Coralin Davelaar

Coralin graduated in 2003 from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, with a bachelor of instrumental music education degree. While at Dordt, she played cello in the Chamber Orchestra and the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She also participated in the college bands on the clarinet, euphonium, and alto saxophone. After graduation, she taught for four years at East Martin Christian High School in her native state of Michigan. She completed her MM in Music Education from Western Michigan University in 2012.


Coralin and her husband Nicholas have resided in Russellville, AR, since the fall of 2013. Coralin stays busy at home, caring for and homeschooling their six young children. She is excited to be an active part of the ACME community through her leadership of the Advanced Orchestra.

Brian K. Faulkner, Ed.D


Brian teaches the Pre-K music class and directs the intermediate orchestra.  Brian also serves on the ACME Board of Directors.


Brian is a 1987 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a BS in Music Education.  He is a 2002 graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a MS in Early Childhood Education.  He completed his Doctor of Education degree with NSU in 2008.


Brian has taught early childhood for 20 years with his company, Makin' Music.  He also teaches online education courses for American Public University, Arkansas Tech University, and Nova Southeastern University.  He also works as the high school music teacher for Arkansas Virtual Academy, a K12 charter school  Brian has also served on the national board for the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association and as a national mentor with the National Association for Music Eduction.


Brian and Shirley are parents to three adult children - Brandon, Haley, & Whitney, and have a six-year-old son, Jaxx.  They have one gorgeous granddaughter, Morgan, and a handsome grandson, Peyton.  The Faulkner's also live with a retired greyhound, Argo.

Shirley Faulkner

Shirley (see bio in next column) teaches elementary general music group classes for homeschoolers, CBI (Community Based Instruction) music classes at Russellville High School, beginning band, beginning orchestra, beginning ukelele, Adult Music Theory, directs Children's Musical Theater, Community Festival Chorale, and the West Central River Valley Community Band.

Sarah Miller


Sarah completed her bachelors of music education in 2009 from Arkansas Tech University.  While at ATU, she studied flute under Karen Futterer.  She is a 2016 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with her masters in music education.

Sarah is the current band and choir director at Danville school district and has been teaching in public schools for 7 years.  At Danville, she teaches 6th through 8th grade music, beginner, junior, and senior band, jazz band, and choir.

At ACME, Sarah instructs ukulele class for all ages as well as guitar.  She also participates in the community band and the community choir.  She is also a member of Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association (ASBOA) an Arkansas Choral Directors Association (ArkCDA).



Executive Director - Shirley Faulkner


Shirley graduated in 2003 from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor of music education degree.  While at Tech, she studied voice under Maestro Louis Welcher and chorale conducting under Gary Morris.  She assumed the position of director with the The Community Festival Chorale, the community choir of the Arkansas River Valley from Maestro Welcher in the fall of 2005.


Shirley and her husband, Brian, own and operate Makin' Music, Inc. a for-profit music education and service company providing early childhood music classes and professional development opportunities.  She also performs with the band MB5: Mister Brian's Big Bad Big Band, performing for children's events.


Shirley belongs to the American String Teachers Association, and Chorus America.


Shirley and Brian are parents to three adult children - Brandon, Haley, & Whitney, and have a six-year-old son, Jaxx.  They have one gorgeous granddaughter, Morgan, and a handsome grandson, Peyton.  The Faulkner's also live with a retired greyhound, Argo.

President - Katie Rose


Katie graduated in 2005 from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor of management and marketing degree. After graduation, she worked at a bookstore for a couple years. Currently she works part time at the family business, Dog Ear Books.

Music has always been a part of her life through taking piano lessons, singing in school and church choirs, playing flute in band, bass guitar lessons and currently learning trumpet in beginning band at ACME. She was introduced to ACME in 2010 when her oldest daughter started in the homeschool music program. Since then all of her 4 children have enjoyed participating in many of the music education classes ACME has to offer and has a passion to help promote the organization and the amazing benefits it can bring to people of all ages in the community. 

Katie and her husband John reside in Russellville with their 4 children- Chloe, Sophie, Eli and Jacob. Katie stays busy with homeschooling her kids and chauffeuring them to their various activities but also enjoys running with friends and training for the occasional half marathon. 

Secretary - Carol Grimmer


Carol graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and taught K-12 music for 35 years before retiring a couple of years ago. Music has been a part of life for as far as she can remember. Playing flute/piccolo in Illinois, Iowa, and Arkansas bands and orchestras has been a great way to see the USA and Europe.


Carol taught band 35 years, orchestra 2 years, K-8 elementary and general music 20 years, and 7-12 choir 4 years.  Now retired, she enjoys sewing, baking, gardening, and volunteering for various church and community organizations.


Board Member - Heather Bartlett

Bio information to be added soon.

Board Member - Brian K. Faulkner, Ed.D

See biography in other column.

Board Member - Cheryl Stapf

Cheryl Jones Stapf has owned and operated her private preschool business, Children Are Special in Pottsville, Arkansas since 1996. Cheryl’s preschool facility has achieved a three star rating with the states program, Better Beginnings. Cheryl graduated from UACCM with a Child Care Management Degree in May of 1995. In 2000, Cheryl was awarded Outstanding Alumni of Two Year Colleges. Cheryl completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 2011.

Cheryl has been active in her state and local community by serving on the executive board of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, as president of the Arkansas Family Child Care Association, an advisory member of the Early Childhood Program at the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton, and five years as secretary on the Pottsville Planning and Zoning Commission. Cheryl has earned numerous endorsements, certificates and credentials through Arkansas State University such as Mentor Endorsement, The Arkansas Children's Program Administrator Certificate, and The Arkansas Children’s Program Administrator Credential. Currently, Cheryl offers her time and knowledge to train other child care providers across the state.

Cheryl resides in Pottsville on the family’s 40 acres with her husband, Greg and their daughter, Ashley. They all enjoy the company of Elliot, their cat. A few of Cheryl’s hobbies include learning to play the guitar, sewing, reading, camping and gardening; but Cheryl’s passion is teaching preschool children through music. 

Board Member - Brice Gunter

Bio information to be added soon!



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