North Carolina Humanities Council Welcomes New Trustees and Elects Chair and Vice Chair

North Carolina Humanities Council Welcomes New Trustees and Elects Chair and Vice Chair

The North Carolina Humanities Council has elected Neva J. Specht as the new Chair and Timothy A. Minor as Vice Chair. Jonathan Buchan, Kip Frey, and Carol Vorhaus were elected to serve as trustees and assumed their role on the board in November. Abelia Ruiz Caraballo, Quentin Johnson, Jenne Norris, Misty Odell, and John Tayloe will all serve 6 year terms as Gubernatorial appointees.

Currently Neva Specht is the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Appalachian State University. She joined the North Carolina Humanities Board of Trustees in 2009 and has been active in the Council’s programming and evaluation committee, serving as co-chair for the last two year.  Specht first learned about the council in 1996 when she received a grant from the council to fund Appalachian State University’s first Women’s History Month film series. Specht also was the Program Director for the National Endowment for the Humanities landmarks in American History and Culture grants that focused on the Blue Ridge Parkway for high school teachers.

Tim Minor is the vice president for university advancement at the University of North Carolina General Administration.  He is responsible for raising external funding to meet the priority needs within the UNC multi-campus university which is composed of all 17 of North Carolina's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation's first public residential high school for gifted students.  An active citizen, Timothy became a trustee of the North Carolina Humanities Council in 2009.  He is involved in his church, Abundant Hope Christian Church.  Additionally, Minor serves as a member of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Board at the UNC Chapel Hill.  In 2010, he co-founded and is a charter advisory board member of the American Red Cross Greensboro Chapter’s Club Red service committee and served on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Chapter. 

Jon Buchan is a partner in the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods LLP. A native of Mullins, South Carolina, he graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1972, and was a government and political reporter before attending Duke University Law School, from which he graduated in 1978. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and media and First Amendment law. He is the author of Code of the Forest, a political-legal mystery set on the South Carolina coast.

Abelia Ruiz Caraballo is an office assistant for Durham County Government Criminal Justice Resource Center. She is a CPR Champion for Durham County Strategic Plan Goal 3 in which she teaches “Hands Only CPR and AED” to Durham County Employees, Durham Public Schools and Durham County Community. She has participated in the Youth Recruitment Event and Youth Recruitment Interviews for Durham Youth Work representing Durham County Government. During the summer, she is involved with a Youth Work Program that works with teens ranging from 13-17 years old. 

Kip Frey has extensive experience in all aspects of start-up ventures.  He is currently President and CEO of Canines, Inc., an early-stage company focused on animal cognition, which he founded with Duke anthropology professor Brian Hare. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Law & Public Policy, where he teaches entrepreneurship and intellectual property policy. Mr. Frey is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema and of Duke Law School, where he served on the Duke Law Journal. 

Quentin Johnson is the Vice President for Student Support Services at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown where he has served in his current position since 2012. Quentin is responsible for providing leadership to GTCC’s enrollment services, student services, and athletic programs. He received his PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, his M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a B.S. in Music Education/Performance from Defiance College in Ohio. Quentin also serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership North Carolina.

Jenne Norris currently works at the Guilford County Republican Party office. She was a former student intern at the Levine Museum of the New South and she received her B.A. in Pre-Law from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

Misty Odell is the Field Director for American for Prosperity. Her responsibilities involve building grassroots relations for the state chapter with political, business, media, and community leaders and to educate activists on issues within the organization's mission. She represents the organization by speaking at local events for recruitment and educational purposes. Misty has been involved in her community serving on the City of Durham Human Relations Commission, board member of Holt Athletic Association, Port Warwick Art Foundation, past president of Port Warwick Merchants Association, and former trustee on the Hampton Roads Country Day School. She has a B.S. in chemistry and her graduate work in organic chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.

John Tayloe is the Vice President for Development at Chowan University in Murfreesboro. He has served on the President’s leadership team for eleven years and has been a member of the staff for the past nineteen years. Having earned both the A.S. and B.S. degrees (Cum Laude) from Chowan in 1993 and 1994 respectively, he was honored with the Order of the Silver Feather Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the university.  He is Vice Chair of the Bertie-Hertford Affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center Board of Directors.

Carol B. Vorhaus is director of development at the National Humanities Center. She has responsibility for fundraising and communication and recently concluded a successful $19 million capital campaign. She has served as an officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Triangle Chapter. Ms. Vorhaus holds a MBA from Boston University and a BA in English with distinction from the University of Illinois, Urbana.