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Board Chair – Rebecca Bender

Rebecca Bender has been on the Board of Directors at ESR for the past 5 years serving in various capacities, including Treasurer and Vice Board Chair. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at the Arts Council and is a licensed realtor. Rebecca began her career at the Arts Council and as a realtor after retiring from Hanesbrands after almost 20 years. While at Hanesbrands, she held positions in Finance most recently as Senior Manager of Financial Planning for the Champion brand. Rebecca is a life-long resident of Winston-Salem and has served on committees for United Way of Forsyth County, The Arts Council, and the Olio. Rebecca received her degree in Accounting from Salem College and is a CPA licensed in North Carolina. She is an avid runner and triathlete. She and her husband Kevin (Executive Director of MBA program at Wake Forest) enjoy the beach, traveling, and spoiling their grandchildren.

2018-2019 Board Members

From left to right:

First row: David Rose, Naomi Blackmon, Eva Gray-Allen, Minnie Ervin, Pastor Gloria Samuels, Rebecca Bender, Adam Neiberg, Chester David, Tonya Bellanger, Amatullah Saleem, Phillip Carter, Robert Hinshaw
Back row: Diane Fitzhugh, Brian Burley, Jose Perez, Marsha Davis
Not pictured: Michael W. Robinson, Katie Lefelar, LaShun Huntley

Executive Board

From left to right:

Chester David, Tonya Bellanger, Adam Neiberg, Amatullah Saleem, Rebecca Bender, Pastor Gloria Samuels