Rick Peralta is an Emmy nominated guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. A professional musician in the DC area for fifteen years, Rick has a Masters in Music in Stage and Studio Guitar from Howard University and has supported Grammy and Tony award-winning artists. He toured the mid-Atlantic region with Back to Zero, twice voted one of the top bands in the metro area. An accomplished jazz and classical guitarist, Rick now performs in many settings including Laissez Foure, a jazz quartet appearing in the metro area for more than ten years, and MIN, a flute and guitar duo that presents an eclectic repertoire. Rick is highly sought after on the musical theatre scene, having won three Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) as a pit orchestra guitarist. A consummate musician, Rick has been described by The Washington Post as a musician whose playing is “smooth and lively.”
Linda Gravely joined Davies as office manager after a 32-year career in journalism and public relations. She began her career as a daily newspaper reporter for the Buffalo Courier Express, where in her first year she was recognized as a Runner-Up for the Rookie of the Year Award for the quality of her reporting. Upon relocating to the DMV she began a successful career in Federal service. As the Public Affairs Specialist for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), she wrote press releases, speeches and provided content for the agency’s web presence on the topic of job safety and health.
Linda’s work at OSHRC was recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators for her contributions on behalf of the disabled. For her work in writing a booklet on Simplified Proceedings at the OSHRC, she received a Hammer Award from then Vice-President Al Gore’s initiative to streamline government.
Linda believes in the importance of giving back to her community. She has participated in numerous volunteer activities such as serving as a reading, writing, and grammar tutor in the Federal Adopt-a-School’s Program, providing after-school academic tutoring in a religious setting, and many other service activities as a long-time member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. As a proud alumnae and supporter of Northwestern University, she believes in life-long learning and takes every opportunity to learn new skills, such as HTML, project management, and Spanish.