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.

Bill Arant
Jerry Askew
Harold Black
Ashley Capps
Jim Haslam
Hallerin Hill
Dale Keasling
Jeffrey Pappas
Sharon Miller Pryse
Karen White

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.

Joan Allen
Joan Ashe
Elvin Banks
Carolyn Barnett
Eleanor Barron
Judy Benson
Barbara Bernstein
Sandie Bishop
Steve Boyce
Tutt Bradford
Donald Brown
Lillian Coleman
Lee Congleton
William Davis, Sr.
James Dick
Ross Faires
Mary Ann Fennell
John F. Fisher
Sam Furrow
Margaret Gaiter
Joseph Goodstein
Lucy Hand
Kathy Hart
Bruce Hartmann
Robert Harvey
Dee Haslam
Natalie Haslam
Jenny Hines
Dale Keasling
Arthur Lavidge
John Lee
Rick Lester
Sande Macmorran
James R. Martin
Larry Martin
Keith McClelland
Hugh McWilliams
Walter Mencer
Sharon Miller
L.L. Montgomery, III
Marvelene Moore
Joanne Mounger
R.L. “Bunny” Oakes
Susan Overton
Harwell Profitt
Sammie Lynn Puett
Richard Ray
Virginia Rowlett
Phyllis Secrist
Arthur Seymour
Suzanne Shriver
William Snyder
Aaron Staple
Murphy Strong, Sr.
Joe Sullivan
Steve Tatum
David Traver
W.W. Jones
Jackie Brown
Archie Carpenter
Dwight Christian
James L. Clayton
Joe Congleton

Cynthia D’Andrea
Harold Diftler
Marcia Donaldson
Margie Loyd
Rudolph Nemeth
Amy Skalet
Mattie Smith
Susan Southerland
Norris Dryer
Jerry Field
Sarah Gass
David Henderlight
Hallerin Hill
Peggie Howard
Ken Jarnagin
Charles Lindsey
Margaret Maddox
Mickey Mallonee
Jorge Richter
Greg Roach
Janet Roach
David Royse
Suzanne Schriver
Theresa Stone
Shawn White
Bill Williams
Jim Begalla
Susan Bolt
Robert Eldridge
Elizabeth Farr
Francis Graffeo
Mark Hanson
Eugene Hattaway
Sarah Holloway
Beverly Kerr
Doug Klein
Karen Ladd
Jeanie Melton
James Pippin
Mark Rigsby
Karen White
Martha Breazeale
Donald Grohman
Becky Hancock
Peg Hightower
Julie Howard
Terri King
Lee Martin
Evelyn Matthews
Eleanor Nichols
Becky Prior
Mike Ragsdale
Eddie Southerland
Angela Batey
Ric Best
George Bitzas
Juanita Cannon
Willene Chalmers
Oslo Cole
Phillip Ewell
Amelia Hodges
Sheila Hudson
John Kesterson
T.J. Hurst

David Lovett
Betty Sue Sparks
Mike Stallings
Marilyn Stelling
David Wigler
Chris Woodhull
Catherine Casey
Cindy Cook
Bill Davis, Jr.
Elise Denneny
Carole Galyon
Linnette Seymour
Breyon Ewing
Michael Allen
Larsen Jay
Bob Maxon
John Trotter
Richard Baumgartner
Mannie Burnett
Sandra Powell Emond
Michael McClamroch
Lucas Richman
Judi Starliper
Harold Black
Ashley Capps
Mark Douglass
Barbara Eldridge
Tony Farmer
Brandon Herrenbruck
Kim Kredich
Sarah Sharpe
John Skladan
Kurt Weiss
Betsey Bush
Ray Equi
Rosemary Gilliam
Zane Hagy
Fiona McAnally
Richard Neubert
Margaret Ritchie
Louise Wyman
Mary-Hannah MacCurdy
Chyna Brackeen
Kathleen Christie
Chandra Harris-McCray
Oana Harrison
Missy Jenkins
Tom Ramsey
Patrick Roddy
Sherry Shepherd
Louis Diez
Mick Reed
Greg Scribner
Karen Stone
Don MacTavish
Jeannine Henney
Maureen Patteson
Kristen Thames
Caleb Lukkarila
Gregory Tardy
Susan Tisdale
Janie Dempster