Our Board of Directors and Advisers include musicians, preservationists, teachers, archivists, librarians, journalists, coders, ethnomusicologists, architects, photographers, filmmakers, publicists, DJs, urban planners, and, most importantly, fans of Detroit music.


LaVell Williams, President
Williams is a poet and singer.
Mike Fotias, Vice President
Fotias is a sound engineer.
Donna Gardner, Treasurer 
Gardner is a grant and contract administrator.
Bart Bealmear, Secretary
Bealmear is an archivist and writer
Lauren Hood, Board Member
Hood is a community developer and engagement specialist


Carleton Gholz, PhD., Founder & Executive Director
Jonah Raduns-Silverstein, Projects Coordinator



Leo Early, writer and preservationist
Rebecca Binno Savage, preservationist
Kim Schroeder, coordinator of archival administration program

Blue Bird Stage

Chair: Reginald Tiessen, video producer
Veronica Johnson, archivist and project manager

Club Heaven Sound System

Chair: Mike Fotias, Vice President and sound engineer
Peter Croce, deejay, producer, and record label owner
Curtis Lipscomb, activist

At Large

Eddie Baranek, musician
Ben Blackwell, musician and archivist
Brian Boyer, hacker journalist
Amy Elliott Bragg, preservationist
Jeremy Caverly, mobile digital media and online marketing
Doug Coombe, photographer
Denise Dalphond, PhD, scholar
Ryan Davies, Producer / Engineer
Dameon Gabriel, musician
Brendan Gillen, electronic musician, record label owner, and writer
Lizzy Graham, marketing and communications consultant
Matt Hampel, developer
Christopher Handyside, author
Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd, music production and label owner
Karen Jania, archivist
Abe Kadushin, architect and preservationist
Hannah Kelley, city planner
Craig Maki, author and musician
Colleen Anne Marquis, archivist and preservationist
Bill McGraw, writer
Michelle McKinney, singer, dancer, and archivist
Marsha Music, writer and cultural historian
Isaac Moore, music educator
Jocelyne Ninneman, anthropologist and producer
Kristin Palm, writer and educator
Steven Reaume, promoter and chef
Krysta Ryzewski
Paul Schauert, ethnomusicologist
Ellie Schneider, music and design advocate
Kim Silarski, Founding DSC Secretary and communications specialist
Rob Theakston, scholar and strategist
Adriel Thornton, ‘Detroit’s ambassador of cultural goodwill’
Dave Toorongian, video producer
Ed Vielmetti, editor
Walter Wasacz, writer and electronic performance artist.


Ceylan Akturk, teacher, writer, and rights manager


Alex Alexander, photographer


Nicholas J. Schroeck, lawyer


Dylan Box


Sarah Donetti, Archivist/Information Professional, Summer 2017-Present
Benjamin Bond, University of Michigan School of Information, Spring-Summer 2016
Sidne S., Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, Winter-Spring-Summer 2016
Kevin Kapalla, Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, Fall 2015
Danae Dracht, Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, Spring-Summer-Fall 2015
Colleen Marquis, University of Michigan School of Information, Spring 2015
Richard Marcil, Wayne State University History Department, Spring 2014

Updated Winter 2018