Kathleen Luciani Williams - Executive Director
Kathleen Luciani Williams is the founder of the Dr. and Mrs. D.N. Luciani Foundation and the oldest of Dan and Dianne Luciani's four children. Raised in Toronto, Canada, Kathleen received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the renowned Music Business program at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has had the privilege of working with some of the biggest names in music and film including Kevin Kline, Richard Gere, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith. Kathleen is passionate about honoring the memory of her parents by helping those who have suffered the devastating emotional and financial consequences of losing a parent to cancer.
Matt Little - Trustee
Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Matt came to Nashville in 1988 to attend David Lipscomb University where he earned his B.S. degree in Finance and Economics. Matt worked at Regions Bank and the former First American for seventeen years, and is now a senior vice president and financial advisor at Pinnacle Financial Partners. He is a member of the Country Music Association, Nashville Songwriters Association International and the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences.
James Stroud - Director-at-Large
Legendary producer James Stroud began his career as an R&B drummer whose discography includes Eddie Rabbitt, Bob Seger, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Paul Simon, Melissa Manchester, the Pointer Sisters and the Marshall Tucker Band. He has been credited with bringing the pop/rock sound to country music, which has given the genre its younger audience and huge crossover success. Stroud has headed major record labels Giant, DreamWorks, Universal, and in 2008 launched Stroudavarious Records. His production credits include Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Darryl Worley, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Melissa Etheridge, Clint Black and Merle Haggard to name a few, with records sales of over 52 million albums worldwide.
Steve Azar - Director-at-Large
Steve Azar, the soulful Delta-blues rocker, began writing songs at a very early age back in Mississippi and by the time he graduated from Delta State University, Steve was playing 200 shows a year and touring with two 28-foot trucks and 10 men on the payroll. Within days of arriving in Nashville, he was offered three song-publishing deals and a major recording contract with Mercury Records. He launched a radio phenomenon with his self-penned hit "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)", which not only reached #2 on the charts, but has since received more than three million spins on the radio. His Top 10 hit "Waitin’ On Joe," produced a #1 video on CMT featuring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman and was nominated for the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year. Steve and his wife, Gwen, are known for their philanthropic endeavors, most notably for their work with The Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation, which provides aid to sick, disadvantaged and abused children.