Our Staff

Musicians, Artisans and Volunteers

Catherine Schrenker-Executive Director

Educated as a graphic designer, Catherine Schrenker, taught color theory and graphic design for more that fifteen years, including nine years at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Her research while at Notre Dame led to her current work with color, emotions, and behavior.

Internationally, Catherine has lived and worked in Den Haag, Netherlands as a graphic designer. She lived in Warsaw, Poland and taught at Warsaw University in a faculty exchange program. In 2004, Catherine moved to Southwest Virginia and co-founded Integrated Health Concepts of Bristol, Tennessee with her brother, James H. Schrenker M.D. Primarily working with education, marketing, and community outreach, helping the public to understand the importance of an emotional connection in the healing process.

As an artist, Catherine began showing her unique bold style of watercolor painting, described as “more color than water”. She teaches watercolor on Saturday mornings during the school year.

Catherine is passionate about her return to an educational environment, combining her desire for preserving the culture and heritage of Appalachian Arts and Crafts with her love and respect for education and history. According to Catherine, “Being an integral part of the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts is a dream come true. I have been given the opportunity to participate in the preservation and nurturing of our rich heritage. Honoring craftsmanship in all its forms while inspiring a creative community helps Smyth County thrive, and I am thrilled to be part of this amazing community”.

Alex Todt-Wood Shop Steward, Luthier

Michael Brewer-HendersonJAM Director, 

JAM Instructor: Guitar, Banjo

 

Steve Kilby, Musician, JAM Instructor: Guitar

Steve Kilby is one of the pioneers of JAM model, beginning as an instructor with Helen White, who developed the JAM program in North Carolina. A 30-year veteran of many bands, recording and competitions, Kilby learned much of the music he plays from his grandfather, and is honored to be part of a living musical tradition. Over the years, his guitar wizardry has earned him many honors including being named seven-time Fiddler’s Grove guitar champion, two first-place ribbons and a best all-around performer trophy from Galax convention, and winner of the North Carolina State guitar champion. Find out more on his website…

Jim Lloyd-Musician, JAM Instructor: Banjo

Jim Lloyd has been dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Old Time Music through teaching, storytelling and entertaining.  Our music is a source of regional pride and Jim Lloyd is preserving the tunes and through his banjo museum, preserving the instruments that play it for our future generations. He is teaching our youth and demonstrating the music in many venues, festivals and music conventions.   Jim has performed all over the United States from the Galax fiddler’s Convention, Fiddlers Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC to Nice, France.   Find out more on Jim’s website…

 

Kristi McConnell, Yoga Instructor

Kristi McConnell is a certified yoga instructor which completed her yoga teacher training in Bend, Oregon, at Heart of the Cascades Yoga Teacher Training program. She has taught yoga in a variety of settings which include Weaverville Yoga Studio, Green Tree Zen Temple, CarePartners PACE in Asheville, and Within the Wild Adventure Company in Tutka Bay, Alaska. Her yoga style has been influenced by Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa yoga, and she is passionate about inclusive yoga for all ages and skill levels. She has a Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Emory & Henry’s Marion campus. In her free time, she loves hiking, running, reading, and spending time with her husband, Chris, and two furry babies, Scout and Mather. She is very excited to bring her passion for yoga to the Marion community!