The Team

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Jim Lutz – Founder & CEO, Instructor

Jim has over 30 years experience as a business leader & individual contributor, 19+ with P&L accountability, supporting diverse industries including music, sports, financial services & social services. Jim recognized his passion for music instruction in mid-1970’s, providing music education & enrichment programs for at-risk youth in a residential treatment setting. Since then, he’s led emerging & successful organizations to their next level of corporate growth. As a member of the of echomusic executive team, his 300+ client roster included Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Diddy, Dierks Bentley, Janet Jackson, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Alicia Keys, Brooks & Dunn and corporate clients such as Clorox Corporation, Disney, Sony Music, RIM, Vee Corp, General Motors and the Professional Bull Riders. Jim’s demonstrated successful performance in organizations ranging from early stage to $4 billion in revenue.

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Heather Conner, Associate Instructor. MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist & Certified Neurologic Music Therapist

Heather earned an associates degree in music from Northwest Shoals Community College in Phil Campbell, AL and a bachelors degree in music therapy from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She completed her internship at the STAR Center in Jackson, TN and has been a board certified music therapist since March 2009.

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Russell Faulk, Instructor, Intermediate/Advanced Guitar, Fiddle

Russell is a graduate of Belmont College with a major in Commercial Guitar. He began playing piano and guitar at ages 12 and 15, respectively. Through high school he played in the school jazz band (guitar & bass), concert band (french horn) and marching band (alto horn).  A musical omnivore, Russell’s performed as a singer/songwriter and has played with various rock bands, country bands, Irish dance bands, old-time string bands, a bluegrass band and as a utility member of various worship groups. His early career included gigs at Nashville Songwriter’s Association and Cornelius Publishing. Russell has been a friend and supporter of the Quest Center mission since its inception. He’s affectionately known as the guy with an arsenal of instruments and a catalog of “weird old tunes” at the Quest Center monthly Stringjams. Welcome, Russell!

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Jessica Newton, Teaching Assistant

Jessica is a graduate from Dickson County High School. She plans to attend Nashville State in the fall of 2017 where she will pursue an Associate’s Degree in the Science of Education. Jessica has 7 years’ experience playing band clarinet, 3 years as a choral alto and more recently began taking guitar classes at the Quest Center. We’re very excited to have her join our team!

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Lisa Glass Zimdars, Instructor, Voice Conditioning, Keyboards

Lisa comes to us with a B.A. in Music and a Master of Education. She began her own musical studies as a piano and vocal student at Dickson County High School (DCHS), and was a member of the All-State choir during her senior year, accompanying for all DCHS vocal ensembles. Lisa attended Central Bible College (now Evangel University) where she toured the U. S. and Canada as the keyboardist for Revivaltime Radio Choir. Since 2010, Lisa has been teaching private voice and piano lessons at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN and her own Z School of Music. Between 2010-16, she served as the choral director and class piano instructor at Creek Wood High School in Dickson County. Her commitment to children, education and music are inspiring and we’re thrilled she’s sharing her talents with students at the Quest Center!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Dara Carson

Bradford Diehl

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ADVISORY BOARD:

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Tim DuBois – Music executive, producer, artist manager, songwriter, educator.

Tim has had a long career as one of the most successful executives in the recording industry, having led both Arista Records and Universal South Records. An Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management and long-time ASCAP member, DuBois’ storied career has included recognition as a songwriter, manager, record executive and producer. Five songs that he has co-written have been No. 1 hits. DuBois’ songs have received numerous awards, and two Grammy Award nominations. As a producer, his accolades have included over twenty No. 1 and top 5 singles and more than a dozen gold, platinum, and double platinum albums. Tapped to open a Nashville division of Arista Records in 1989, DuBois discovered and signed Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, BlackHawk, Pam Tillis and Diamond Rio. DuBois quickly turned the new label into one of the most successful in country music history, selling more than 75 million records worldwide in just four years. After serving as president of Gaylord Entertainment’s Creative Content Group in 2001, DuBois went on to head Universal South Records with producer Tony Brown in 2002, a position he held until 2006. DuBois was recognized as the most powerful person in the music industry by Business Nashville in 1996, Record Executive of the year in 1992 by Pollstar, and was included in Entertainment Weekly’s list of 101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment in 1994 and 1995. DuBois currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and has served as a board member of the Country Music Foundation, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Leadership Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is the former chairman of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a board member of Sun Trust Bank in Nashville.

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Taylor Eagleson, Student Advisor – Musician; Student at Creek Wood High School, Dickson County, TN.

Taylor is a 2016 freshman at Creek Wood High School in Dickson County, TN and our first Student Advisor. He’s been part of the Quest Center community for 2 years, continuously demonstrating his passion for learning, creating and challenging himself through music. “Music has always had a huge impact on me. The Quest Center welcomed me, and continues to inspire and teach me about music, business and life. I’ve been surrounded by incredible musicians who’ve generously shared many things that will help me make it in music. These opportunities would never have been available to me and others without the Quest Center. It’s an amazing program with amazing leadership and vision, and I’m proud to serve as a Student Advisor.” A prolific lyricist and songwriter, Taylor’s compositions have typically favored acoustic melodies, but he’s recently begun transitioning to a more electric/acoustic hybrid. “Music is a huge part of my life. Every experience seems to teach me something new.” And with such passion and commitment, we’re thrilled to have Taylor as a member of our Advisory Board. Welcome, Taylor!

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Bernie Nelson – Singer/songwriter/performer, Nashville, TN

Bernie’s songs have sold over 25 million copies, with multi-platinum cuts on the works of artists such as Conway Twitty, Ricky Van Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Colin Raye, Confederate Railroad, Chris Ledoux, Kris Kristofferson, John Anderson and many more. His latest release, BLUE, is killing it with critics and fans alike. When he’s not performing or writing, he can be found teaching his craft at his log home west of Nashville. You can learn more at www.bernienelsonmusic.com

We’re excited to have Bernie helping guide us in the fulfillment of our mission and commitment to the community. Welcome, Bernie!

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Jonah Rabinowitz – Executive Director, W.O. Smith Music School, Nashville, TN.

Jonah has been the Executive Director of W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School since 1995. As a musician, Jonah received his training at the Manhattan School of Music and then attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance while studying with Charles Schleuter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jonah’s performing career includes positions as the principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, principal trumpet of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, and performances and recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a faculty member at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. He is the former Director of the Georgia Academy of Music in Atlanta. Jonah was president of Tennesseans for the Arts, Tennessee’s leading arts advocacy group in 2011-2012, is a member of the steering committee for the Nashville Arts Coalition in addition to having served as a member of Mayor Karl Dean’s Music City Music Council. Jonah was the recipient of the 2011 Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award from the Nashville Symphony and the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Leadership from TN Governor Haslam and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Jonah is a graduate of Leadership Music class of 1998 and Leadership Nashville in 2013 where he continues to serve as a member of the logistics team for the class of 2014.

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Drew Williams – Artist, educator, Principal/Superintendent Tuacahn Performing Arts High School, Ivins, UT

When Drew was 5 years old, his parents took him into a local music shop and told him to pick what he wanted to play. The only catch was that he had to commit. The coolest instrument hanging on the wall was a fiddle and that evening, with hope and excitement in the station wagon, they traveled home with a shiny instrument. 33 years later, Drew continues to play the fiddle (albeit a different one from that first purchase) and has picked up the mandolin and guitar along the way. With an emphasis of mostly jazz and bluegrass throughout his childhood, Drew has had the opportunity to play a wide variety of music all across the world. Touring in over 15 countries and half of the US, he honed his craft as a utility musician with regional and national acts. Drew married the talented singer-songwriter and musician, Lacey Williams in 2005, and after their move to Nashville, have worked on their duo project and sound. Throughout this work in the music industry, he pursued his other passion – education. He earned is doctorate of education in 2013 and currently is the Principal at Creek Wood High School in Dickson County, TN. Working with students impacts the sound and work he and his wife do as musicians, realizing the importance of expanding the arts in the education setting. Drew & Lacey have released two records and are currently working on their third. For more information, please visit www.drewandlacey.com.

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Charlie Worsham – Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist & performer, Nashville, TN

A native of Grenada, Mississippi, Charlie’s toured with the likes of Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley and Kip Moore. Other artists such as Eric Church and Dierks Bentley have called on Charlie to lend his talents to their own recordings. Charlie co-wrote and co-produced his 11-track debut album, Rubberband, which was unanimously acclaimed by fans, critics and the musician community alike. Additionally, two of his biggest musical idols – Marty Stuart and Vince Gill – join him on “Tools Of The Trade.” Charlie also made a guest appearance on the FOX television show ‘Bones.’

Charlie has been a great friend and generous supporter of the Quest Center, and we couldn’t be more proud of his commitment to music education for the Dickson community! Welcome, Charlie!

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