Lesley Albritton (President)
Lesley Wiseman Albritton is an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she practices poverty law. She is the statewide practice group manager for the firm’s Community Economic Development practice. In that capacity, she helps incorporate small, rural nonprofits and teaches them about good governance, compliance, and fundraising. Lesley is a current and past member of several nonprofit boards, including the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the Center for Family Violence Prevention.
Lesley lives in Farmville with her husband, Harry, and her three boys, Ben, 6, Jack, 10, and Harry III, 13. All three boys attend Farmville public schools and regularly participate in FCAC productions and events. In her spare time, Lesley enjoys running, yoga, and watercolors.
John Kabakjian (Vice President)
Jonathan Murray (Treasurer)
Lisa Murray (Secretary)
Lisa Murray has been involved in professional and amateur theatre both on stage and behind the scenes for over 25 years as an actor, singer, director, musical director, stagehand, and now board member. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Music from ECU. She teaches music at Christ Covenant School, as well as private Suzuki piano and voice lessons. She directed Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit earlier this season, and is excited about bringing a wide range of arts to the Farmville community in the coming years.
Betsy K. Hughes
Betsy is a Pitt County native, and just 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 15 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 a string orchestra director for Pitt County Schools.
Betsy serves on the summer teaching faculty of the NC Suzuki Institute, the Virginia Suzuki Institute, and the Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute. 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, American String Teachers Association, the North Carolina Association of Educators, and the National Education 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 family.
Hannah is a graduate of ECU with a BFA in Musical Theatre & Theatre for Youth. A veteran of the stage herself, Hannah teaches dance/theatre to students in various counties around Eastern NC. She recently directed Farmville’s children production “The Happy Holidays Collection.”
Patrick is in his second year as a board member. He is an agent for Horace Mann Insurance, and worked for 8 years as public school teacher. He has acted in several productions at FCAC. Patrick lives in Greenville with his wife Emily and two children. His family is currently in the process of adopting a third child.
Heather Irvin is a brand-new member of the Board of Directors for the Farmville Community Arts Council this year. She 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.