STAFF AND LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris DuBois, Board Chair

Chris DuBois is a founding partner at Sticks Kebob Shops. Originally from New Jersey, Chris came to Virginia to attend the College of William and Mary and has remained in the Commonwealth since then. He enjoys spending time with his two sons and friends, listening to music of all kinds, and playing soccer and guitar.

James Wilkinson, Secretary

James Wilkinson has a background in the arts, journalism, and urban planning. He works on environmental, social equity, and land use planning issues for Skeo, an environmental consulting company in Charlottesville. A long-time city resident, he is an avid supporter of local music outreach and education, with a particular interest in exploring the region’s cultural heritage. He plays guitar in The Front Porch Bluegrass Band and is also taking mandolin lessons at The Front Porch.

Dhara Goradia, Board Member

Dhara Goradia grew up in Charlottesville, where she was part of the award-winning Albemarle High School Jazz Ensemble. She went on to play in the University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble and several small jazz combos led by John D’earth, performed with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Terence Blanchard, Dave Liebman, Branford Marsalis, and Ritchie Cole, and later attended Berklee College of Music. Dhara now leads local world/jazz/fusion band Quiet Fire and west coast trio Emerald Flame. In addition to a busy life as a professional musician, Dhara holds a degree in Architecture and works as a designer for Bushman Dreyfus Architects.

John Frazee, Board Member

John Frazee and his family moved to Charlottesville in 2003. He is a UVA graduate and a current employee of S&P Global Market Intelligence, who first discovered old-time music via Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music at WTJU. He has taken lessons at The Front Porch in mandolin, slide guitar, and ensemble playing, and he loves to make a joyful noise with family and friends whenever possible.

Joan Fenton, Board Member

Joan Fenton has a master’s in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill, is the founder of Blues Week at the Augusta Heritage Workshop in Elkins, West Virginia, where she continues to teach and serve as coordinator, and for many years hosted blues and traditional music programs on public radio. She has four retail stores, including J. Fenton Too and Quilts Unlimited/J. Fenton Gifts on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. She is chair of the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville (DBAC) as well as serving on other boards.

Robinson Hubbard, Board Member

Robinson Hubbard is an attorney, educator, and musician from Natural Bridge, Virginia. He grew up playing music from an early age and is currently part of the Charlottesville reggae band Positive Collective. Rob received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Rob performed in the UVA Jazz Ensemble and studied with John D’Earth, Pete Spaar and Robert Jospe, among others. Rob is a 2016 graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law. Rob is currently an attorney at MartinWren, P.C., a Charlottesville civil litigation firm.

Marc Lipson, Board Member

Marc Lipson received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan and two degrees from the University of Virginia – a BA in Anthropology and an MS in Accounting. He current teaches at the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia, principally teaching corporate finance, but also innovation. He is an avid musician, playing bass and guitar, and has played with a variety of Charlottesville bands, including Jeebus and The Gladstones, 502 Fossils, The Holly Allen Trio and Oh Wow Boy!

Along with his wife Ellen Climo, Marc is an avid collector and supporter of the arts. Their collection is comprised primarily of photographs, with an emphasis on contemporary works. Their support of the arts has been varied and extensive: they developed a warehouse to provide inexpensive studio space to 8 artists and a large gallery rent-free to the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art and they have been regular supporters of the UVa photography department. Marc has served on the board of the UVA Art Museum (Fralin), the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and now the Front Porch.

Neal Goodloe, Board Member

Neal Goodloe has lived in Charlottesville since 1976. He attended UVa and, after graduation, decided to stick around.  Neal has worked in the criminal justice system for the past 36 years as a probation officer, supervisor, administrator, consultant and researcher.  Neal’s professional experiences have taught him the value of fostering positive creative outlets, including music, as people seek to rebuild their lives.

Four years ago, at the urging of several song-writing friends, Neal began writing and performing original tunes, first at open-mic nights, and later as an acoustic act around town. It turns out that it is never too late to learn to express yourself musically, if you are bold enough to put yourself out there and try! Neal looks forward to supporting the work of the Front Porch, so that others may find their own way to creat the music that is in their hearts.

Paddy Bowman, Board Member

Paddy Bowman is Founding Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education and co-editor of the Journal of Folklore and Education. She has developed many folk arts education resources and training opportunities for teachers and artists. Before earning her masters in folklore at the University of North Carolina, she worked as a journalist and volunteered as assistant director for the DC nonprofit, The Travelin’ Blues Workshop, promoting regional musicians such as Elizabeth Cotten, John Jackson, and John Cephas, among others. Recently she was awarded the American Folklore Society’s Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Public
Folklore and was named a Fellow of the Society.

Demian Jackson, Board Member

Demian Jackson is an attorney, amateur farmer, and avid music lover from Charlotte, NC.  He grew up around music and is a firm believer that everything is better with music.  Demian received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  He is currently a patent attorney at Jackson IPG PLLC, a Charlottesville intellectual property firm.

Margaret Eldridge, Board Member

Margaret Eldridge has a background in environmental program and project management.  She has worked as a municipal recycling coordinator, solid waste consultant, park ranger, and birth doula, and is currently the executive director of the Virginia Recycling Association.  She moved to Charlottesville with her family in 2012 to escape the fast-pace of Northern Virginia.

Music has always been a part of Margaret’s life.  She played the clarinet and piano as a child, and picked up the cello and electric bass as an adult.  Although not currently playing any instruments, Margaret can often be found enjoying Charlottesville’s fantastic music scene.

Shannon D. Beach, Board Member 

Shannon is a career community outreach and advocacy professional. His background has been primarily working with under-served populations, executive leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, financial management and business coaching.  Shannon holds a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University under a Jesuit education and a second Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Denver, with a concentration in organizational leadership and policy practice. Shannon is an avid music lover and fully embraces the wonderful imagination found in science fiction novels.

STAFF

Emily Morrison, Executive Director

Emily is a lifelong educator. Hailing from Ferrum, Virginia, she grew up in a family of musicians and educators in a region steeped in traditional music. She’s worn lots of hats since moving to Charlottesville to teach high school English in 2000, including founding and operating a summer day camp for children and directing a performing arts program at a Montessori school. Emily’s passion is helping
others express their innate creativity. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Education from The College of William and Mary.

Jess KnicelyDirector of Operations

A native of Charlottesville, Jess is an old-time fiddler and a freelance designer. She comes from a family steeped in mountain music tradition and harbors a deep passion for the sharing and preservation of traditional arts and music. Jess has previously worked as a Media Archivist, specializing in old-time music, for the Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Jess also has experience in business development, marketing, design, merchandising, and art installation.

Emily Kresky, Artist and Community Relations

Emily moved to Charlottesville in the winter of 2014 from New Jersey and quickly immersed herself in the local music scene. Dedicated to being an active participant in strengthening and growing the Central Virginia music scene, she organized the music and arts festival, Jam Fish, for three consecutive years and is a certified Teaching Artist of MIMA Music. She is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist and performs both as a solo act and with a backing band.

Malia Furtado, Director of Music Education 

Hailing from the Northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Malia comes from a large family of musicians.  Malia’s musical journey began at the age of 3 with classical violin lessons and took a turn, for better or for worse, with the discovery of bluegrass at age 7 when she attended her first festival, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention. Since then, Malia has performed with a number of different groups, taken home a range of prizes, and graced the stage of numerous venues up and down the East Coast. Malia has given private lessons in both bluegrass and classical since 2006. Other teaching ventures include appearances on two Murphy Method instructional DVD’s and leading fiddle workshops at various festivals. She currently teaches adult continued education courses in bluegrass fiddle at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyer’s Cave, VA.

Matt Curreri, Roots and Wings Program Director

Matt Curreri is a Charlottesville-based songwriter, band leader, and teacher.  His “catchy rock-and-roll chanteys capture the warm joys and cold sweats” of life. (The New Yorker)  A graduate of The University of Notre Dame with a degree in literature, his melodic songs are melancholy or silly, dark or playful, but they always have a significant poetic content.  Matt currently teaches math and music at The Charlottesville Waldorf School, and he plays regular local shows, both solo and with his garage rock band, The Exfriends.  This summer Matt led a songwriting camp and a recording camp at The Front Porch followed by a performance of the groups’ original works at Tomtoberfest.