Board of Trustees
Terry Woodward, chairman, Executive Committee Member
Terry Woodward, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky is chairing IBMM’s Capital Campaign for the new International Bluegrass Music Center, scheduled to open in May of 2015. He was a Founding Member of IBMA and served as the Chairperson the first three years of its existence. He is the Owner/President of Wax Works, Inc, a major video distributor representing all of the major movie studios. He is also the Owner/President of Team Marketing, which is the largest company of sports licensed video product in the nation. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and in 1999 was inducted into its Business College Hall of Fame. He remains very active in his community and industry associations.
PHIL CLARK, VICE-CHAIRMAN, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Phil is an independent financial planner (Financial Freedom Partners LLC) and is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA English) and post graduate studies at Western Kentucky University. He has attained designations as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP); Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU); and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® (CRPC).
He serves on theboard member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Tennis Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Owensboro, past board member and CVO of the Owensboro Family YMCA, member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Estate Planning Council, past board member of the Green River Area Community Foundation, member of the Owensboro Downtown Development Inc. Boardand received a Key to the City while serving on a committee to explore Owensboro children in need. Phil previously was a nominee for theChamber of Commerce "Entrepreneur" and "Small Business of the Year" recognition.
Phil is married to the former Laura France and enjoys tennis, boating, skiing, reading and spending time with his family.
ROSEMARY CONDER, secretary, executive committee member
Rosemary is a life-long resident of Owensboro, KY. A Critical Care Registered Nurse for many years, she has dedicated herself to helping others and being involved in the local community. She and her husband, Larry, have renovated and restored several historic buildings in Downtown Owensboro. She considers the ability to mentor, assist and encourage budding entrepreneurs in fulfilling their dream of starting a business a true blessing and honor. Community work includes: Chair of the Downtown booster group, We Are Downtown, Inc; Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Walk of Fame; and President of Charity For Owensboro, Inc., which organized and hosted a IBMC Fundraiser Golf Outing and Walk of Fame reception. Rosemary is a dedicated and proud member of the IBMM Board of Trustees.
CHRIS LOVE, TREASURER, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Chris is a native of Owensboro, KY and after spending 18 years in public accounting, he is now the Chief Financial Officer at CRSOneSource. Chris attended the University of Alabama and lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama before returning home to Owensboro in 1990. Since that time, he has worked as a tax advisor/consultant before accepting his current position in May, 2009. Chris has served on numerous boards and advisory panels in Owensboro over the years. His interest in bluegrass came at an early age when he discovered John Hartford’s Mark Twang. Since that time, his musical interests have grown to include many genres, although bluegrass and acoustic roots music remain his favorites. Chris and his wife, Michelle, live in Owensboro and are busy with their 2 children, Jesse and Daniel.
DR. DENISE JARVINEN, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Denise Jarvinen graduated from Wellesley College in 1983 and later earned a doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. After working as a scientist at the Marine Policy Center at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she worked as an environmental economic consultant. She then decided to apply her skills in a completely different direction and launched the Traditional Music Foundation in 2007, a nonprofit organization providing music scholarships and artistic development and travel stipends to
musicians pursuing new directions in American traditional music where she serves as Executive Director. That same year, she was invited to serve on the Board of Directors at the Boston Bluegrass Union, producers of the annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and began to devote more time to supporting and promoting bluegrass and other folk music endeavors. She now splits her efforts among several music organizations where she provides guidance and support ranging from grant writing and fundraising to event promotion and production. Married to Dr. Pierre Cremieux, an economist as well, she has two children who were both raised on bluegrass and other American roots music styles.
Rodney Berry, Trustee
Since 1996, Rodney Berry has been president of the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro. The foundation fosters broad and meaningful citizen participation in community decisions and public policy by publishing articles and issuing briefs, commissioning research, conducting community forums, supporting grass roots citizen initiatives, and funding grants to organizations in support of education projects. Prior to joining the foundation staff, Rodney was president of the RiverPark Center for 12 years. An Owensboro native and graduate of Western Kentucky University, Rodney is involved in numerous civic organizations and community improvement initiatives. His wife, Joanne, is a middle school librarian. They have two sons: Joe, Downtown Project Manager for the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation; and Adam, an aspiring actor in New York City.
Dale Cockrell, Trustee
Dale Cockrell is Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, Professor of Musicology Emeritus (Vanderbilt University), and a Research Associate of the University of the Free State (South Africa). He has published thirteen books and editions of music and more than one hundred articles on popular music. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and honors, including the presidency of the Society for American Music. Cockrell is also founder and president of The Pa’s Fiddle Project, an educational, scholarly, and musical program dedicated to recording the music of the Little House books and reconnecting the nation’s children with the rich music legacies embedded in them. Recordings he has produced include performances by Mac Wiseman, Pat Enright, Bryan Sutton, Butch Baldassari, Riders in the Sky, and others. Cockrell was part of the team that headed the renovation of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in 2001-2002; many of the labels in the museum are his copy.
Peter V. Kuykendall, Trustee
There are folks who go through life doing what needs to be done, looking for a little relaxation and getting by. Then there are those who, with a touch of serendipity, are driven to be involved.
Pete Kuykendall seems to be one of the latter. He is the editor and general manager of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, positions he has held for almost forty years. He has also been involved in nearly every aspect of the bluegrass world in the years since his childhood in Arlington, Virginia. He grew up in this suburb of Washington, D.C., during the ’50s when a variety of music types and styles was available to him. His mother’s career as a piano instructor made lessons on that instrument his first musical endeavor but, Pete says, “She got frustrated pretty early.”
Through the years, Kuykendall has always been on the lookout for good material, and still sends tapes to artist friends with suggestions for recording projects. He is one of the foremost authorities on the history of bluegrass. In addition to the magazine, he has run Wynwood Music Company and, since 1985, has been involved with the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as one of its founding members and as a board member. He and his wife, Kitsy, have been staunch supporters of the young organization and served in several capacities on committees for many of IBMA’s endeavors.
Kuykendall is as integral a part of the success of bluegrass music over the past five decades as any one person you are likely to find. He has been a performer, a songwriter, a magazine and music publisher, an event promoter, a disc jockey, a record producer, booking agent, and one of the best baritone singers you won’t hear (If you hear the baritone singer, he’s probably doing it wrong!). Moreover, his endeavors have all met with a very high level of success. For Pete's complete bio, click here.
John Medley, Trustee
John retired in November 2007 after 46 years as Manager of a prosperous Anheuser-Busch distributorship in Owensboro, Kentucky. He has served his home city of Owensboro as a City Commissioner. He currently serves as a Trustee of this Museum, Co-Chairman of Green River Area Development District, Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation, as a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Public Art, as a Board Member of Owensboro Fine Arts Museum and the Owensboro Daviess County Airport Board, and as a Member of the Owensboro Art Guild. He is using his newfound time as a private, retired citizen to become a distinguished visual artist. John has been married to Mary Kiley, originally from Dayton, OH, for 49 years. They have three children: John (and Lynn Jurss) of Thousand Oaks, CA; Lisa (and Alan) Welch of Ellicott City, MD; and Angela (and Doug) Stanton, of St. Louis, MO. They have five grandchildren.
Stephanie Taylor, Trustee
Kyle cantrell, trustee
Kyle Cantrell can hardly remember a time when he didn't want to be in radio. As a young boy, he became fascinated with the sound of the voices and music coming out of his grandmother's tube-filled radio. The sounds of Noontime Neighbors and the Grand Ole Opry from WSM in Nashville, and Paul Harvey's distinctive voice over WSIX were some of his earliest radio memories. Kyle was born in Nashville, Tennessee—or more precisely, the suburb of Madison. The fact that he was born so close to the area where he would live and work all of his life makes him something of a rarity in the broadcasting business, but then you might say that everything about his life makes him a rarity. While most of his friends were pursuing other things, Kyle was focused on his goal of a career as a broadcaster, which ultimately took him places the kids of his generation would have never dreamed of. Like the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Already an avid fan of the Opry, Kyle first sat in the audience at the venerable country music show when he was 15. It was a night which changed his life. Watching the announcers that evening, he decided then and there he would do that someday. Already accustomed to public speaking (Kyle's warm voice was earning him accolades in high school public speaking contests), it seemed to him the perfect "fit"—a way to combine his love for the Opry and country music with his natural talents.
At XM (which became SiriusXM in 2008), Kyle completely revamped Bluegrass Junction, bringing the music in line with current industry trends while honoring his heritage. Then, using his knowledge and experience as a broadcaster, he began pioneering everything from live performance to interview shows to highlight the artistry of the format. The enthusiasm and interest with which he has approached the music was warmly received by fans and artists alike, and SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction became regarded as a major influence in bluegrass music. In 2013, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) named Bluegrass Junction Radio Station of the Year, and it has repeated that honor in the two years since. Meanwhile, for his part, Kyle has been named D.J. of the Year by SPBGMA three times (2013-2015), and was named Broadcaster of the Year by the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Every day, as Kyle's friendly voice is heard on his SiriusXM show, he is continuing to live his dream to bring the sound of the music he loves to listeners everywhere.
vickie vaughn, trustee
A Western Kentucky native, Vickie Vaughn stomped into Nashville with a fistful of original material and a desire to front a Bluegrass band that showcased a fresh sound to the genre. Now in 2015, the Vickie Vaughn Band has released their debut EP, produced by Mr. Ronnie McCoury, on September 25 at the Station Inn then headed over to Raleigh for IBMA’s Bluegrass Ramble as official showcase artists. In 2014 the Vickie Vaughn Band was selected by the International Bluegrass Music Museum to lead their Bluegrass in the Schools program, and in 2015, the band’s tour schedule has included some dream festivals for Vickie such as ROMP and DelFest, just to name a couple. However, Vickie’s latest milestone achievement was just recently making her debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry on August 1 singing background with Ms. Patty Loveless, with whom she’ll continue touring with this Fall.