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Executive Director










Sara Bell
Program ManagerSara Carolina Beach

Born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina—with a brief intermission in her ancestral home of Cleveland, Ohio—Sara Bell has an abiding love for the food, music, and storytelling traditions of the South.  After many years writing, recording, and performing music with local NC bands The Angels of Epistemology, Dish, Regina Hexaphone, Dana & Karen Kletter, Lud, Tres Chicas, Jeffrey Dean Foster, and others, Sara received a masters degree in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011, where her research into the Arbëresh Albanian communities of Southern Italy led her to document music and foodways  in Puglia, Sicily, and New Orleans. When she is not serving as SDF’s multi-tasking program manager, she can be found teaching Southern Culture and other humanities courses at Sandhills Community College. With her longtime band Shark Quest, Sara is especially proud to have scored the soundtracks for documentaries Monster Road and Rocaterrania, in addition to contributing music to A Chef’s Life


Executive Directors Emeriti
Rachel Raney
Diane Robertson
(Interim) 2016