Staff

Matt Carvin

Matt Carvin

Executive Director

Matt Carvin has been a concert guitarist and community teaching artist for the past 10 years. In 2004 he founded the Creative Access, a nonprofit organization in Baltimore, Md. that brings collaborative volunteer music and arts experiences into public schools, senior centers and healthcare settings, and also functions as the primary community engagement vehicle of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He’s been privileged to serve in leadership roles with the Levine School of Music and the Baltimore Partners for Enhanced Learning Teaching Artist Initiative, as well as worked as a consultant in community-based educational arts programming with Young Audiences of Maryland, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance.

Matt holds a Masters in Music Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a Masters in Arts Administration with a focus on Non Profit Management from American University, and in his spare time enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, and playing anything with strings and frets.

Ashley Bethea

Ashley Bethea

Program Director

Over ten years ago, Ashley began attending workshops and seminars that covered the gamut of Praise and Worship presentation: music, mime, drama, rap, step, classic and contemporary dance. In a relatively short period, the perfecting of those things she had learned enabled her to be appointed as Choreographer of 2 performing arts groups at her local church Descending Dove Christian Center. For half of her years of dance and directing, Ashley was a student and teacher of GAFA Studios, and summer teacher for several other dance studios, including DREAMS…all while attending UNC at Wilmington. To date, she received her B.A. in Criminal Justice and her Masters degree in Liberal Studies, affording her the opportunity to learn and ‘live’ dance and life from diverse cultures.

Sophia Lanza

Sophia Lanza

Program Coordinator

Sophia Lanza wears many hats as a documentary filmmaker, environmental activist, professional organizer, mother, wife, and now as a DREAMER! She has volunteered with children for the last five years within the public school system and her church. During that time she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and was the recipient of the Frank Capra Jr. Scholarship. While at UNCW Sophia directed three short documentaries all with environmental themes. Since then she has worked with the Cape Fear Volunteer Center, Oceana, The Coastal Federation and The Surfrider Foundation to create short films documenting events around the Wilmington area.
When not working at DREAMS or on independent film projects, Sophia enjoys hitting the beach with her husband and two daughters or cultivating her garden. She loves to read, write and help others by giving organizational advice and parenting encouragement, which she does via her website and blog.

Bess Butterworth

Bess Butterworth

Director of Marketing & Community Outreach

Bess Butterworth came to DREAMS from Washington State, having grown up in Spokane, attended college in Bellingham and completing her Masters Degree in Seattle. She received her BA in Printmaking and her MFA in Arts Leadership. Bess has worked with a variety of arts organizations and community nonprofits both in an administrative and marketing capacity. She has a love of design and considers herself ‘renaissance woman’ when it comes to the arts, doing a little bit of everything from music to dance to visual art. She has captained step teams and taught tap and jazz to kids and co-founded Spokane INK Art Space in her hometown of Spokane.

Casey Trull

Casey Trull

Program Coordinator

Casey Trull grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the small town of Clyde, a few minutes West of Asheville. He moved to Wilmington in 2010 to attend UNCW, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Studies. During his time in college, Casey worked as a tennis pro with a focus on youth development. He coached primarily at Pine Valley Country Club and also assisted with other various tennis programs, including a brief stint coaching tennis in Los Angeles. Upon returning to Wilmington, Casey found DREAMS and immediately began volunteering. Now he serves as a Program Coordinator and Teen
Council liaison at DREAMS. Casey enjoys writing and performing comedy and serves as the Marketing Director for The Pineapple-Shaped Lamps comedy troupe. He also pursues his musical passions through
drumming and ukulele. Casey additionally enjoys a good pizza pie, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, and a funny movie. But nothing brings Casey more joy than working with the kids of today, helping them learn, grow, and prepare to conquer the challenges of tomorrow.

Kevin Blackburn

Kevin Blackburn

Assistant Director

Kevin has worked and volunteered with youth nonprofits all over Wilmington, serving in roles ranging from program coordinator to director of business and finance. He attended UNCW, where he graduated with University Honors, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. His passion for social justice, youth, and the arts drives everything he does. Permanently infected with the “travel bug,” Kevin loves traveling the world with his wife. In his free time, he is an environmental activist and a volunteer scuba diver for the Ft. Fisher Aquarium. He also volunteers as a Crisis Text Line counselor. He loves discovering music, reading, playing guitar, riding anything with two wheels, and outdoor adventure.