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 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.
Upon retiring from the design world Davyne fulfilled a dream of attending Penland School of Craft to study fine metal work. She hopes to resume her metal work once the station is well established in the community.
She is a co-founder of the “New WPVM”, the non-profit she helped establish obtained the license to broadcast from MAIN in 2015 and 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 developing the station to it’s fullest potential for the community.
Interview with Davyne Dial on Twice 5 Miles radio with James Nave’
University of Maryland European Branch, Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia
Loyola University , New Orleans, La. Penland School of Crafts, John C Campbell Folk School
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 performance 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.
Blaine Greenfield, Secretary
Blaine Greenfield is a professor emeritus of marketing at Bucks County Community College who graduated from Rider University with a bachelor’s degree and from Rutgers University with a master’s degree. He is an active volunteer in community organizations, including The Mediation Center, SCORE, ABTech’s Small Business Center and Mountain BizWorks, and he currently is member of the Board of Directors on both the Attic Salt Theatre Company and the Dementia Society of America. He hosts the BLAINESWORLD radio show on WPVM, and he was recently named the #2 WNC radio personality by MOUNTAIN XPRESS. In addition, he publishes the BLAINESWORLD blog and was named #1 WNC blogger by MOUNTAIN EXPRESS for that work. Blaine lives in Biltmore Lake with his beautiful bride Cynthia and their three cats.
Herbert Johnson MD, Treasurer
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 a 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 Reginold Marsh to the Asheville Art Museum. Dr Johnson is the major patron for WPVM and is a co-founder of the non-profit than now holds the FCC license for the “New WPVM”, his support and guidance is vital in reviving the radio station from being dormant for years.
Education: Undergraduate Pre-Med, Dartmouth / Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University
When he was young, Steve Kimmel wanted to be an airline pilot. From an early age he was a traveler. Before he could drive, he would hitchhike for the thrill of travel. Steve did earn a commercial pilot’s license, and the freedom and rewards of aviation have been important to him. When he thinks of giving it up, he wonders: “what would Leonardo say?”
In college Steve studied economics, and was somewhat entrepreneurial, but came to a decision that that there would be opportunity to study business later. He wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to study art and spent the next three years painting, sculpting, and printmaking.
After graduating, Steve took a travelling job as an art dealer buying and selling Oriental art in the southeast United States. There was a new location every day, which was both exciting and exhausting. He enjoyed the sales process, and eventually took a series of increasingly complex sales jobs selling advertising, solar systems, timber-frame building systems, and aircraft. He settled into a position selling X-ray sources and detectors to manufacturers of medical and industrial imaging systems and spent 24 years travelling globally, “retiring” in 2015 as Sales and Marketing VP for an S&P 500 company.
After “retiring” Steve has spent time flying aircraft for a friend in the business, consulting in the X-ray imaging industry, and developing skills as an independent investor. He bakes bread, makes yoghurt, and brews craft beer. He still paints, and is involved with strategic planning in the community where he lives.
Steve is excited to be working with WPVM-LP witnessing first-hand the growing energy and opportunity of broadcast media combined with social media and the internet.
He has been married over three decades to a family nurse practitioner. He lives in Brevard, NC, and has one son who was born with four legs, yellow hair, big teeth, and a tail.
Degree B.A. Field Of Study Fine Art
Dates attended or expected graduation –
Broad based liberal arts education with an emphasis in Fine Art – Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking.
PJ grew up in Michigan. His education started at Catholic Central High School and continued at The University of Michigan (BA) and The University of Notre Dame (MBA Marketing). PJ worked on major mass-market brands at Leo Burnett Advertising and Tracy Locke (McDonald’s, Kraft, Pepsi), and then helped build and sell a company called Screenvision. After years of selling non-traditional media advertising brands, PJ became the Chief Marketing Officer at X10 Therapy where he continues to create marvelous marketing each day.
In addition to that ongoing work, today PJ helps small businesses grow leveraging his deep knowledge of marketing strategy and practice. His digital marketing company is named CMO.
PJ was welcomed to the WPVM Board of Directors in early 2021. He has taken an active role in the website and digital communication area. PJ has a music show on WPVM: Lester the Nightfly.