Board Members

Sarah Arbogast

Sarah Arbogast is the Vice President of Development and Marketing for Sigal Music Museum where she is responsible for the development and growth of museum fundraising in addition to overseeing marketing and outreach activities. Before joining Sigal Music Museum, Ms. Arbogast was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Clemson University, where she was responsible for elevating effective collaborations between industry leaders and the academy as the relationship manager for a significant portfolio of major corporate partners.

Throughout her career, she has served in roles including Director of Imagine Upstate and the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative. Sarah enjoys volunteering in the community, having been named one of the Upstate’s Women of Influence by GSA Business Report (2020) and Class Representative for Leadership Greenville Class 46.

Katy Bergman Cassell

Katy Bergman Cassell earned an MFA from Kent State University and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She worked as an archaeological illustrator in India and as a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, in New York. She taught metals, enameling, and drawing at colleges in Ohio until moving to Greenville, SC to teach at the Fine Arts Center.

She was awarded a National Artists Teachers Fellowship to travel to England in 2015. She teaches workshops nationally, has been a South Carolina State Parks Artist-in-Residence, and was on the board of the Center for Enamel Art in Oakland, CA.

She exhibits her work extensively. Recent exhibitions include the Blaze International Enameling Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. She has had eight solo exhibitions, the most recently at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, AZ in 2017 and Riverworks Gallery in Greenville, SC in 2018. Her artwork has been selected to promote the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Exhibition in Motion, and the Richmond Art Center’s Place as Landscape exhibition, and other publications include The Art of Enameling, 500 Enameled Objects, Metalsmith magazine, Cleveland Scene, At Home in the Upstate, and The Greenville News.

Her website is www.katybergmancassell.com

Steve Hairston

Steve Hairston currently serves as the Assistant Director of Employer Engagement at Furman University. Prior to arriving at Furman, Steve worked at Public Education Partners as their Policy and Advocacy Director. He has spent most of his 20-year career in higher education or affiliated with education in some fashion and has worked at a number of the nation’s most prestigious private and public higher education institutions. Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College. He and his wife, Christen, raise their three children in downtown Greenville and, in his spare time, he loves honing his culinary skills, playing basketball, listening to vintage soul and hip-hop, and spending time with extended family and friends.

Qena Jennings

Qena is an educator of over 25 years and a mom of three. Her background includes serving as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and instructional coach. Currently, Qena is a Program Director for Public Education Partners (PEP) where she leads strategic initiatives that elevate teachers and engage the local community in support of public education.

Brock Koonce 

(Marketing Coordinator at THS Constructors, Inc.; FAC Alumnus)

Anita Pacylowski-Justo

Anita Pacylowski is a native of Columbia, MD. She started ballet at the Columbia Conservatory Ballet in Columbia, Maryland and the Reston Conservatory Ballet with founder Julia Cziller. She continued her training at The Washington School of Ballet in Washington D.C. under the artistic direction of Mary Day and associate director Patricia Berrend. Her senior year in High School, she received the Princess Grace Award in Dance, National YoungArts Level 1 winner, and received the Presidential Scholar in the Arts in Dance award at White House. She also was a finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition, and semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. She’s been nominated for the coveted Benois de la Danse Award, “the Oscars” of the Ballet world.

She joined The Washington Ballet as a professional dancer and ascended to a Principal dancer for five years under Ballet Master’s Kevin McKenzie, Simon Dow, Janek Schergen and Rex Bickmore. While there, she performed in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, France, England and Spain. Highlights include performing the Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center for President Clinton and the First Lady, and performing at the White House Holiday Tea Party.

She came to Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, SC to join her husband as artistic leadership of Carolina Ballet Theatre. In 2004, she became director of the School of Carolina Ballet Theatre after founder Barbara Selvy retired. She continued to dance with the founding members of the company and join them both nationally and internationally on tour. She retired as principal dancer of CBT in 2011, after nearly ten years with the company.

As co-artistic director of DanceArts Greenville for 17 years, her goal is to provide high-level training in a family friendly environment. She continues to guest teach in ballet and contemporary, and choreograph new works at dance schools across the Northeast and Southeast, and to discuss dance education with many of the top directors and teachers in the world. She is the lead teacher for DAG’s presence at Stone Academy’s Encore program for the 2nd year. This program brings the art of dance to students in their school.

William H. Pelham, AIA

William Pelham is the president and founder of Pelham Architects, LLC (1983) and a Managing Partner of RPM Partnership, LLC (1999). He currently serves on the Christ Church Episcopal School Board, the Camperdown Academy School Board, the Fine Arts Center Partners, the Jean T. & Heyward G. Pelham Foundation, and the Poinsett Club Foundation (vice president).

He previously served on other boards including: the Peace Center board (vice chair), the Clemson University Foundation, the Clemson Architectural Foundation (president), the Clemson University Foundation, the Poinsett Club (president), BankGreenville, now HomeTrust Bank (board chair), the Warehouse Theatre (president), the Carolina Music Museum (now the Sigal Music Museum) and the Greenville Museum Association.

He co-founded the Fine Arts Center’s Art of Architecture program with Dr. Roy Fluhrer.

Megan Riegel

Megan Riegel is the President and CEO of the Peace Center in Greenville, SC, a role she has held since 1997. Under Riegel’s leadership, the not-for-profit performing arts organization has become the cultural hub of Upstate South Carolina, with an estimated economic impact of $42 million annually. The Peace Center presents first-run Broadway tours, along with world-class classical music concerts, dance companies, popular musicians, comedians, and speakers. Additionally, the Peace Center hosts an extensive Community Impact program.

Riegel joined the Peace Center in 1994 as Director of Development and within six months assumed the role of General Manager, holding both positions until her promotion to President and CEO in 1997. The Peace Center, located on a six-acre site along the Reedy River in the heart of downtown Greenville, features the 2,100 seat Peace Concert Hall, 400 seat Gunter Theatre, 1,200 capacity outdoor TD Stage, Genevieve’s lounge, and a variety of event and meeting spaces located in the historic Huguenot Mill. The campus also includes the Wyche Pavilion, Roe Coach Factory, Markley Building, and Gullick Building, which offer prime retail and programming spaces to support the Peace Center’s operations.
In 2009, Riegel spearheaded a $23 million capital campaign to renovate and expand significant parts of the Peace Center’s campus, the first major update since the organization opened in 1990. The project doubled the size of the Peace Concert Hall lobby, added a patron lounge, a public plaza, and an outdoor stage. The project also included renovation of the Huguenot Mill to include additional administrative offices, as well as education and event spaces.

During Riegel’s 26-year tenure, the Peace Center’s operations have grown from a $4 million annual operation to one just under $27 million. More than 360,000 patrons attend 700 events annually at the Peace Center, and the organization’s community-centric gifts of roughly $3 million each year, support free programs and partnerships, outreach in local schools, opportunities for emerging artists, and services for Greenville-based arts partners. Riegel has brought to Greenville the biggest blockbusters Broadway has to offer, creating a season ticket subscriber base nearing 9,000. More than 4,000 donor households contribute to the Peace Center’s mission each year. In 2013, Riegel became the proud recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor to be bestowed upon civilians by the State of South Carolina.

Mike Sablone

Mike Sablone is the Producing Artistic Director of the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina, a job he started in 2017. The Warehouse is Greenville’s premier professional regional theatre, where community engagement and education complement thought-provoking theatre experiences. Before joining The Warehouse he was a dramaturg for Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Kirk Douglas Theatre) in Los Angeles. While there he was the dramaturg for Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and saw the musical through its development including productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Public Theater to its run on Broadway at the Jacobs Theater.

Other notable theatre world premieres include David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize finalist YELLOW FACE (Mark Taper Forum); Matt Sax and Eric Rosen’s hip-hop musical VENICE (Kansas City Rep, Kirk Douglas Theatre), which Time Magazine called “The year’s [2010] best musical”; Culture Clash’s PALESTINE, NEW MEXICO (Mark Taper Forum); John Belluso’s HENRY FLAMETHROWA (Trinity Rep); and Paul Grellong’s RADIO FREE EMERSON (Gamm). He has developed work at CTG, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, Trinity Rep, and the Denver Theatre Center. He spent five years as Director of Development for John Krasinski’s production company Sunday Night, serving as the Executive Producer of Krasinski’s THE HOLLARS and Co-Producer of the Gus Van Sant film PROMISED LAND.

Bill Sauerbrey

Bill has been in Greenville for 18 years and has been involved in the arts his whole life. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, he now works full-time as a Systems Engineer and part-time in a technical capacity at McAlister Auditorium at Furman. He is the proud father of two children; his son is a 2020 graduate of the FAC and his daughter is a senior attending the FAC full-time. This is his third year as a board member of the Fine Arts Center Partners.

Catherine Smith

A Spartanburg, South Carolina native and two time Clemson Graduate, Catherine spent over seven years in New Orleans, Louisiana working with Waggonner & Ball Architects. There her work experience was focused on educational, commercial and institutional projects, several of which won American Institute of Architects’ awards. Post – Katrina, she managed a three year long design/build repair and alteration project on the 1880s era National Historic Monument US Custom House. In October of 2009, Catherine returned home to be closer to family and to open her own residential architectural practice.

Today, Catherine is practicing her craft locally in Greenville as the firm of Catherine Smith Architect, LLC which has also been recognized with AIA awards. The firm focuses on creating residential architecture specific to the individual client with a style that can be described as crafted, simple, and honest. Perhaps the work CSA is most proud of lately is with Allen Temple Community Economic Development Corporation which provides Energy Star homes for low-income families. Follow this link for a story that the Greenville County School District recently did about this work.

Catherine, the Architecture Department Chair, recently completed a term on the Greenville City Planning Commission, is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership, serves on the Metropolitan Arts Council Board, and is living with The Izzy (not quite the best dog, yet).

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay is a life-long Greenville resident. He graduated from Wade Hampton High School in 1970, from Furman University in 1974, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1977. While at Furman he served as Junior Class President, was awarded the Wicker Award as a freshman, was a member of the Blue Key honor society, and was inducted into the Quaternion honor society.

He has been married to Julie Simons Smith for 40 years and they are the proud parents of two sons, Alan and Ellison, of whom Alan is a meteorologist in Jackson, Wyoming, and Ellison (a Fine Arts Center graduate in jazz studies who subsequently attended on scholarship and graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a B.A. in jazz guitar performance) is a mechanical engineer in Oconee County, S.C.

Lindsay practices law in Greenville and is a partner in the trans-Atlantic law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. He specializes in commercial real estate and real estate finance. He is a past chair of the South Carolina Bar real estate practices section, is a fellow (and past South Carolina chairman) in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, has been rated as a Band One real estate lawyer (one of only six in S.C.) by Chambers USA, and has been recognized annually for many years in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
Lindsay is an active alumnus of Furman University where, among other things, he was a member of the alumni legal task force that devised and implemented the legal strategy whereby Furman separated from the South Carolina Baptist Convention in the early 1990s. He has served continuously, since its formation in 1997, as the President of The Furman University Foundation, which evaluates, accepts or rejects, and liquidates non-cash gifts for the benefit of the University, and which has become the de facto real estate advisor to the University.

Brittany Timmons

Brittany Timmons was born and raised in Greenville. She grew up playing the violin and played the violin and viola for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra from 1997 to 2000 (when practice was at the old Fine Arts Center location). She continued studying the violin/fiddle in Nashville while at Vanderbilt where she graduated with a Minor in Music Performance.
Brittany returned to Greenville in 2018 when she began building a consulting practice working with clients in law, private wealth management, retail and politics.

Before moving back to Greenville, Brittany was a Manager with Accenture Strategy where she worked with resources, capital markets and insurance clients. She assessed businesses’ effectiveness, designed target operating models, and led teams responsible for large scale transformation programs. In addition to her client responsibilities, she managed a recruiting team who hired over 100 colleagues and shaped Accenture’s brand at Chicago Booth, where she received her MBA. 

Before business school Brittany worked in Washington DC at UBS where she built trust-based relationships with clients to create long-term financial plans and investment recommendations. She also spent a year in Atlanta with the State of Georgia Pension Fund. Brittany joined the Board of the Fine Arts Center in 2020. She is also a Board member at the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities Foundation. Brittany holds a BS in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA with concentrations in Finance, Economics and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Steve Watson

Steve Watson graduated from Newberry College with a BA in 1974 and The University of Miami (Coral Gables) with a MM in 1977.

Steve has performed all over the world. He was a member of The University of Miami Concert Jazz Band that toured Switzerland, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Tunisia. From 1978 through 1984 Steve was a member of The Bruce Hornsby Band. After moving to Los Angeles, he became a studio guitarist for television, movies and records.

His credits include Hill Street Blues, Magnum PI, The A-Team, Hunter, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, Murder She Wrote, LA Law, Big Business, Simon and Simon, Quantum Leap, The Young Riders, Sonny Spoon, The Greatest American Hero, Young Guns, Trains, Planes and Autos, Sixteen Candles, Rhinestone, Dragnet, Dr. Detroit, River Rats, Into the Night and The Dolly Parton variety television show. He has also recorded commercials for Coors, Budweiser, 7-11, Acura, Honda and Toyota. Steve was an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California from 1981-1990 and lecturer at The University of Miami from 1977-1978.

Steve has been the Director of Jazz Studies at The Fine Arts Center since 1990.

Austin White

Austin White (Co-Founder, GSI Studios; Bass Player and FAC Alumnus)