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.
As Associate Director, Lorraine concentrates primarily on Annual Meeting planning, sections and communications, but she contributes to many projects and programs. 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.
Meredith's primary responsibility as Membership Director 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.
Roz serves AFS by managing financial records, resolving membership issues, helping traditional artists visiting the US to obtain visas, and assists with the AFS Annual Meeting. She is originally from Valparasio, Indiana, but currently resides in Bloomington, where she enjoys hitting the streets with her husband, John, on their One Wheels and hanging with their canine companion, Oscar.
T. J. is an independent folklorist currently consulting with AFS on digital communications, including brand management, website development, and social media marketing. He lives in northeast Georgia and enjoys retro console gaming, exploring dungeons with friends, and skateboarding with his kids.
Ben is the keeper of all things news, community calendar, and career center-related, but often lends a hand where he's needed on other AFS projects. He is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, but currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, as he pursues a dual Ph.D. in Folklore and Anthropology at Indiana University. Ben enjoys hiking, drawing, and decimating his competition in board games.
Gloria is completing her doctorate in folklore at Indiana University and is working to improve the AFS Notable Folklorists of Color digital exhibit. Originally from Puerto Rico, Gloria is currently living in Bloomington, Indiana, where she tries to also find time for digital watercoloring and knitting.
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.