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Volume 24, Number 10 — November 2017

BCM welcomes new development director and appoints education & outreach manager

July 18, 2016

BRISTOL, VA — The Birthplace of Country Music announces it has added a new development director position and appointed a new education and outreach manager. Schaap Freeman joins the organization as the development director, and Scotty Almany has been promoted as the museum's new education and outreach manager.

Freeman graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in economics and worked as a project manager for First Union/Wachovia National Bank before returning to graduate school. She received her masters degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and has served congregations in Charleston, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. Schaap has supported fundraising initiatives with various nonprofits and played a leading role in fundraising for Atlanta nonprofits Shalom International Ministry, The Glenn School for Young Children and The Well. A native of Marion, Virginia, Schaap is glad to return to Southwest Virginia and Upper East Tennessee with her family.


Almany is from Bristol, with close family and community ties to the region in addition to his training in museum studies. As a music enthusiast from a very young age, a deep relationship with music has always been a constant in his life. Almany has been a part of the Tri-Cities community of musicians for over 20 years. Almany earned his Bachelor of Science degree in professional communications from Old Dominion University and recently completed the Master of Arts in museum studies program with Johns Hopkins University while working at the museum. He joined the BCM team in 2014 as a Front Line Associate, and was promoted to this position.

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