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 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.


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.


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.

Doyle lawson, trustee

Doyle Wayne Lawson was born on April 20, 1944, in Ford Town, near Kingsport, Tennessee, to Leonard and Minnie Lawson.  For as long as he can remember, Doyle has had an avid interest in music.  Early exposure came in the form of his parents’ singing in local gospel trios and quartets and radio broadcasts such as the Grand Ole Opry.  It was Bill Monroe’s spots on the Opry that captivated the young man and fueled his desire to one day become a professional musician.

Doyle acquired a mandolin when he was 11 or 12 years old.  In 1954, his family relocated to Sneedville, Tennessee, about an hour’s drive west of Kingsport.  It was here in 1958 that Doyle met Sneedville native Jimmy Martin.  He recalls that Martin spent several hours helping with his picking techniques.  This cemented Lawson’s passion to make music a career.  In an attempt to make himself a more versatile and desirable player he set about learning guitar and banjo.  These efforts paid off several years later when, in 1963, he went to work playing banjo for Jimmy Martin.

Doyle’s next job came in 1966 when he joined J. D. Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys.  His first recording was the 1968 album The Kentucky Mountain Boys: Bluegrass Holiday,which included Crowe on banjo, Lawson on mandolin, vocalist/guitarist Red Allen, and bass player Bobby Slone.  He stayed with Crowe through 1969, at which time he returned to Jimmy Martin’s group for about six months.  Doyle came back to J. D. Crowe, this time on guitar while Larry Rice played mandolin, and stayed until 1971.  He recorded two more albums with J.D.: Model Church – heralded to this day as a bluegrass gospel classic – andRamblin’ Boy.

On September 1, 1971, Doyle began an eight-year stint with one of the most popular bands in bluegrass, the Country Gentlemen.  When he joined, the configuration included Charlie Waller, Bill Emerson, and Bill Yates.  Doyle enjoyed a special bond with Emerson, who had a knack for finding and arranging great material (e.g., “Fox on the Run”).  When Emerson left the group to join the US Navy Band, Lawson considered doing the same but decided to stay with bluegrass as a civilian.

For the bulk of Doyle’s tenure with the Country Gentlemen, the core remained the same:  Waller, Yates, and Lawson.  Two notable banjo players during this period were James Bailey and Bill Holden.  In the middle 1970s, Jerry Douglas and Ricky Skaggs joined, giving the band a lush, full, contemporary sound.

Doyle recorded five projects with the Country Gentlemen:  Award-Winning (with song of the year “Legend of the Rebel Soldier,”) Live in Japan, the self-titled Country Gentlemen,Remembrances and ForecastsJoe’s Last Train, and Calling My Children Home – a celebrated gospel release that bore Doyle’s distinctive imprint in terms of material and style.

In 1979, Doyle made the decision to strike out on his own.  In April of that year, he launched Doyle Lawson & Foxfire, only to find that another band was using that name.  At his mother’s suggestion, he adopted the name Quicksilver.  Original band members included Jimmy Haley on guitar and lead vocals, Lou Reid on bass and harmony vocals, and Terry Baucom on banjo and baritone and bass vocals.  The new group secured a recording contract with newly formed Sugar Hill Records.  Early releases – including the self-titledDoyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Rock My Soul – met with immediate critical acclaim.

In addition to launching a new band/recording career, Doyle embarked on several new ventures.  1980 saw the inauguration of his own bluegrass festival in Denton, North Carolina.  The event quickly established itself as one of the top festivals in the southeast and featured many of the trendsetting bands of the day.  The same year brought Doyle’s participation in Rounder Records project called The Bluegrass Album Band.  It allowed top-flight musicians Tony Rice, J. D. Crowe, Doyle, Bobby Hicks, and Todd Phillips to recreate classic songs and tunes from the early days of bluegrass.  The release became one of the best selling albums of the early 1980s and led to five follow-up recordings, the last in 1996.

Doyle followed up the success of Rock My Soul with 1983’s Heavenly Treasures.  The album was a mix of bluegrass gospel and – in an overture to the southern gospel audience – tracks with pedal steel.  Gospel music became an increasingly important component to his sound, so much so that he began to cater to that segment specifically.  Where most bluegrass artists would release one album per year, and might alternate every other or every third album with gospel, Doyle took the unprecedented step of simultaneously releasing two projects at a time, one bluegrass and one gospel.  In 1985, his love of gospel music took on a new meaning when he rededicated his life to Jesus Christ and viewed his work as a musical ministry to lead others to Him.

During this time period, Doyle averaged between 125 and 175 booking dates per year.  A 1979 Ford van racked up so many miles that the engine had to be replaced four times.

In more than three decades as a bandleader, Doyle earned a reputation for maintaining a top-notch sound.  His recordings are meticulously produced and he has a knack for choosing and developing stellar talent.  Just as Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys were a proving ground for many performers who went on to become headliners in bluegrass in the 1950s and ‘60s, the same can be said of Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver from the 1980s onward.  Among many bluegrass notables who gained a leg-up with Doyle were Lou Reid, Terry Baucom, Randy Graham, Russell Moore, Scott Vestal, Jamie Dailey, John Bowman, Jim Mills, Ray Deaton, Barry Abernathy, Steve Gulley, and Jimmy Van Cleve.

Doyle’s 22-year association with Sugar Hill Records came to an end in 2002 when he contracted for two albums with the all-gospel Brentwood label.  From there, he jumped to another gospel concern, Horizon, while at the same time releasing straight-ahead bluegrass projects on Rounder.  Most recently, his bluegrass and gospel recordings have appeared on the Crossroads label.

A recent career highlight was Doyle’s participation in the Children’s Hospital and Arena Tour, which combined National Anthem performances at major sporting arenas with performances for boys and girls at Children’s Hospitals in the same regions.  The 2011 tour consisted of six performances which put Doyle before 108,000 people.

In addition to a spate of awards and nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America, Grammy and Dove award nominations, Doyle is the recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (2006) and an Honorary Ph.D. in Fine Arts from King College in Bristol, Tennessee (2007).  He was also recognized by the Tennessee State Senate with a Joint Resolution that honored him for his “many contributions to this state through the gospel bluegrass music.”  The bluegrass community acknowledged Doyle’s lifetime commitment to the music with his induction into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012.

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.

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 in the Fall of 2016.

DAN HAYS, Trustee

Dan Hays is the Executive Director of the Franklin Theatre, a historic venue which reopened in 2011 afteran $8.5 million renovation.

The goals of the Theatre are to become the “Best 300 Seat Music Venue in the World” while also
continuing to feature movies, live theater and to host other corporate and community events. The
Theatre has hosted scores of world class musical performances by a “who’s who” in entertainment
including Sheryl Crow, Art Garfunkel, Michael McDonald, Ronnie Dunn, Keb Mo, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Newsboys, Guy Clark, Los Lobos and many others.

The Franklin Theatre hosts over 600 events each year and has served as host to major movie premieres, video and television productions, live radio broadcasts and a number of charity events which have raised in excess of $4 million since reopening.

Prior to his post at the Theatre, Dan was the Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music
Association (IBMA) for 22 years. As head of the "chamber of commerce" for bluegrass music, Haysworked extensively with radio and television broadcasters, record companies, artists, composers, publishers, event producers, agents, media, educators, music merchandisers, instrument companies, and others involved in the industry to promote the music's strength and recognition. He was instrumental in creating and fostering programs like Leadership Bluegrass, Bluegrass in Schools, The Foundation for Bluegrass, The Bluegrass Trust Fund, The International Bluegrass Music Museum, the worldwide broadcast of the IBMA Awards Show and coordinating IBMA’s annual conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest.

Dan is native of Gray Hawk, Kentucky and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He has been married since 1991 to his partner in life, Suzanne Hays, who travels the country doing speaking engagements and programs as a leadership consultant for Franklin-Covey. The couple lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

Current and past affiliations include being a charter member of the Nashville Music Council, an alumnus of Leadership Music, and membership in The Recording Academy (Grammys), The Country Music Association, Gospel Music Association, Americana Music Association, Folk Alliance and other organizations. He currently serves on the board of the International Bluegrass Music Museum and Williamson County Convention & Visitor Bureau and is active in launching the Americana Music Triangle.

Steve Johnson, Trustee

Steve grew up in Owensboro, KY before leaving to begin a career in government relations on Capitol Hill in the late 1980’s. While in DC, his exposure to live performances by Alison Krauss and the Seldom Scene ushered in a love for all genres of Bluegrass that continues today. Among his fondest Bluegrass memories are those of listening to the CD Native and Fine by former IBMM Associate Director Bill Evans while driving the wide-open spaces of Alaska, British Columbia and Montana in the mid 1990’s. Attending the 1996 Talkeetna (Alaska) Bluegrass Festival remains Steve’s most memorable live musical experience.  After accepting Steve’s marriage proposal made atop the Beartooth Mountains above Red Lodge Montana, his wife Kim and he returned to Kentucky in 1998.  Steve currently serves as the Vice President of Governmental, Community and Legislative Affairs for Owensboro Health. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Montana.  Steve and Kim live with their two children Jacob and Nicole in a log home they built in Ohio County, just down the road from Bill Monroe’s Home Place in Rosine.

Sherrill Blackman, Trustee

Blackman, a Dudley, North Carolina native, arrived in Nashville in 1980 and graduated from Belmont University with a Music Business degree in 1982. He served on the staff of The Nashville Songwriters Association International for six years and was General Manager of Buckhorn Music for four years until 1994, when he founded his sdb music group, a publishing and songplugging company. Since that time, he has secured recordings in Country, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, and Polka, resulting in various radio hits, as well as Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum certifications, several Grammy and IBMA nominations and one Dove award winner. Blackman is co-founder of The Independent Pluggers Association; a three term past president of The Nashville Publishers' Network; and was named Music Row Magazine's Songplugger of The Year in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Matt Simontacchi, trustee

Matt Simontacchi, a native of North Carolina, has a deep love of bluegrass music and the bluegrass community. This love was fostered by his mother who played guitar in the house as Matt and his siblings were growing up. Matt vividly remembers the first time he heard Tony Rice's Manzanita album - he felt the music was so alive that it lept out of the speakers and into his ears where it left an indelible mark on his soul.  Matt became obsessed with bluegrass music and listened to every album he could get his hands on, traveled to several festivals including Telluride, MerleFest, ROMP, Big Sky, and Mountain Song and read just about every book on the subject.  

For over a decade Matt has worked at Red Hat, Inc., the global leader in open source software, where he currently leads the North American Region as Vice President of Sales. Matt believes that bluegrass is the open source of music and is eagerly working within the bluegrass community to apply several of the principles he's learned in the software world to ensure the ecosystem thrives for generations to come. Matt graduated from Furman University and currently resides in Decatur, GA with his wife Kelly and their son Daniel and daughter Dylan Kate. Matt's brother, Scott Simontacchi, is a well known member of the Nashville artistic community where he leads the band Sheriff Scott & The Deputies and is the photographer for several landmark bluegrass albums. 

mayor tom watson, Trustee

kitsy kuykendall, trustee

ross leazenby, trustee

Born February 13, 1944 in Niles, Michigan

B.S. Central Michigan University

Master in Bluegrass from the School of Experience

       Directed by Pete and Kitsy Kuykendall,

       Carl Pagter, Pete Wernick and Terry Woodward

1969-1981 Helped develop and staff 13 Kentucky Fried Chicken Stores

1982-2008 Built and operated 16 Little Caesars Pizza Stores`

in Western, KY and Southwestern Indiana

Home- Owensboro, Kentucky

Member of First Baptist Church Owensboro

Appointed as trustee to fill a term at IBMM in 2000 by mayor Waymond Morris. Have served as trustee and volunteer to present.

Have enjoyed helping to develop “ROMP” bluegrass festival from its inception.

Married to Nancy Brown of Livermore, KY for 52 years.

terry brownson, trustee

Originally from Springfield, MO, Terry recalls the early years of the Ozark Jubilee that was broadcast from a theater not far from his home.  Finishing high school in Boyd County, KY he enjoyed attending Jean Thomas’s annual American Folk Song Festival with musician friends who participated in that historical event.   These experiences, along with his own youthful efforts at playing rock ‘n roll and jazz “for gas money,” have honed his appreciation for all periods and genres of good music, both traditional and experimental Bluegrass included.  Terry is the recently retired, for the second time, CEO of Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities, which he claims to be the terminus of a long career in regional and national management of both proprietary and nonprofit health and rehabilitation services organizations.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. He has served in leadership positions on many local, state and national boards and in addition to his current volunteer service on the IBMM board, Terry serves on the board of the local Down Syndrome Association and on regional behavior management and human rights committees for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Terry and his wife Patti have two grown children, Todd and Missy.

chris reid, trustee

chase vincent, trustee

Chase was born in Muhlenberg County and raised in Ohio County, KY. Chase was first introduced to bluegrass music as it filled the walls of his grandparents’ house while the family would get ready for church on Sundays. Chase’s family purchased the Monroe family farm from Charlie Monroe and tended to the Bill Monroe Homeplace until its restoration in 2001. Chase graduated from Centre College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, then worked in Lexington, KY, until joining the Green River Area Development District as a Community and Economic Development Planner.

In 2014, he was tapped to lead the newly created Ohio County Economic Development Alliance (OCEDA). In addition to serving as the Executive Director of OCEDA, Chase is a managing partner of Triple S, Inc., a commercial real estate development and management company, and is the founder of Buffalo Capital, LLC, a residential real estate development company. Chase also serves as the Treasurer of the Ohio County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Bill Monroe Foundation,  and sits on the boards of the Green River Regional Industrial Development Authority, Paradise Park Industrial Development Authority, Green River Economic Development Committee, and Citizens Bank. In his spare time, Chase enjoys volunteering with the Hartford-Beaver Dam Lions Club and Ohio County Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee, sharing life with friends, and corrupting his six nieces and nephews.