Suzanne Wagner - Chairman

Suzanne's interest in the Lapidary Arts began before the founding of William Holland when her parents, the school founders, first got started with rockhounding. They did a craft show together where she exhibited shell jewelry alongside her parents cabochons. Suzanne was hooked, and went to every rock and gem show available and even took several classes before she stepped in as acting Director in 1991 when her mother became too ill. She has served on the Board of Directors since the School's founding in 1985 and, after retiring as acting Director last year, is serving as Chairman of the Board

Vivian Heath - Treasurer

Vivian has been teaching seed beading, basic stringing and pearl knotting since 1984 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. She is a professional knotter and worked for jewelry stores in Jacksonville, Florida. She owned a bead shop in Jacksonville for almost ten years where she taught classes and helped customers in bead design. Vivian first came to William Holland School in 1986 to take classes and fell in love with the area. She relocated to Young Harris in April 2006 and teaches six classes a year for the School. She also teaches for the SFMS from time to time. She also owns Beaded Bunny Hill, a bead and rock shop located at her home a few miles from William Holland.

Harold Sparks - Board Member

As the son of the school founders, Harold has served on the Board of Directors since the School was founded in 1985. A retired government employee, Harold has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for 55+ years as well as serving as a police officer for 38 years and continuing active service with his local fire and rescue squad.

Mike Sparks - Board Member

Mike was elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. As the son of the School's founders, he is excited to take an active role in setting vision for his mother and father's dream and to continue making William Holland an excellent and affordable place for rockhounds, artists, and crafters to learn and create.

Sarah Lee Boyce - Board Member

Sarah Lee is a retiree from the Southern Bell Telephone Company and has been teaching Opal cutting since the early 1990s. She studied under Joe De Pietro, Emery Leppett and Dr. Paul Dowing. She has also taken jewelry classes from Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Sarah Lee has served as the president of the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies and currently teaches opal cutting at William Holland as well as offering classes in cabochon and opal cutting at her home outside of Charlotte, NC. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2009.

Judy Peppers - School Manager

Judys art career began the 1980s with painting. Love of color brought her to stained glass. Intrigued by kaleidoscopes, it soon became her second passion. From there, she started fusing scrap glass in a microwave kiln, which led to wire wrap as a medium to use the glass in jewelry designs since 1993, wire art has consumed a good portion of her time. In 2000, Judy began classes at William Holland, taking numerous classes, and in 2001, she began Lampwork classes. Since that time, she has taken several works shops and course from any instructor, devoting most of her time to glass beads. Judy has been producing and selling at art galleries and craft festival thought the Southeast since 1987.

Nancy English - Board Member

Nancy is a retired nursing professor. She is an enthusiastic teacher, creative jewelry designer and values creative workmanship. Nancy and her daughter have been involved in lapidary and metalsmithing for many years. She has attended design and manufacturing workshops in Nashville, Tennessee; William Holland; Western Kentucky University; Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky. Nancy has taught creative silversmithing in Nashville, Tennessee; Bowling Green; Cadiz, Kentucky and at William Holland. She is a member of the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society, and Kyana Geological Society. She has taught silversmithing at Wildacres for AFMS. As an active silversmith, she maintains a private workshop.

Barbara Green - Board Member

Barbara became a board member and Secretary for the board in the summer of 2017. She is retired from Fluor, Inc. where she first learned computer graphics and assisted the marketing dept. using various drawing programs to create brochures for sales use. After being encouraged by her co-workers to pursue her career in art, she discovered seed beading and began making jewelry to sell. She entered her first arts and craft show in 1998. Discovering a love for teaching and sharing her skills, she began teaching at Michael’s Craft stores, William Holland, SFMS Workshops and locally in Greenville, SC.