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.
Fay Adams recently retired as Associate Professor Emeritus at the UT School of Music where she was Coordinator of the Keyboard Area and taught piano, pedagogy, and Suzuki pedagogy. She received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and the 2016 MTNA National Teacher of the Year. Fay now teaches privately and still works with MTNA, the Suzuki Association, and the Suzuki Piano School of Knoxville.
Cindi Alpert, Board President, 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.
Harold A. Black is the James F. Smith Jr. Professor of Finance (emeritus) at the University of Tennessee. He served on the initial board of the National Credit Union Administration. He has held faculty positions at the University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Howard University and American University. He is past chairman of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank – Nashville Branch.
Robert R. “Rick” Carl 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.
Trey Coleman is the regional president for HomeTrust Bank in Knoxville, Tenn. He is a past Joy of Music School board member and board president. Prior to joining the board, Trey served as a volunteer guitar instructor at the School..
F. Michael Combs is Professor Emeritus of Music (retired) at the University of Tennessee and associate principal timpanist 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.
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, Board President-Elect, 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. He is chair of the board marketing/PR committee.
Pete Finch is a writer and contributing editor at the magazine Golf Digest and Golf World magazines, and is a journalism instructor in New York. A bass player in multiple bands in his free time, Pete 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.
Dametraus Jaggers is Asst. Professor at Johnson University and directs its Future of Hope High School Youth Theology Initiative. He was Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life at the Univ. of Tennessee. He worked in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Student Center at Ohio State U. at Mansfield. Dametraus is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Ed. Administration at U.T. He holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from Kent State University.
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.
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. Mr. Robinson chairs the board’s advocacy committee.
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.
Joyce Thames is the mother of one current and three former JoMS students. She has been a homeschool mom for over 20 years and is now educating the last of her six children. She organizes a variety of social and educational events for her church, and has organized and produced homeschool events. Joyce also served as a volunteer for Children’s Hospital events and as a 4-H leader.
Frank F. Venable is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley. In addition to being an active member of the Joy of Music School board, Frank is also active in church and community activities.
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, as well as in architecture, theaters, and outdoor events 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.
James A. Dick, Honorary Chair
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