Community Advisory Board

Phil Archer

Betsy Main Babcock Deputy Director, Reynolda House

Phil Archer attended Wake Forest University and returned for a Masters in Business Administration in 2006. He was Director of Public Programs at Reynolda House Museum of American Art from 2002 to 2015. In 2002-2003 Archer acted as representative during the Museum’s first major expansion and co-directed the Exhibit, Design and Interpretation Project, including the restoration of the historic house and the creation of associated semi-permanent exhibits, audio tour, orientation video, logo, and signage. In 2010 he was named one of 40 Leaders Under 40 by The Business Journal.

Tricia Blankenbaker

Community Volunteer

Tricia Blankenbaker is a stay-at-home mom who is an active leader in the Winston-Salem community.  In addition to her responsibilities on the WFDD Community Advisory Board, she is on the Executive Committee of Boy Scout Troop 715 and coordinates the Forsyth Backpack Program at Hanes Middle School.  In the past, Tricia has held leadership roles in training at the American Red Cross and Public Relations at National Public Radio.  Tricia holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Term expires December 31, 2021.

Catherine Burroughs

Visiting Professor of English, Cornell University

Catherine Burroughs has retired as Professor of English at Wells College and has been appointed Visiting Professor in the English and the Performing Arts and Media Studies departments at Cornell University. 

Kami Chavis, Ex Officio

Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, Wake Forest University

Kami Chavis is a Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest University School of Law.  In 2015, she was appointed as a Senior Academic Fellow at the Joint Center for Political And Economic Studies. She has substantial practice experience and writes and teaches in areas related to criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal justice reform.  After receiving her J.D.

Alexis Gines-Hoyes

English Teacher, Guilford County Schools

Alexis Gines-Hoyes is from Greensboro and earned her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While reporting for a local newspaper and volunteering as a tutor for a local library, Alexis discovered a love for teaching. She earned her teacher certification at Greensboro College, and now thoroughly enjoys teaching English to high school students. She has had the opportunity to teach English Literature in India, attend a summer education program in England, and experience a professional development immersion experience in Costa Rica.

Justin Hardy, Vice-Chair

Attorney/Director, Bell, Davis, & Pitt, PA

Justin Hardy is an attorney with Bell, Davis & Pitt, a law firm with offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte. He is a member of multiple sections of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves as the vice chair of the tax section’s continuing legal education committee.  Justin was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and was raised in both Franklin, North Carolina, and St. Charles, Michigan. He discovered public radio while pursuing a degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University.

Megan Hayes

Director of University Communications, Appalachian State University

Megan Hayes has a background in cultural tourism and event marketing, PR and management. As Director of University Communications at Appalachian State University, she manages the University Communications team, the university’s content management strategy and social media presence. She is certified in crisis communications and media crisis interview and response training. She is managing editor of the university magazine and host of the SoundAffect podcast.

Antionette Kerr

Owner, The Write Folks

Antionette Kerr is a nonprofit leader, syndicated journalist, author, and lover of all poetry. The Lexington, NC native spent her youth living in pockets of economically-distressed neighborhoods. She credits a family filled with activists for sparking her compassion for people and passion for storytelling. Antionette studied journalism and African American history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she began researching and writing about the influence of age, race, and gender on social policy as editor of The Black Ink. This earned her the Earnest H.

Sonsera Kiger

Food and Nutrition Service Coordinator, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

Sonsera Kiger is a native of the North Carolina mountains, but has made her home in many places in the world, including, most recently, Chile. She completed her undergraduate degree at UNC-Asheville, where she was designated as an Undergraduate Research Scholar, and published research based in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She completed her MA at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, and in Venice, Italy, and published research about the impact of solar energy in emerging and developing economic sectors.

Megan Kilpatrick

CEO & Creative Director, Alloy Design + Development

Megan Kilpatrick is the CEO of Alloy Design + Development , a digital marketing firm in Winston-Salem. She is also president of the board of directors of Piedmont Environmental Alliance and a director of the organization’s Piedmont Earth Day Fair. Megan was born in Winston-Salem and raised in a family that always had the radio dial on WFDD. She earned her Bachelor of Graphic Design degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Design and returned to Winston-Salem to start her career in design and marketing. 

Katie Klod

Manager, Business Analysis, Lincoln Financial Group

Katie loves public radio!  She has been a long time listener all over the country – Arizona, New York and North Carolina.  She values public radio for the information, education, entertainment and inspiration it delivers 7 days a week!  You can find her sitting in her car in parking lots any weekend day listening to just one more minute of the great programming before jumping out to get errands done!  Katie hopes to bring her passion for public radio, along with her experience as a people leader and business professional in the financial services industry, to the Community Advisory Board. 

Kristi Johnson Marion

Social Media Consultant, North Carolina Zoo; Editor and Content Manager,
Kristi Johnson Marion is the Social Media Consultant for the North Carolina Zoo, Editor & Content Manager for, and a writer for local magazines. A native of Mount Airy, NC, she attended Appalachian State University and has lived in Winston-Salem for 20 years. She discovered public radio on her frequent commutes to college and has been an avid listener ever since. She enjoys 88.5 WFDD for its unbiased news reporting, local arts updates, community news, insightful stories and music finds.

Susan Morris

Program Director, Venture Cafe

Susan Morris is the Program Director for Venture Cafe Winston-Salem. She has produced and organized such events as the Scene in Winston-Salem Scavenger Hunt and The Burke Street Food Truck Festival, raising over $40,000 for local non-profits.

Lauren Schaefer Nagel, Chair

Communications and Resource Planning Consultant, Lincoln Financial Group

To Lauren, nothing feels more like home than public radio. The child of two Navy captains, she moved frequently all over the country. Public radio was the one consistency in her childhood, connecting her to her community and the world.  Now a ten-year resident of Greensboro, she is delighted to be chairing the WFDD Community Advisory Board.  Lauren has nine years of experience in communications and strategic planning with Lincoln Financial Group. During her tenure, she helped create an award-winning customer experience center.

Anna Shyfrina

Senior Finance Manager, TE Connectivity

Anna Shyfrina is a seven-year resident of Winston-Salem who believes in playing an active role in her community. She is a Senior Finance Manager at TE Connectivity, managing global Continuous Improvement and Lean process transformation. She received her MBA from Tulane University and her undergraduate degree from Odessa State University in Odessa, Ukraine. Anna is an avid art appreciator who commits her efforts to promotion of Arts in her community.

Bill Stallings

Principal Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Business Banking Group

Bill Stallings is a veteran in the financial services industry and currently is the Principal Relationship Manager and Senior Lender for Wells Fargo Business Banking Group in Winston-Salem.

Bernadette "Bernie" Wallace

Marketing Consultant

Bernie Wallace is a marketing communications maven. After a long career at HanesBrands, as senior manager creative services, brand public relations, and social platform content development she’s embarking on a career in Marketing consulting and is currently working with the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts. Prior to joining HanesBrands she lived in New York where she worked for Clairol and Foot Cone & Belding advertising. She was born in Los Angeles and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, earning a BA in Journalism.

Jamie Wallis

Senior Manager, Brand Marketing

Jamie Wallis works in brand marketing at HanesBrands, Inc., managing advertising development, public relations and the company's partnerships. He received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his undergrad degree from the College of William & Mary. Prior to business school, he lived in New York and worked for the The New York Times and for AP Radio. Jamie is also a member of the board of Sawtooth School for Visual Arts. Jamie and his wife have two daughters, and are active members of Centenary United Methodist Church.