Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation Board Members
President, Kathleen Boswell "After growing up in Sedalia, I moved away to go to college and to teach. I am a long-time member of the Sedalia Rotary Club and First Baptist Church. I work part-time at the Katy Depot and do many of the tours book there. I love introducing people to the best parts of Sedalia whether they are visiting us or if I am at the Sedalia booth at a regional event".
Vice President, Terri Ballard takes pride in organizing events and building the arts in Sedalia. Her most recent accomplishment in the arts is the renovation of the historic Liberty Center Theater in Downtown Sedalia. Terri is a leader in the community and works with other community leaders to help improve the arts and recreation within the city.
Secretary, Deborah Biermann Deb has over thirty years experience in not-for-profit organizational management, concensus building, strategic & action planning, financial management, grant writing, and program implementation.
Career accomplishments include: creation of the Sedalia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tourism Development Plan and Sedalia Destination Marketing Campaign; buildout of the Sedalia Heritage Foundation into managing tenant of the Katy Depot working through restoration phase, exhibit design and interpretive program development, retail store setup, design and operation of the welcome center, and overall management of the historic Sedalia Katy Depot.
Artistic Director, Brian Holland is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a music career spanning more than 35 years. After spending his formative years playing in pizza parlors and clubs throughout Indiana, Brian's career flourished when he discovered the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 1999, he won his third title and was retired as "undefeated". Brian has played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the US - Titan Hot Seven, Wally's Warehouse Waifs, the Holland Rhythm Company, and others - and has traveled all over the world performing his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, boogie, and blues. Brian has multiple solo and ensemble recordings to his credit, and has garnered a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser on their album, "Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz".
Doug Freed An artist with a studio in a restored Main Street building in downtown Sedalia, Doug is a member of many local, regional and national arts and civic groups. “My strength is I see the big picture and I have connections with these other organizations and a lifetime of experiences working with arts non for profits”
Dr Becky Imhauser “I am eager to partner with the board in strengthening Sedalia’s ragtime heritage and enhancing the Scott Joplin Festival as a destination, entertainment venue, and educational experience. I am especially interested in promoting the Festival to Sedalians, helping them recognize, embrace, and support our community’s ragtime heritage. I hope my knowledge of area history, educational background, and communication skills can benefit the organization in ways yet to be determined”.
Katherine Menefee, Katherine has served on the SJRF board for seven years with an interest in the Festival since the 1980's, including handling the Dance for four years. “I enjoy the music and the fellowship and want to see the history of ragtime and the festival preserved. I believe my past involvement will be an advantage now”.
Nancy Moss. I have attended every Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival since 1974 and have been on the SJRF Board since October 1997. I started the Performers Hospitality Room in 1999 which has become an annual event at the festival. During the festival I try to check on each downtown venue to make sure it is running okay and to help with any problem.
Chris Robinson. “I am told that some of my first words were: “’Cott Hoplin’.” I was born shortly after the movie “The Sting” was released . Since then, I’ve lived in Memphis, TN, where I eventually became harmonica player and singer for a Beale Street Blues Club.”
“I am serving on the SJRF Board because….Sedalia is one of a few American cities that changed the world with its music. I hope to facilitate increased awareness of ragtime and Scott Joplin in the community (and beyond), and help Sedalia recognize its very special gift to the world in the form of classic ragtime music.”.
John Simmons. John has been Sedalia’s Community Development Director since 2006. “My interest in serving is based on strong beliefs that the festival and heritage of Ragtime music in Sedalia is an underdeveloped asset that can provide economic enrichment of the community. The music itself is a challenging form and should be preserved and kept front of mind in the music community as a basis for new and emerging genres as well as the existing genres created out of the form”.