The board of directors of the Joy of Music School is comprised of individuals who support and sustain the mission of the organization. They give of their time and resources in order to preserve a healthy future for the School, and utilize their networks to create and maintain beneficial relationships for this institution. Oversight and advancement are central to their volunteer work.


Cindi Alpert is a native of New Jersey and graduated Ohio State in journalism. She joined the JoMS board 2014 and was president 2018-2019. Cindi started her broadcasting career as a TV reporter, later owning two area radio stations. Now semi-retired from broadcasting she performs as a vocalist. Cindi is also a television spokesperson, professional DJ, freelance model, and voice-over artist. She enjoys golf, wake surfing, scuba diving, hiking and spending time with her teenage daughter.

Louise Aponte

Louise Aponteis an attorney with the Knoxville law firm, Lowe Yeager & Brown. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Williams College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Early violin lessons shaped the lives of Louise’s three children who went on to perform with the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, From the Top, and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Her son, Colin, taught at the Joy of Music School from 2021-2022, as a high school senior. Her daughter, Rebecca, currently teaches violin at the School, as a high school sophomore. Louise is a proud supporter of the Joy of Music School and its mission to bring quality music education to children in Knoxville.

Tyler Boldin – Bio Coming Soon!

Rick Carl plays screaming big dawg daddy lead trumpet with Boys Night Out Band, and performs with various other legit and not-so-legit ensembles. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Maryville College, an M.S. in Music Education from UT, and a J.D. from the UT School of Law. He recently retired as an attorney with the Baker Donelson law firm. Rick has been associated with the School since 2003. He chairs the JoMS Teaching and Learning Committee and is a two-time past board president of the Joy of Music School. Before entering law school, rick taught music in Knox County Schools and Webb School of Knoxville, where he was music department chair.


Trey Coleman is the regional president for HomeTrust Bank in Knoxville, Tenn. He is a past Joy of Music School board president. Prior to joining the board, Trey volunteered as a guitar instructor at the school, a role he continues to hold today. He enjoys chess, golf, mountain biking and fly fishing.

Mike Combs

Mike Combs is Associate Principal Timpanist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and, until his recent retirement, was Professor of Percussion at the University of Tennessee. He is the founding President of the Joy of Music School and has served as a Director on the Boards of several non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Leadership Knoxville class of 1998 and is recipient of the Tennessee Arts Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Resolution of Commendation, the Tennessee Music Education Association Lifetime Achievement award, the Percussive Arts Society’s national Lifetime Achievement Award, and Phi Eta Sigma award for excellence in teaching.

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis returns to the board, having served previously from 2015-2020. She served as Governance Chair from 2016-2020 and has returned to that role. Sarah has been a Knoxvillian for more than 50 years, moving here to attend graduate school at UT and never leaving. In 2011, she retired from Knox County Schools, where she taught elementary and middle school music. Since retirement, Sarah has kept busy with church, family, Choral Society, and her work with JoMS. She looks forward to working again with a board committed to the School’s mission, is and dedicated to providing the best music education possible for children and youth.


Rachel Ford is Chief Executive Officer of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She serves on the boards of the Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville Rotary Club, and is a member of the Executive Women’s Association. Rachel has a piano performance degree from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the League of American Orchestras’ Management Fellowship Program. She is a Leadership Knoxville graduate, and was a 2013 YWCA Tribute to Women honoree.

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Jerry Greene, Board President, is the Commercial Banking Team Leader for FirstBank. He is a UT graduate a Tri-Cities area native. He is a drummer/percussionist and a member of the Johnson City Symphony (on whose board he also serves). and the Symphony of the Mountains. He has performed in over 30 shows at the Barter Theatre in Virginia. He is passionate about music and its impact on his life. He enjoys being part of an organization that makes the joy of learning and performing music available to those who may not otherwise have access.


Susan “Susie” Haas graduated from Trinity University in Texas majoring in International Studies with concentrations in Economics, Political Science, and German. She relocated to Knoxville moving to her husband’s hometown to start a family. She attended the UT College of Law, and had a solo practice while raising her two children. In 2013, Ms. Haas ventured into mediation, training in Family and Civil Litigation, and now volunteers with the Civil Mediation Center and General Sessions Court. She joined the firm of Banks & Jones as ‘of counsel’ in 2016. Susie was raised in a home with a love of all music from her German-born parents. She learned several instruments including the accordion, clarinet, and piano. Moreover, with her love of singing, she performed in area bands for several years. Susie discovered the Joy of Music School through friends in Knoxville, and has been an avid supporter ever since. Ms. Haas chairs the JoMS development committee.


Cathy Leach, Board Secretary, is Professor of Trumpet at the UT School of Music, where she has also served as Associate Director of both Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies.  She played Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for 31 years and is currently President of the International Trumpet Guild.  She happily offers her musical and administrative experience to JoMS.


Rob Masengill, is a Senior VP at Pinnacle Bank in Knoxville. In addition to chairing the JoMS Finance Committee , Rob leads the Latin American Missions Ministry at Two Rivers Church. A long time drummer, Rob has served on other community focused boards and committees including the Boy & Girls Club of East Tennessee Advisory Board, Morristown Chamber Board, the MATS Homeless shelter and United Way of Hamblen County.

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Nancy Middlemas received her Music Ed. vocal degree from UT Knoxville and holds an MS in English from UT. For 34 years, she taught elementary and middle school choral and general music at Farragut Middle School. During part of this time Nancy was the Music Director at First Methodist Church, Knoxville. She has sung and soloed for many years with the Knoxville Choral Society. Over the years Nancy has served as their Membership Chair, Vice President, and President. She is a published composer of sacred music.

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Cavanaugh Mims is a Nuclear Engineer and has a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee with over 40 years of professional experience in the areas of transportation and logistics, radioactive waste packaging and disposition, environmental remediation, and special nuclear materials disposition. He new serves as the Vice President of Transportation of Turnkey Technical Services, LLC located in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.

Andrew Parrott has experience in strategic and tactical planning, contract negotiation, new business development, and acquisition, with digital & legacy media marketing expertise. Receiving multiple honors and awards throughout his career; Andrew has evolved into a sought-after professional, community leader, and overall badass. He brings positive energy into every moment as he’s focused on achieving the highest degree of success in every situation. Andrew co-chairs the JoMS PR/Marketing Committee.

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Clay Prewitt is a Group Creative Director at The Tombras Group and co-chairs the JoMS PR/Marketing Committee. A native of Virginia, he graduated from Emory & Henry College with a double major in Art and Communications. Since moving to Knoxville in 2010, he’s led advertising and marketing initiatives for clients in Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Insurance, Sports and Tourism, and also serves on the board at the Knoxville Family Justice Center. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, writing songs, and attempting to learn the banjo. Thus far, progress has been very slow.


Mick Reed, Board President-Elect, is the Loan Manager for TNConnect Credit Union. He has many years working in the banking and credit union world as well as having a sustained involvement in various non-profits throughout the Greater Knoxville area. Most recently, he was the Executive Director for Random Acts of Flowers. Mick learned to play the trumpet and guitar in his early years, and still enjoys playing his guitars every day. He is excited to be back involved with JoMS and looks forward to being part of the effort to deliver music education and its overall benefits to underserved youth.

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson is retired from the City of Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Valley Authority where he served for many years in high-level management positions. Born in Harriman, Tennessee, Frank graduated from the University of Tennessee with Bachelor of Science and M.B.A. degrees, focusing on finance and economics. He has participated in extensive community service in the Knoxville area for many years. He is a past Vice President of the Oak Ridge Rotary Club and past Board Chairman of the Knoxville Area Urban League. In addition, Frank has served on he Board of Junior Achievement of East Tennessee. Frank is an avid supporter of opportunities for youth and is enthusiastic about helping young people achieve success through music.

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John Rosson graduated from Western Kentucky University. He served in the Army Reserves, specializing in communications. John received his Juris Doctorate at the UT Law School. He was admitted to practice law in 1976 and has been a sole practitioner since that time. He is a member of the Knoxville Bar was the VP of the Barristers. He is a member of the American Bar Association, serving on several committees. John is a member of the American Judges Association and was on its Board of Governors. He was the Knoxville City Municipal Judge from 1986 to 2023. John is a Board Member of the Community Action Committee, and has served on the Board for the Office of Aging, was a Board Member of Sertoma. John is on the Board of James White Fort, and the PJ Parkinsons Foundation. John is a fan of Tennessee sports and is a member of the Quarterback Club/Tip-Off Club, and plays duplicate tournament bridge.


Darren Seay, Board Treasurer, is the Director of Business Intelligence at Pilot Company. In addition to working in accounting and data analytics, he has been a professional jazz musician and music instructor. He has served as a United Way Loaned Executive and is currently the treasurer for both Atomic Rowing and Oak Ridge Sister City Support Organization.  Darren serves on the JoMS finance committee.

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Frank Venable had a 39 year career as a Financial advisor here in Knoxville. He started his career with J.C. Bradford & Co. in 1985. After the sale of that company, he joined Hilliard Lyons for 10 more years where he became a Chartered Wealth Advisor. In 2008, Morgan Stanley acquired his team. Frank worked at Morgan Stanley for the next 16 years. He is now retired and spends his time in the great outdoors, and working to help several nonprofit organizations. He and his wife Lisha both are committed to doing all they can for Knoxville’s local charities. Frank has three children and three grandchildren. He has had a love for music and children his entire life, and has served off and on the JoMS board for decades.


Erica White, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has had a career in the meeting planning industry for over 20 years.  Currently, she is the Sourcing and Procurement Manager for MCI USA, sourcing and contracting hotels for meetings and events.  Before being elected to Board President, she sat as chair of the board’s Special Events Committee. She and her two teenage children all play piano.


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