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.

Jonathan Gilliland
Jonathan came to Virginia for college at Washington & Lee University where he graduated in 1993 with a B.S. in Math and Natural Sciences.  He later earned an MBA from The Darden School at UVA in 1998. Jonathan has served as CIO for Keller Enterprises, LLC since 2013, where he oversees asset allocation and investment decision-making (previously CFO, 2008 -2013). Jonathan serves on several boards of the companies in which Keller Enterprises has invested. Additionally, Jonathan serves as a Manager of Inglewood Farms, LLC, Keller Enterprises’ only wholly-owned operating subsidiary.  A lover of bluegrass music, Jonathan joined The Front Porch as a volunteer in 2018 and later joined the board where he serves as Treasurer. His most cherished role is as father of two sons: Beck, an aspiring banjo player, and Keller, an accomplished thespian.

Marc Lipson
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. 

Neal Goodloe
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.

Paddy Bowman
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
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.

Shannon D. Beach
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.

Mike Burris
Mike is an educator, musician, and digital media producer. After many years living in Vermont, Mike made his way to Charlottesville in search of a warmer climate. His love of roots music quickly led him to the Front Porch where he has participated in the jam sessions, private, and group lessons. Mike plays often in and around Charlottesville with musicians he has met through the Front Porch. He is a strong believer in how music brings communities closer together.

Devon Sproule
Devon Sproule grew up at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, VA.  She moved to Charlottesville as a teenager, busking on the downtown mall and making friends within the local music world.  Now a professional touring musician, Sproule plays regularly in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  Her releases have garnered praise from Village Voice, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Observer, Guardian, and have featured collaborations with (among others) fellow Virginians Mary Chapin Carpenter and the late Jesse Winchester.   As a teacher, Devon’s specialty is one-on-one “musical mentoring,” helping people young and old improve their playing and singing while learning to process life’s joys and pains creatively, through songwriting. 

Adam Healey
Adam is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Missionbear, a boutique management consultancy that works with companies and organizations focused on creating positive change in the world. He is also the co-founder and CEO of The High Country Presents, a lifestyle marketing & production company that produces, promotes & owns the Festy music & mindfulness festival.  Previously, he was the Co-Founder & CEO of Borrowed & Blue (2012-2017) and hotelicopter (2006-2011), both venture-backed startups that were sold to the market leaders in their industry.  Adam received his MBA from the Darden School of Business and his BS from the McIntire School of Commerce, both at the University of Virginia.

Renard Turner

Mary Beth Aungier

Christine Perot

Lester Jackson

 

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 as a Senior Visual Manager and Acting District Visual Manager for the retailer Anthropologie.

Emily Kresky, Booking and Venue Manager
Emily Kresky moved to Charlottesville from New Jersey 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, is the artist and booking coordinator for The Front Porch, and is a certified Teaching Artist of MIMA Music. She is also a songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist and performs both as a solo act and leads the pop-rock group, Dropping Julia. 

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.

 

Katen Reynolds, Development Manager
Katen is a native of Lexington, VA and moved to Charlottesville in 2006.  Before joining The Front Porch she worked as a gardener, dance teacher, and most recently, an elementary school teacher.  Though music has always been an important part of her life, she didn’t start learning an instrument until a few years ago when she picked up a guitar for the first time.  Working at The Front Porch has been the perfect way for Katen to combine her love of learning, music, and community.