Brett Morris Martin is JAM’s Executive Director and President. Brett is a traditional musician and a native of Grayson County, Virginia. She began her involvement with JAM in the spring of 2012 by utilizing her knowledge of local music traditions to create an educational video as part of the Appalachian Music Module curriculum. Prior to her involvement with JAM, Brett worked as a special education teacher and as a grant writer. 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.
Kathy Romanczyk is JAM’s part time bookkeeper with an extensive background in financial management. She and her husband recently retired to the Galax area where they love the local culture and living in the mountains.