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.

2018 – 2019 BOARD MEMBERS /

Steve Firenze works at Wells Fargo. He moved to Charlotte in 1993 and first attended The Light Factory auction soon after. Steve is drawn to modern/contemporary art with a focus on photography. He is an amateur photographer with the goal to sharpen his photography skills. Steve is the current Board President of TLF and also serves on the Finance and Auction Committees.

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Laura Jo Canady is secretary and a senior assurance manager at Greer Walker, CPAs and Advisors in Charlotte, NC.

Member as of November 2017

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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.

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Jennifer Gaitsch-Aguirre is treasurer and a certified public account and an international tax director at Clifton, Larson, Allen, LLP. Prior to this, she worked at Greer Walker, CPAs and Advisors in Charlotte, NC.

Member as of 2017

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Amy Grissom received a BA in Economics at UNC, Chapel Hill and MA in Art History with a focus on 19th century France at University of Michigan, 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 NC. She formerly worked with museums and publishers in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. is on the development committee of TLF.

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

Member as of November 2015

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.

Member as of November 2015

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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.

Member as of November 2015

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Eric Pickersgill received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2015. Eric is a fine art photographer whose series Removed has recently “put him on the map.” Eric is on the education committee of TLF.

Member as of November 2015

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

Member as of November 2013

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Lisa Speer is the founder of Speer Creative Edge, a branding business which helps coaches, creative professionals, and non-profits build their authentic brand. She received her MFA in Visual Design and holds her ACC credential through the International Coach Federation. Lisa is on the marketing committee of TLF.

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Ashley Spinks is an architect/designer at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Charlotte, NC.

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Richard Weschler is past President of Scotts Landing, LLC and past General Manager, International Business Development at Nucor Corporation. Richard received his BSE from Princeton University and his MBA from Lehigh University College of Business and Economics.