Admin & Board


Lori Madden

BRIMS Executive Director

Lori has been providing Irish dance instruction in Charlottesville and central Virginia since 2001 and has been executive director of BRIMS since 2003.  Lori, along with her children Meg, Patrick & Marina, is a founding member of BRIMS and has been a trip leader on all four of the BRIMS Ireland Study Trips. 


Sherry Olander

Board Chair

Sherry plays flute and bodhrán. She joined BRIMS several years ago and owes much of her Irish music-playing ability to the classes, teachers, and friends that are part of this community. Outside of BRIMS, Sherry is a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer & Consultant and also a licensed Massage Therapist. Joining the BRIMS board was the first foray for Sherry into the nonprofit governance world and she's still learning as she goes.


John Blandin

Board Treasurer

John is a lifelong music learner and has been a member of BRIMS "family" since shortly after moving to the Charlottesville area (2009).   He plays (and teaches) DADGAD guitar, octave mandolin, and most recently began learning to play tenor banjo and mandolin.  He has served on the BRIMS board since 2015


Carrie Brubaker

Board Member

Carrie began Irish dancing in 1995 with the O’Neill-James School in Falls Church, VA, there she studied under Laureen O’Neill-James and assisted with the beginning adult classes. In 2002 she joined the Culkin School which has a large and active adult dance group. At the Culkin School she studied with Sean Culkin, Nicki Sack and Caterina Earle. While dancing with the Culkin School she competed as a member of the National Championship adult ladies ceili team.  Carrie is an accountant with the firm Hantzmon Wiebel LLC.


Wes Craig

Board Member


Thank you

to our partners in music

Website Credits

BRIMS is grateful for the enthusiastic support - and beautiful photos! - provided by Gary Alter


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