts Center
Charlie Brown Concert with Music... @ Salem College Fine Arts Center
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members of the Touring Chorus performing Charlie Brown Christmas music with Music Carolina Jazz Trio.
Dec
16
Sat
2017
7:30 pm FOX 8 Holiday Concert with the W... @ Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
FOX 8 Holiday Concert with the W... @ Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come and share in the joy of the holidays with the WS Symphony and Touring Chorus performing songs of the season.
Feb
8
Thu
2018
10:00 am Mary Starling performance with t... @ Reynolds Auditorium
Mary Starling performance with t... @ Reynolds Auditorium
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Members of the Touring Chorus perform with the WS Symphony for all 5th grade Forsyth County Students.
Feb
9
Fri
2018
10:00 am Mary Starling performance with t... @ Reynolds Auditorium
Mary Starling performance with t... @ Reynolds Auditorium
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Members of the Touring Chorus perform with the WS Symphony for all 5th grade Forsyth County Students.