Randy Ancil Campbell was born in Lackey and raised in Mousie, Knott County, Kentucky. He has BA in Education from the University of Kentucky, MA in education from Morehead State University, Juris Doctorate from Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. He has practiced law from 1980-2020 in Hindman Kentucky and played a prevalent role in the Knott County Drug Court. He has been the Commonwealth Attorney of the 36th Judicial Circuit from 1988-2000 and is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. He has been the executive director of Appalachian Artisan Center since June, 2019. He has great interest in music and plays a bass guitar. He is an avid collector of banjos, guitars and dulcimers. His passion in music, love for the arts and Appalachia, leads him to direct the center with knowledge and wisdom of Hindman's history as a native Knott-countian.
Director of Fundraising & Development:
Chris, a Knott county native, studied Communication at UVA Wise in Virginia. It was there that she developed her love for Appalachian culture. She served on the center's Board of Directors for 3 years, prior to being selected for this role. Chris is the first Development Director at the Appalachian Artisan Center. She, also, currently serves as the Chamber of Commerce President in Knott County.
Artistic Director Education/Exhibition & Culture of Recovery:
Yoko Nogami, an interdisciplinary artist, was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She has served as the Visual Art Department Chair at Pinellas County Center for the Arts in Saint Petersburg, Florida for 10 years before moving to the Appalachian region of Kentucky as the Artistic Director at the Appalachian Artisan Center.
Internationally exhibiting artist as her trade, she has been engaged in promoting and programming Old Time Music as her passion, merging music and visual art into her works.
She has taught at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and the Art Institute of Tampa, Creative Clay (teaching Developmentally Disabled Adults), Youth Arts Corps (with at-risk youth) and at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.
*Photo Credit: Malcolm J. Wilson
Gallery Store Manager:
Lisa Burke is a native Floyd/Knott-countian. She attended East Kentucky Beauty College and Morehead State University. She has 25 plus years in procurement and inventory control. She has worked at Pikeville Medical Center, as a surgical purchasing agent. While Lisa comes from a medical background, she brings her skills and knowledge, applying them to the AAC gallery store. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the gallery store - including but not limited to, greeting guests, procuring and displaying art, maintaining item masterlist and inventory.
Financial Manager Appalachian Artisan Center:
Cheryl is from Neon, KY. She has a BS in Natural Resource Conservation and Management from the University of Kentucky. She worked the last 17 years as a secretary/office manager for Millstone Construction and ERS Pipeline, and volunteered several years with the Neon Area Days Committee.
Troublesome Creek String Instrument Company/ Master Luthier:
Master Luthier Doug Naselroad joined the Appalachian Artisan Center to found the Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Kentucky in 2012. In 2016, the school's Hindman Dulcimer Project won the prestigious Governor's Award in the Arts for Folk Heritage.
Recipient of the 2017 Homer Ledford award, Doug was named a South Arts Fellow in 2019, and coauthored the Culture of Recovery (COR) program funded by ArtPlace America. Once a month, he hosts the Knott Downtown Radio Hour on Appalshop's WMMT.
Doug currently serves as Director of the new Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company in Hindman, a nonprofit manufacturing company that employs people in recovery.
Master in Residence/Blacksmith:
Dan Estep was born in Perry County, KY. He began his career in metalwork in 1982 after being laid off from his trade as a welder in the mines. He is one of the original members of the Southeast Kentucky Blacksmith Association and of the AAC in Hindman, KY. He is also a member of the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil Association, Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and a juried member of Kentucky Crafted. Dan is a traditional ironworker – a toolmaker and bladesmith. In 2011, he began devoting more time to his company, Wren Forge Ironworks, and since 2016 has instructed workshops and coordinated special projects for the AAC at the Kentucky School of Craft studio in Hindman, KY. He was lead Instructor for an NEA “Our Town” Grant award - SPARK Knott County – (2016-2017) and currently serves as AAC’s Master Blacksmith with the “Culture of Recovery” Program.
*Photo Credit: Malcolm J. Wilson
Richard Kirk Banks
Head Ceramic Contract Artist
Richard Kirk Banks is a multi-disciplinary studio artist working in Hindman, KY. A Whitesburg,
KY native, Kirk is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and the University of Virginia’s College
at Wise with an emphasis in fine/studio art. He practices primarily in three media: ceramic arts,
printmaking, and painting. Kirk’s pieces from each medium are characterized by bold, saturated
colors, simple patterns, and lively functionality. His ceramic work is generally functional and
wheel-made, with instruction offered weekly by the artist. His print work includes serigraphs and
monotype/monoprint on paper, while his paintings are made with acrylic, oil, and pastels on
canvas or panel.
Director of Appalachian School of Luthiery:
Originally working from Mt. Sterling, Paul Williams is a seasoned luthier and is the director of the Appalachian School of Luthiery. After his career in the U.S.Navy and long-time employment with the Lexington Federal Medical Center, he has made his mark as a versatile luthier of string instruments ranging from dulcimers to guitars. He is known for using native Kentucky wood for one-of-a-kind instruments, focusing on the specialized sound each wood makes. While continuing to make his own instruments at the School of Luthiery, he teaches clients weekly from the Culture of Recovery program, sharing the mission to make a positive impact towards the addiction recovery efforts of this region.