Friends of WPVM Board of Directors

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

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 hosts Twice 5 Miles Radio: Fertile Ground for Conversations Worth Having on WPVMFM in Asheville, NC. He is the director of the Taos Poetry Festival and the Taos Storytelling Festival. He founded Poetry Alive!, a theater company devoted to performing poems as stories for students and educators around the world. He designed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp in Taos, NM with creativity author Julia Cameron. He is a founding member of TEDxNewYork Salon which has been hosting a weekly NYC salon since 2009. Navé is the Poetry Slam Master of the LEAF Festival Poetry Slam, one of the most important poetry slams in America. Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and has memorized over 500 poems.

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.

Treasurer, Herbert Johnson MD, retired USCG Captain, 1957-1981  

Barque Eagle

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.

Laura Hope-Gill

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
Author of:
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.


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