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.

Founder and Executive Director

Carleton Gholz, PhD.


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
Barbara E. Martin, Board Member
Martin is a singer and archivist


Brian Boyer, hacker journalist
Jeremy Caverly, mobile digital media and online marketing
Doug Coombe, photographer
Lizzy Graham, marketing and communications consultant
Matt Hampel, developer
Bill McGraw, writer
Marsha Music, writer and cultural historian
Jocelyne Ninneman, anthropologist and producer
Kristin Palm, writer and educator
Steven Reaume, promoter and chef
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’
Reginald Tiessen, video producer
Dave Toorongian, video producer
Ed Vielmetti, editor
Walter Wasacz, writer and electronic performance artist.

Adviser Committees


Bart Bealmear, archivist and writer
Ben Blackwell, musician and archivist
Veronica Johnson, archivist and project manager
Karen Jania, archivist
Colleen Anne Marquis, archivist and preservationist
Barbara E. Martin, singer and archivist
Kim Schroeder, coordinator of archival administration program


Denise Dalphond, PhD, scholar
Isaac Moore, music educator
Michelle McKinney, singer, dancer, and archivist
Paul Schauert, ethnomusicologist

Music Industry

Eddie Baranek, musician
Ryan Davies, Producer / Engineer
Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd, music production and label owner
Christopher Handyside, author


Leo Early, writer and preservationist
Abe Kadushin, architect and preservationist
Rebecca Binno Savage, preservationist
Krysta Ryzewski
Amy Elliott Bragg, preservationist

Urban Policy

Lauren Hood, community developer and engagement specialist
Hannah Kelley, city planner

Rights and Permission

Ceylan Akturk, teacher, writer, and rights manager

TOUR Coordinator

Alex Alexander, photographer

Genre Advisers


Craig Maki, author and musician


Brendan Gillen, electronic musician, record label owner, and writer
Curtis Lipscomb, activist


Mike Fotias, sound engineer
Dameon Gabriel, musician


Mike Rubin, journalist


Sarah Donetti, Archivist/Information Professional, Summer 2017
Jonah Raduns-Silverstein, Winter 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 June 2017