Nichole Murrell

Nichole Murrell was born and raised in New Bern, NC. She has lived in Wilmington for over 18 years where she has grown and come to call her home. She is a wife and a mother of 3 beautiful girls. She is a graduate of Strayer University where she received her Bachelors degree in Business Management. Her career has branched off through multiple major communication companies such as Sprint and Verizon Wireless. She decided to make a career changed years back to match the needs of her family and her heart. Nichole has always loved working with the youth. From small babysitting jobs as a teenager to holding leadership roles in non-profit dance, singing or outreach organizations. This path led her to her current role in education. She has been an educator for 7 years now with New Hanover County Schools. Nichole loves working with children and especially those with exceptional needs. She finds comfort in providing guidance and leadership to young individuals to ensure they have a positive impact to this world as they grow. Nichole leads youth groups and organizations with her church and also the community. Her desire is to be an example for others to see how hard work, determination and positive energy can make a difference in so many ways. She has a small business called Cole’s Creations where her many gifts are used and enjoyed. In addition to her lead career, she has a cosmetology license and bank teller certification. Outside of spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, acting, baking and crafting. She has been apart of the Thalian Board for 2 years now and prays to be an impact for the up building of the organization.

Jan Wutkowski

Board Member Jan Wutkowski grew up in a military family with many moves over her school years. She received her BAE from the University of Mississippi and a ME from the University of Southern Mississippi.She spent a few years as a school librarian before moving into scientific/medical/engineering research librarianship.  In 1994 Jan moved to Wilmington, from Memphis, to live on a 40’ sailboat.In early 1995, she had a life-changing opportunity to live in Australia, spending an incredible year exploring far and wide.While living in Melbourne she found her life’s calling and attended millinery school studying under one of the world’s most renowned milliners.Returning to Wilmington in early 1996 she spent 12 years as the research librarian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, while continuing to develop a customer base with her millinery.  In 2005, she opened a retail shop, aMuse: artisanal finery, specializing in custom-made hats and vintage jewelry.During that time she was very involved in Wilmington’s fashion and charity scene and continues to find opportunities to work in arts-related events. She is thrilled to be a part of Thalian Association and looks forward to helping continue its historic legacy.”

Linda Stinson

Treasurer Linda is an owner/partner in RLS Focused Solutions, a business coaching firm established in 2003. She has successfully completed programs in individual and organizational development and is part of continuing educational programs in those areas. Linda has worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the Carolinas in planning and business development and has conducted presentations at annual conferences/meetings for various organizations and associations. She has been a speaker at business forums and those presentations have included programs for the North Carolina Center for Non-Profits, The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life, and the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina. Linda has also presented programs for the Small Business Centers at Brunswick Community College and Southeastern Community College. Linda is a graduate of Leadership Wilmington and has served on the Board of Directors of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, acting as chairperson for two years, and the Board of Directors of DREAMS. Linda’s past experience includes 10 years with Ted Bates & Company, an international advertising and marketing firm and 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry serving individuals, groups of varying sizes, and corporate clientele.”

Star Sosa

Secretary Star Sosa, is an award winning fine jewelry designer and entrepreneur is best known in the Cape Fear Region for Spectrum Gallery and Spectrum Fine Jewelry. Before moving to Wilmington, Ms. Sosa owned a wholesale and retail jewelry design business in California and New Mexico. Her jewelry designs were sold at fine juried craft shows across the United States and in stores from San Francisco to New York City. Spectrum Gallery opened in Chandlers Wharf in downtown Wilmington in 1997 and moved to The Forum in 2000. The art gallery closed in 2016 but Spectrum Fine Jewelry continued with an award winning team known for exceptional custom fine jewelry design, unique gems and jewelry, and expert repair and restoration services. Star Sosa retired in 2019 to care for family members. Spectrum hosted monthly events & fund raisers for 22 years and represented literally hundreds of artists and designers. In the community, Spectrum supported performing and visual artists and organizations and was a business underwriter of WHQR for over 20 years. Star Sosa developed and produced the Azalea Plein Air Paint Out and Benefit Art Sale which happens during the Cape Fear Garden Club’s annual Azalea Garden Tour. Star’s experience as a craft show exhibitor, art show organizer, and gallery owner will be a wonderful support for art shows, special events, and educational efforts at the Community Arts Center.”

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.”

Thomas Plummer

Thomas Plummer was born and raised in Danbury, CT. He credits his love for the theatre to his grandmother, Diane Thorpe, who would bring Thomas and his cousins to see a play every Fourth of July weekend when they visited their grandparents in Westerly, RI. Thomas graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2010 and has worked with his family owned business, Infinity Payment Systems, since 2011. Joining the Thalian Association Board of Directors in 2019, Thomas looks to bring awareness and support to the Thalian Association and their mission. Thomas is married to his beautiful wife, Colleen. They have two children; Camille, born in 2018, and James, born in 2020.

Stuart Pike

Board Member J. Stuart Pike: Stuart, a native North Carolinian born and raised in Greensboro, was first introduced to live theater at the age of nine performing as Ebenezer Scrooge in a production of “A Christmas Carol.” Many years later with much water over the dam and a multitude of theatrical performances in the rearview mirror the passion for live theater still burns brightly. Having served on the Thalian board for seven years now, most recently as V.P., Stuart continues to champion the arts and live theater both through performing and serving on the board. Stuart and his wife Beth moved to Southport in 2011 where they continue to reside waiting for the day in the not too distant future when Stuart can fully retire from the financial services industry of which he has been a part for over 40 years. Retirement from the world of theater is not, however, in his future.

Joan Loch

President Joan Loch 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.

Silivea Johnson

Silivea Johnson is an exceptionally talented female pioneer and vocalist who is also a multifaceted Recording Artist, Musician, Songwriter, Production Engineer, and Radio Syndication Show Host. Although her primary artist genre is Faith Based Music, she is an extraordinary jazz vocalist who was also classically trained throughout her childhood years. Silivea Johnson has opened for major artists such as Patti LaBelle, and Dionne Warwick to name a few.   Shortly after graduating from college, Silivea recorded and toured as lead vocalist with Billboard Award winning Jazz Trumpeter Tom Browne. With Browne, Silivea graced various world renowned jazz venues such as “Blues Alley”, (Georgetown) , as well as “Sound Of Brazil” (SOB’s), and “The Blue Note” in New York City. She also performed live on the 90’s popular musical television series by Black Entertainment Television Network called BET’s Jazz Central, hosted then by the late Lou Rawls. Silivea has also performed live in concert on New York City’s top Urban Radio station WBLS F.M. Whether on the air, behind the piano, soundboard console, or at the microphone Silivea uses her platform to bridge generational gaps through music. Silivea Johnson is a supporter of community arts, and is currently a board member of Thalian Association Wilmington, NC. When she is not doing music, she manages and co-operates a small business with her husband.

Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson the current New Hanover County Schools Federal Programs Director. Emma 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.

Sharon V. Dickey, LCMHCA

Sharon V. Dickey, LCMHCA is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina.  She is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she received her BA in Psychology in 1998.  Sharon received her MS Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2018, and a Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior in 2019.  Sharon is currently a practicing Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate.  Sharon is also a self-published author of her very own memoir “My Reason Why” and an inspiring work that encourages you to find your purpose called “What is Your Price of Admission?”.  Sharon’s favorite quote is by Mahatma Ghandi, “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”.  Sharon has dedicated herself to serving others as a member of the Young Adult Missionary Society at her Church, Warner Temple, AMEZ.  She also serves in her community as a member of Rose Fidelity #651 Order of the Eastern Star, and as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Zeta Rho Zeta Chapter, where she proudly holds the office of third vice president, and Undergraduate Chapter Advisor at UNCW, as well as being given the honor of Zeta Rho Zeta, Zeta of the Year 2020.  Sharon’s most recent honor in Zeta was being appointed the North Carolina Mental Health Coordinator 2020-2022.  Sharon is truly at her best and filled with joy when she is taking the time to volunteer at the Good Shepherd, helping the elderly, or mentoring young ladies and helping them find direction and purpose in life.  As a therapist, author, and mentor, it is Sharon’s belief that you can be your true self, have everything you desire, and be a Blessing to those around you by promoting change in the world and serving others in your community!  www.sharondickey.com

Bradley Coxe

Vice-President 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.