2019 Governor's School Faculty

Director of the Residential Governor's School at Radford University


Dr. R. Wayne Gallops - Director

Conductor, Educator, and Recording Artist - Dr. R. Wayne Gallops serves as Director of the Residential Governor's Schools for the Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities at Radford University. He also serves as Director Bands and Instrumental Music Education at RU (since 2004). At RU His responsibilities include conducting the University Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Symphonic Band, and coordination of the Music Education degree program. Prior to his appointment at Radford University, Dr. Gallops served on the faculties of The University of Tampa, The University of South Florida, and Hillsborough Community College. For nineteen years, Dr. Gallops taught in the Hillsborough County Public Schools (Tampa, Florida.). His high school bands consistently received national and international acclaim, presented outstanding performances at Florida Bandmasters Association state festivals, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and toured Japan. Dr. Gallops is active throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer on clarinet, piano, and organ and he performs and records with numerous classical, jazz, commercial ensembles and artists. As a conductor and keyboard artist, he has performed, recorded, and conducted worldwide with numerous classical, jazz, commercial ensembles / artists and various orchestras, theater, opera, and ballet companies including; The Florida Lyric Opera, The Florida Orchestra, The Broadway Theater Project, The Florida Gulf Coast Orchestra, The Tallahassee Symphony, The Roanoke Symphony, The Wintergreen Music Festival, Disney Studios, Busch Gardens, and Radford University Ballet Theater productions of The Nutcracker. Dr. Gallops has conducted district and state honor bands in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Quebec, Honshu-Wakayama Japan, The Royal Irish Academy of Music and has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Japan. Some artists Wayne has performed and recording with include jazz and pop greats Jennifer Holiday, Ronan Tyner and the Irish Tenors, Julie Andrews, Frank Wildhorn, Barry Manilow, Englebert Humperdink, Frankie Valli, The Funk Brothers of Motown, The Association, The Four Seasons, Eddie Arnold, Dianne Carroll, Eric Darius, The Bill Norman Group, Tito Puente, Pete Fountain, Nat Adderly, and Al Hurt. His 2008 solo CD release ‘Jazzicale’ received international critical acclaim.  His writings are published in numerous peer review publications and he has presented clinics, lectures, and performances at many regional, national and international music conferences. Dr. Gallops is honored through membership in Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Outstanding Young Men of America, and Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association for outstanding contribution to bands, wind music, and instrumental music education. Dr. Gallops holds degrees from Hillsborough Community College (A.A.), The University of Tampa (B.A.), Florida State University (M.M.), and University of South Florida (Ph.D.). 

Residential Governor's School Leadership Team

Assistant Directors


Dr. Amy Rubens - Assistant Director for Curriculum

Dr. Amy Rubens is Assistant Professor of English at Radford University and has over 15 years of experience teaching courses in academic and workplace writing as well as American literature, American Studies, and the health humanities. In addition to her role with the Virginia Governor's School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities, Dr. Rubens is the co-coordinator of Radford's Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing. In 2019, Dr. Rubens was named Radford University's inaugural Presidential Fellow. During her fellowship, she'll develop academic programs in the health humanities at Radford under the guidance of President Brian O. Hemphill and his executive staff. 

Since 2016, Dr. Rubens has taught introductory health humanities courses for the Governor's School as well as courses on youth culture as well as the aesthetics and politics of fiber arts. Dr. Rubens enjoys the energy, excitement, and optimism that Governor's School participants bring to the classroom. You can read more about her teaching, research, and publications in the health humanities here.

Dr. Rubens received a BA in English from the University of Delaware. In 2012, she received a PhD in English along with a PhD minor in American Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. 



Dr. Jason Hutchens - Assistant Director for Registration

Dr. Jason Hutchens has over 20 years of experience in the field of video/multimedia production. He serves as the Communications Officer for Radford University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts where he is responsible for marketing and public relations endeavors to promote the college. He specializes in social media management, videography, post-production, graphic and motion graphics design.

Dr. Hutchens also teaches communication courses for Radford University’s School of Communication in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, as well as graphic design courses for the Department of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. In his spare time, he dabbles in fine art, including painting, digital art, and animation.

Ed.D. Educational Leadership – University of Central Florida
M.A.Ed. Instruction and Curriculum Design – Virginia Tech
B.A. Communication Studies – Virginia Tech
A.A.S. Radio/TV Production – Virginia Western Community College  

Resident Life Directors


Liza Moles - Resident Life Director

Elizabeth (Liza) Moles has been working with The Governors School for the Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University since 2013. She held positions as a Residential Counselor, Lead Counselor and Dorm Lead Counselor for 4 summers prior to becoming the Senior Resident Director in the spring of 2017. In 2014, Liza received her Bachelor Degree in K-12 Vocal/Choral Music Education from Radford University and is completing a Master’s Degree in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum from Radford University. Liza currently works as a Special Education Instructional Assistant for Salem High School in Salem Virginia, and is looking forward to becoming a full time Special Educator next year.



Adam McAllister - Assistant Resident Life Director

Adam McAllister is in his third year working with the Governor's School and Second year as the Assistant Resident Director.  Currently he works as an adjunct instructor in Music and Theater at Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA.  Classes taught include Piano Class, Voice and Diction, Private Voice Lessons, Voice Class, and Concert Choir.  He is also the Choir Director at Grove United Methodist Church in Radford. A character tenor who has performed roles in The Pirates of Penzance (Samuel) , The Magic Flute(Monostatos), Susannah(Elder Gleaton), Tosca(Spoletta), and Sweeney Todd(Beadle Bamford) with Opera Roanoke.   His performance as Luther Billis in "South Pacific" garnered acclaim and was hailed as a "tour de force!"  Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in General Music from Bluefield College, a Master of Arts in Worship Studies from Liberty University, and a Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Musicology from Radford University.   



Nathan West  - Assistant Resident Life Director

Nathan West is a  graduate of Emory and Henry College (2018) and now attends graduate music school at Radford University. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance he now studies with Dr. Wayne Gallops as a graduate conducting assistant for the University Bands. Nathan utilizes his skills by teaching private lessons, working with Washington and Smyth county public school bands, organizing honors music events, and serving as assistant resident life director for the Residential Governor’s School at RU. Mr. West has played in professional ensembles for the last three years. Namely, the Brass Band of Appalachia, and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra for two concert cycles.




"Being Counted" means no matter who you are or what your challenges may be!

Champion Athlete and Author Anthony Robles joins us to inspire our 2019 Governor's School participants: 3-time wrestling All-American and the 2011 NCAA Division I National Champion, Two Time ESPY Award Recipient, Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and Best Male Athlete with a Disability,  Motivational speaker for the Washington Speakers Bureau, 2012 Inductee, National Wrestling Hall of Fame,  ESPN College Wrestling Expert and Analyst, Pac 12 Network Wrestling analyst, 2013-16 member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Member of the Presidential Delegation to the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games, Featured in a 2014 prime time TV special on TBS in Japan and viewed in 15.5M homes, Published Author, Unstoppable, Nike Athlete,  Two-time guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2015 National Wrestling Media Association's Broadcaster of the Year award, 2017 Inductee, Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, 2018, Guinness World Record Title Holder for pull-ups in one minute with 62, The movie script on his life is completed, a Director is attached and filming is scheduled for Q1, 2019.





Poet, Author, Educator, Activist Nikki Giovanni joins us in 2019 to inform, challenge, share, and inspire through her writings, wit, and "realness"....  WARNING: you may experience cognitive dissonance!




Michael Kent is not "just" a magician...he's brilliant!

2019 Governor's School will laugh, think, laugh, wonder, think over Micheal Kent's performance. He’s been named Entertainer of the Year and Magician of the Year, performing in over 500 colleges, American’s top corporations, various cruise ships and military bases around the world. Last year alone, he performed his show in 115 cities and 10 different countries. He recently was featured on the season premiere of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.”



Maestro David Stewart Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among others.  Wiley's music has taken him to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.  David Stewart Wiley has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 1996; the RSO has undergone a remarkable period of artistic growth, expansion and innovation under his extraordinary artistic leadership.  This past year, Roanoke City Council honored him as Roanoke’s “Citizen of the Year”. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Wiley also served as Music Director & Conductor of the Long Island Philharmonic from 2001 until last year, and continues to travel regularly to NY in his newly appointed post as Principal Conductor of the Long Island Chamber Orchestra in NY. Wiley’s energetic and inspiring leadership with the RSO since 1996 has been a remarkable success story, with consistently stellar reviews, a diverse and impressive list of guest artists and composers, and innovative commissions of new music in various styles (some fusing Classical and Bluegrass).  The RSO has hired over 50 new professional musicians during his tenure, collaboratively raising the RSO to new artistic heights. The RSO works with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO concerts, and produced its first live TV web broadcast in conjunction with WDBJ-7.  Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations throughout the region, and the RSO & Wiley this past year received a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University.  His energetic work bringing classical music to youth in our minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service. As a solo pianist, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary, often conducting from the piano.  He has appeared as both a jazz and classical pianist in Boston's Symphony Hall and in recital and chamber music appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. Maestro David Stewart Wiley won the Aspen Conducting Prize, was Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival, and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood.  Wiley holds both a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University.  He is a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.  He and his wife Leah Marer Wiley (soprano soloist, teacher, and owner of Muevela Fitness) have a son and a daughter who play cello and violin and enjoy travelling, hiking, biking, chess, and making music together.  www.DavidStewartWiley.com