Davyne Dial, President
Professional Designer 1982 – 2012. 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 metalwork 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.
Upon retiring from the design world, Davyne fulfilled a dream of attending Penland School of Craft to study fine metalwork. She hopes to resume her metalwork once the station is well established in the community.
History of Radio Interview – Radical Radio Blog
University of Maryland European Branch, Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia
Loyola University, New Orleans, La. Penland School of Crafts, John C Campbell Folk School
Interview with Davyne Dial on Twice 5 Miles radio with James Nave’
Dr. Herbert Johnson CAPT USCG (Ret), Treasurer
CAPT USCG (Ret) Physician (GP), Graduate of Dartmouth with an 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, and photographing dangerous reptiles while on a herpetology expedition.
Dr. Johnson has great respect for the culture and art of Asheville. He has a lifetime of experience in art appreciation due to being raised in the gallery his Father founded in the mid-1940s (R.S. Johnson Fine Art) on Michigan Ave., in Chicago) and that gallery experience instilled a love of artists. Additionally, in support of the Asheville, Dr. Johnson 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 Reginald Marsh to the Asheville Art Museum. Dr. Johnson is the major patron for WPVM and is a co-founder of the non-profit that now holds the FCC license for the “New WPVM” his support and guidance are vital in reviving the radio station from being dormant for years. Dr. Johnson feels honored to be in the position to support the arts and culture of Asheville through the platform of WPVM 103.7.
Education: Undergraduate Pre-Med, Dartmouth / Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University
James Navé Vice President
James Navé’s life and work are synonymous. Over the past twenty-five years, he has traveled the world in the service of poetry, art, creativity, and storytelling. He teaches people how to engage their dreams, trust their creative instincts, and design life on their terms. His signature Imaginative Storm Creativity Workshops have launched many successful performances and writing careers.
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.
An early member of Alice James Books the renowned poetry cooperative, was New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 1999-2004. In 2003, she co-produced the first-ever gathering of state poets laureate. She has served as writer-in-residence at elementary and secondary schools throughout New England. She has edited several poetry anthologies, including, with Kathleen Aguero, one of the first multi-cultural collections: An ear to the Ground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry(University of Georgia Press, 1989). She is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which are Weasel in the Turkey Pen (Hanging Loose Press, 1992) and Your Sun, Manny: A Prose Poem Memoir (White Pine Press, 1999). Her two books for children are G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2002), and Primary Numbers: A New Hampshire Number Book (Sleeping Bear Press, 2004). She is currently working on a novel for young readers involving America’s first female composer, Amy Beach.
Alice James Books, Cambridge, MA, publisher, 1974—; Maximus Advertising, Exeter, NH, copywriter, 1977—; Isinglass Marketing (business-to-business communications firm), Barrington, NH, partner, 1979—. New Hampshire Commission on the Arts Poet-in-the-Schools Program, administrator, 1972-76; Theatre-by-the-Sea, Portsmouth, NH, administrative assistant, 1976-77; gives readings at college and universities and on radio programs.
MEMBER: National Writers Union, Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets.
Sebastian Matthews is the author of a memoir, two books of poetry, the collage novel The Life & Times of American Crow, and the hybrid collection, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision. Beyond Repair: Encounters in a Fractured World, a book of nonfiction, came out from Red Hen Press in 2020, and Travelogue: A Photographic Journey, a collaboration with photographer Charter Weeks, came out earlier this year. Sebastian lives with his family here in Asheville. For more info: sebastianmatthews.com. As well as hosting Jazz Hybrid, Sebastian hosts the poetry and music series Jazz Hybrid Presents in conjunction with Story Parlor.