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Dr. Richard Brown, Trustee
Board of Trustees
Dr. Peter Salovey, Chairman of the Board, Executive Committee Chairman
Peter Salovey is the President of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also serves as the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. He previously held positions as Provost of Yale University, Dean of Yale College and Dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. After completing graduate work at Yale, Peter has been on the faculty there since 1986. He directs a laboratory that conducts research on emotional intelligence and on the effective communication of health information. After growing up in Northern New Jersey, Buffalo, New York, and Los Angeles, California, Peter attended Stanford University in the late 1970s where he first heard bluegrass music on the now defunct radio station, KFAT, from Gilroy, California and at various venues around the Bay Area. He has been pursuing an interest in bluegrass and traditional country music ever since, and for over twenty years has played bass with a Yale student-faculty band that he co-founded: the Professors of Bluegrass.
Terry Woodward, IBMM Co-Founder, Executive Committee Member
Terry Woodward, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky is chairing IBMM’s Capital Campaign for the new International Bluegrass Music Center, scheduled to open in May of 2015. He was a Founding Member of IBMA and served as the Chairperson the first three years of its existence. He is the Owner/President of Wax Works, Inc, a major video distributor representing all of the major movie studios. He is also the Owner/President of Team Marketing, which is the largest company of sports licensed video product in the nation. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and in 1999 was inducted into its Business College Hall of Fame. He remains very active in his community and industry associations.
Mike Simpson, Vice-Chairman, Executive Committee Member
Mike Simpson is the President and Owner of Chandler Property Management, a real estate management and investment company headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mike grew up in Bluegrass music as his mother’s family lived in Rosine. Mike and his father would often hunt along Jerusalem Ridge and would use the porch of the Bill Monroe homeplace as a place to rest. His great-grandfather, Cleveland “Clea” Baize, was known to have played his fiddle alongside Pendelton Vandiver at the “ol’ Lizer place” on Jerusalem Ridge. Mike’s father played a Martin D-28 guitar and the family traveled to Bluegrass festivals on the weekends from the time Mike was a small boy. His fondest memories of those trips are from Bean Blossom and all the great acts assembled there. After graduating from high school Mike went to Western Kentucky University where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He completed additional collegiate work at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Mike is married to his college sweetheart, Kim, who owns “Junkyard Gypsies” consignment store in Bowling Green and serves as Director of Food Services for the Bowling Green Independent School District. They are both active with Western Kentucky University serving on various Boards on “the Hill”. Mike and Kim have one son, Cleveland, named for his fiddle playing great-great-grandfather.
Ralph Wible, Treasurer, Executive Committee Member
Ralph Wible is a lifetime resident of Owensboro. His undergraduate degree was earned from Indiana University and his law degree from Vanderbilt, where he met his wife Gayle Scott, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, to whom he has been married since 1967. For 40 years he was in private practice, representing businesses and families in office practice and litigation. He has served on a number of local, state and professional boards. Ralph and Gayle have two sons, both of whom received graduate degrees from Yale–one in architecture (now in Nashville) and one in law (now in New York). Ralph is not a musician but has enjoyed bluegrass music for many years, probably beginning during the time he was in the army near Warrenton, Virginia in the late 50′s. In recent years, his interest in the genre has peaked due to Owensboro’s being blessed with great bluegrass concerts and events.
Terry Gold, Secretary, Executive Committee Member
Terry Gold is the co-founder and CEO of Gold Systems, a communications software company based in Boulder, Colorado. He moved to Colorado in 1985 and worked as a contract software developer with AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has decades of experience in business and software, has served on the Board of advisors for several local technology companies, and is a former board member and advisor of the Boulder Technology Incubator. He is an occasional speaker for the University of Colorado Leeds School of business and is a mentor for new entrepreneurs at Boulder’s TechStars organization. He was a founding member of the Colorado chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and is a former member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. In 2000 he and his co-founder were recognized with the “Esprit Entrepreneur of Distinction” award, and in 2003 Terry was recognized as a finalist at the Rocky Mountain Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Gold Systems was founded in 1991 and named to the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 1998. The company has also been named to the Deloitte & Touche Colorado Fast 50 seven times. Terry grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky and graduated from Brescia College with a B.S. in Business Administration. He returns there when he can to visit family and friends and to listen to Bluegrass music.
Rodney Berry, Trustee
Since 1996, Rodney Berry has been president of the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro. The foundation fosters broad and meaningful citizen participation in community decisions and public policy by publishing articles and issuing briefs, commissioning research, conducting community forums, supporting grass roots citizen initiatives, and funding grants to organizations in support of education projects. Prior to joining the foundation staff, Rodney was president of the RiverPark Center for 12 years. An Owensboro native and graduate of Western Kentucky University, Rodney is involved in numerous civic organizations and community improvement initiatives. His wife, Joanne, is a middle school librarian. They have two sons: Joe, Downtown Project Manager for the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation; and Adam, an aspiring actor in New York City.
Dr. Richard Brown, Trustee
Known as “Richie” to music friends and family, Dr. Brown has been a practicing dentist in Cambridge, MA, since graduating from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. In addition, he is a part-time assistant clinical professor of restorative dentistry at Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine. Richie has been a bluegrass musician since the early 1960s, when he began to play with several of the famed musicians who gathered around New York City’s Washington Square. He has come to be regarded as one of the leading Monroe-style mandolin players in New England. He currently performs with The Reunion Band. Past credits include stints with the Boston-area Stony Lonesome band in the early 1980s; with Connecticut-based Apple Country in the late 1970s and early 1980s; and with New England legends Bob and Grace French in the late 1960s and mid 1970s. Together with Stan Zdonik and others, Richie and his wife, Dr. Margaret Gerteis (bass player with The Reunion Band), co-founded the Boston Bluegrass Union and began producing bluegrass concerts and organizing picking parties in 1976. BBU’s signature annual event, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, won the IBMA Festival Event of the Year in 2008. Richie served as vice-president of that organization for over eighteen years. In addition to serving on the IBMM Board, Dr. Brown is Associate Director of the Museum’s Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp. He and Dr. Gerteis have two daughters.
Dale Cockrell, Trustee
Dale Cockrell is Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, Professor of Musicology Emeritus (Vanderbilt University), and a Research Associate of the University of the Free State (South Africa). He has published thirteen books and editions of music and more than one hundred articles on popular music. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and honors, including the presidency of the Society for American Music. Cockrell is also founder and president of The Pa’s Fiddle Project, an educational, scholarly, and musical program dedicated to recording the music of the Little House books and reconnecting the nation’s children with the rich music legacies embedded in them. Recordings he has produced include performances by Mac Wiseman, Pat Enright, Bryan Sutton, Butch Baldassari, Riders in the Sky, and others. Cockrell was part of the team that headed the renovation of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in 2001-2002; many of the labels in the museum are his copy.
Rosemary Conder, Trustee
Pati Crooker, Trustee
Matthew Dudman, Trustee
Matt Dudman is a bluegrass singer, mandolin, guitar and bass player who fronts the band “Matt and George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys”, and performs extensively as a first call ‘hired gun’ with the ‘cream of the crop’ in California, and occasionally with national pickers across the USA and beyond at venues such as the CBA Father’s Day “Grass Valley” festival, the IBMA ‘Fan Fest’, Louisiana’s Abita Opry, the IBMM River of Music Party (ROMP) in Owensboro, KY, as well as on ABC Television. He has appeared extensively on recordings with the likes of Kathy Kallick, John Reischman, Keith Little, Sandy Rothman and Bobby Black. Matt has collected, studied, given workshops, and contributed to various scholarly publications on Bill Monroe’s music of the late 1940s. He was also honored to be selected as an interviewer in the IBMM Video Oral History Project on Bluegrass Masters. Matt teaches music lessons and workshops worldwide, runs PleasantValleyMusic.com retail store and is a record producer in his in Dixon, CA SquirtyRecords.com recording studio. Matt also teaches music at Solano College and is a practicing attorney.
Larry Harrington, Trustee
Larry K. Harrington is a native of Owensboro ,KY. He is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, TN, and received a Master of Laws degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Harrington practiced law in Owensboro until his retirement in 2007. He served as City Attorney of the City of Owensboro from 1980-1984. He has served as legal counsel to the IBMM from its inception, having been active in its organization and serving on the initial Board of Directors. He was also active in the IBMA during its formative period and while it was located in Owensboro. He drafted the IBMA Trust Fund. Mr. Harrington has had a strong affinity for bluegrass music from a young age. He fondly recalls riding in the back of a pickup truck to attend a Grand Ole Opry performance in 1955. Larry and his wife, Hadley, have three children and five grandchildren.
Gill Holland, Trustee
Spirit Award nominee for Producer of the Year, Gill Holland has worked on over 50 films, including BLUEGRASS JOURNEY, Sundance faves FLOW: For Love of Water, ADVENTURES OF POWER, SPRING FORWARD, LOGGERHEADS, triple winner HURRICANE STREETS, the FOX sit-com GREG THE BUNNY, the Spirit Award winner and first carbon-neutral independent film SWEETLAND, Al Gore’s 2008 Reel Current Award winner MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL, and the Emmy-nominated DEAR JESSE. He produced three volumes of cineBLAST! the short film compilations. He is partner at The Group Entertainment, the KY/NYC management/production company. Former lawyer and adjunct professor at NYU Graduate Film School, Gill worked at the French Film Office. He has been on the jury for shorts at Sundance and selection committee for the Academy Awards, Student Division. His record label sonaBLAST! features Kelley McRae, Ben Sollee, The Old Ceremony and Irish star Mark Geary. He, his wife Augusta and three children just opened The Green Building, the greenest building in Louisville, KY: www.TheGreenBuilding.com.
Dr. Denise Jarvinen, Trustee
Peter V. Kuykendall, Trustee
Ross Leazenby, Trustee
Chris Love, Trustee
Jesse McReynolds, Trustee
The legendary Jesse McReynolds, a native of Carfax (near Coeburn), Virginia grew to manhood with his equally famous brother, Jim, as members of a family steeped in traditional mountain music. The “Jim & Jesse” brother-style harmony was exceptional and set this duo apart in the world of traditional music, now called Bluegrass. Jesse became famous as well for his invention of cross-picking and split-string mandolin playing. Beginning their career with major labels in 1952, they recorded for Capitol, Columbia, Epic, Opryland, CMH, Rounder, and their own, Old Dominion creating many classics still played to this day. Over the 55 year span of their career as a duo, they performed in 49 US states as well as Canada, Mexico, Japan, Europe, The British Isles and Africa. They became members of The Grand Ole Opry in 1964. Numerous honors include IBMA’s Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame’s “Walkway of Stars”, Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Individually and collectively nominated for many Grammy awards, in 1997, they received our nation’s most prestigious honor in the Folk and Traditional Arts: the National Heritage Fellowship Award. Jim McReynolds passed away December 31, 2002, ending the longest active professional brother duet in country music history. Jesse continues to play throughout the world with the Virginia Boys and, more recently, his own enormously talented grandchildren.
Dagfinn M. Pedersen, Trustee
Born November 9, 1945 into a local fisherman’s family outside a small town, Risor, in Norway, Dagfinn graduated as electrical engineer in 1970 from Bergen Technical College and in 1972 from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. He worked a short time for Sturgeon Electric and Gates Rubber Company in Denver, CO before moving back to Norway in 1974 where he worked for a major electrical engineering firm, National Elektro, as a senior engineer and department manager for offshore instrumentation projects. He was also involved within their concern in various contract negotiations for offshore oilfield installation jobs in the North Sea. He quit the life as an engineer in 1982, moved back home and started a lapidary company which he is still running today. For over 25 years he has organized Scandinavia’s largest Gem & Mineral Show. He started a local community development association where he lives and served as the chair person for many years. He has also been on the board of the local historical society for a number of years. In Norway the lower courts use one judge and two appointed “assisting judges” from the “common people”; he has served as such for over 30 years. His interest in bluegrass came in the late 80’s and came in full bloom in the 90’s. With no visible bluegrass scene in Norway he started a bluegrass radio program on the local radio in 2001, Norway’s only bluegrass festival in 2002 and NoBMA, the Norwegian Bluegrass Music Association, the same year. Risor Bluegrass Festival has added a 4-day bluegrass workshop since then, making it a full week event. I am currently on the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) board and coordinate the National Representatives. I am also working on a European bluegrass festival network under the EBMA umbrella. I have done the Leadership Bluegrass in 2007, the International Bluegrass Summit in 2008 and the European Bluegrass Summits since 2009.
Brian Smith, Trustee
Brian is proudly affiliated as a voting member with the following music industry trade organizations: IBMM, IBMA, Folk Alliance, AMA and CMA. He is a passionate and active alumni member of Leadership Music (Class of 2002) and Leadership Bluegrass (Class of 2003). He served as an industry panelist for Leadership Music’s Label Day in 2003 and was an active member of the formation committee and a guest panelist for the Leadership Music Class of 2007, as well as one of the featured guest speakers at the 2004, 2008 and 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass conventions. He served the IBMA as a member of the Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee from 2006 through 2011 as well as the Chair of the Committee in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 Brian was selected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the International Bluegrass Music Museum and in 2012 was voted to a position on the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. In this role Brian oversees the day to day career management and artistic direction of all acts on his roster. Prior to founding Leadership Artists, he was a co-founder and senior operating partner of Value Music Concepts, Inc. which owned and operated retail music stores around the country. Brian was also responsible for the marketing of the Spin Street/Mohegan Sun Casino location, which routinely hosted world class musicians, actors and authors in more than 350 exclusive “live” performances, discussions and meet & greets involving entertainers and authors appearing at the casino.
Stephanie Taylor, Trustee
Joe Wilson, Advisor
Joe Wilson grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Tennessee, where he was profoundly influenced by the traditional music of that region. He is a folklorist and served as the Founder and Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts from 1976 to 2004. He now serves as Chairman of NCTA, and also manages NCTA’s Blue Ridge Music Center. In his career, he has produced forty-two large-scale music festivals in eleven states, twenty-one national tours by musicians and dancers, nine international tours that visited thirty-three nations, and 131 LP and CD audio recordings of various forms of folk music. With Lee Udall, he co-wrote the book Folk Festivals: A Handbook for Organization and Management. He has also been involved in the production of twelve films. In 2001, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded a National Heritage Fellowship to Joe Wilson. This is the highest honor the nation accords artists and workers in the traditional arts. As part of the Library’s tribute to Wilson, the Librarian of Congress presented him with a Living Legend award on September 10, 2009. Joe makes his home in Galax, Virginia.
John Medley, Advisor
John retired in November 2007 after 46 years as Manager of a prosperous Anheuser-Busch distributorship in Owensboro, Kentucky. He has served his home city of Owensboro as a City Commissioner. He currently serves as a Trustee of this Museum, Co-Chairman of Green River Area Development District, Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation, as a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Public Art, as a Board Member of Owensboro Fine Arts Museum and the Owensboro Daviess County Airport Board, and as a Member of the Owensboro Art Guild. He is using his newfound time as a private, retired citizen to become a distinguished visual artist. John has been married to Mary Kiley, originally from Dayton, OH, for 49 years. They have three children: John (and Lynn Jurss) of Thousand Oaks, CA; Lisa (and Alan) Welch of Ellicott City, MD; and Angela (and Doug) Stanton, of St. Louis, MO. They have five grandchildren.