Friends of WPVM Board of Directors

Davyne Dial, President

Professional designer  1982 – 2010. Has distributed her designs to high end 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 and trims.  Upon retiring from designing fashion accessories,  Ms. Dial studied metal work at Penland School and John C. Campbell. Current Designs
University of Maryland European Branch
Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia
Loyola University , New Orleans, La.




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.

 Jeff Reble, Senior Director

Senior IT  Project Manager at City of Asheville, NC

For twelve years, Jeff served as Producer-Director and Video Engineer in a variety of Florida television markets before taking on the role of Cable Franchise Administrator and Media Services Manager with the City of Asheville in 1999. He has been recognized for excellence in government programming by the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors and managed several technology projects which have received national and international best practice awards.

A member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Jeff is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute’s Broadcast Engineering program and a fellow with the School of Government’s Leadership Program at UNC Chapel Hill. He currently serves as Senior Project Manager in the Information Technology Services Department at the City of Asheville. He is currently managing an upgrade of the City’s public safety communications network to a four site, 800MHz digital simulcast system.

Stu Helm Director

Stu Helm is a food writer, blogger, podcaster, and radio show host known locally in Asheville as “The Food Fan.” His honest opinions about food, and diligent coverage of local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, farmers, and all things food-related have earned him a reputation and a following in the food industry as well as among eaters. His writing appears  in Food Life Magazine  and, a popular local news and gossip web site, and his radio show can be heard twice weekly on WPVM 103.7fm. Archived episodes are at Avl Food Fans blog page. As the Sunday tour guide for Asheville Food Tours, Stu introduces a new group of patrons to the insider’s view of the Asheville Food Scene each week!”  Stu Helm Food Fan 

As per our recent decision Board meeting will happen bi-monthly on the 2nd Wednesday. Sept. – May.

ANNUAL MEETING Dec. 7, 2016 6:30 in conference room A of Self Help Building

Jan.11, 2017 6:30 in conference room A of Self Help Building

Mar. 8, 2017 6:30 in conference room A of Self Help Building

May 10, 2017 6:30 in conference room A of Self Help Building

Sept. 13, 2017 6:30 in conference room A of Self Help Building

Nov. 8, 2017 6:30 in conference room A of Self Help Building

2017 Annual meeting to be decided.








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