Current Board Members

Betsy K. Hughes, President

Betsy is a Pitt County native and moved to Farmville in June of 2016 after spending many years in Durham. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Violin Performance with a concentration in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from ECU. She has 16 years of classroom teaching experience in the Triangle (Wake County and Durham Public Schools) and was the founding artistic director of the Morehead Montessori Suzuki Program. She is now serving as the string orchestra director at JH Rose HS and CM Eppes.

Betsy is part of the summer teaching faculty at the NC Suzuki Institute, the Virginia Suzuki Institute, and the Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute. An active member of the Junior League of Greenville, NC, she has served as state treasurer of the NC Suzuki Association and a is member of following professional organizations: Suzuki Association of the Americas, NC Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the American String Teachers Association. She is a frequent clinician for Suzuki violin and orchestra workshops throughout NC and loves to perform for weddings and other special occasions. When she is not working, she enjoys running, cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Robert, and their two children, Murray (11) and Hazel Kate (8).

Prince Barnette, Vice President

Barbara Sauls, Secretary

Bynum Satterwhite, Treasurer

Bynum Satterwhite was recently named Branch Manager for the Greenville regional office of Raymond James & Associates located at 2635 Charles Blvd. Satterwhite is a 1979 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has 34 years of experience in the individual equity and fixed income markets. He succeeds Carl Blackwood, who will remain with the firm as a partner with Satterwhite & Blackwood, within Raymond James. Satterwhite serves on the Vidant Medical Center Board of Trustees,  as Vice-Chair of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain, on the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of the Committee of 100 as well as the Boards of the Pitt County Educational Foundation and the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Raymond James, Inc., member of the New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, which has built a national reputation for more than 50 years as a leader in financial planning for individuals, corporations, and municipalities, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF), a leading diversified financial services company with approximately 7, 300 financial advisors in 3,000 locations throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. Total client assets are $704 billion.

Will Brown

Barbara Owens

Jamin Dixon

Heather Irvin

Heather Irvin  has been a stage performer for over 10 years, and promoting arts (in all their forms) is one of her greatest passions. Heather has worked in leadership capacities at several times in her life; however, these days you can find her at home caring for her two beautiful children.

Chris Burti

Chris, along with his wife Linda Carol, has been a member of the Farmville Community Arts Council since 1979. Since first joining, he has served on the Board of FCAC in several capacities; include serving as Chair of the Board twice, Chair of several standing committees and Chair of several special event committees.

Chris is also veteran of FCAC productions, debuting as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma over three decades ago. Some of his more recent credits on the Paramount stage include the roles of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Howard Liszt in Meshuggah-Nuns, George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo and Phineas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days. He has also worked backstage and in the lobby on numerous productions.

Professionally, Chris obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from East Carolina University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor in 1979 from the University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill).  

While in private practice in Farmville, Chris concentrated in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate and Governmental Law. After fifteen years in the private practice of law he left the law firm of Lewis & Burti to join Statewide Title, Inc., in 1994 and serves as Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel.

During his tenure with Statewide Title, Inc., Chris has worked with attorneys across the State in resolving complex legal issues in residential, governmental and commercial transactions involving real property. He has been active in drafting legislation to increase certainty in land records and to correct problems affecting real property. He is a Past President of the North Carolina Land Title Association, served two successive terms as its General Counsel, formerly served on the Real Property Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and as Chair of the Senior Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Chris has been a course planner and speaker for continuing legal education seminars for Statewide Title, Inc., and has made CLE presentations for The University of North Carolina School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, Professional Educational Systems, Inc., the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys and other professional associations.  He is a principal author on the topic of Real Property Law for the Statewide Title, Inc. Newsletter and Legal Memorandum. These articles have been frequently reprinted in the Campbell Law Observer and other legal journals.

Alma Hobbs

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration (Retired)

Dr. Alma Cobb Hobbs, sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and led efforts to transform the culture of United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) while carrying out the Secretary’s vision to transform USDA into a model organization, positioned to meet the present and future needs of its employees and customers. Hobbs career bridged over 36 years before retiring from USDA in 2013. Following her retirement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Dr. Hobbs to the Boards of Visitors at Virginia State University where she is currently serving as a Board member. She also served on two other Boards in Greenville, N.C, the Community Foundation of Eastern NC, the Women for Women of Pitt County, and is President/Board Chair of the Nathan R. Cobb, Sr. Foundation, Inc. Further she served as Chaplin for the Arlington Chapter of Links, Inc. and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She in now serving her first term as Town Commissioner in Farmville, N.C.

Prior to her last USDA appointment she served as the Dean of Agriculture at Virginia State University (VSU).  At VSU, her responsibilities included providing leadership and oversight for teaching, research, and extension as it relates to enhancing programs in Food and Agricultural Sciences for four units: Agriculture and Human Ecology, Agricultural Research, Cooperative Extension and The Randolph Farm.

Other positions held at USDA included, Special Assistant for Diversity and Outreach under the Assistant Secretary for Administration, providing leadership and oversight for the Offices of Outreach and Diversity including, USDA 1890 Program, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Native American Tribal Colleges, and the Asian American Pacific Islander Colleges and Universities. Hobbs served in many capacities with USDA/Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) such as, Deputy for 4-H Youth Development Programs, Deputy Administrator of Family 4-H and Nutrition, and Deputy Administrator for Economics and Community Systems, where she provided national leadership for 4-H research, education, and extension programs as well as other related programs and activities. Hobbs earlier career with USDA began her professional career in 1970, serving as Assistant Extension Agent in Bertie County North Carolina and Associate Extension Agent in Wake County.

Over her career, she received numerous awards including being inducted to the National 4-H Hall of Fame, honored at the Museum of Science and Industry as one of twenty African-American Achievers in Agriculture, USDA Honor Award, Outstanding Contributions to the Home Economics Profession, just to name a few. She received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees from North Carolina State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University. Hobbs also attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and USDA Executive Development Seminars at the Brookings Institute. Her personal mission in life is approaching all things with love, thus, making everything she touch, better than she found them. Hobbs values her family and friends and is committed to serving others, thus, making a difference in the lives of youth, families and communities.

Meredith Partin

Meredith grew up in Cary, North Carolina and moved to Greenville directly after college. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina University. She has 5 years of classroom teaching experience at H.B. Sugg and Sam D. Bundy Elementary School. She is currently teaching general music for kindergarten through fifth grades and Beginner and Intermediate Orchestra.

Meredith is a member of the National Association for Music Education and North Carolina Music Educators Association. She enjoys being a part of several teacher groups to help improve students lives through music. She is incredibly excited to be a board member and cannot wait to see the arts thrive even more in Farmville. When she is not working, she loves to play the flute in the Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra and spend time with her husband, Michael.

Kenny Patterson