Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. Board of Directors and Staff, July 2019
Gina Dilg, Chair, is dedicated to traditional Appalachian music and dance through both her personal and professional life. She has worked primarily in marketing and design for The Floyd Country Store, Handmade Music School and County Sales in Floyd, Virginia. An old time fiddler and dancer, Gina can be found playing for concerts and dances with her husband Jason Dilg and band The YeeHaw Ramblers. She also teaches fiddle in the Montgomery JAM program.
Mark Freed, Vice-Chair, works at Cultural Resources Director for the Town of Boone; adjunct instructor of Appalachian Music at Appalachian State University; and project director for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Traditional Artist Directory. Mark is the founding director of the Boone (formerly Watauga) JAM program, and he is a founding director of JAM, Inc. Mark continues to help oversee the Boone JAM program at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone, where he lives with his wife, kids, and a wall full of banjos. Having moved to western North Carolina to immerse himself in the traditional music of the region, Mark has made the region his home since 2002, and he is passionate about teaching and promoting local musical traditions.
Tammy Sawyer, Secretary, is a wildlife biologist and environmental educator and been involved with traditional music for over 20 years. An award winning dulcimer and bass player, she formerly worked as an instructor and substitute teacher with the Alleghany JAM program. She is also a founding member of the JAM Board of Directors.
Anthony Edwards, Treasurer, is a Vice President in Credit Administration at Skyline National Bank in Galax, VA. He graduated in 2009 from the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC- Greensboro with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He is currently serving also as President of the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc. He was recently awarded honor (top) graduate of the VBA School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia. Anthony served as Chair of the JAM, Inc. Board of Directors from 2014-2020.
Pam Van Dyk, PhD has been working in the field of evaluation since 1992 using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She has been involved in all aspects of research with a specific focus on studies contributing to planning and policy making for governmental and non-profit organizations in North Carolina. Pam is the proprietor and principal evaluation consultant for Evaluation Resources, LLC in Raleigh, NC.
Don Mikush is the founder of M Creative, a Winston-Salem based provider of values-driven strategic communication to visionary organizations. Don is a ‘developing’ fiddle player and lover of old time music.
Michael Webb is the Director of Development at the College of Arts and Sciences at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. He combines his love for Appalachian music with his professional skills in fundraising to further JAM’s mission into Tennessee.
Leila Weinstein is the Director of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and Program Coordinator of the Appalachian Studies Program and the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University in Madison County, North Carolina. She organizes programs for students, faculty, and community members and teaches courses that explore the culture, history, and arts of the Appalachian Mountains. Prior to working at Mars Hill University, Leila was the Director of Education and Outreach at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and was the founding director of the Caldwell County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.
Casey Lewis is a singer/songwriter from Rocky Gap, Virginia. He started playing guitar at the age of 5 and became interested in bluegrass music when he was a teenager. Casey has traveled the country performing with Cane Mill Road, a young four-piece progressive bluegrass band. He also teaches private guitar lessons and with the Bland County JAM and Wythe County JAM programs.
Jim Wilson is a retired construction business owner in the Roanoke, Virginia area. Since retirement he has worked with several youth focused organizations. Jim has been volunteering at local elementary schools for the past eight years with recent focus on teaching ukulele to K-5 students and parents!