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The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center has announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors.

Board Chair Kathie Goodwin said Andy Cox, Curtis Foskey, Brooke A. Howard, Deborah Saverance and Susan Berry have joined the board during the past year.

“It was important, as we move into our renovation, that we have a full board with the skill sets needed to successfully complete the project,” Goodwin said.

Andy Cox, CEO of The Oaks, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s College of Business Administration. Before coming to The Oaks, Cox was CEO of the South Carolina Methodist Conference Credit Union and CFO of Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia. Before his appointment as Oaks director of development, he served on The Oaks Board of Trustees, the last two years in the capacity of board chairman.

A former member of the Grammy Award-winning Metropolitan Opera Chorus Ensemble in New York, Deborah Saverance, is a graduate of the Music Program at Augusta State University with a BA in music education. A soprano, Saverance also had extended opera study at Shorter College, Rome, Georgia and Converse College, Spartanburg and the Aspen Music Festival.

After 23 years with The Metropolitan Opera, Saverance has settled near family in Santee. She has been very active in the Orangeburg community including teaching voice, performances at the Arts Center’s annual Showcase program and work with the Orangeburg Part Time Players and the Calhoun Players at the Cameron Theater.

Curtis Foskey, originally from Brooklyn, New York, is coordinator of graduate admissions at South Carolina State University. A graduate of New York University with a BA in music education, Foskey is also a talented guitarist and singer. He has performed locally at Taste of Orangeburg, Showcase and Calabash and participated in Make Music Columbia earlier this month.

Prior to relocating to Orangeburg, Foskey worked at Landenburg Thalmann’s Investment Banking division, New York, the second oldest member of the New York Stock Exchange.

A speech language pathologist at Palmetto Health Palmetto SeniorCare PACE, Columbia, Brooke A. Howard is an Orangeburg native. Formerly a speech pathologist with Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five, she holds a BA and an MS in speech pathology and audiology from South Carolina State University.

Active in the community, Howard also serves on Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association’s Economic Development Committee and is a member of Orangeburg Young Professionals.

Susan Berry of Orangeburg is very active in the community. In addition to serving on the Arts Center board, she is a sustaining member of the Junior Service League, president of the Azalea Garden Club and former committee member of DORA.

Berry is a nationally accredited flower show judge who judged the Philadelphia Flower Show and attended the World Flower Show in Ireland in 2014. She has also been very involved in the family business, G.W. Berry Realty & Construction Inc.

The Arts Center is currently in the midst of its first-ever fundraising effort to renovate the Arts Center building, located in Edisto Memorial Gardens at 649 Riverside Drive. The renovation will include a new main lobby and community gallery, new reception lounge and children’s gallery, acoustically treated music education room, new warming kitchen and classrooms, new restrooms and updated elevator, new front entrance awning, exterior painting, a renovated main gallery and balcony overlooking the Garden Terrace and Edisto River, among other improvements.

“The center hosts a large number of arts-related and community events each year and more than 6,000 people come to the center each year,” Executive Director Beth Thomas noted.

“All that traffic has taken a toll on the building, and it is need of substantial renovation,” she added. “Having an exceptional board will help assure that the center will continue to be a vital and vibrant arts resource for the future.

For more information about the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center, call 803-536-4074, visit www.ocfac.net or check it out on Facebook.

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