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Director of Acme Theatre and ZPAC

Hailey Best is the twenty-one year old daughter of Michael and Kim Best and is the current Miss North Carolina 2011 after winning Miss Durham last year. She competed recently at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas where she made the top 15 semi-finalist. She won special awards and scholarships for her work with the Children’s Miracle Network.  She is a graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts but also attended Eastern Wayne High School, where she represented her school as the former Miss Eastern Wayne 2008.  Hailey has been performing on stage, since the age of three across the state of North Carolina.  She has participated in 15 shows with Stagestruck,  The Young People's Own Theater.  She has also been involved with North Carolina Theater, Center Stage Theater, Wayne Community College, and the Heritage Dance Foundation.  She is the newly appointed Director of the ACME Theatre and Zwerling Performing Arts Center in Goldsboro.

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Artistic Vocal Director and Organizer of Art and Soul Program

RALEIGH – Beth Stovall, Miss Greater Sampson County, won the 2014 Miss North Carolina title on Saturday night June 21, 2014 at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. With her operatic vocal performance of “Je Veux Vivre” from Gounod’s opera Romeo and Juliet, Stovall was the top viewer choice out of the more than 250,000 votes submitted.

A junior majoring in vocal performance at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Stovall will have to put her education on hold while she prepares to compete for the title of Miss America this September in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Stovall resides in Goldsboro, and she is the daughter of Dan and Patti Stovall.  Her platform is “Art and Soul” which seeks to inspire students to explore and discover their talents.

The Board of Directors of the Heritage Dance Foundation is pleased to welcome Beth Stovall as our Music Director. She has been instrumental in developing the HDF junior scholarship program which assists students in developing their performing arts skills in dance, music, and visual arts. Recently, she has worked with the Board to develop a summer art program at the new Salter Path Museum in Salter Path, North Carolina

Chairman, Heritage Dance Foundation

Charles S. Zwerling, MD, FACS is a board certified ophthalmologist in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He is the former Senior United States Latin Champion and Triple Crown Champion, a certified professional ballroom dance competitor, certified dance instructor with NADTA, and qualified national judge. He founded The Heritage Dance Foundation, a public non profit 501-c (3) corporation after seeking a need for further information and education about ballroom dancing throughout the United States. Dr. Zwerling is the editor-in-chief of DanceWeek, the thirty five  year old national publication of the Heritage Dance Foundation. He serves on the Board of Governors of the National Dance Council of America. In August 2007,
Dr. Zwerling produced the first ever joint community based performing arts collaboration, “Remember the Paramount” then “Broadway at Paramount in 2008”. The shows were a major source of income in the rebuilding efforts of the new Paramount Theatre. Dr. Zwerling is the Executive Producer of “A Time to Dance”, television show
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Vice President, Heritage Dance Foundation

Melissa G. Zwerling is the President of MAZ Distributors of Goldsboro, NC. MAZ

Distributors is a licensed and bonded NC vehicle brokerage firm doing business since 2002 and is listed in Who’s Who among American business women..  She is an award winning ballroom dancer who competes with her husband.. Melissa serves as Vice President of the Heritage Dance Foundation, Inc. and is the managing editor of DanceWeek, a national

publication of the HDF for the past 30 years. She has been the co director of the United States Dance Congress and  associate editor of ABILITY: Ballroom Dance Journal. In 2007, Melissa co-produced and danced in the shows, “Remember the Paramount” at Wayne Community College in 2007  and “Broadway at Paramount” at the Paramount Theatre in 2008. Due to her steadfast support of the arts, the stage at the new Paramount Theatre is the named donation in her honor. She is also the Co-Producer & Associate Director for  “A Time to Dance”. Melissa is the Head Judge at the annual Dancing Stars of Wayne County.

Artistic Director, Heritage Dance Foundation

Patti Andersen Troy - Ms. Troy  serves on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Dance Foundation and is the artistic Dance Director and manager at Top Hat Ballroom Dance Studio. She is the former Australian representative and World Finalist in International Standard & Latin World Championships and in Asian Pacific Ten-Dance Championship; certified Worldwide championship adjudicator; Fellow of the North American Dance Teachers Association and qualified  examiner of all styles; member of the International Dance Teachers Association of the United Kingdom; coeditor of DanceWeek; delegate and member of the  Board of Governors of the National Dance Association of America; Master licensed Teacher and Examiner; Organizer of NDCA sanctioned, Carolina Classic Competition and Walnut Creek Challenge; artistic dance director Mt. Olive College


Treasurer, Heritage Dance Foundation

Alexis Christina Zwerling is the Treasurer of the Heritage Dance Foundation. As a former amateur/student competitor, Alexis won numerous youth championships in the NDCA circuit. She is currently employed as Director of Medical records at Goldsboro Eye Clinic.

She has been the associate producer for “Remember the Paramount” at Wayne Community College in 2007 and “Broadway at Paramount” at the Paramount Theatre in 2008 as well as the television special “A Time to Dance.

Secretary, Heritage Dance Foundation

Tiffany Thomas is the secretary of the Heritage Dance Foundation and is on the board of Directors for the new Acme Theatre, a performing arts rehearsal center, in Goldsboro, NC. She is a former amateur and pro am competitor. She has been the associate producer for “Remember the Paramount” at Wayne Community College in 2007 and “Broadway at Paramount” at the Paramount Theatre in 2008 as well as the television special “A Time to Dance”. Tiffany is currently the credentials coordinator, Director of Membership Services and a board certified member of the American Academy of Micropigmentation. She was the illustrator for the new textbook- Micropigmentation: Millennium, published in 2011. Tiffany maintains her practice for permanent make up at Goldsboro Eye Clinic in Goldsboro, NC.

Board of Directors, Heritage Dance Foundation

William D. Hooper, MSE, MBA is a Senior Business Development Executive / Consultant with 35+ years experience creating value for blue chip corporate, small business, academic and non-profit organizations. He works at the Board and C Level, and has done start-ups, build outs, turnarounds, and wind downs. He has traveled widely in Asia, North America, and Europe and brings knowledge of diverse cultures to his work.

He has also been involved lifelong with the arts, especially where art intersects with technology and business. As example, he pioneered courses in Digital Imaging and in Computers in Photography at The New School / Parsons School of Design in the early 1990’s – at the dawn of the digital photographic age. He is a professional level photographer, and member, American Society of Media Photographers. In addition to visual arts, he enjoys ballet, modern dance, chamber music, and other performing arts.

Mr. Hooper also mentors teens and young adults to make successful transitions from high school to college, to internships, and to work. Also on to graduate school or to change jobs. He is currently a mentor in Columbia University’s Engineering School Entrepreneurship Program

Board of Directors, Heritage Dance Foundation

Sue Nobers –With over 300 theatre credits, and appearances in many CST and Wayne Community College productions and Goldstocking Reviews, a veteran actress, producing is a new hat for Mrs. Nobers. Sue has been either a board or active member of CST since her first show in 1982.  Of being a first-time producer, she says “Our goal with Dixie was to showcase the best of Wayne County, our talent pool, our wonderful venue, and our generous residents. I've learned the value of investment, commitment, teamwork, thoughtfulness and a friendly smile. Thank you for sharing this with me. I'm so proud to call Goldsboro my home!”  Sue is the proud wife of Don Nobers, charter member and founder of the CST Stage Widowers Club.

Board of Directors, Heritage Dance Foundation

Sadie Futrell has been a Board of Director member, since the inception of the Heritage Dance Foundation. Ms. Futrell is responsible for all the administrative duties for the foundation and handles and monitors the daily needs for the HDF. She is currently employed at Goldsboro Eye Clinic and serves as a supervisor there. Moreover, she has been the Administration assistant at the American Academy of Micropigmentation for many years