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PACE Board

As a North Carolina Public School (funded in large part by tax dollars), ArtSpace Charter School is not under the jurisdiction of Asheville City or Buncombe County School Districts but is governed by a nonprofit corporation.

Our parent corporation is Partnership for Art at the Core of Education, Inc. (P.A.C.E., Inc), a 501(c)3 and ArtSpace is governed by the P.A.C.E., Inc. Board of Directors. The Executive Director of ArtSpace Charter School is hired by and directly reports to the Board of Directors.

  • March 21, 6pm, Theater- Agenda
  • Committee Meetings
      • Academic Excellence & Equity Committee - March 1, 5pm
      • Policy & Governance - February 21, 6pm
      • Finance Committee - March 6, 4pm
Virtual Meeting login information will be posted here by 4pm on the day of the meeting.

Executive Committee of the Board:

Board Chair:  Candace Reilly  ([email protected]

Vice Chair:  Matt Baldwin ([email protected]

Treasurer:  Colin Felmet ([email protected])

Secretary:  Gretchen Brown ([email protected])


2022-23 School Year Meeting Dates

  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 24
  • November 15  
  • December 13 
  • January 17
  • February- Committees 
  • March 21
  • May 16 
  • June 20 - Annual Meeting

Meetings begin at 6:00 pm.  In person meetings are held in the ArtSpace theater.  Virtual meetings are held by Zoom.  For security purposes, links to the online forum will be posted here by 4pm the day of the meeting and deleted at the conclusion of the meeting.

 Candace Reilly- Board Chair

Candace Reilly is Deputy Director for the North Carolina Glass Center. She has been an active member of the arts community in Asheville for a decade. Candace holds an MFA in painting and contemporary theory from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA in art history from Saint Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame. A former art educator and career advocate for the arts, she believes that integrated arts education creates a deeper foundation for learning and a more socially cohesive and enriched community.


 Matthew Baldwin – Vice-Chair
Matthew C. Baldwin is Professor and Coordinator of Religion and Philosophy at Mars Hill University. A resident of Asheville for more than 18 years, he has two children in ArtSpace, JZ in 5th grade and Lena in 8th grade. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago and has published on the Theory and Method of Religious Studies and on the History of Early Christianity. His passions include books, water and surfing, and mycology.   
Gretchen Brown - Board Secretary 

Colin Felmet – Treasurer Colin Felmet

Colin Felmet, CPA, is the Vice President & Controller at Community Care of North Carolina, Inc. (CCNC), where he manages the Accounting and Human Resources functions for the healthcare-oriented nonprofit. Prior to joining CCNC, he provided audit and advisory services to a wide range of clients, honing extensive skills and experience in financial operations, nonprofit governance, and corporate strategy. His passion for supporting a community built on creativity, inclusivity and respect originally drew him to serve on the Board. Colin lives in Black Mountain with his wife and two children, one of whom is a first-grader at ArtSpace. He enjoys exploring the country with his family in a camper, playing music, and anything outdoors. 
David Earnhardt - Board Member 
David Earnhardt is the Associate Director for Employer Relations at UNC Asheville. Prior to this role he was an Academic Advisor in the College of Management at UMass Boston, where he ran a co-curricular professional development program for more than 2,000 students. In his experience before UMass Boston, he was a Resident Director at Nichols College, and has formal training in radio broadcasting, management, sales, and promotions work. David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications & Master's Degree in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University and has found a great deal of satisfaction working with college students. On a more personal note, environmental sustainability is a core value, he watches a ton of movies, and cares more about the Carolina Panthers than he probably should. David recently bought a home in the area, and plans to set deep roots in the community for years to come, which is why he was drawn to the board at ArtSpace.
Nicole Cockey - Board Member 
Cockey Nicole teaches English at Owen High School, where she also serves as co-chair on the Restorative Practices Implementation & Leadership Team. She holds undergraduate degrees in English and Women's and Gender Studies from UNC Wilmington and a Master's in English from Western Carolina University. Before joining the staff at Owen High School, Nicole served as a teaching fellow with teachNOLA, a teacher residency program in New Orleans, and taught 7th and 8th language arts for an open-enrollment K-8 charter school for many years. Her son, Finn, enters ArtSpace as a kindergartner this year, and her daughter, Sasha, will follow suit once she reaches school age. Nicole currently serves as a parent representative on the PACE Board. 
Kate Averett Anderson - Board Member 

Kate Averett Anderson (she/her) is an art historian, writer, and curator. A native North Carolinian, she is an alumna of UNC Asheville, where she studied Art History with mentor Leisa Rundquist, and later received her MA in Art History from UNC Chapel Hill under the advisory of Carol Magee. Kate joined the staff of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in 2017 where she serves as Outreach Manager. She has co-curated exhibitions and led discussions with students of all ages that explore the radical, experimental community of Black Mountain College (1933-1957) and its relevance to creativity, curiosity, and justice in our everyday lives.


Jenny Heim - Board MemberHeim -   

Jenny Heim, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a registered architect, LEED accredited professional, and works as a project manager/sustainability specialist at an architecture firm, Studio8. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University, she pursued a Master of Architecture with a focus on Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s worked on projects ranging from commercial, retail, office, higher education, and residential, many of which have received green building certifications. She is passionate about promoting and educating others about sustainability and how design can have a positive impact on our world. She lives in east Asheville with her husband and two children.

Ian Canary King - Staff Representative