Davyne Dial, President
Professional Designer 1982 – 2010. Davyne began her professional career as a designer in New Orleans developing and operating a business in the French Quarter adjacent to Jackson Square. She re-located to Asheville in 1989 to further her studies in metal work at Penland School, and John C. Campbell.Current Designs
She has distributed her designs to exclusive retail shops and catalogs, nationwide. Her work has appeared in national magazines, and graced the display windows of Saks Fifth Ave flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. She has produced instructional lessons on the lost art of couture level millinery that are available on DVDs.
She feels the opportunity to help develop WPVM from a dormant radio station is a thrilling challenge and and honor to be a part of.
University of Maryland European Branch, Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia
Loyola University , New Orleans, La. Penland School of Crafts, John C Campbell
John Miall (pronounced “mile”)
John Miall Vice President; Retired from the City of Asheville in 2005 after a 30 year career that spanned Human Resources, Benefits Management, and as Director of Risk Management. In 2000 he, along with Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and the Honorable Senator Edward Kenndey was named an “Honorary Member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA.) In 2003 he received a “Benny Award” from Employee Benefit News for Outstanding Benefit Design.” In 2004 he was named “Public Risk Manager of The Year by The Public Risk and Insurance Management Association (PRIMA.)
As Director of Risk Management for The City of Asheville, Miall worked closely with every department of City government on a daily basis. He held major operational and budget responsibility for city-wide self-funded liability programs including $16million program for general, auto, public officials, law enforcement, and property & environmental issues; $10 million annual group benefits program; $2million worker’s compensation program; and four separate retirement programs, two of them self-funded and self-administered.
In 1997 John was one of a group of “visionaries” behind the internationally acclaimed “Asheville Project®.”
Since retirement he has owned “Miall Consulting” and has worked with clients around the United States and Canada as a public speaker and benefit consultant.
John is a graduate of Montreat-Anderson College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and has completed studies at The School of Municipal Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill.
He is highly sought internationally as a speaker and presenter on risk management and health care innovations.
Treasurer, Herbert Johnson MD, retired USCG Captain, 1957-1981
Retired Physician (GP), Graduate of Dartmouth with undergraduate in German Literature and Pre-Med. Medical Degree from Northwestern School of Medicine. Upon graduation Dr. Johnson went into the US Public Health Service (USPHS). After his four years of public service he was discharged and went into private practice. In 1974 Dr. Johnson re-entered the USPHS, and was assigned to the US Coast Guard Academy hospital and also served as ship physician on the Coast Guard training ship Barque Eagle, (one of the world’s unique tall ship vessels) sailing out of New London, Ct.
After retirement Dr. Johnson continued his adventures that began on the Barque Eagle, traveling extensively to remote places in Western Africa including Timbuktu, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Mauritania. Dr. Johnson expanded his knowledge of primitive art and collected significant pieces of museum quality tribal sculpture. Further adventures included visits to Turkey and South America including a boat trip from the origins of the Amazon River through the Amazon Valley photographing dangerous reptiles while on a herpetology expedition.
Dr. Johnson has contributed to the local community via generous contributions to scholarships for students at UNCA, where he was the highest individual contributor to the scholarship fund for over a decade. Further local philanthropy includes gifts by artists Thomas Hart Benton, Will Henry Stevens, Grant Wood and Reginold Marsh to the Asheville Art Museum. Dr Johnson is the major patron reviving the radio station from being dormant for years.
2008 NC Arts Fellow in Creative Nonfiction
Poet Laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway
North Carolina Society of Historians Award-Winner
Founding Director of Asheville Wordfest
The Soul Tree (poetry)
Look Up Asheville I and II (Architectural History)
He has worked with such diverse companies as Timex, Pepsi, the National University of Ireland, Galway, North Carolina Outward Bound, Gettliffe Architecture, International Schools around the world, Create Oklahoma, Adidas, LKB Coaching Associates, Paris, Adrian Leeds Real Estate Group, Paris, and The Open Center, NYC