Meet the Board
Don Baker, President
(term ends May 2018)
Don is the former SERFA treasurer and helped to organize 2016 SERFA conference. He attended the FAI Leadership Retreat in 2016, has volunteered at SERFA conferences and hosted guerrilla showcase rooms at SERFA for the past five years. Don co-hosted Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse, a monthly music series, for over ten years. Don has been Chair of Sierra Club groups in Florida and North Carolina for ten years.
Grady Ormsby, Vice President
(term ends May 2017)
Grady has served two years as President of Down East Folk Arts Society (DEFAS). As president, Grady focused on two principles: 1) the artist always comes first, and 2) we should do whatever we can to promote local live music. Grady has been a member of the Board of Directors of DEFAS since 2006 and became Booking Manager in 2008. He has booked talent from 23 states and two foreign countries, and serves as emcee at the DEFAS Friday night shows. Grady helped DEFAS become a Fair Trade venue in 2013 and helped organize the first Down East Folk Festival in March 2016. He has attended every SERFA Conference since 2010 and helped establish the SERFA Kindness Scholarship in 2012.
Art Menius, Secretary
(term ends May 2017)
Art has worked for several of the most noted cultural institutions, including Appalshop, The ArtsCenter, Folk Alliance International (first president and first employee), and the International Bluegrass Music Association (first executive director). He has also served on the boards of the Americana Music Association (AMA), Old-Time Music Group (dba the Old-Time Herald) and Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA). Art worked full-time for MerleFest for ten years handling sponsorships, marketing, and media relations. He has collected most of his several hundred published articles on www.artmenius.com. Art operates a small marketing and fundraising shop serving non-profits, events, and musicians. He is working on two book projects, while serving as board chair for Carrboro community radio station, WCOM-FM 103.5, for which he produces a weekly topical song show, and the Carrboro Business Alliance, and as a member of the Orange County Unified Transportation Board, Orange County Historical Commission, and Carrboro Arts Commission.
Clint Bernard, Treasurer
(term ends May 2019)
Clint is retired and lives in NC with his wife of 37 years, Katie. Clint has run the Americana Stage House Concert Series for almost 10 years and has hosted over 80 shows. He has volunteered with SERFA every year in Montreat. Clint has six years experience organizing large conventions and trade shows, and over 15 years as a meeting planner. He regularly welcomes musicians traveling through the area to stay in his home. He ran his own businesses for 35 years. Clint performed for 23 years in an acoustic swing band called Swing Set.
Jim Magill (term ends May 2017)
Jim Magill is an award-winning songwriter and instrumentalist on guitar, mandolin and cittern. He is the founding Director of the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops of Warren Wilson College, directs the Celtic Series of Mainstage Concerts at Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre, and was awarded the first Fellowship in Songwriting and Composition from the North Carolina Arts Council. In the world of graphic arts, his cover designs for the Swannanoa Gathering’s catalogs have won ten design awards, he’s twice been a finalist for Photoshop World’s Guru Awards, and he has served as a consultant on website design for several luthiers.
(term ends May 2019)
Roberta Schultz is a teacher, singer-songwriter, wellness drum facilitator, and poet from Wilder, Kentucky. A 26-year member of the folk trio, Raison D’Etre, Roberta has attended SERFA since 2009. She has served the conference committee as a volunteer, coordinating guerrilla showcases and assisting with program ads and exhibit space.
Isabel Taylor (term ends May 2019)
Isabel has over 25 years' experience in information technology project management, business analysis, communications, and customer relations, and runs Taylored Solutions, consulting with small businesses to improve online and other forms of communication. She attended and volunteered at her first SERFA conference in 2015. In 2016, she served as conference registrar. She's interested in improving processes and communication, and is the SERFA site webmaster. Taylor is the president of the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op, based in Carrboro. She released a debut album, 'Awake Again,' in June 2016. www.isabeltaylorsings.com
Non-Voting Ex Officio Member
Kim Richardson is the past president of SERFA. An award winning, energetic, performing songwriter and event emcee, Kim played regionally and recorded locally for years while based in Memphis. She self-released two CDs and an EP, and in 2010 was the Kerrville New Folk winner. Kim has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy for more than 5 years. She lives in Asheville, NC. www.KimRichardsonMusic.com