ACMe Board of Directors
Shirley Faulkner, Executive Director
Shirley graduated in 2003 from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor of music education degree. While at Tech, she studied voice under Maestro Louis Welcher and chorale conducting under Gary Morris. She assumed the position of director with the The Community Festival Chorale, the community choir of the Arkansas River Valley from Maestro Welcher in the fall of 2005.
Shirley and her husband, Brian, own and operate Makin' Music, Inc. a for-profit music education and service company providing early childhood music classes and professional development opportunities. She also performs with the band MB5: Mister Brian's Big Bad Big Band, performing for children's events.
Shirley belongs to the American String Teachers Association, and Chorus America.
Shirley and Brian are parents to three adult children - Brandon, Haley, & Whitney, and one young son, Jaxx. They have one gorgeous granddaughter, Morgan, and a handsome grandson, Peyton. The Faulkners also live with a retired greyhound, Argo.
Katie ROse, President
Katie graduated in 2005 from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor of management and marketing degree. After graduation, she worked at a bookstore for a couple years. Currently she works part time at the family business, Dog Ear Books.
Music has always been a part of her life through taking piano lessons, singing in school and church choirs, playing flute in band, bass guitar lessons and currently learning trumpet at ACME. She was introduced to ACME in 2010 when her oldest daughter started in the homeschool music program. Since then all of her 4 children have enjoyed participating in many of the music education classes ACME has to offer and has a passion to help promote the organization and the amazing benefits it can bring to people of all ages in the community.
Katie and her husband John reside in Russellville with their 4 children- Chloe, Sophie, Eli and Jacob. Katie stays busy with homeschooling her kids and chauffeuring them to their various activities but also enjoys running with friends and training for the occasional half marathon.
Carol Grimmer, Secretary
Carol graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and taught K-12 music for 35 years before retiring a couple of years ago. Music has been a part of life for as far as she can remember. Playing flute/piccolo in Illinois, Iowa, and Arkansas bands and orchestras has been a great way to see the USA and Europe.
Carol taught band 35 years, orchestra 2 years, K-8 elementary and general music 20 years, and 7-12 choir 4 years. Now retired, she enjoys sewing, baking, gardening, and volunteering for various church and community organizations.
Originally from Northwest Iowa, Nicholas moved to Arkansas in 2013 to serve as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Russellville. Prior to that, he ministered four years in Iowa and then pursued further studies at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating with a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree. He is married to one of the string instructors, Coralin Davelaar, whom he met in orchestra during college. They continue to enjoy making music together, whether as part of ACME, members of Nocturne Strings (a local string quartet), or with their six children.
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Cheryl Jones Stapf has owned and operated her private preschool business, Children Are Special in Pottsville, Arkansas since 1996. Cheryl’s preschool facility has achieved a three star rating with the states program, Better Beginnings. Cheryl graduated from UACCM with a Child Care Management Degree in May of 1995. In 2000, Cheryl was awarded Outstanding Alumni of Two Year Colleges. Cheryl completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 2011.
Cheryl has been active in her state and local community by serving on the executive board of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, as president of the Arkansas Family Child Care Association, an advisory member of the Early Childhood Program at the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton, and five years as secretary on the Pottsville Planning and Zoning Commission. Cheryl has earned numerous endorsements, certificates and credentials through Arkansas State University such as Mentor Endorsement, The Arkansas Children's Program Administrator Certificate, and The Arkansas Children’s Program Administrator Credential. Currently, Cheryl offers her time and knowledge to train other child care providers across the state.
Cheryl resides in Pottsville on the family’s 40 acres with her husband, Greg and their daughter, Ashley. They all enjoy the company of Elliot, their cat. A few of Cheryl’s hobbies include learning to play the guitar, sewing, reading, camping and gardening; but Cheryl’s passion is teaching preschool children through music.