Meet Our Board

It’s hard to imagine The Light Factory without our Board of Directors. Along with our staff, their tireless efforts ensure that every exhibition, class, and program goes off without a hitch. Their hard work often goes unnoticed since they’re toiling away behind the scenes making strategic decisions, hanging art on our walls, and engaging with our members at events. Comprised of fine artists and business people, TLF lifers and newcomers, we’re thankful that we have a group dedicated to upholding our mission and vision. Truth be told, we’d be nowhere without them.

2016–2017 Board Members /

Randy Weghorst is the retired CEO of AOC LLC, a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, and colorants based in Collierville, TN. Randy is co-president and on the executive committee of TLF. Randy is also chair of the finance committee.

Byron Baldwin is a retired photography teacher at Myers Park High School and a fine art photographer in Charlotte. Byron is co-president and on the executive committee of TLF. Byron is also chair of the facilities committee.

Woody Connette is a lawyer with Essex Richards, one of the oldest firms in the Charlotte area. Woody is second vice president and on the executive committee of TLF.

Janet Boschker is the owner of North Light Photography in Charlotte. Janet is secretary and on the executive committee of TLF. Janet is also chair of the education committee.

Aspen Hochhalter is an Associate Professor of Art and the Photography Area Coordinator in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Aspen is also an accomplished fine art photographer. She is first vice president and on the executive committee of TLF.

Jonell Logan is founder and chief consultant at 300 Arts Project, LLC, which provides professional services to support collectors in the development and care of their collections. Jonell is chair of the community engagement committee of TLF.

Zaire Kacz was born and raised in Venezuela and is a commercial and fine art photographer who focuses on dancers. Zaire is on the community engagement committee of TLF.

Pam Winegard is a mixed media artist and art educator in Charlotte. Pam is on the community engagement committee of TLF.

Phil Moody is Professor of Fine Arts at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, and a fine art photographer. Phil is a past president and currently serves on the executive committee of TLF.

Eric Pickersgill received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. Eric is a fine art photographer whose series Removed has recently received widespread acclaim. Eric is on the education committee of TLF.

Dick Handshaw is a learning and performance consultant, speaker, and president of Handshaw, Inc. Dick is on the education committee of TLF.

Hal Shinn is chief technology officer at Multimedia Games. Hal is chair of the membership committee of TLF.

Steve Firenze works at Wells Fargo. Steve is on the development committee of TLF.

Renee George McColl is currently an art consultant who previously owned the contemporary art gallery Renee George Gallery (2004-2013), and prior to that worked for Morgan Stanley and Bankers Trust. Renee is on the auction committee of TLF.

Mark Cooke is Chief Innovation Officer at Tax Management Associates, Inc. Mark is on the development committee of TLF.

John Nickerson is a retired criminal defense attorney. John is on the development committee of TLF.

Linda Roberts is a fine art photographer living in Waxhaw, NC. Linda is on the development committee of TLF.

Will Fisher is a business development professional with the highest hopes for our local and global community. Great things can happen when people come together. Will’s goal as a member of the board is to accomplish exactly this for Charlotte and local artists. He is on the film committee of TLF.

Sean Busher is a community artist activist and advertising photographer utilizing photo, video, CGI, and cutting-edge technologies for commercial applications and special projects. Sean is on the facilities committee of TLF.

Amy Grissom received a BA in Economics at UNC Chapel Hill and an MA in Art History with a focus on 19th century France at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In recent years, she has been involved in land conservation efforts in North Carolina and served on the board of The LandTrust for Central North Carolina. She formerly worked with museums and publishers in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. She is on the development committee of TLF.

Steve Montgomery is the retired founder and president of CSi, a scholastic photo services provider across the USA and Canada. He is also a full-time solo Dad to three young children, a part-time business developer, a Mecklenburg County Juvenile Courts youth advocate as a Guardian ad Litem, and a champion of social change through local and national at-risk youth mentoring initiatives.

Jennifer Gaitsch-Aguirre majored in Linguistics and Classical Languages at UCLA, then in 2012 received her master’s degree in accounting from UNC Charlotte, leading to her current career. Both of her parents were photography enthusiasts, with her maternal grandparents owning a camera store in the Chicago area. She worked for years in various camera stores in and around Los Angeles, meeting and forming lasting friendships with many photographers and artists in the area—including her husband.