Our Board of Directors

Volunteer leadership from community professionals
Bradley Branham
Bradley is an artist and non-profit leader from Lynchburg, VA, where he earned a BA from Lynchburg College. He formerly served as the Managing Director for VTA where he had the opportunity to connect, develop, nurture and advocate for artists of all ages, at all levels, from every corner of the Commonwealth. He now serves as the Program Manager for SETC, a national non-profit organization that is committed to connecting artists to educational and career opportunities across the United States. Bradley is passionate about the intersection of art and economic development that can be achieved when cultivating cultural engagement and community vision. At SETC, he has the privilege of working with a data, and action-driven team to provide annual opportunities in the arts to over 5,000 stakeholders across the nation each year. In addition to arts management, he enjoys spending his energy learning guitar, cooking, and playing outdoors.
Andrena Coleman
Andrena is in her first term as a member of Hirsch’s Board and serves on the Fundraising/Events Committee and Governance Committee. Currently she is the Associate Vice President for Operations and Logistics at Bennett College where she has worked for over 25 years. A native of South Carolina, she received her Bachelors in Economics from Benedict College and Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan. In her quiet time, she enjoys creating fabric art which was displayed at Hirsch’s 2019 Art Lives Here. In 2014, Andrena was one of 100 quilters from the US and South Africa to participate in the International Quilt Exhibition, “Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela."
Catherine Crowder
Catherine Crowder is in her first term as a member of Hirsch’s Board having facilitated horticultural therapy sessions for the organization since 2016. Catherine studied with the Horticultural Therapy Institute and completed a 500-hour internship with Hospice of Greensboro. In 2015 she earned the professional credential of Horticultural Therapist (Registered) with the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Prior to a career shift, Catherine worked in various marketing and corporate positions throughout the Southeast. She holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. When not digging in the dirt, Catherine enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Sharon Frank
Sharon joined Hirsch’s Board in July of 2020 and serves as Treasurer and as a member of the Finance Committee.As a Certified Public Accountant, she brings a strong financial background to the organization. Sharon is currently the Senior Director of Accounting at the North Carolina Healthcare Association in Cary, NC, a position held since May 2019. Prior to that she was the Director of Finance and Controller at the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. and Tax Manager at GlaxoSmithKline for a combined work history of over 25 years. A native of Pittsburgh, but has lived in the Triangle area for almost 30 years with her husband, Mark, and two daughters.
Maria Gonzalez
Maria is in her first term as a member of Hirsch's Board. She is a native of Columbia South America and moved to the United States in 1988. She arrived speaking no english, which didn’t impact her successful career. Maria studied Accounting at Politecnico Colombiano JIC in Medellin, Colombia. She grew up a competitive swimmer and played water polo all the way to a national team level. Her lifelong passion has always been in fitness and helping others. Maria began her career in the US at ClubFitness in 2001 as a lifeguard, swim instructor and water exercise instructor. She is now the CEO. Maria has exemplified hard work, dedication, and a commitment to education and personal growth. Her leadership and positive encouragement are an inspiration to our members, staff, and the community. She actively engages in the community as a volunteer and in more formal roles for multiple organizations. She received a Leadership Medal in 2018 from Leadership Greensboro. She was a 2015 class participant and 2016 Leadership Greensboro Program Co-Chair, the former board chair of FaithAction International and the Weaver Foundation. She is a board member of NCCJ and board chair of Casa Azul. Maria has been one of the organizers of the GSO National and International Dance Day at Lebauer Park and lead Faces of Diversity: Greensboro Project. These events have brought hundreds of people together to dance, laugh, make new friends while embracing and celebrating the diversity of our community.
Jim Hoyle
Jim Hoyle is the owner and CEO of Audio & Light, Inc. in Greensboro. Audio & Light is a full-service audio-visual design, installation and production services company working throughout the southeast. He is a passionate supporter of the arts and has served on the board of Arts North Carolina – a statewide arts advocacy organization – as President and as a member of the executive committee for over a decade. Jim is a drummer, having toured and recorded with bands in the 80’s, and can be seen preforming with jazz musicians in the area. Other hobbies include photography, printmaking and most recently, cross-country motorcycle travel.
Bill Payne
Bill is serving his third term on the Board, and currently is serving as Chair and head of the Events Committee. He has been involved with Hirsch for more than a decade, with a specialty of providing technical assistance for events and operations. A native of Greensboro, he has spent most of his life in production and technical events management, including live musical performance, the NC Shakespeare Festival, the Guilford College Bryan Series; he founded and operated Triad Acoustical Stage in Greensboro. Married for 30 years to JoAnn Smith, they maintain a small farm in Summerfield, NC, complete with horses, dogs, cats and guitars.
Jennie Petruney
Jennie Petruney, ANP, AOCNP is thrilled to join the Hirsch board in her first term. She is currently an oncology nurse practitioner at Duke Cancer Institute. She has an expertise in breast oncology and has spent many years caring for patients at UNC Cancer Hospital prior to her transition to Duke. She is the lead advanced practice provider for breast oncology at Duke and considers it a privilege and honor to care for patients undergoing cancer treatment. She is a mosaic artist and avid gardener herself and believes wholeheartedly in the power of therapeutic arts in the healing process. She lives in Haw River, NC with her husband, 2 sons and 2 yellow labs.
Lynn Smith
Lynn is a retired OB/Gyn physician, having spent almost 20 years in private practice in Greensboro. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Elon and High Point Universities, teaching part time in their Physician Assistant Studies Programs. This is Lynn’s first term as a Hirsch Board member. She serves as Board Secretary and is on the Fundraising/Events Committee. Her interests include reading, gardening, traveling, playing the flute and participating in church activities.
Clay Thornton
Clay has been working with Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Greensboro since 2016 and has served as creative services and marketing director for several educational, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations. He has worked with a client list that includes Amtrak, Bob Timberlake, Dustin’s GreenHouse, Guilford Technical Community College, J.D. Edwards, NPR, SherrillTree, UNC-Greensboro, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Clay has lived in the Triad of NC with his wife Amy for over 30 years and enjoys spending time with friends and family. His interests include traveling, music, hiking and taking photos.
Caterri Woodrum
Caterri is in her first term with Hirsch Wellness and serves on the Fundraising/Events and Governance committees. Caterri is the Chief Executive Officer of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, Inc., in Durham, NC. Caterri previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. and the Chief Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer for the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. Caterri began her career with Price Waterhouse and was subsequently recruited by GlaxoSmithKline, holding several senior management positions. She is a board-certified health and wellness coach through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. Caterri volunteers on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits: Voices Together, in Chapel Hill, NC, US Modernist Houses in Durham, NC, and the Orange County Arts Alliance in Hillsborough, NC. An avid gardener and advocate for the protection of pollinators, Caterri lives in Orange County on several acres outside of Hillsborough, NC
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