Board of Trustees

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Waltye Rasulala

Board President/Chair

Former WRAL Public Affairs Director/Anchor and Emmy Award-Winning Producer. Retired Minister of Music- Church of the Nativity and active volunteer with multiple arts organizations in North Carolina. Raleigh Medal of Arts recipient.

Julie Song

Vice President

Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Advance Auto Parts, Board member of the Chordoma Foundation. Parent of current NCCMI student and former group coordinator.

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Rebecca Christian


Former Senior Vice-President of Strategic and Community Services with Wake Med, recipient of YWCA’s Academy of Women Award (2004), Triangle’s Top 25 Women in Business Award (1999), Purdue University’s School of Consumer Service Distinguished Alumni Award (1994)

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Ram Vedantham


Silicon Valley Bank- leading the transaction monitoring program. Wells Fargo Bank- Former Vice President and Quantitative Analytics Manager. University of California, Davis-Ph.D. Applied Mathematics. Proficient in English, Hindi and Tamil. Parent of current NCCMI student.

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Kristen Hess


Principal, CEO HH Architecture named Firm of the Year (2017) by the Triangle chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Gold Award Girl Scout, 2016 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship, 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

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Dr. Timothy Holley


Associate Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University, NCCMI teacher since 2019, featured cellist with the Mallarmé Chamber Players, the N.C. Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Leading scholar and performer focused on music by African-American composers. Degrees from Baldwin-Wallace University and the University of Michigan.

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Florence Fowler Peacock

Trustee Emerita

Soprano and former President- Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association, Board member of partner organizations North Carolina Symphony and North Carolina Opera, long-time arts supporter and volunteer, Masters in Music-Yale University.

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Mei-Chuan Chen Thai


Clarinet teacher and soloist with performances at National Concert Hall in Taiwan and the Kennedy Center. Also a Licensed real estate agent. Parent of current NCCMI student. Music degrees from Tunghai Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory (Masters), University of Maryland (Doctorate).

Allison Ashley


Senior/Software Development Engineer in Test at SAS, Trinity Academy of Raleigh Board and Governance Committee, Process Auditor for Promised Land Living nonprofit organization, SAS B.I.G. employee inclusion group Program Coordinator and Producer. Parent of former NCCMI students.

Megan Douglas


Semi-professional cellist, retired Occupational Therapist with Wake County Public Schools, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the Wake County Community Advisory Committee for Nursing Homes.

Charles Lu


Co-Founder and Senior Executive President of Blue Shoe Technologies, Co-Founder and President of Neurolab Therapeutics Inc,
BS and MS in computer science – Xidian University and Southeast University, Chinese America Economic & Culture Association board member