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Meet Our Amazing Board Members


Kalista has been involved with the BCW since it started in July 2021. She is active in food and cooking events, and currently serves as treasurer on the BCW board. Kalista’s hobbies are improv, hiking, biking, cooking, and doing all the fun things with her 6 1/2 year old. She is also a certified foster parent with North Carolina and works to support children of all ages

Kalista Popp


A Triangle native, Chandra Noyes has extensive experience exploring creativity with children in a wide range of settings. She holds a Bachelor's in Art History from UNC Asheville and a Master's in Art Education from the University of Texas. Professionally, she is a nonprofit-enthusiast currently working in individual and major gifts for an international NGO. In her spare time, she is an accomplished DIY-er, who loves to sew, garden, tinker, and spend time outdoors. Chandra joined the board in 2022 and serves as secretary.

Chandra Noyes




A carpenter by trade, Alex has several years of experience leading volunteers on construction projects ranging from roof rebuilds in the Caribbean in the wake of devastating hurricanes, to building new homes with Habitat for Humanity for families here in Durham. Alex has a passion for teaching construction and woodworking practicies, and hopes the skills that children and adults gain from the BCW will transfer to the real world. Alex also has a passion for Jesus, and is an avid swing dancer and backpacker. 

Alex Mott

After School Beginners Class Committee


Born and raised in North Carolina, Ken has 15 years of marketing and design experience. He loves the creative process that goes into woodworking.

Ken Wilkins

Adult Programming Committee

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Pete Falciani

After School Shop Class Committee

My name is Pete, a member of the Board of Directors for the Bull City Woodshop. I grew up in New Jersey and was inspired to pursue the building trades by my dad and grandfather who both worked in construction for their whole lives. In the 2000’s as a teenager I taught myself carpentry in my dad’s shop while he was at work, and then after college I went into commercial construction as a project manager. While commercial construction was fun, it wasn’t hands-on enough to satisfy me the way working in the shop as a teen did, and I wanted to get back to that. In 2020 I started my own sawmill and lumber business out of Durham which is still growing, and I also do custom carpentry and handyman projects on the side. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with youths who will be able to spend their teen years developing the passion for creating things the same way that I did.

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