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PineCone Staff

PineCone employs a full-time Executive Director, Communications & Programs Manager, and Membership Coordinator.


William Lewis, Executive Director
William Lewis hails from Greene County, Georgia, and has lived and worked in North Carolina since 1993. He holds a Master’s degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Anthropology from Appalachian State University. He serves as President of the Executive Board of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium and is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the International Bluegrass Music Association. He has published articles related to NC music traditions in the Folklife Volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press) and The North Carolina Folklore Journal; and has served as a speaker, panelist, and moderator at numerous statewide, national, and international conferences. As PineCone's Executive Director, William Lewis is responsible for the overall booking and coordination of PineCone events, all administrative functions, fundraising and financial monitoring, supervision of staff, and professional representation of the organization.

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Jamie Katz, Communications & Programs Manager
Jamie Katz moved to North Carolina in 2004 from Portage, Michigan. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, but once she discovered her passion for working in the arts, she never looked back. Jamie is responsible for coordinating the logistical aspects of PineCone programs, education and outreach, marketing and promotions, and communications, including writing the monthly Traditional Review newsletter for PineCone members and maintaining PineCone's website. She also compiles and sends out the bi-monthly musicians opportunities e-newsletter.

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Courtney Worthen, Membership Coordinator
Courtney Worthen, a native North Carolinian, grew up in the mountains of Boone. She is a longtime fan of traditional music and has been a Merlefest Volunteer Team Leader for 16 years and counting. She graduated from Salem College with a Bachelors Degree in Communication & Not-for-Profit Management and moved to the Raleigh area in 2008. Courtney was also responsible for the great collection of silent auction items and raffle prizes that were available at PineCone’s 2012 Member Appreciation Event last year at the Irregardless Café. Courtney is responsible for assisting with PineCone's box office operations, membership relations, and database management.

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