Senior Vice President and Chief Distribution Officer
Background: Brett oversees Duke Energy’s electric distribution systems, grid modernization and operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. He is a Pittsburg, PA native and has lived in Kansas, Ohio and now Charlotte. Brett and his wife, Rebecca, have a daughter and two sons.
Interests/Hobbies: Brett is a member of the governor-appointed North Carolina State Ports Authority Board and The Executive Leadership Council of Washington, D.C. He is chair of the board of directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and is also a board member of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Affiliate of Fifth Third Bank. Brett also enjoys weight lifting, travel and recreational dancing.
Charity/Non-profit supporting in addition to NC Dance Theatre: Crisis Assistance Ministry.
Brett says “I enjoy raising funds for worthy causes. If I can also have fun doing it, it is a win/win.”
4th Year Company Dancer
North Carolina Dance Theatre
Hometown: Miami, FL
Never miss an episode of: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Charlotte restaurant: Deejai Thai
Favorite choreographer: Pina Bausch
Melissa, a Miami native, received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida. In 2010, her choreography Stained Glass
was selected by the American College of Dance Festival to be performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Melissa trained at New World School of the Arts and spent summers with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Chautauqua Ballet. In 2012, Melissa was nominated for a Princess Grace Award. Some of her favorite performances in which she has had the honor of dancing include Bill T. Jones’ Serenade/The Proposition
, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
, Dwight Rhoden’s Artifice
, Sasha Janes’ Last Lost Chance
, Mark Diamond’s Bolero
, Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Requiem 9. 11
and the Lilac Fairy in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Sleeping Beauty
. Melissa has premiered two original pieces of choreography, Artificially Exposed
and Yappos at Paalam
with North Carolina Dance Theatre.