Meet the Board and Members

Bluegrass Country Foundation Officers

Bill Sherard

President

Bill Sherard Bill was born and raised among bluegrass musicians and mountain culture in Southwest Virginia. His early radio days saw Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe and others visit and perform at Norton, Virginia’s WNVA studios – a common occurrence in the 1950’s. He maintained his love for the music, managing Washington area Radio stations for 15 years, including KIX Country, winning Billboard Magazine’s Country Station of the Year. Prior to his current interests, he was managing partner of a 9 station radio group in 4 states. Bill is the former President of the Washington Area Broadcasters Association. Today his broadcast ownership includes a multi-cultural Washington station and several rural radio stations in Virginia’s Northern Neck.

Jeffrey Ludin

Vice President

Jeff Ludin has been a fan of Bluegrass music since he was an undergraduate at American University in the 1970, where he worked in the studio building.  He is currently president of the Lucketts Bluegrass Foundation where he also records and edits concerts for use by WAMU.  Aside from bluegrass, Jeff works at the Department of State as an Information Technology Management Consultant and is a member of the George Mason District Staff for the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Jeff Ludin

Dick Cassidy

Vice President

Dick Cassidy Dick Cassidy has been a broadcaster for over 50 years and has specialized in broadcast technical management and consulting. He started his career in California consulting for for stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  He came to Washington, DC in 1971 as Chief Engineer for WASH.

In 1971, he became the first Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering for National Public Radio overseeing the development of the nationwide satellite network. In 1984 he opened a broadcast engineering consulting group with clients including ABC, Seiko, and Tribune Broadcasting.

For the past fifteen years at WAMU in Washington, DC he spearheaded the inauguration of WAMU 88.5’s successful bluegrass Internet radio station, BluegrassCountry.org which is now heard on FM and HD. As Director of Content Operations he was responsible for the station’s information technology unit, its broadcast traffic unit and Bluegrass Country. During that time is was involved in spearheading HD, web and new media opportunities to expand the delivery of WAMU’s content for its news and music programming. He was on the management team that recently completed the move of WAMU to its new state-of-the-art Media Center.

Steve Herman

Secretary

Steve Herman and his wife Sally have been bluegrass fans since 1970 after seeing the Country Gentlemen perform at the Shamrock. Steve was then hooked on the music travelling to West Virginia festivals. Steve is a longtime supporter of bluegrass on WAMU. His favorite shows are Katy Daley in the morning and Gary Henderson’s gospel Stainglass Bluegrass on Sunday. Steve works in the field of energy development and financing. Steve Sherman

Nelson Ford

Treasurer

Nelson Ford Nelson Ford was introduced to traditional Appalachian music in NC during the 60’s and spent many nights listening to the Gentlemen at the Shamrock, Emmy Lou Harris at Childe Harold and the Seldom Scene at the Red Fox during the early 70’s. He’s been a faithful congregant of the First Church of Stained Glass Bluegrass for more than 40 years and has been a strong supporter of Bluegrass Country for the last decade.”

Bluegrass Country Foundation Board Members

Randy Barrett

Funding Chair

Randy Barrett is president of the DC Bluegrass Union, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit. DCBU is a membership organization with a mission to promote bluegrass music through performance and education in the greater Washington, DC area. Randy is also a professional musician, banjo and fiddle teacher, and proprietor of Greenway Violins . During the day, he is vice president of communications for a hospital trade association. Randy Barrett

Nancy Lisi

Social Media and Communications 

Doug Mitchell A veteran harness racehorse trainer and driver, professional commission portrait artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Avid jammer, singer and player of Piedmont Blues, Django jazz, Old time and Bluegrass Country. Founding member of King Street Bluegrass, and the charity “Catjam” approaching $100,000 in tips for local needy causes. Networker, and mother of four musicians.

Randy Barrett

Development Chair

Well before the turn of the century, in a distant universe called New York City, Polly actually owned a mandolin which unfortunately was stolen from her Greenwich Village walk-up before she’d had a chance to master the instrument. So she turned her attention to electronic media. Today, still a fan of bluegrass music, Polly is an experienced multi-media sales and business development leader with a demonstrated history of success over her 25 years at the ABC and CBS television affiliates in Washington DC. Her goal is to put these skills to work for the benefit of Bluegrass Country.