President of the Board of Liberty Arts, Past Vice-President 2012
Jackie MacLeod originally trained as a MD and worked for many years in the U.K. and Germany as both a surgeon and anesthesiologist. After moving to the United States in 1998 and concentrating on raising two boys, Jackie turned to nurture her artistic side. Drawn to the power and beauty of metal, she spent two years as an apprentice with Jimmy Alexander, a local blacksmith and President of the North Carolina Blacksmith Association and started her own metal design and fabrication business afterwards. In 2011 Jackie joined Liberty Arts as one of its resident artists.
She served as PTA president of Carolina Friends School in 2009 and 2010, and also co-founded Carolina Kinder, a Triangle based organization dedicated to supporting families that raise children bilingually and has served on the board of Liberty Arts for the past year.
Vice President of the Board of Liberty Arts
For Robert O’Reilly, the arts have always been a part of life. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Art History, while adding to his perspective with courses such as “The Philosophy of Art.” His own artistic interests include 20th century modernism, particularly within the post-WWI and post-WWII periods. Robert, or ‘Bo’ as he is fondly known, has had a diverse career spent working in the fields of advertising/marketing, the music business, operational office management, and accounting. For the last twenty years he has worked at Duke; the last eight of which have been in the business office at the Duke University School of Nursing. Prior to that, Mr. O’Reilly worked with Duke Management Company, which is the university’s investment wing. Bo has lived in Durham’s historic Trinity Park neighborhood for 30 years, and served on the Trinity Park Neighborhood Association Board of Directors for six years. He has a keen interest in Durham’s history and architecture; and regularly explores the city on bike searching for remnants that speak of our old tobacco town’s vibrant past.
After decades as an award-winning network television news producer in New York, Denise moved to Durham, NC in 2003 looking for a rewarding but less stressful life. She found that and more working at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and later becoming one of the founding producers for the public radio program The Story with Dick Gordon, broadcast nationally from WUNC.
Retirement meant time to focus on her historic home and garden in Old North Durham, and the chance to adopt a dog (a Plotthound named Abby). Happily it has also presented a fantastic volunteer opportunity at Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry. She admires the organizations’ sense of community and is proud to be part of it.
Treasurer of the Board of Liberty Arts
I have mechanical skills. (I loved the muscle cars from High School.) That got me my first loved job as an Assistant Service Manager at the local Chevrolet dealer. I spent four years talking to the customers, looking and listening to the car to determine the problem and then explaining the problem to the mechanic. I have kept those skills throughout life. I always enjoy a good mechanical problem.
I have people skills. Those skills carried over from the Chevy dealer and into the truck transport jobs that I held for fifteen years. I dealt with product delivery to customers and later (with an Associate Degree in Vocational Education) I spent twelve of those years at my next most loved job – training adults to drive tractor-trailers through the North Carolina Truck Driver Training School at Johnston Community College. That was an exciting job that earned me a lot of contacts in the truck transport industry.
I have computer and automations skills. I earned two Associate Degrees from Wake Technical College, one in Computer Engineering and one in Automation Robotics. For a short moment I assembled logic based machines that put labels on containers. Then I sold parts, then parts and service and finally as the Parts and Service Manager I wrote manuals for the machines. I did some traveling (Canada, California, Argentina) to train the factory people to maintain their machines.
I combined all those skills when I went to work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation – my most loved career. For two years I helped a team set up a course to train, first employees then contractors, on how to install traffic signals properly (a logic based device with electrical and grounding issues). After those two years I worked for ten years as the “computer guy” for the state Traffic Engineering Branch. (I don’t like to say “IT” it doesn’t portray the personal customer service need that exists.) I then spent five years working with traffic signal systems on the highway. Logic control, electro mechanical connections, people that want to move along the highway, and a driving behavior that must come together to make traffic flow.
I have hobbies and interests. For ten years I was an advisor at Wake Technical College in the Automation curriculum. I also love to hike and camp. For the last seventeen years I have been a Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop in Raleigh. Through the help of many parents and non-profit groups we have seen many Scouts come through the program. With all that help they were able to teach and learn skills in communication, finance, outdoor living, and yes trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind . . . . . . Our Troop has thirty Eagle Scouts to its credit.
Since 1996 I have worked with artists in the Liberty Arts community. Steel and blacksmithing is where I started with Jimmy Alexander. Jimmy passed away some time ago but I could not leave Liberty Arts. I hung around as an “art groupie” because I enjoy the mindset of the artists there. I am not an artist but I try to be useful so the artists will keep me around. In 2013 I was elected to the Board and I serve as Treasurer. I am proud to be associated with the storehouse of knowledge and artistic skill that is Liberty Arts Inc.
Carter B. Cue
Carter B. Cue is a native of Durham (NC) who has returned to the Bull City after a 25-year hiatus that included school, work, traveling the world, looking at art, meeting interesting people and learning new things. Prior to coming back to Durham his interest in history and personal narrative led to a decade of work at Winston-Salem State University as University Archivist and reference librarian. When he is not engaged in Durham’s new creative communities, various artistic incubators or just improving his own creative/curiosity quotient he plies his time as a professional librarian at Durham County Library’s historic Stanford L. Warren Branch in the former Hayti community. Away from the library he volunteers at his home church of First Calvary Baptist Church, studies printmaking and the evolution of printing, reads books-about-books, novels, design, architecture, art, invention, political science, music, history and anything that strikes his fancy at the moment.
However, his current interest focuses on taking an ideal or artistic concept that some might deem highly improbable and connect people, communities and resources for win-win situations and absolutely fun, engaging and intellectually stimulating community events.
Past President, 2010-2012
Since moving to Durham in 1997, Cassandra Gooding has lived in many up-and-coming artistic neighborhoods, including Durham Central Park and Duke Park. With over 25 years experience in industrial and architectural design and construction, Cassandra has worked for internationally recognized, award winning architecture and manufacturing firms as a designer, team leader, project manager and construction administrator. She is now self-employed as a designer and builder of residential projects. In addition to her dedication to Liberty Arts, Cassandra was a volunteer site captain for the public art project, Bending Spaces: Georges Rousse & the Durham Project.
Paul Vernon is a materials engineer by training who has always had an interested in applying that knowledge to art and sculpture. Paul has a BA in chemistry from UNC and a MS in materials engineering from Clemson and has worked professionally in manufacturing medical devices and research in biomaterials. Paul is an entrepreneur who has funded two medical device start-ups with research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Paul first became involved in Liberty Arts in 2005 by casting bronze in the foundry and has served on the board for six years.