Chris Groner and Debbie Carson
Debbie and Chris moved to Elkin in 1980 and quickly became involved in the town. Debbie has served on the Elkin City School Board, the Library Board, Foothills Arts Council, and taught at Elkin High School. She is also a downtown advocate and member of the Main Street Advisory Board. Chris has been a family physician in Elkin/Jonesville and at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, and has regularly performed in community theater productions. They have always had a passion for music, and as empty-nesters found a new desire to encourage more live music performances in Elkin. They have befriended numerous musicians who have advised them in the design of the Reeves, and will hopefully perform regularly at the venue.
Erik has over 20 years of general construction experience, wtih expertise in masonry, plastering, and tile-laying. He is also an accomplished photographer and sculptor. As a long-time member of the Foothills Arts Council board, he founded and chaired Kidsfest, Elkin's annual children's arts festival.
Leanna Fillingame Freeman
Leanna spent most of her childhood in Elkin, and has fond memories of the Reeves, which she frequented in her youth. She was working in health care when she discovered a passion for cooking. Leanna attended Wilkes Community College and earned an associate degree in Culinary Arts. She was Chef of the Third Branch Cafe in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center for seven years before making the move back home to Elkin and running the Reeves Cafe.
Cory has been playing guitar and writing songs since the age of 16. He incorporates his country roots with blues, rock-and-roll and, thanks to his move to Wilkes County, North Carolina, bluegrass. He has been in bands such as Mood Cultivation Project, Domestic Blend, Bandits Roost and several of his own music projects. You can currently see Cory performing in the Luke Mears Band. In addition to two music albums, Cory has released a book of poetry and a Sci-fi novel. He is currently writing a second book of poetry and a novel about moonshining. For over 15 years, Cory has worked with stained glass as a hobby and an occupation, and he created the custom stained-glass octagonal panels at the Reeves.
Russell grew up in Vermont, but has lived in North Carolina since 2013. He has played violin since early childhood, beginning his training in the classical style and later focusing on traditional fiddle styles. He is an accomplished luthier, and makes instruments in his home studio. Recently, he has also begun teaching violin-making at Surry Community College. He was an invaluable member of the Reeves construction crew, working extensively in tile and stucco. As he puts it, he's had his hands all over this place.
Social Media Manager
Daughter of co-owners Chris Groner and Debbie Carson, Kate heads up social media and some marketing for the Reeves from her home in Chicago, IL. An avid musician, singer, and live music enthusiast, Kate is thrilled to put that art school degree to work and help bring more music to the area in which she grew up. She hopes her baby daughter, Elise Juniper, will grow up with the theater as a second home.
Megan Cooley Stainback
Assistant Cafe Manager/Cook
Of all the careers Suzanne Puckett has had in her life, from working as a CNA to running Royall's Soda Shoppe and many jobs in between at various businesses in Elkin, her favorites are being grandmother (Mimmy) to Carson and Trae, mother to Courtney and Brent, and wife to Bob. Suzanne is excited to join the Reeves Theater and Café team as assistant to the chef. When she has free time, you can find Suzanne gardening or camping or hiking the Appalachian Trail. One of her bucket list goals is to complete the trail in segments. She is also an avid volunteer, and loves to help out at Journey Camp, Soul Compass Center, and Foothills Theatre. She has served on the Foothills Arts Council board and currently serves on the Tri-County Citizens Board. She is the co-organizer for the Great American Soup Off charity fundraiser and is chairperson of the Sunflower Project Board. Suzanne looks forward to welcoming residents and visitors alike to the Historic Reeves Theater.
Box Office Manager/Special Events Coordinator/General Assistant
Elkin native Christie Harrison is thrilled to see her hometown theatre reopen and proud to on the Reeves Theater team. She enjoyed her previous careers in outdoor education and elementary education and continues her work with children through the Girl Scouts as leader to Troop 02603 and as a volunteer with the local community theater group, Foothills Theatre, working closely with the children’s program, Kidshop Theatre. It is through the giving back that Christie find she gains more. And it is through entertainment at The Reeves that she hopes to see the tradition of live music continue to flourish in the Foothills.
Reeves House Bandleader
Based out of the Triad, Tommy began playing piano at an early age. His interest in jazz and percussion led him to New Orleans where he studied with Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Herlin Riley, while also performing at venues within the city’s culturally-rich music scene. He graduated from the University of New Orleans School of Jazz and eventually found his way back to his old stomping grounds in the Appalachian Mountains, where he now writes songs within Appalachian traditions and current trends. Incorporating his love of jazz and blues, Tommy continually strives to create an original take on Americana music. His original songs have passed through Abbey Road Studios in London (home of the Beatles) and through the hands of artists who have worked with Pink Floyd. He has written original underscoring for plays and one movie, has been musical director for many theatres throughout the Triad area, and has produced local artists and recordings from his personal studio. Even though he has branched out to many different facets of the music industry, he credits his passion for songwriting and original music as the inspiration for his continued search for knowledge within the languages of music and the written word.
James Brickey/Kevin Carter (with expert guidance from Philip Zanon and ON AVS partner Myron Surber)
Joe Thrift, Sam Tayloe, Gray Burchette, and Martha Bassett
Regular Cafe/Bar Staff:
Leanna, Suzanne, Christie, Debbie
Special Events/Extra Help:
John Kennedy, Kelly Anne Dougherty
B.D. Reece, Joe and Zulma Fisch