Board of Directors
Lynette Wiley is the co-founder of the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington. With a background in community activism and non-profit management, Wiley celebrates passionate organizations and peoples. Wiley, from Chicago, was previously a fellow at the Leadership Greater Chicago, a vice president of the Donors Forum of Chicago, and the executive director at the Speh Foundation. When not wrangling musicians, Wiley is chasing her 3 year-old twins.
Henry Sapoznik is an award-winning record and radio producer, banjoist, author, ethnomusicologist in the fields of Yiddish and American popular and traditional music. A pioneer in the revival of klezmer music, in 1985 Sapoznik founded KlezKamp the first program designed to teach traditional Yiddish folk arts and co-founded Living Traditions in 1995 to continue that work. Sapoznik continued to direct it until it ended in 2015. A five time Grammy nominated producer Sapoznik won the 2002 Peabody award for his 13-part NPR series “The Yiddish Radio Project” and his collection of broadcasts was acquired by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress in 2011.
Sapoznik recently released on Jalopy Records, “Banjew” a collection of American old time songs and tunes his first banjo recording since 1982, and produced and curated “Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders 1901-1905” which won the 2017 Certificate of Merit from the Association of Recorded Sounds Collections. Sapoznik is currently working with Dick Spottswood on a new reissue set “Protobilly: The Tin Pan Alley DNA of Country Music 1894-1939” for JSP records.
Geoff Wiley is the co-founder of the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music. Wiley is a musician, artist, actor and teacher, from Friday Harbor, Washington. He has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. He currently leads the band Skalopy and also plays in the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues. Wiley, with his wife Lynette, and partner Eli Smith, co-founded the Brooklyn Folk Festival. He is the founder of the Mid-Winter Jug Band Rendezvous Festival. He has acted in four plays in New York City, and many in Chicago and Washington. When not running the Jalopy Theatre, Wiley is designing children's toys, musical instruments and chasing his 3-year-old twins.
Ernesto Gomez is an artist/musician who currently resides in Red Hook Brooklyn, just around the bend from Jalopy. He has been an active Jalopy volunteer and performer since he started playing shows there in 2007 and enjoys being behind the scenes most of the time, providing support for the Brooklyn Folk Festival and other projects when needed. He is a founding member of the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, Skalopy Brass, and the Fraternal Order of the Society Blues (students of Elijah Staley aka Carolina Slim from MTA Arts for Transit : Music Under New York). He is also a Digital Account Executive at Rose Brand, working on large and small productions around NYC and the Jersey Bayou (aka Secaucus NJ).
Chad Dickerson was the CEO of Etsy from July 2011 to May 2017, leading the company in its mission to reimagine commerce while growing it into a global community of creative entrepreneurs and their customers. During that period, he grew the company from a chaotic startup to a global publicly-traded company, growing Etsy artisans’ sales more than 9x and company revenue 14x. Under Chad’s leadership, Etsy was known for its company culture and commitment to social responsibility. Etsy made the Best Places to Work list every year from 2013 to 2016 and the company became a Certified B Corporation in 2012, recognizing the power of business to generate social good.
Chad was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Etsy from September 2008 until July 2011, leading a team that built Etsy’s core platform in its critical early years. Before joining Etsy, Chad led Yahoo’s Brickhouse & Advanced Products incubators, and the Yahoo! Developer Network.
Chad came to Yahoo! from InfoWorld Media Group (IDG) where he served as CTO for nearly five years and wrote a popular weekly column for CTOs. Prior to InfoWorld, Dickerson served as CTO of Salon.com and in various technology positions at CNN, CNN/Sports Illustrated, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer.
In addition to the Jalopy board, Chad also serves on the board of St. Ann’s Warehouse, the non-profit theater in Brooklyn. He is also a Cornell Tech Fellow, helping the Dean of the new university campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC grow and scale the institution in its early days. Chad holds a BA in English literature from Duke University where he focused on the works of Shakespeare.
Eli Smith is a singer, banjo player and guitarist who grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village. Smith has recorded for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and regularly performs as a solo musician and with the string band the Down Hill Strugglers. He is also a music producer, currently heading the annual Brooklyn Folk Festival and Washington Square Park Folk Festival and has curated releases of historic archival recordings for Dust-to-Digital and Jalopy Records. Smith also hosts the New York-based Down Home Radio Show, which is available at www.DownHomeRadioShow.com. He has performed and recorded with John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers) and Peter Stampfel (The Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs), and has opened for songwriters Patti Smith and Steve Earle. Smith has performed at festivals and venues including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Newport Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, The Jalopy Theatre and many more.