Chris Joslin - Executive Director

Joslin brings to the IBMM extensive experience as an Executive Recruiter, including his most recent position with the Sanford Group, a retained search firm out of Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he worked as an operations manager with a healthcare company in Nashville focused on stand-alone physical therapy clinics. Joslin received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Belmont’s Massey School of Business.

Active in the Bluegrass and acoustic music scene, he 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 still performs and records with artists and groups ranging from Bluegrass and Celtic genres to Americana and Folk. 

Carly Smith – Assistant Director

Carly C. Smith is the Assistant Director at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.  Born in Hawaii, she grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky.  She received an Associate’s Degree in the Arts in 2012 and is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Management 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, a dream job.  In 2012, 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.

Chris Langdon – Promotions Director

Chris was born and raised in Owensboro and is a very proud native. Growing up in the area, he was always familiar with Bluegrass music, but it didn’t resonate at first. He remembers riding his skateboard to English Park during The World of Bluegrass, standing on the outside and wondering what was happening down on the river front. It wasn’t until 2005, when Chris attended ROMP for the first time, that he was really hooked.  After a few years as a festival attendee he came on board as a volunteer, and eventually became a full time museum employee. Since then, Chris has learned so much, made so many friends, and found a home in Bluegrass that he never could have imagined. He loves being a part of the team and takes pride in preserving Bluegrass heritage and celebrating our future.


Melisa Anderson – Weekend Gift Shop Hostess

Isaiah Vandiver - Weekend Gift Shop Host


Project Staff

Joe Gray, Video Oral History Project Director

Randy Lanham, Education Director and Fiddle Instructor

Fred Bartenstein, Gary Reid, Joe Wilson:  Historians

Violet Stearsman, Bookkeeper

Mike Hobson, IT

Myriad CPA, Annual Independent Auditors