Meet the Board of Directors
A native of Charlotte, Mary is owner and founder of Bickers Consulting Group, an Atlanta-based advisory firm serving beverage wholesalers and other high net-worth clients around the country. She currently splits her time between homes in Metro Atlanta and Blowing Rock. She has one daughter and is the proud grandparent of a grandson, Collin, who loves visiting the High Country. Mary has long believed in giving back to her community, serving as a sponsor of multiple health and human services organizations over the years. In her free time, she enjoys gourmet cooking, antiquing, and needlepoint.
Susan Mayhew Devine
Founder and President, Fourth Daughter Inc., established 2007. Susan’s journey into the design world followed a circuitous path, first as a Mother at home with two little boys. The succeeding two decades involved wearing panty hose, working as an over-utilized executive in the corporate realm of healthcare.
In her next act, she snagged dual degrees in Art History and English from UNC-Chapel Hill and Cambridge University, England. With no logical segue other than vowing to never return to corporate life, she began designing and making jewelry, simultaneously constructing a sales strategy and building a modest following of buyers from museums, boutiques, catalogs and chain stores. On sourcing trips to the far corners of the world, she also developed a linen and silk clothing line, followed by leather apparel and accessories made in the USA. Susan designs each piece, which is then handmade by experienced artisans. She is inspired by her customers, using hand-cast 24-karat gold, sterling silver, pearls and semi-precious stones. Susan prides herself on the excellent quality of each piece and its popularity with sophisticated customers.
Prior Board experience includes: Child Advocacy Commission, Durham, NC, Healthcare Insurance Services, Inc., Houston, TX, Chair, Triangle Chapter, North Carolina Symphony, Chapel Hill, NC and the Longterm Planning Board, Sugar Mountain, NC.
Cynthia received her Masters degree from ASU in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This led to a career in human resources/compensation at the corporate headquarters of Belk and Bank of America. In her 40's, Cynthia returned back to school at Union Theological Seminary in NYC where she received her Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in religion and psychiatry. She served as a hospital chaplain and did further training at the Jung Institute in Zurich, studying Jungian psychology.
Currently, Cynthia serves on the board of High Country Community Health, a federally funded community health center that provides medical, dental and psychological services. Cynthia has been living in Blowing Rock for the past 15 years where she met her husband, Marc Chabot. She enjoys acquasize, reading, and hanging out with friends and her deaf dog, named Nugget. Cynthia looks forward to making a difference in the lives of women and children.
Originally from Indiana, Susan Duke has lived in the High Country for 30 years. Her professional background is in business, with work at a law firm, in the news industry, and in administration at the Blowing Rock Hospital. Susan also volunteers with the Holy Cross Church, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, and serves on the board of the Watauga Humane Society. She is the Director of the Boone Bridge Club and an American Contact Bridge League Certified Teacher.
Josette Glover is a wife and mother of two children. She has lived in the high country for over 15 years, and enjoys spending time with her family, travel, reading, exercise, music, drawing, would like to paint more, and has a deep appreciation for the Arts. She has a background in Hotel Sales and Catering, and was the VP of her family-owned business, Boone Ford Lincoln. In addition to the WFBR, she serves on the Advisory board of the Appalachian Summer Festival and on the Committee for the Ashe County Children’s Trust Endowment. She is passionate about helping those in need, and believes that kindness and compassion can truly lift the lives of others.
Mary moved from Virginia to the High Country in 2001 after teaching for 30 years in Pulaski County Schools. She attended Radford University and received a degree in Elementary Education and a masters in Early Childhood Education. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade and supervised and trained Title1 instructional aides in the school system.
Mary has served several terms on the Women’s Fund Board and during that time has taken many board minutes. She volunteers with BR Cares and has worked with children’s activities at Rumple Church. Believing in the mission of the Women’s Fund, she’s happy to be returning to the board.
The things she especially loves in life are day lilies, reading, family and friends.
Patti has been a full-time resident of the high country for the past 24 years. Her tenure as a permanent resident and history of involvement in worthy causes has made Patti uniquely aware of the issues and challenges facing High Country non-profit organizations and more specifically, the beneficiaries of the services offered.
She spent her young adult years in the western states, graduating from Arizona State University with a marketing degree then relocating to San Francisco where she worked as a publicist for a small theater company and later for the Kellogg corporation. Her first non-profit experience was working with an AIDS awareness organization in the Tampa Bay area after migrating to central Florida.
During her years in Boone, Patti has volunteered doing outreach for Watauga Humane society, Hospitality House and Hunger Coalition. She has served on development and planning committees with Western Youth Network and WAMY. Patti believes in the important work being done by the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge where she can best serve by utilizing her creativity, fundraising experience, marketing expertise and organizational skills.
Patti's spare time is spent on the tennis court, hiking, entertaining, traveling and creating art.
Frances Magruder was born and raised in Durham. She has been spending her summers in the mountains since she was eight years old. She moved to the mountains full time in 2012. First and foremost she is a mother of four and stepmother of two.
She is a teacher by trade and still substitutes in the Avery County school system. She received her BA from Hollins College, now Hollins University. Frances taught for two years in Richmond, Virginia before moving to Rocky Mount North Carolina, where she taught for four years before becoming a full time mom.
Frances has always enjoyed being involved with the community she lives in. She champions causes that support women and children, cancer research, addressing childhood learning differences, and animal protection. Frances has been involved in several civic organizations and fundraising events over the years. She is passionate about Avery County and the people that live there!
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From Cleveland, Ohio, Jan attended Ohio University as an undergrad and Southern Illinois University for her graduate degrees. She recently retired from teaching Sociology at Appalachian State after 40 years of service. She has been a Guardian ad Litem for many years working with abused, neglected and dependent children. Jan has also been an advisor for Sigma Kappa sorority and serves on the board of the Western Youth Network, an organization she helped found.
Lisa lives in Boone but spends a part of each month in Charlotte, where she and her husband Harvey maintain an apartment. She has enjoyed a successful career in fundraising and development for nonprofit organizations, including the Boston Symphony, Museum of Fine Arts, Newtown Friends School, Charlotte Symphony, and most recently, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. Lisa has just completed two years as President of the Board of WDAV Classical Public Radio and served on that Board for 8 years. She has also been an active volunteer and committee head for many arts, human services and educational organizations. Lisa has been on 3 archeological digs, and in her free time loves to read, garden, walk and do yoga. In addition to her husband Harvey (who teaches Marketing at App State), her family includes two sons (Dave in California and Ben in Montana), two granddaughters, and Lucy the wayward miniature poodle.