Board of Directors

The SCOT Board of Directors is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, and new board members are welcome. Meet the current board members.

Officers

Ruth Suehle

Ruth Suehle
President

Originally from South Carolina, Ruth has lived in the Triangle for more than 20 years with her husband Scott, whom she met at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1997. They’ve spent the years since then attending and volunteering at various games around the region. She and their two children dance with the Annandale Center.

Clan associations: Campbell, Bruce

 
Stephanie England Floyd

Stephanie England Floyd
Vice-President

Originally from Oklahoma, Stephanie and her family lived in the northeast for many years before settling down in Chapel Hill in 2015.  She and her husband Scott, are the proud parents of three children, two of whom are highland dancers with the Annandale Center for Scottish Dance and More in Cary.  She and her family enjoy attending highland games and can be found volunteering at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville each year.  She has served on the SCOT board since 2018 and is also a Co-Chair of Fundraising and Marketing at the Pat Johnston Memorial Competitions.  

Stephanie’s heritage includes Wallace ancestors immigrating to the Carolinas in 1773 and Duffy ancestors immigrating to Rhode Island in the 1830s.

 
Lara Seltmann

Lara Seltmann
Secretary

Lara is a native of North Carolina, and her family on her mother’s side consisted of many Scottish families that settled in the eastern part of the state. She comes from a robust line of Scots that helped shape the history of North Carolina. Her family are descendants of the Clans Mackenzie and Urquhart and the district of Galloway. She became involved with SCOT as her daughter is a highland dancer.

Clan associations: Mackenzie, Urquhart

 
Scott Suehle

Scott Suehle
Treasurer

Scott began his journey into Scottish culture as a Highland athlete more than 20 years ago. From there it was a journey into the music, arts, and dance. Now a husband and father to three Highland dancers and enjoying traveling to Highland Games up and down the east coast, Scott has recently taken up learning to play bagpipes.

Clan association(s): Campbell, Morrison

Board members

Tiffany Cissel

Tiffany Cissel

Tiffany has been captivated by her Scottish heritage her entire life. Throughout childhood, she heard her Scottish grandmother tell stories of her home in Ayrshire through her enduring Scottish brogue; those tales developed into both pride and fascination with Scotland. Tiffany is a graduate of NC State University and enjoys travel, cooking and volunteering at church and in the community. Tiffany has been a proud member of SCOT since December 2014 and Board Member since 2016.

Clan association(s): Gordon

 
Carolyn McDonald Graf

Carolyn McDonald Graf

Carolyn became interested in Scottish culture when she discovered that the stories her father had told her about the massacre of Glencoe were facts in her English history book. She has played in a pipe band, is a premier Scottish Highland dancer, and enjoys Scottish country dancing.

Clan association(s): MacDonald

 
Warren Hinson

Warren Hinson

Warren is a life-long resident of North Carolina. He met his wife Dianne in the beautiful NC mountains so reminiscent of the Scottish highlands. While Warren and Dianne worked in the Boone and Banner Elk area, their family (now including three children) was often exposed to Scottish influences in architecture, music, art, and life-style. At the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 2016, they learned of the SCOT organization, and thus joined to increase their exposure to – and further their enjoyment of – the Scottish history they have since learned is a part of their own.

Clan association(s): Davidson, Mackay (Sept Morgan)

 
Catherine McKinley, MA

Catherine McKinley, MA

Catherine is the mother of 2 long time Highland dancers, a preschool teacher, and a support group moderator. Highland dancing was so beneficial to her children that she wanted to support one of the main sponsoring organizations. From it, they learned about teamwork, camaraderie, discipline, good sportsmanship, the value of pride at doing their best, and their Scottish heritage. Clan McKinley derives from “Son of Findlay” and started as a sept of Clan Farquharson which is from the Lennox area.

Clan association(s): Farquharson, McKinley

 
Megan Monroe

Megan Monroe

Megan was first introduced to Highland dancing in Cary more than 30 years ago. It was dancing that drew Megan into the Scottish arts, but it was the bonds formed with those in the Scottish community that quickly turned an after-school activity into a life-long passion. Megan has competed across the country and at the national level. Although she’s retired her ghillies, she has high hopes her little ones will find that same joy of all things Scottish.

Clan association(s): Munro

 

Lee Raymond

Lee recently retired as the owner of High Strung Violins & Guitars in Durham, NC. She is connected through her maternal great grandparents to Clan Farquharson. Scottish fiddle playing and Scottish country dance are two of the ways Lee enjoys celebrating her heritage. She served for several years as the Secretary of the Great Lakes Scottish Fiddle Club, and one of her compositions was accepted by Scottish F.I.R.E. – Scottish Fiddling Revival, Ltd.

 
Donald Ross

Donald Ross

Donald’s a native Scot and has been living in NC for almost 40 years. He joined SCOT in March of 2002, and has served on the Board since then as Membership Chairman. Also, he has been serving as President of SCOT for the past 6 years. He has also been running the Annual Burns Night at The Country Squire for the past 16 years. He also carried out the duties of Master of Ceremonies at the annual Burns Night held at The Landfall Country Club in Wilmington for almost 10 years. Donald (pictured center) is proudly seen in this picture with his Son and Grandson on one of the few occasions when they all wore Kilts at the 2018 Burns Night.

Clan association(s): Ross

 

Meghan Boyd Ward

Meghan has Scottish heritage on both sides of her family history. Her family’s interests in the Scottish arts began with her maternal grandfather playing the bagpipes in a New Orleans pipe band. She started Scottish dance at the age of four in the Chicagoland area and achieved premier by age twelve. After graduating college in Illinois, she moved to North Carolina in 2008. She now dances with Erin McDougal Bartow’s Raleigh Scottish Dance School and has been a member of SCOT since 2019.

Clan: Boyd