Friends of WPVM Board of Directors

Davyne Dial, President

Professional Designer  1982 – 2010. 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.

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.



University of Maryland European Branch, Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia
Loyola University , New Orleans, La.  Penland School of Crafts,  John C Campbell

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.

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)


James Nave’

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: Futile 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








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