Executive Committee Members for 2018
Chairman of the Board
Owner, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
MSN calls Bruce Richardson “A leading tea expert involved in tea’s American renaissance for over 20 years.” A former choral conductor and tubist, Bruce now composes signature tea blends (such as the Great American Brass Band Blend), writes books about tea culture and history, and appears frequently on television and radio talk shows or at tea events across the country. In 2011, Bruce was named Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum where he is helping to define tea’s historical role in the iconic event that helped shape America’s destiny. He also serves as a contributing editor for TeaTime magazine and his enlightening articles about the world of tea may be found at The Tea Maestro Blog. Bruce has authored 14 books on tea over the past two decades.
Anthony Gray Jr. “Tony”
Police Chief of the Danville Police Department
Tony is a Danville native and a graduate from Danville High School. He has been the Chief of the Danville Police Department since 2012. In his spare time, Tony enjoys being a basketball official. He and his wife have two children. Tony has had a long relationship with the Festival in his role as police chief.
Carla B. Carr
Vice President, Marketing and Retail Strategy at First Southern National Bank
Carla is a native of Danville, Kentucky, where she resides with her husband, Ryan, and three busy children, William, Andrew, and Addison. Carla serves as Human Resources Director for Boyle County Schools, following a 13 year career in the banking industry. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, where she also earned a Wharton Leadership Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Denise Van Steenlandt
President and CEO, Bluegrass Community Bank
Denise is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking, University of Louisville KBA Banking School, Paducah Community College, and the Institute of Financial Education AIB Banking and Accounting program. She has been in banking for over 25 years. Denise has lived in Danville for 15 years, is married with two children, who both are currently attending Boyle Count High School, and attends Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She is also a member of the local Danville Rotary Chapter and the United Way Board.
Past Chairman of the Board
Director of Communications, Centre College
Michael’s nearly 20 years of experience is split evenly between his work as a faculty member and administrator. He earned his Ph.D in comparative literature at Binghamton University, SUNY, and shortly thereafter completed an NEH Summer Seminar at Yale University with the now late R.W. B. Lewis. He has taught English at Georgia Tech, campuses in the Kent State and University of Wisconsin systems, Davidson College and Wake Forest University, where he transitioned to administrative staff and began his career in communications. More recently Strysick served as executive director of college relations and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Immediately prior to his appointment at Centre, Strysick worked as a Strategic Partner with Patton McDowell & Associates, a Charlotte-based consultancy that provides philanthropic counsel and organizational strategy. Michael is in his third year as a member of the Festival board and first year as President.
Additional Board Members for 2018
President, Caldwell Stone Company
John is the President of Caldwell Stone, a local business, and has been a key volunteer from the Festival’s beginning. John stepped forward to lead GABBF when George Foreman stepped down in 2005. John was inducted into the Hall of Fame for GABBF in 2011. His ongoing mission is to maintain the highest quality Festival and to enhance audience experience by evaluating every aspect and continuing to upgrade staging and sound equipment. John has been a Festival volunteer and member of the board for many years.
Dr. Thomas Baeker
Medical Director, Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center; Chairman, Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center
Tom earned his bachelor and medical degrees from The University of Missouri-Columbia. He then went on to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center. Upon completing his residency, he went to University Hospital at Boston University where he completed clinical fellowships in hematology and medical oncology, as well as a research fellowship in hematology. Over the course of his career, Tom has served as a clinical professor of medicine, participated in many cancer research projects and co-authored a number of articles on cancer-related topics for publication in scientific journals. He and his family reside in Danville.
Terry has been a long time member of the Festival logistics team. He is dedicated to the Festival’s mission and continuing the Festival for another twenty-eight years. Terry has been a Festival volunteer and member of the Board for many years, providing insight and history that is central to the Festival’s continuance.
Owner and LPL Financial Advisor, Tye Financial Group
Tom was a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments from April 2001 to December 2009 and also acted as Group Leader, Mentor, and Field Trainer. Tom has lived in Danville, Kentucky for over 20 years with wife, Lynn. He and Lynn have two children, Adam and Alexandra. Tom received a BS Degree in Accounting from Cumberland College and MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. He holds Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. Tom has been involved with the Festival as a board member and volunteer for many years.
Attorney, McClure, McClure, and Bailey PLLC
Patrick is a native to Danville and local attorney who primarily handles cases regarding Criminal and Family Law in the firm of McClure, McClure & Bailey. He and his wife Jenny have two boys and both enjoy their involvement with the Festival. Patrick has been a part of the festival since 1990, assisting with everything from parking, to transportation, to band hosting, at the direction of his Aunt Nancy Caudill who was a driving force in the creation of the GABBF. Jenny moved to Danville when they got married in 2006, and fell in love with the festival her first day. She has helped coordinate the Bayou and Brass event since its inception. Patrick remains committed to the future of the Festival.
CEO, Farmers National Bank
Mr. Caudill is CEO of Farmers National Bank in Danville. He began his banking career in 1979 at what was then Second National Bank in Lexington (now PNC). He has been with his current employer since 1981 in various roles including Head of Lending until 2002 when he became President & CEO. He attended Transylvania University and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He is also a graduate of the Kentucky School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at L.S.U., where he formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is one of two Kentucky member directors on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Centre College where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Caudill is the former Chairman of the Board of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as Vice Chair of the Boyle Co. Industrial Foundation and is a member of the board of Bluegrass Tomorrow, a regional planning organization. He and his wife, Melissa have been married for 35 years and have three children.
Owner, Plank on Main
Wendy White has an MBA from Ohio State with a focus in Operations and Logistics. Her undergraduate degree was from Clemson University with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Communication Studies. She worked at Lexmark for 10 years, serving ultimately as a Senior Manager in Business Development. She had leadership and management roles in Worldwide Market Research and Competitive Intelligence, Supply Chain, and North American Distribution as well as management of an International team while living in Singapore for four years. She left corporate America to pursue her passion for health and wellness, obtaining culinary, health coaching, and fitness certifications. She and her husband Chris purchased and refurbished a building downtown and opened Plank on Main, a healthy foods cafe, boutique fitness studio, and retail shop featuring local, natural, and active lifestyle items.