Our FYI speaker will be, Rachel Rhine, Manager of Operations for Latimer House
Rachel Rhine is the Manager of Operations for the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society which is located at the Latimer House, a Victorian Italianate upper-class merchant's house built in 1852 and in the heart of Wilmington's Historic District. A native of Wilmington, Rachel grew up near Poplar Grove Plantation in Pender County. She attended Wake Forest University where she majored in Art History and later earned a Master's Degree in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, a college that is part of the University of London. Rachel has served as the Manager of Operations for the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society for two years. She has a love of art and history. She has long been associated with the Latimer House, visiting the house as a child and working as a docent in 2012 and as an intern in 2013.
Our featured speaker will be, Alison Baringer-English, Executive Director, North Carolina Azalea Festival
Alison Baringer English is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Following her graduation from the UNC-Wilmington in 2004, Alison joined the Festival in 2005. After serving as the Festival office manager and coordinator, in 2015 Alison was promoted to the position of Executive Director and has been a key leader in the Festival’s strategic growth. She has attended numerous international training conferences through both the International Festivals and Events Association and the Association of Junior Leagues International, where she has received extensive training in volunteer management, events production, sponsorship activations, and board management. Alison currently serves as Secretary on the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) Foundation Board and also serves on the UNC-Wilmington Alumni Board on the Executive Committee. In addition to helping the Wilmington community through her career at the Azalea Festival, Alison is an active volunteer with other non-profits and leadership programs. She is a Leadership Wilmington graduate of 2013 and was President of the Junior League of Wilmington in 2014-2015.