The Board

Ken Austin

Ken Austin

President
Ken's Bio
Ken has twenty-one years of experience teaching band in Alabama, Tennessee, and The Bahamas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State (’88), and his Masters in Music Education from LSU (’93). He currently works as a business analyst at MicroPact. Ken marched in the inaugural edition of Southwind in 1981, and then placed 8th with Star of Indiana in 1986. He served as visual tech (and occasional Bertha driver) for the revitalized Southwind from 1989 to 1991, as well as Tour Director in 1991. Ken was an avid barbershopper for years and directed the Port City Men’s Chorus from January 2015 to January of 2018. He currently sings in the Mobile Opera Chorus, and attends the occasional BayBears game. Ken is passionate about keeping Southwind growing and vital while keeping it on firm footing.
Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson

Vice President
Jeremy's Bio
Jeremy Johnson is a 1993, 1995-96 veteran of Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps on contra bass. He has been a music educator for over 18 years, teaching in both Georgia and Florida. He is entering his 5th year as the band director at Everitt Middle School in Panama City. Jeremy earned his bachelor of music and masters of music education at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.  Jeremy’s current involvement with Southwind began with the rebirth of the Sound Sport team in 2014 and today he continues working in the role of the corps merchandise manager. Jeremy is married to Julie Johnson, an elementary music and high school choir teacher, and has three children: Noah, Hannah, and Eli.
Chris Goldschmidt

Chris Goldschmidt

Secretary
Chris's Bio
Chris Goldschmidt proudly marched with Southwind in 1982. He is equally honored to serve on the corps’ board of directors. To him, this proves that once you’re a Southwind member, you’re always a Southwind member. Chris has made his career in branding and creative development, developing award-winning work featured in AdWeek, Print Magazine, Millimeter, and the Wall Street Journal. His specialty is copywriting and overall brand strategy for a select number of clients. In addition to owning a boutique marketing firm, Chris also acts as adviser to other marketing firms around the country. Married since 1991 to Maria, Chris has three children, 23, 21, and 19.
Linda Gooden

Linda Gooden

Treasurer
Linda's Bio
Linda Gooden is the Treasurer for Empower Youth and a 1992-94 color guard veteran of Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration majoring in Accounting from the Mississippi University for Women. Linda is the Cost Analyst for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she also serves as Interim Director of Financial Affairs for The Office of Research and Economic Development. Serving as a financial accountant for almost 25 years, Linda has nearly 20 years of experience dealing with financial accounting in higher education.
James Dees

James Dees

Board Member
James' Bio
Jamie Dees currently resides in Louisville, KY, and is an alumni of the Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps soprano section. He was a member of the 1992 Division 2 championship corps, as well as the 1993 and 1994 Open Class (now World Class) corps. Jamie holds a current Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration and is employed as an International Flight Dispatcher Trainer for UPS Airlines. His responsibilities include curriculum deign, consulting on safety action forums, and monitoring a constantly-changing regulatory environment. Jamie is an alumni of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band.
Chip Hansen

Chip Hansen

Board Member
Chip's Bio
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Chip Hansen (Tampa, FL) holds Bachelor’s (1992) and Master’s (2001) degrees in Media Arts. He has worked in broadcast television for over 25 years: directing, producing, writing, shooting and editing all forms of programming, including commercial production, news and sports programming, and long-form documentary projects. He is also the on-air movie critic for WFLA-TV in Tampa. Chip has been nominated for 10 Emmy awards, and has won three times for directing, sports editing, and lighting.

Chip has also been an adjunct Course Director/Instructor at The University of South Carolina, and more recently at Hillsborough Community College, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level students the principles of media arts and mass communications.

Chip has served as a volunteer videographer/editor for the Southwind Media Team since 2017, when the first of his two “SDub Siblings,” Jillian, began her DCI career in the pit as center marimba, Section Leader, and 2018 Co-Drum Sergeant. His son Sully (SullyBone™) marched Southwind from 2018 – 2019 as a baritone player.

Chip never had the opportunity to march at the DCI level himself, but was a snare drummer, front ensemblist and drum major for his high school program in Pageland, South Carolina, and has been a drum corps fan since seeing his first show in 1983. He and his wife Lynne attended the DCI World Championships every year from 1996 through 2003, and are thrilled to be back in the drum corps world. It took him 47 years, but Chip FINALLY has his own corps jacket to wear proudly as part of the Southwind family!

Melissa Lavey

Melissa Lavey

Board Member
Melissa's Bio
Melissa is a proud alumni of Southwind’s mellophone section 1992-1993, and she is equally proud to serve on its Board of Directors. In being a member of Southwind’s Board she hopes to give current and future generations of young musicians and performers the same wonderful experiences she had a marching member. Melissa’s drum corps experience also includes marching 1990-1991 with Expressions (Hammond, LA) and 1994 with the Cadets (Bergen County, NJ). Musically, Melissa has spent time playing French horn in the University of Alabama Concert Band and Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, and singing alto in the University of Alabama Women’s Chorale and the USM Gulf Coast Civic Chorale. Professionally, Melissa is a Registered Nurse with national certification in inpatient obstetrical nursing and also has experience in cardiac nursing. She is currently serving as Southwind’s Medical Team Coordinator.
Tony Lavey, Jr.

Tony Lavey, Jr.

Board Member
Tony's Bio
Tony Lavey is an alumni of Southwind’s baritone section 1989-1992 and served on the visual staff 1993-1995. During his time at Southwind, Tony won two Class A (now Open Class) Championships (’91 and ’92) and was a member of the 1991 DCI Individual and Ensemble Champion Mixed Ensemble. Tony was a member of the trombone line in the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band. Tony’s family ties run deep with Southwind with both his mother and father, Tony Sr. and Nancy Lyle, in the Southwind Hall of Fame and his brother, Chris, a Southwind alumni. Tony is a Software Architect for IBM and proud father of two children. In addition to his role as a Board Member, Tony is an active volunteer with his son’s high school band.