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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.

Cawood Fitzhugh

Board Secretary

Cawood plays guitar and penny whistle with a heart for Traditional music, dance and singing.  She joined BRIMS after taking music and dance lessons, being impressed by their love for Traditional music and the sweet community created around it.  Outside of BRIMS she is a certified facilitator (UMASS, Brown University and Dr. Jud Brewer) teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Habit Change, working with others to develop a better relationship to stress.  After years of serving as a Nurse practitioner and charting in the healthcare world, she is delighted to be the Secretary for BRIMS.

John Blandin

Board Co-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 Co-Treasurer

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.

Bill Collins

Board Member

Bill Collins is a singer-songwriter, music performer, and non-profit, advancement professional. While employed at the University of Virginia, Bill served as a frontline alumni engagement officer and web system administrator for UVA’s Alumni email, event and fundraising platform. Bill also was the assistant director of the University’s Alumni and Parent Travel program.
He has a deep love for Irish music and culture and has traveled to Ireland a number of times with his wife Colleen Bergin. Bill feels those who have been given the gift of music have an important responsibility to share that special talent with others through performing and education.

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Lisa A Roberson

Board Member

A singer and songwriter raised in a musical family, Lisa has played guitar and
written songs most of her life. Born in the Appalachian Mountains, she grew up
learning and playing bluegrass and country music from her father and relatives.
She continues to learn a variety of instruments and enjoys all types of music.

Having traveled with BRIMS to Ireland, she discovered her love for Irish music
and the BRIMS organization.

Lisa earned her degree in Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville
and worked as a Production Coordinator for Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois and
Guy Clark as well as Video and Marketing Director for Asylum Records Nashville.
Lisa is proud and excited to be a part of the Blue Ridge Irish Music School!

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