ACM lifting lives® announces officers and new board of directors for 2020-2021





Los Angeles, CA (November 17, 2020) – ACM Lifting Lives® is announcing a second-year term for the ACM Lifting Lives Officers and announced the newly elected Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 term. Continuing their tenure in office includes Chairman Paul Barnabee, Vice-Chairman Troy Vollhoffer, Vice-President Lorie Lytle, Treasurer Dwight Wiles, and Secretary Taylor Wolf

“ACM Lifting Lives is grateful to have our Officers continue for another term. With their service and leadership, ACM Lifting Lives has been able to help hundreds of individuals within the Country Music community who have been experiencing financial hardships this year,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “We look forward to continuing the important work of being a resource for those in need.” 

The ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors is comprised of ACM Board Members, referred to as representative directors, as well as leaders in non-profit and corporate affairs that aren’t ACM Board Members, referred to as public directors. 

This year, there were four representative director positions elected, three public director positions elected, five representative director positions appointed and six public director positions appointed by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors: 

Newly elected representative directors include:

  1. Rod Essig
  2. Ebie McFarland
  3. Daniel Miller
  4. Sally Williams 

Newly elected public directors include:

  1. Fletcher Foster
  2. Kimberly Schlapman
  3. Meredith Seacrest 

Newly appointed representative directors include:

  1. Jackie Campbell
  2. Beville Dunkerley
  3. Greg Hill
  4. F. Reid Shippen
  5. Butch Waugh

Newly appointed public directors include:

  1. Mark Bloom
  2. Chris Farren
  3. Kathleen Flaherty
  4. Ricky Kelley
  5. Elaina Smith
  6. Jay Williams

*complete board is listed below 

“I’m honored to continue as Chairman of the ACM Lifting Lives Board and to serve the Industry at this critical time,” said ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Paul Barnabee. “We talk a lot about the influence of music lifting the spirits of those in a time of need and right now it feels more important than ever. The vital work that we do could not happen without the commitment of the artists and industry leaders and their continued support, and we are forever grateful.” 





Chairman                                        Paul Barnabee, FBMM

Vice-Chairman               Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Production  

Vice-President                               Lorie Lytle, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Treasurer                                        Dwight Wiles, Wiles + Taylor & Co., PC

Secretary                                        Taylor Wolf, ACM Lifting Lives 


  1. Paul Barnabee, FBMM
  2. Jackie Campbell, 615 Leverage + Strategy
  3. Duane Clark, FBMM
  4. RAC Clark, Lion’s Heart Entertainment
  5. Ryan Dokke, Play It Again Music
  6. Beville Dunkerley, Pandora
  7. Rod Essig, CAA
  8. Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment Group
  9. Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media
  10. Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management
  11. Daniel Miller, Fusion Music
  12. Darin Murphy, CAA
  13. F. Reid Shippen, Robot Lemon
  14. Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Production
  15. Butch Waugh, Studio2bee
  16. Sally Williams, Live Nation 


  1. Tiffany Brush, Topgolf
  2. Mark Bloom, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
  3. Ross Copperman
  4. Chris Farren, Combustion Music
  5. Kathleen Flaherty, K21 Communications
  6. Fletcher Foster, F2 Entertainment
  7. John Hickman, Dallas Cowboys
  8. Ricky Kelley, Harley-Davidson of Columbia
  9. Ellen Lehman, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
  10. Lorie Lytle, Fridrich & Clark Realty
  11. Beth Moore
  12. Lisa Paulsen, Stand Up To Cancer
  13. Kimberly Schlapman
  14. Meredith Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest Foundation
  15. Elaina Smith, Nights with Elaina
  16. Dwight Wiles, Wiles + Taylor & Co., PC
  17. Jay Williams, WME
  18. Judee Ann Williams, CAA


  1. Lori Badgett, City National Bank
  2. Bruce Bowman, Kaboom!
  3. Debbie Carroll, MusiCares
  4. Mark Hartley
  5. Gayle Holcomb, WME
  6. Bill Mayne
  7. Tree Paine, Premium PR
  8. Ed Warm, Joe’s Live 

About ACM Lifting Lives®

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives® funds music health programs while also serving members of the music community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. With generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives has funded national music therapy programs serving various mental and physical health organizations. Some of the recipients have included patients at children’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities, recovering veterans, people with Williams syndrome and individuals with mental illness. For more information, please visit