Chris Joslin - Executive Director
Joining the IBMM in September 2015, Joslin oversees day-to-day operations of the museum and its many programs, manages staff, supports the work of the Board of Trustees, undertakes strategic and long-term planning and represents the museum at public and private events.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Belmont’s Massey School of Business.
Active in the bluegrass and acoustic music scene from an early age, Joslin was a founding member of the bluegrass group, Crucial Smith, where he played both banjo and resonator guitar. After touring nationally for several years, the tug of family and career lead Joslin to root himself in Nashville where he continued to perform and record with bluegrass, Celtic, Americana and folk artists.
Since relocating to Owensboro, Joslin has played frequently with local musicians, including performing at Friday After Five, Bluegrass on the Banks, ROMP, the Lanham Brothers Jamboree, the Owensboro Symphony’s Concert on the Lawn, Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival in Henderson, the Bluemoon Bluegrass Music Festival in Beaver Dam, and the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
At the Bluegrass Music Museum, Joslin is bringing new energy and programs to the region, including a “slow jam” night for beginner players and a multi-instrument jam camp. He also has focused on greater outreach to and engagement with the bluegrass community around the country and the world. Over the next 18 to 20 months, he will be overseeing a new $15 million museum being built in the heart of downtown Owensboro.
Carly Smith – Assistant Director
Carly C. Smith is the Assistant Director at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. She received an Associate’s Degree in the Arts in 2012 and is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Western Kentucky University. During college, Carly was a lifeguard on the coast of North Myrtle Beach, SC for four years. After that, she was the Aquatics Director for a health club in Little River, SC for nearly a decade. Over the years, music has been a passion for Carly. In 2011, the Smith family moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, and Carly joined the staff of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. In 2013, she was a class member of the IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass. During Carly's time with the museum, IBMM has received the Governor's Award for Community Arts and ROMP received the IBMA's Event of the Year award for ROMP. The future of bluegrass is bright, and this Owensboro native looks forward to preserving and growing the genre for many generations to come.
Katie Keller – Marketing Director
Katie Keller is the Marketing Director at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky, she is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Integrated Strategic Communication. After graduating, Katie returned to Owensboro to begin her career as the Promotions Director at Wax Works Video Works. After a few years she accepted a position with Don Moore Automotive as their Corporate Marketing Director. During this time she began volunteering for ROMP festival and the Bluegrass Museum, which eventually led to her move to the non-profit world. When she is not working at the Museum, Katie is involved in several volunteer organizations around Owensboro including a position as stage producer and host for Friday After 5, a 16-week summer concert series on Owensboro’s beautiful riverfront. She is also a sitting board member of the Junior League of Owensboro.
Savannah Hall - Curator
Savannah grew up in Eastern Kentucky, where she devoured shucky beans, mountain air and bluegrass music as a part of her raisin’. She earned her BA in English at work-study based college Alice Lloyd College, where she sang in the Voices of Appalachia and performed Appalachian folktales with The Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill players. She then pursued a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation at Western Kentucky University, with the hopes of further preserving and exhibiting the culture that made her. She has participated in creating exhibits for The Kentucky Museum, worked as an intern in Museum Education, and plays the dulcimer in her free time.
Danny Clark - Membership & Special Events Coordinator
Danny Clark has been pursuing Bluegrass music since he heard it for the first time as a child in Southern California. He was introduced to Bluegrass music by his father, who was a banjo player in the California Bluegrass scene. Danny eventually moved to Tennessee and was accepted into the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program. At ETSU he spent two years studying the history of Bluegrass music and honing his skills as a fiddle and mandolin player. Danny transferred to Middle Tennessee State University to complete his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Marketing and the Recording Industry. He graduated in the class of 2010.
Danny has a strong passion for studying the rich historical roots of Bluegrass and Country Western Music. When not at work he spends his personal time traveling to and from Bluegrass festivals and fiddlers conventions. A self-proclaimed “antique junkie”, Danny is constantly seeking out vintage musical items.
Kristy Westerfield - Gift Shop Hostess
Melisa Anderson – Weekend Gift Shop Hostess
Joe Gray, Video Oral History Project Director
Randy Lanham, Education Director and Fiddle Instructor
Fred Bartenstein, Gary Reid: Historians
Violet Stearsman, Bookkeeper
Mike Hobson, IT
Myriad CPA, Annual Independent Auditors