Education Fund: Frequently Aaked Questions


About The Education Fund

Q: What is the Educational Fund?
A: The Educational Fund was created to help WCPE sponsor and organize classical music educational events and experiences in the community.

Q: How can I contribute to this fund?
A: When you make a membership gift to The Classical Station, you can forgo a thank-you gift and choose, instead, to contribute a portion of your membership gift to the WCPE Educational Fund.

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Education Committee Members

Dan McHugh
Education Fund Chair

A native of Rhode Island, Dan McHugh moved to North Carolina with his family in 1999. He studied history at N.C. State University and then returned to Rhode Island for graduate work in European History at Providence College. Dan is the Membership Director at The Classical Station, and he has been with WCPE since interning as an undergraduate student. Dan is active with the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and is learning to play the harpsichord. He lives in Raleigh with his Maine Coon cat, Toby.


Jeanne Fredriksen
Education Fund Secretary

Born and raised in Chicago, Jeanne E. Fredriksen now lives in Wake Forest, in The Classical Station’s “back yard.” Armed with degrees in Technical Theatre and Design, English, Education, and Speech, Jeanne has always worked to promote the arts in education. After careers in teaching, advertising, and public relations, Jeanne spent four years writing for the Rolesville Buzz monthly newspaper and two years as Managing Editor. She also has been a freelance writer for over thirty years. When she’s not working on a writing project or her novel, she writes for India Currents magazine and is a Books for Youth reviewer for Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. While she writes, she favors listening to any string ensemble music she can find. You can read her articles and book reviews at When Loose Ends Meet .


Jack Gartner

Jack was born in New York and attended Queens College where he graduated with a degree in history in 1961. After college, he spent 50 years in aviation and the airport management industry; thirty five of those years were in the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and most of those years were at John F Kennedy International Airport. When he retired, Jack was Assistant Director for Operations, Maintenance and Security for LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports. Since moving to Durham in 1999, Jack has done volunteer work with the Triangle’s classical radio station, WCPE, and for the North Carolina Symphony; he is one of the founding members of the WCPE Education Fund Committee; been a student and instructor at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Duke (“How Airports Work” and the History of Aviation); and is still active in OLLI. Jack lives in Durham with his wife Rita. He is extremely fortunate that his son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons also live in Durham.


Barbara Crockett

Barbara Crockett was born in Seattle. She worked for over 28 years as a Montessori teacher, school founder, and school principal in various states across the country, finally ending up in Chapel Hill, where she has remained for over twenty-four years. Currently, she is the Executive Director for the Brady Education Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to close the opportunity gap between children living in under-resourced and/or under-represented communities and other children through the funding of educational research. The Foundation is particularly focused on the evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, accessible, effective and sustainable. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her string quartet.


David Parrott

Since obtaining Bachelor and Doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering in his native United Kingdom, David Parrott has worked for over forty-six years with major food and beverage processing companies worldwide. He has held a variety of senior managerial, sales, and marketing positions while living in the U.K., Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the U.S.A. For the past six years he has run his own consulting company as a Certified Food Scientist based in Raleigh. Classical music has always played a big part in David’s life. He sang many times on BBC television with his school choir that practiced annually with the choir of King’s College Cambridge. David has recorded English Folk Songs for EMI Japan as well as a performance of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder with Pierre Boulez while a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus. David has been married since 1972 and has two children and five grandchildren. After being a financial supporter of WCPE for several years, he decided to volunteer at The Classical Station four years ago and recently completed our volunteer announcer training program.  


Kathy Wainwright

Kathy Wainwright was born near Syracuse and graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in history. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Texas, and North Carolina but definitely feels that N.C. is home after thirty-two years. Recently retired from the accounting field, she now lives in Durham with her husband John, and she is thrilled to have two daughters and two granddaughters living nearby in the Triangle. She grew up participating in vocal and orchestral music and has played handbells for the last twenty years. Her first love, however, is the piano. Kathy has volunteered at WCPE for twenty-five years.


Carolyn Zahnow

Carolyn Zahnow has many roles: founder and executive director of The Shore Grief Center, author of Save the Teens: Preventing suicide, depression and addiction; and substitute teacher in middle and high schools in Wake County Public Schools. Carolyn is also an advocate for adolescents, teens, and young adults. She speaks at national and state level conferences sharing information on grief and children as well as how she has survived her son’s death in 2005. She has volunteered at WCPE since 2006. Carolyn lives in Youngsville with her husband Dan and their dog, Sheila.