The River House Staff, Advisors and Collaborators
River House activities are conducted through The River House, Inc. - a WV 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Day-to-day activities are managed by Arts Director, Johanna Murray - an artist, singer and local substitute teacher.
The Board of Advisors represents a diverse cross-section of the community: Board Chair, Beth Reese, is a teacher, farmer and founder of The Reading Connection, an award-winning non-profit literacy program;
Jenn Lockwood, an art therapist and photographer; Liz Braun, a local glass artist and Tamarack exhibitor; Jerry Giffin, a long-standing, local business leader; Nancy Meade, the Capon Bridge Library Director; Booth Dyess, volunteer manager and life-long supporter of the Arts; Holly Knauff-Smith, our Capon Bridge Middle School art teacher and Hampshire County “Teacher of the Year”; Natalie Spaid, singer, Hampshire High student and 2016 “Miss Hampshire County 2016”; Alexandra Grassi, Hampshire High senior and future Shepherd University art major; and Carter Taylor Seaton, a West Virginia artist and author of Hippie Homesteaders- Arts, Crafts and Living on the Land in West Virginia.
The River House intends to collaborate with our public schools and local businesses, such as; Capon Bridge Library and The Farmer’s Daughter Market & Butcher, along with WV arts organizations, such as; Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), Hampshire County Co-op, Augusta Heritage Center, WV Commision on the Arts, and TAMARACK.
Youth Internships and Job-training
A special feature of The River House’s staffing is volunteer and paid youth internship program. Interns build an employment network and experience in a range of practical job skills including: arts; music; technology; teaching; gardening; food handling; farm-to-table foods; nonprofit management; and customer service.