As Executive Director of the American Folklore Society, Jessica nurtures a broad network of folklorists working in universities, public institutions, and nonprofit organizations. A native of southwest Virginia, she's happiest in the mountains and spends her spare time gathering with family, friends, and food. She believes in the power of tradition, and a good biscuit, in bringing communities together.
Meredith's primary responsibility as Director of Membership and Information Systems is managing AFS' growing membership, but often takes the time to serve as the organization's de facto IT specialist. She also puts her graphic design skills to work for various AFS projects and plays a key role in the scheduling and development of the Annual Meeting. An Indiana native, Meredith resides in Bloomington and does her best to find time to play in the clay and make pottery.
As Annual Meeting and Programs Director, Roz has primary responsibility for AFS annual meeting planning and supports AFS Sections and other projects. Roz started as a graduate assistant 2017-2018 and has worked almost continuously since then on a variety of projects. She is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, but currently resides in Bloomington, where she enjoys exploring the city with her husband, John, on their OneWheels and hanging with their canine companion, Oscar.
As AFS Graduate Assistant, Violet keeps our news, calendar and career center current, and assists with special projects. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Violet is now in Bloomington pursuing a dual MA in Folklore and Media Studies at Indiana University. She likes biking, travel and tending her porch garden.
As Special Projects Consultant, Lorraine works as needed on a variety of projects, drawing on her 12 years of experience as AFS Associate Director (2009-2021). Lorraine moved around the country before returning to her Midwestern roots. She now lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she enjoys being outdoors, reading, and knitting, sometimes all at the same time.
Maria is a community scholar/folklorist currently working part-time as Project Assistant. She will be working closely with Dr. Phyllis May-Machunda on the AFS Notable Folklorist of Color Exhibit that highlights scholars of color who significantly contributed to research in folklore studies. Maria currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky where she works full-time at Simmons College of Kentucky, Louisville’s one and only HBCU, as the Access Services Manager in the Library. Maria enjoys spending time with family, friends and being "Rere" to the children in her life.
Tim was AFS Executive Director from 2001-2018 and now serves on special projects and, from time to time, assists Jessica Turner in putting out the occasional fire. Tim was raised in Columbus, Ohio and Dallas, Texas and now resides back in Powell, Ohio. When he isn't battling nonprofit flame-ups, Tim enjoys working on his drum solos.
For 18 months through the beginning of 2022, T. J. was contracted to assist with communications and outreach, helping with digital communications and managing social media, news, and website redesign, and continues to pitch in when needed. He lives in northeast Georgia and enjoys retro console gaming, exploring dungeons with friends, and skateboarding with his kids.