DMI Healing With a Groove Team

Richard Tremmel:

Project Director

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, DMI Interim Director Richard Tremmel holds the Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida, the Master of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, the Master of Music Education degree from UNC Greensboro, and Bachelor of Music with Business Emphasis degree from East Carolina University.

He also earned a certificate in Composing and Producing Music for Film and Games from Berklee College of Music and is certified by Avid as a Pro Tools Instructor.

In addition to a teaching career that spans twenty-plus years, Tremmel has been involved in the entertainment industry as a retail record store manager, performer on bass guitar and synthesizer, live sound engineer, recording engineer, and composer. His original music has been played on Discovery, History, DIY, NBC Sports, and Tennis channels.

Prior to arriving at Delta State, Richard helped to create the curriculum for Guilford Technical Community College’s Entertainment Technology program in High Point, NC where he was Associate Professor of Entertainment Technology from 2001-2015. He also spent several years in Hollywood, CA as a freelance bassist and keyboardist and has been in bands that have performed throughout the United States, including a three-year stint in a house band at the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Tremmel is a member of AES, BMI, MEIEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Laeitta Wade:

Project Coordinator

Laeitta Wade graduated from Delta State University with a B.S. degree in Music Industry Studies (primary concentration in Audio Engineering Technology) and a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Media Arts, Songwriting, and Entrepreneurship. During her undergraduate program, the Greenville native was President of the student AES (Audio Engineering Society) chapter, General Manager for Fighting Okra Records, and a member of GRAMMY U. In 2013, Laeitta and a Business Administration major were selected as winners of the Steve Azar St. Cecelia Foundation Business Competition.

Laeitta has worked with both the DMI Mobile Music Lab and the Delta Arts Alliance in teaching youth in the Mississippi Delta the basics of creating original music and audio/video production. She interned with the Communications & Marketing Department at Delta State University, using her audio engineering and videography skills to film and edit President LaForge’s weekly video series. Laeitta also founded Eittabug Productions, a videography production company that serves to meet the vision and creativity needs of the Mississippi Delta.

While working as a freelance videographer, Laeitta began working for the DMI Mobile Lab as the Project Assistant for the Healing With A Groove 2.0 program. In July 2017, Laeitta was hired as the Project Coordinator for HWG 2.0.

Mobile Lab Student Leaders

Audrianna Johnson

Audrianna Johnson

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Dez Moyler

Dez Moyler

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Eric Jamal Johnson

Eric Jamal Johnson

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Ishmael Gray

Ishmael Gray

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Jerion Keyes

Jerion Keyes

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Libby Switzer

Libby Switzer

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Liz Sprague

Liz Sprague

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Mariah Nettles

Mariah Nettles

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Monte Washington

Monte Washington

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Zachary Stewart

Zachary Stewart

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