Board Of Directors
President: Kristy Jackson
Vice Present: Sam Funchess
Secretary: Ogi Overman
Treasurer: Terry VunCannon
Concert & Events Coordinator: Bobby Kelly
Fundraising Coordinator: Chris Roulhac
Website Design/Webmaster: Doug Mokaren
Logo/Poster Designer: Justin Jackson
Kristy Jackson: Kristy Jackson is a BMI Award winning songwriter and music publisher who’s had singles with artists on Curb, Giant, MCA and Universal records including 2 Grammy winners. She’s also a member of BMI’s millionaire club with songs in her catalog logging over 2 million airplay performances. She was thrust in the national spotlight as a recording artist, herself, when a work tape of a song written after 9/11, “Little Did She Know (She’d Kissed A Hero)” made its way to radio and quickly became the #1 most requested song on the largest radio stations in New York and major markets in the fall of 2001. Turning down Sony, she remained independent and raised over $30,000 for 9/11 charities. She’s performed and been featured on numerous programs CBS Early Morning Show, Xtra Entertainment, NPR and Inside Edition to name a few. She has 5 solo releases on her own label, Fever Pitch Music. Her music is available at her website, kristyjackson.com as well as Itunes and other digital distributors.
Sam Funchess: Mr. Funchess is President and CEO of the Nussbaum Center. Prior to this position, he held numerous positions on the Nussbaum Center Board of Directors, including Vice Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the strategic planning committee, as well as treasurer. Mr. Funchess brings a vast wealth of experience, as he is also Chairman and CEO of The Fun Technologies Group of Companies. Included in the Fun Technologies Group of companies are Software Publishers, a Compact Disc (CD) and Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) manufacturing company that Mr. Funchess founded in 2001. Companies are located in Greensboro, NC. Prior employment includes Financial Analyst for Geneva Associates, a private equity fund; and a Commercial Loan Officer for SouthTrust Bank, a full-service commercial bank. He has been active in the Goal Area Council of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, is a member of the 2007 class of Leadership Greensboro in addition to numerous other professional, civic and charitable organizations.
Ogi Overman: Ogi is considered one of the pioneers of alternative, community journalism in the Triad. He began his writing career at The Sports Page, a free weekly based in Winston-Salem, in 1984. By early 1985 he was named editor, a position he held until the paper’s demise in 1988. He then co-founded ESP Magazine, a free weekly based in Greensboro, where he remained as managing editor until taking a position as sports editor at The Chatham News in Siler City. During his five-year tenure there, he won five N.C. Press Association awards for sports columns and sports coverage. He then returned to ESP Magazine, serving as executive editor for the next five years. His current position is columnist and feature writer at YES! Weekly, another alternative paper based in Greensboro. He also freelances for several other publications, is compiling some of his columns for a book, and is writing a non-fiction book as well as a screenplay and documentary on the history of beach music. Ogi is a native of Burlington, N.C. and a 1969 graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in philosophy. He and his wife Janet reside in Forest Oaks, south of Greensboro.
Terry VunCannon: Owner of VunCannon Music, a full service entertainment agency that books bands, DJ's, & solo acts for events. VunCannon Music was started in 1989. Terry plays guitar & lap steel in the band Lawyers, Guns & Money, does PA & production work as well as run the agency. VunCannon Music has been a member of the Asheboro Chamber since 1990. Terry has been on the NC Zoo Friends of the Zoo Board for 15 years, & also has been on the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Board for 14 years.
Bobby Kelly: Has been in the music industry in various capacities for over 40 years. Occupations have included Recording Studio Engineer, Concert Sound Engineer, Audio Consultant-Designer, Music Store Manager & Professional Bassist. Bobby has recently retired from TechRep Marketing (Nashville-Cleveland) as a Pro Audio Manufacturer's Representative & Clinician.
Chris Roulhac: Creator and host of the North Carolina Show on WQFS radio 90.9fm (webstreaming: http://www.guilford.edu/wqfs/stream.php) will be celebrating it's 12th year on the air. Chris' radio program showcases North Carolina musicians and their music. Chris previously served as Vice President of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, and has been an influential force behind many fundraising benefits in the Triad for musicians and worldwide disaster relief over the years.