Katherine Karsten Perry
Katherine Karsten Perry
Katherine Karsten Perry is a native of Winston-Salem and comes to LWS after more than three years working with The Arts Council of Winston-Salem where she was instrumental in development, marketing and event management. During her tenure with The Arts Council, Katherine helped launch and market the collaborative Lifelong Learning Program with Wake Forest University; Sunset Flicks, a summer music and movie series; the Youth Arts Opportunity Fair as well as a variety of other initiatives.
Katherine was also a force behind the creation of an official Arts and Entertainment district in Bristol, TN/VA where she was the Associate Director of Believe in Bristol, a certified Main Street program. Working with a multitude of officials, educators and business owners from both states, she launched Believe in Bristol’s annual State of the Arts celebration along with numerous other events promoting both towns and their creative communities.
Katherine has experience as a contributing writer for Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family Magazines and spent several years working with the American Cancer Society in Raleigh in program and volunteer management as well as development.
Katherine has a Journalism degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is the proud mother of three amazing sons.
Katherine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 336-723-1002 x1204
April D. Garner
April D. Garner
April D. Garner is a native of Conway, SC. She served as Director of Career Services for Horry Georgetown Technical College for over 11 years. As the Director of The Office of Career Services, April was responsible for developing strategic plans for career and professional development activities for the college’s students and alumni, establishing business and collegiate partnerships throughout the community and the state, and identifying employment opportunities for students and graduates. April has been featured in local and national media for her expertise in career and professional development. Before working in Higher Education, April worked in the marketing and advertising industry for more than 15 years in the Myrtle Beach (Horry County) area. Garner is a graduate of The University of South Carolina and obtained her Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Columbia College, where she was recognized as Graduate Student of the Year.
In addition to her many professional and community service areas, she has been a board member for several nonprofits and the co-host of two live talk shows. Garner’s numerous involvements are an extension of her dedication to educating others on working collectively to improve social conditions and create opportunities for growth and empowerment
April D. Garner can be reached at email@example.com.
Admin and Technology Director
Jared Steward moved to Winston-Salem with his family in 2007 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which he received in 2010. During that time he was also telecommuting full time as Cash Posting Supervisor at United Medical Center in Washington, DC. Jared has since worked as a bookkeeper at Separk Music, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, and most recently at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, where he also worked as the Director of Operations & Finance for three years.
As a musician, Jared teaches private percussion lessons in Winston-Salem and is the principal percussionist of the Piedmont Wind Symphony. In addition, he regularly performs with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Western Piedmont Symphony as an extra percussionist. In his spare time, Jared enjoys hiking or camping, studying Japanese, and reading. He resides in Winston-Salem with his wife Tonya, and children Nicholas, Madeleine, and Matthias.
Jared can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Karen Bell Chandler
Karen Bell-Chandler is a native of Winston-Salem and a lifetime Moravian who graduated from Salem College. Moravians have a strong sense of mission toward building community and serving those less fortunate within that community. To that end, Karen worked with the Downtown Church Center as the Director of inner city Older Adults. While there she created a program for daycare program children to engage and build relationships with older adults. At Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County Karen secured the first national, matching grant, to empower African American churches to build a Habitat house. As the Community Relations Director at Second Harvest Food Bank, she grew the social media presence from a few hundred to several thousand within a 3-month period. At Girl Scouts she launched a program geared toward assisting troops secure more resources for community projects and trips. Karen recently retired from full-time employment while working at Samaritan Ministries. She is delighted to be a part-time member of the team at Leadership Winston-Salem. You may see Karen on stage indulging in her life-long passion for live theater, dancing and singing.
Karen can be reached at email@example.com or at 336-723-1002 ext. 1201.