Meet Our Staff/Board for 2023
Shannon holds a PhD degree in Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction. Shannon has been involved in the areas of health and wellness for over twenty years. She has taught classes in the areas of health and fitness at many local colleges and is also a certified yoga instructor and has a background teaching dance specializing in ballroom styles. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the center and supervision of the programs, staff and instructors. Shannon has dedicated her life to teaching and education and she believes the arts help shape our individuality and identity thus transcending our divisions and celebrating our differences.
Shannon Hardwicke, Executive Director
Resa Mattson is our program coordinator. She has been a part of the June Bug family since 2019 when she volunteered here for her ACCE scholarship. She volunteered over 80 hours to complete her scholarship and earn 2 years of free community college. She plans on attending VCU to major in Business while minoring in Theatre. Resa is heavily involved in the local theatre guild and loves being supportive for the students at the JBC. Resa teaches our Improv program as well as the Acting Up program.
Resa Mattson, Program Coordinator & Instructor
Loretta holds a degree in business from ECPI and is also assistant director, she is responsible for making sure funds are allocated to the correct program and used appropriately, balancing the finances monthly, payroll, assisting with grant writing and also day-to-day operations.
Loretta Gibson, Bookkeeper
Emily Gruver, President & Instructor
Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications (Media Production) and Theatre. Before working at The June Bug Center, she worked as a video producer at Citizens Cooperative and a News Producer at WDBJ7. She is also co-founder of The Floyd Community Theatre Guild, which is part of The June Bug Center and has directed many of the young actors' productions such as Frozen, Big Bad Musical, Oz the Musical, and many others.
Tammie Sarver-Wolf, Vice President
I’ve been teaching and learning alongside children, families and teachers from infancy through high school for nearly thirty years. I’m very grateful that after a winding journey, as a teacher and administrator, I have found my pedagogical home at Blue Mountain School, and my sense of belonging in the Floyd community.
I’m inspired by the philosophies of Reggio Emilia, constructivist education, and outdoor learning. I received my undergraduate education at Virginia Tech. I studied Emergent Inquiry in my masters work at ETSU. and I’m proud to have attended training in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
I’m currently honored and joyous to be leading and learning with our Blue Mountain School community; where I’m committed to nurturing our community's youngest citizens' love of learning, mindfulness, social emotional strength, and developmentally appropriate activism. I’m committed to caring and connecting with every family in our community, working for every child, teacher, and family to feel seen, heard, and valued.
I'm committed to serving our community through my work at Blue Mountain School, and through volunteerism. When I’m not at school you will usually find me in the woods, the river, volunteering, or cooking in my kitchen or reading a good book with my Eric, our 5 children, and many pets.
Valerie Moran, Secretary
Carol Volker, Treasurer
Carol’s first encounter with The June Bug Center was over ten years ago, when her daughter attended a JBC dance class. A fan ever since, Carol joined the board in 2018. Carol has over twenty years of administrative and fiscal experience working in educational, non-profit institutions, and she is currently a research administrator at Virginia Tech.
Linda Devito has lived in Floyd for 40 years. She graduated with a degree in Communications & Marketing from Virginia Tech. Linda serves on the Board of Supervisors for Floyd Co. She is also a realtor, disc jockey, tree farmer, & sports announcer. She volunteers her time with Floyd County Lady Buffs Basketball Team as a videographer, and with Habitat for Humanity as a board member. She also serves on the New River Valley Regional Commission. Linda loves Floyd’s natural beauty, people, arts and community.
Jay Durner received a BA in Music Education from Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and an MA in Music from The College of New Jersey. Since moving to Virginia, Mr. Durner has continued to be active as a guest conductor, working with the Winds of the Blue Ridge Concert Band, and the Highty Tighties Marching Band at Virginia Tech. He has also been the Music Director for several productions of Blacksburg’s Summer Music Enterprise. He is recently retired as the Band Director at Floyd County High School where he oversaw the Concert and Marching Bands, as well as the Middle School Instrumental program. Mr. Durner looks forward to being an integral part of the JBC, helping them expand their offerings to even more of the Floyd County youth.
Catherine Van Noy
Catherine Van Noy has maintained a creative life since her youth. She studied classical piano for 15 years before attending college where she pursued a degree in History of Art. She began writing professionally
when she was 20 years of age and nearly 40 years later continues to serve as a marketing and communications professional. Her firm, Mill Creek Creative, was established in 2009 and focuses on economic and community development in rural Virginia, work that frequently intersects with regional and local arts organizations. She has been a chronic volunteer, trying to consistently give back to her community and to help organizations and individuals. Her most recent engagements include: Radford Tourism Commission (five years), Girl Scout Troop 379 Assistant Leader (four years), Pound Pals of Radford (four years), PLAY, Parents Leading Active Youth (five years), Pathways for Radford (three years), and serving on the board of the Lyric Theatre (six years).
Valerie Moran is our lead teacher for the Acting Out program. Valerie has volunteered for many years at The June Bug Center and has been a big part of bringing theatre to young, aspiring actors in our community. She helped start our Acting Out program and is excited to keep our young actors growing!