About Us


The Apex Arts Council (AAC) is a nonprofit organization encouraging all artistic disciplines, including visual art, music, dance, theatre, literary arts, and others. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life in our community through the cultivation of creativity, excellence, and diversity in the arts and stimulating their appreciation and accessibility.

The Mission of the Apex Arts Council is to provide promotion, education, and encouragement to the arts and to assist artists by providing venues for exposure and revenue generation. The arts are at the core of the creative economy of our community and country. They should be nurtured and encouraged by all of us in every way possible.


The AAC was founded on the belief the arts contribute to high quality of living and are an essential component to a vibrant economy. The AAC is working to encourage our artists through art shows, concerts, publicity and the creation of groups to involve our community in area performances and presentations of various artists, the development of arts festivals, and the publication of an informative arts newsletter.


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The Council exists to serve the area by:

  • Working with businesses, the community, and artists to coordinate and provide public art settings
  • Stimulating and encouraging the development of arts and cultural projects and activities which will serve to educate the community in arts and culture
  • Receiving and distributing information on arts and cultural programs and activities in the local community
  • Encouraging local and emerging artists and arts organizations by providing opportunities for them to show or perform their work


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Position Name Email
Director Chuck Russitano crussitano@nc.rr.com
Director Tim McCauley tim@getvisualcarolina.com
Director Teresa Robinson teresa@teresarobinsonnc.com
President Bob Crowley President@apexartscouncil.org
Treasurer Shelly Lammon Treasurer@apexartscouncil.org
Secretary Michelle Vaughn Secretary@apexartscouncil.org
Webmaster Tim McCauley Tim@getvisualcarolina.com
VP, Visual Arts Lynne Fischer Visualarts@apexartscouncil.org
VP, Cinematic Arts William Lilly Cinema@apexartscouncil.org
Events Planning Consultant Sheree Betts Info@apexartscouncil.org


Apex Arts Council Board of Directors

Bob Crowley, President

Chair of the Board R.T.Crowley (also known as Bob) has almost forty years experience in leadership positions with various nonprofit organizations. His business experience includes operating an advertising and marketing business and over thirty years of corporate hands-on and managerial experience in senior management and organizational positions. His reach is worldwide even to serving as part of the US Delegation to the United Nations at one point in his career. He is a distinguished speaker on many topics and a highly respected member of the Apex community.

Tim McCauley, Director

Director Tim McCauley, President of Get Visual Business Solutions, a web design and graphics firm active in the Apex and Holly Springs areas. Tim has been an amateur landscape photographer since age 12. He worked in the urban planning field in Michigan and Wisconsin for twenty years, most of it in the public sector. Following his first career, he completed his MBA-Finance degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He has been running Get Visual Business Solutions since 2012, after moving to North Carolina in 2010.

Charles Russitano, Director

Director Charles Russitano has been employed as a Controller and Director of Tax for MVOC, LLC, a privately-held asset manager and private equity investor. Previous employers have included Deloitte & Touche (Raleigh, NC) and Ernst & Young (in both Raleigh, NC and Syracuse, NY). He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County from 1999-2001. He now operates his own tax practice serving small business and individuals.

Apex Arts Council Officers

Shelly Lammon, Treasurer

Treasurer Shelly Lammon

Michelle Vaughn, Secretary

Secretary Michelle Vaughn works in administration with the state of North Carolina's Department of Cultural Resources, both for NC ECHO and Connecting to Collections, programs providing North Carolina's cultural heritage institutions (museums, libraries, archives, etc.) with training in conservation of collections and disaster preparedness. Michelle graduated from Peace College in 2008 with a degree in English. She carries flames, in passionate particular, for literature and dance, but considers herself an all-around creative culture enthusiast.

NOTE: Any opinions or statements, political or otherwise, publicly expressed by the Directors, Staff, or Volunteers of the Apex Arts Council, Inc. do not represent the views or policies of this organization unless they are published in writing on the official stationary of the organization and signed or counter-signed by the organization President.