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 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 Yes You Can radio show, 6.12.18
University of Maryland European Branch, Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia
Loyola University , New Orleans, La. Penland School of Crafts, John C Campbell
James Nave’ Vice President
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 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 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)
Laura Hope-Gill serves as an Assistant Professor of Writing and Director of The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative. The Center is located at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Asheville campus – The Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.
Laura holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and is an NC Arts Fellow for Creative Nonfiction. She has published two books of architectural history and one collection of poetry, The Soul Tree, which earned her the title of first poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 2012, she accepted the challenge and honor of developing the graduate writing program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Naming the program for her favorite author, Thomas Wolfe, Laura was drawing on her years of research into Asheville civic and cultural history and recognition of how deeply Wolfe’s voice still resonates with contemporary conversation around town. She also serves as president of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board and is a board member of the Thomas Wolfe Society.