Rick Peralta, Music Director
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.”
Alana Thomas, Resident Musical Artist
Alana Thomas is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts where she studied classical music. After graduating, Alana went on to do musical theater and found her true passion was in acting. She worked at Toby’s Dinner Theater for a few years and then went on tour with Vanjo Productions playing the role of Young Dorothy Height in a civil rights musical called “If This Hat Could Talk.” Alana enjoys taking trips, spending time with family, and feeding the homeless in her spare time. She is forever grateful for her Davies family and thanks them for their love and support over the years.
Linda Gravely, Office Manager
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.
Katie Douglas, Rel. Educ. Leader
Katie Douglas is an educator, mother, and avid traveler. She has taught special education for thirteen years and loves working with kids who stretch our imaginations and sometimes our patience. She especially loves the creativity and ever-changing challenges of finding ways to uncover kids’ gifts and make new connections. Katie has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on special education and teaching english language learners from The George Washington University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Haverford College, where she appreciated learning more about Quaker beliefs and traditions.
In addition to being an educator, Katie is a mom to a very spirited six-year-old boy whom she is very proud of. She has found motherhood to be the biggest catalyst for growth and her son to be the best teacher. In addition to living in Washington, DC, she has lived and taught in Kenya, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Colombia. Katie loves learning about new cultures and experiencing the many ways life is different and beautiful on our planet. Katie is committed to social justice and finding ways to take care of our planet and each other. She is very excited to be joining the Davies community.