PRESIDENT: Dottie Havlik will serve a second term as President of Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME). She also chairs the Arts Alliance's Arts for Youth Committee; one of their projects is an annual Artistic Excellence juried art competition for local high school students. Havlik is Director of Children's Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn. She has served on the following arts-related boards: Bristol Ballet; Theatre Bristol, past president and actor; and Don't Touch That Dial! Radio Theatre, founding president. Previously she was executive director for the American Red Cross, Mountain Empire Chapter, and a city editor, reporter, and PR person in Austin, Tex.
VICE PRESIDENT: Jayne Duehring is Director of Advancement for Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Va. Previously she served as the Executive Director of United Way of Washington County, Va. Duehring is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management
from Duke University. She has led workshops in marketing and development for Arts Alliance Mountain Empire and YWCA Bristol; facilitated a strategic planning workshop for A! Magazine for the Arts, published by the Arts Alliance; and has been an instructor in the non-profit certification program at Northeast State Technical Community College, Blountville, Tenn. She currently serves on the board for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory committee for The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia. Arts Alliance Names New Officers
SECRETARY: Richard Opp serves on AAME's Public Relations and Events committees. He is an Employee Benefits Consultant with Opp & Associates in Bristol, Tenn. Opp has acted for Theatre Bristol and Snarling Dog Productions. He also is on the Souvenir Committee for Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival. Prior to returning to the Tri-Cities, he was a television news reporter/anchor for stations in Knoxville, Tenn., as well as Wisconsin, Mississippi, Ohio and Nebraska. Opp also did public relations work for the New Mexico State Attorney General's office and The National Environmental Trust based in Washington, D.C.
TREASURER: After 36 years in the banking industry, Pat Combs retired in 2003. She serves on the Arts Alliance Finance committee. She is Treasurer and a board member for The Paramount Chamber Players, and was instrumental in this regional ensemble becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Pat is the 2009-2010 Governor-Elect and will be the 2010-2011 Governor of Rotary District 7570. She joined Rotary in 1998 and served as President of the Rotary Club of Bristol in 2004-2005, District Assistant Governor for Area 12 from 2006-2009, and on numerous committees. Previous community activities include serving as Chairman and Commissioner of the Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority; a volunteer for the Bristol Chamber of Commerce; and on the following boards: Bristol Ballet, Bristol United Way, the King College Rotaract Business Advisory Board, and Peoples, Inc. Loan Review board.