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meet our staff

Julie Cochrane

Operations Manager, Event Promotion

Working with the fine folks at FestivalNet since 2004, Julie has her hands in most departments here at FN.

She received a Communications Degree from Dreyfoos School of the Arts and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from the University of Central Florida.

Julie loves to zen out at Asheville Community Yoga, work at her daughter's school, volunteer for the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, really good coffee, & your dog.

Sara Potts

Event Database Manager, Event Promotion

Updating, adding events and answering festival promoters questions since 2006, Sara enjoys her job at FestivalNet and can't imagine working anywhere else!

In addition to taking care of our database, Sara also takes care of 5 head of cattle, 5 chickens, 3 dogs, 2 parakeets and 1 barn cat named Gonzo out in the country of Western North Carolina with her husband and son.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Richard Cepas


Richard was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and studied at Vilnius University.

A computer programmer since the end of the last century, Richard has been programming for FestivalNet since 2005. In 2009 Richard moved to the US and is now a resident of Florida's Gulf Coast. We are happy to now have him in our time zone!

Marisa Morgan

Customer Care & Newsletter Editor

This is Marisa's fourth manifestation of service and fun.

The first was as a television news anchor and reporter, then co-owner of two restaurants, followed by stay-at-home mom and board member at her son's school and now (drumroll, please): member support at FestivalNet!

"For the first time in my life, I have no pets but am surrounded by pet lovers who welcomed me into their awesome company anyway.

How wonderful is that?!"

Marisa also has a NC real-estate license and a certification in feng-shui. Her bucket list includes: sky-diving, learning to tango, an African safari and snorkeling in Tahiti.

Beverly Wheeler

Customer Care & Database

In a former life Beverly was a sales and marketing trainer and the company online liaison with a large social media internet company. Then she retired and that's when things got really interesting.

She and her husband moved to Asheville, NC to a secluded little mountain where they started a garden, practicing yoga, and hiking. She and her husband have a feral cat, who rescued them during their time in Mississippi, named J.D. She likes to read, watch her grandson's football games, and cook. She volunteers for Respite, a safe place where eight homeless adults at a time rest, get three meals a day, and be helped in other ways to "get back on their feet" by cooking meals for them. As a sideline to her entertainment she enjoys talking to Festivalnet members about event promotion.