Brett Morris Martin is JAM’s Executive Director and President since 2014. Brett is a native of Grayson County, Virginia, where she learned to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music from family and community members. Brett is an award-winning flatfoot dancer, clawhammer banjo player, upright bassist and fiddler. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Public Policy and Community Service from Emory & Henry College, where she also completed practicum work with the Virginia Organizing Project and Mount Rogers Planning District Commission. She has also completed a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Emory & Henry, in addition to coursework for degrees in Secondary English Education and Special Education, K-12. These fields of study and her love for local music and culture make Brett an advocate for sustainable communities and place-based learning. Contact Brett at [email protected]
Jim Lloyd is JAM’s part time Program Director. Jim has over thirty years experience in teaching and playing traditional Appalachian music, and has often been called a keeper of stories, as he carries with him generations of music and tales from legendary musicians. He is utilizing this historical knowledge to develop projects to engage JAM students with the full cultural traditions of the music. Jim will also be working directly with teachers and staff to help programs be more successful through the development of new instructional resources. Contact Jim at [email protected]
Jennifer Morris is JAM’s part time bookkeeper. She is the mother of two JAM grads, Luke and Drew. Jennifer enjoys and promotes traditional music and education in the Galax area and surrounding region, and is a wonderful asset to the organization’s financial and record keeping department.