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 has lived in Warsaw, Poland and taught “The Philosophy of Color” at Warsaw University. 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” this past year. Her premier opening at The Gallery @ Barr Photographics of Abingdon, Virginia met with critical acclaim, popular demand, and astonishing sales. As an artist, Catherine taps into the spiritual beauty of the area she loves; Southwest Virginia.
Catherine is very excited to return to an educational environment, combining her passion 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 will help our town of Marion thrive, and I am thrilled to be part of the team.”
Patrick Ford - Office Assistant
Our intern, Patrick Ford, was born in Abingdon VA, but raised in Marion. He graduated from MSHS in 2012, and from Hampden-Sydney College in 2016. From there he earned a degree in theater and political science. While at H-SC, He had the opportunity to study at Oxford and in the Middle East at the American University of Sharjah. Since coming home, he has focused his efforts on working with the Marion, and Appalachian community. He has joined the group Young Appalachian Patriots, a community group focused and getting more young people involved in their communities and government. He serves on their board as treasurer. Patrick is also heavily involved with the local community theater troupe, The Royal Oak Players, where has acted, assistant directed, and is currently a producer. Patrick runs many of the day to day tasks such as, overseeing the JAM kids, maintaining many of the social media aspects of The Henderson, and a host of other office administrative work. He hopes to add more to The Henderson's class offerings with some of his theater experience. In the future, Patrick plans to continue to add his knowledge and skills to Smyth county and Marion, America's coolest hometown!
Jim Lloyd-Musician, Instructor, and Music Historian
Jim Lloyd has been dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Old Time Music through teaching, storytelling and entertaining. Old Time Music is original American Music and was created in the mountains of Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. It is the foundation of our Bluegrass music and Bluegrass is the foundation of our American Country Music.
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. He is active in creating and driving these music venues to success. Some examples are the music performed at the Crooked Road venue of the BW Country Store (a program he mentored and helped establish), the Rural Retreat Fiddler’s Convention (he is mentoring and helping establish) and his own Black Friday Music Jam that he has held for over 10 years in his Rural Retreat Barber Shop. Jim has taught in the Augusta Program, Davis & Elkins College located in Elkins, West Virginia, the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC and the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Jim has held music workshops at Virginia Tech, Appalachian State University, Wytheville Heritage Preservation Center, the Foaotmad Festival in England and in many other educational venues. Jim has performed all over the United States from the Galax fiddler’s Convention, Fiddlers Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC to Nice, France. He has performed at the Mardi Gras at Bangor, Maine, Mountain Stage for PBS, for the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), at the DuPont Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, the Carpenter Theater in Richmond VA and the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Berea College in Berea, KY just to name a few. Find out more on Jim's website...
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...
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!