The board of directors of the Joy of Music School is comprised of individuals who support and sustain the mission of the organization. They give of their time and resources in order to preserve a healthy future for the School, and utilize their networks to create and maintain beneficial relationships for this institution. Oversight and advancement are central to their volunteer work.
Cindi Alpert, Board President-Elect is a broadcaster and General Manager/Owner of radio station 106.1 The River. She is well-versed in marketing and sales strategies, is an in-demand voice over artist, infomercial spokesperson, and Jazz singer. Cindi is active in JoMS events, marketing and board development.
Robert R. “Rick” Carl, Board President, is a lawyer with Baker, Donelson PC and is an active musician performing frequently with local bands. He is a former school music teacher, having led the music department at the Webb School of Knoxville.
Kim Ciukowski, CPA, is a Senior Vice President at Pinnacle Bank. Kim is a member of the board’s finance committee. In addition to being an active member of the Joy of Music School board, she is also active in various charitable and professional organizations.
F. Michael Combs is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Tennessee and a musician with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He was founding board president of the Joy of Music School, helping establish the organization with its founder, James Dick. Mike currently chairs the development committee.
Sarah M. Davis, a retired Knox County Schools music teacher, is now a substitute teacher, and church music director. She is a singer and board member in the Knoxville Choral Society. Currently, she chairs the Joy of Music School’s board governance committee.
Ken Dobbins is executive vice president of First Peoples Bank of Tennessee. He is former president of the Joy of Music School Board of Directors and currently serves on the board’s finance committee.
Damon A. Falconnier is founder of the architectural firm Falconnier Design Company, which has developed a reputation for excellence in the region since 1992. In addition to board service, Damon offers his architectural expertise to support the Joy of Music School.
Jack Fellers is an emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Tennessee. He has been a volunteer piano teacher at the Joy of Music School since 2013, plays trumpet in the Tellico Village Tops Notes, and hits a lot of golf balls.
Pete Finch is a writer and contributing editor at the magazine Golf Digest, and a journalism instructor. Now in his third term as a board member, he edits the Joy of Music School newsletter, Music Notes.
Rachel Ford has served as Executive Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She is active with several community organizations as well as the League of American Orchestras. She serves as co-chair of the Joy of Music School’s Special Events Committee.
Ann Hitch, Board Secretary, has a degree in music from Florida State University and is a former elementary music teacher. She was closely involved with the early development of the School. She is especially happy to help reach the needs of our community by serving on the board of directors.
James Hundley began his investment career in 2004 after graduating from UT. He is a financial planner for Pinnacle Financial Partners in Nashville. By serving on the board James helps carry out the vision of its founder, his grandfather, James A. Dick and, in his own words is, “incredibly proud to be a part of the School and witnessing the vision of the school being fulfilled.”
Barbara Pelot served two terms on the Knoxville City Council and currently serves on Foster Care Review Board, Juvenile Court Advisory Board, and is a member of Leadership Knoxville. She is an active community volunteer and a member of various boards as well as a long-time supporter of the Joy of Music School.
James Pippin is a University of Tennessee College of Engineering retiree. He is an active musician and performer with local and national musical organizations that include the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir. James offers his expertise as a percussionist and engineer to support the Joy of Music School.
Timothy Purcell is a 21-year director with Pilot Flying J. He oversees Enterprise Development and during his tenure has developed and launched the PFJ Best Coffee on the Interstate, MyRewards Loyalty, and social media platforms. His support, along with Pilot Flying J, has been instrumental in sustaining the School’s mission.
Stephen Queisser is a 30-year marketing professional who claims to have, “no musical abilities.” Steve worked for JoMS founder James A. Dick for 10 years and was a founding board member of the School. In addition to the many benefits he brings to the board, Steve is especially tuned in to carrying forward James Dick’s dream.
Alicia Randisi-Hooker is a professional cellist with piano trio “Trillium” as well as several area ensembles. She is an SAA registered Suzuki teacher with a private studio, and a faculty member at Maryville College. She is president of the Tuesday Morning Musical Club, and on the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association board.
Mick Reed is currently an Account Executive with WATE-TV in Knoxville and has been a teacher, banker, and sales manager. Mick has been involved with other local non-profits and is a past President of Friends of Literacy. Mick has been playing music since elementary school and his current musical efforts involve playing guitar and trying to “get the band back together!”
Frank Robinson is a retired Tennessee Valley Authority executive and a retired official from the City of Oak Ridge. He serves on numerous boards and is involved in numerous community outreach activities.
Ben Smith is a music enthusiast. He works in production and fan and event engagement with AC Entertainment. He hosts the Indie Aisle – the experimental and independent music radio show on WUTK. He founded and runs Gezellig Records – a small record label with artists from across the globe. Ben serves on the special events committee for the Joy of Music School.
Dr. Malcolm Spica, Ph.D. is a forensic neuropsychologist with over 30 years of experience in clinical neuroscience. He has held academic positions at the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine, MSU Clinical Psychology Department, and MSU Department of Psychiatry. He now frequently serves as an expert consultant in various federal and state medicolegal contexts.
Glenn D. Swift, Board Treasurer, is a retired lecturer in the College of Business at the University of Tennessee specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation. He is also a retired executive from AT&T Corporation. He is an active community volunteer and world traveler.
Frank F. Venable is Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and a member of the Presidents Club of Morgan Stanley World Wide. In addition to being an active member of the Joy of Music School board, Frank is also active in church and community activities.
Jane Venable is an active community volunteer having served on local boards that include Ossoli and the Dogwood Arts Festival. She is former President of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Guild and continues to serve on the KSO board. Her volunteer work with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra spans many years and has made significant contributions to the success that KSO enjoys today.
Brad White is the head of Avolites Control Surfaces for the United States and an active lighting designer for concert and architectural projects. His lighting designs can be seen on several structures in the Knoxville area, and worldwide.
Joy of Music School Advisory Council
The advisory council is comprised of members of the community who use their diverse talents to assist the board of directors in a variety of ways.
Sharon Miller Pryse
Past Members of the Board of Directors
These are community members who have served on the board in years past, and worked to bring The Joy of Music School to its current level of success.
William Davis, Sr.
Mary Ann Fennell
John F. Fisher
James R. Martin
L.L. Montgomery, III
R.L. “Bunny” Oakes
Sammie Lynn Puett
Murphy Strong, Sr.
James L. Clayton
Betty Sue Sparks
Bill Davis, Jr.
Sandra Powell Emond