MusicWorks Distinguished Board of Directors

Tom Leever, Chair and Treasurer

Tom Leever is retired as Vice President of MacDermid Inc., a manufacturer of chemical and equipment products used in printed circuit boards and to electroplate metals and plastics. He previously owned and managed a small equipment manufacturing company used in the electroplating industry. He has extensive domestic and international experience in selling, installing, servicing, and procuring capital equipment.

He has served as Board Chairman of the Vermont Human Resources Investment Council, and as a Board member of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, the Springfield Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Southern Windsor County Incubator, the River Valley Technical Center School District, the Howard Dean Education Center, and Meals on Wheels of Greater Springfield, VT.

Tom is presently a donor to MusicWorks Asheville.

Julie Leever, Secretary

Julie Leever taught for 5 years in elementary through high school public school string programs. She also taught Suzuki for 3 years and is Suzuki Certified through Book 4 from the MacPhail Center for Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education, Education, and Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota. As a performer, she has played as a sectional violinist in Duluth/Superior Symphony, Monroe Symphony, Tuebingen Symphonietta-Germany and as a violinist in the Waxahachie Trio and Comtu Chamber Players.

Julie Leever is currently a donor to and substitute teacher and volunteer for MusicWorks Asheville.

David Whitehill, Member

David Whitehill is the executive director of the Asheville Symphony. He has worked with orchestras such as the London, New York, and Israel Philharmonics, as well as, the Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano, Drummers of West Africa, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He also has managed several youth orchestras including the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra in California, the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra in Maine, and The Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra in North Carolina.

Cynthia Sellinger, Member

Cynthia Sellinger is the principle of HFE and has worked in public schools for over 30 years. She began her career as a music teacher and is a long time advocate for music in the schools.

Laurie Panzer, Parent Member

Laurie Panzer is a family practice physician assistant. She has been in the Asheville community since 1998.

Laurie has two children who have participated in MusicWorks Asheville since it began in 2014.

Tara Scholtz, Member

Tara Scholtz is a Senior Program Officer at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, where she oversees it’s Natural & Cultural Resources Focus Area as well as other grant programs. She is from Western North Carolina and began studying piano at the age of 5, transitioning to Classical piano a few years later.

Jan Thomas, Member

Jan Thomas has over 30 years in K-12 education including more than 26 years in curriculum and administration. She is a strong advocate for the inclusion of music education at all levels in public school.

Over the past 4 years, she has supported MusicWorks and seen students gain self confidence and make academic strides because of their experience and involvement in the program.

Barbra Love, Member

Barbra Love moved to Asheville with her family in 1996. She earned a BA in music management from the University of Alabama and has played the French horn most of her life, performing with school and community musical groups. Her volunteer service in Asheville has centered on education, mental health, children’s welfare and homelessness with the United Way, the YMCA, Carolina Day School, Homeward Bound, Mission Foundation, Partnership for Pastoral Counseling, Four Seasons Hospice and First Presbyterian Church. Barbra is currently on the Board of Directors for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

Barbra is a regular volunteer at MusicWorks Asheville.

Sandra Travis, Member

Sandra Travis is a Program and Operations Manager with the City of Asheville in the Parks and Recreation Department. She feels strongly that youth should have the opportunity to participate in music and arts programming regardless of socioeconomic status and hopes to increase those possibilities through an alliance between the City and MusicWorks Asheville.