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 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 teaches privately and continues her work 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, Board Treasurer, 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.
Susan Brackney (Bio coming soon)
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 chair of the board’s finance committee. In addition to being an active member of the JoMS board, she is Board Chair of the Florence Crittenton Agency and is a member in Executive Women’s Association and TSCPA. She is in the Leadership Knoxville 2019 class.
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.
Harold Duckett is retired from 35 years practice of architecture and design. He continues his 36-plus year career as writer, critic and observer of visual and performing arts and architecture in the region. He has written for national arts publications and journals and currently writes for the on-line journal KnoxTnToday. Harold is an art collector and appraiser. When not involved in the arts, or pro bono professional services, he pursues his passion for gardening.
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 serves on the board marketing/PR committee, and is working on possible expansion plans for the School.
Pete Finch is a writer and contributing editor at Golf Digest and Golf World magazines, and a contributor to The New York Times. He is also 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.
Julia Hamilton (Bio coming soon.)
Marsha Hollingsworth has extensive community involvement including Fantasy of Trees and the American Red Cross. A former Clinton Jaycees Woman of the Year she has served on the Knoxville Opera, Baptist Health Foundation, Pellissippi State Community College Foundation, and the Bijou Theatre boards. She now serves on the boards of the Museum of Appalachia and the Sertoma Home. She also sponsors programs for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, including BizTown.
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.
Cathy Leach is Professor of Trumpet at the UT School of Music, where she has also served as Associate Director of both Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies. She played Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for 31 years and is currently President of the International Trumpet Guild. She happily offers her musical and administrative experience to JoMS.
Robin Moon (Bio coming soon.)
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.
Mick Reed, Board Secretary, is executive director of Random Acts of Flowers 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.
Darren Seay (Bio coming soon.)
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
Blake Stevens (Bio coming soon.)
Elizabeth Swilley (Bio coming soon.)
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.
Erica White is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has had a career in the meeting planning industry for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Sourcing and Procurement Manager for MCI USA, sourcing and contracting hotels for meetings and events. She is applying her experience as chair of the board’s Special Events Committee. She and her two teenage children all play piano.
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