Here is contact information for the members of the FAR-West Board.
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President: Steve Brogden, brogdenbay_at_gmail.com
Steve has been a member of the FAR-west board since 2009. He was chair of the FAR-West Best of the West Committee from 2008 until early in 2012. For three years in the late 1970s, Steve was road manager for Texas/New Mexico folk legends Bill and Bonnie Hearne. Nanci Griffith dedicated her Grammy-winning "Other Voices Other Rooms" to them saying "...and to Bill and Bonnie Hearne, who play the best darn folk music I ever heard." Steve takes great pride in his diverse career which includes caretaking a ranch just north of Taos, N.M., bicycling solo through England, and directing the Harwood Foundation of the University of New Mexico, also in Taos.
Vice President: Mark Kaufman, olymusic_at_comcast.net
Mark moved to Olympia, WA in the summer of 2009 from the Boston area. A long-time folk music fan, he started a small house concert series to provide another place in the area to hear singer/songwriters and to support musicians who are touring through the Northwest. Mark has been PGS coordinator for the FAR-West conferences and manages the FAR-West website.
Treasurer: Julie Paris, julie_at_russandjulie.com
Julie, along with her husband, Russ, host Russ and Julie's House Concert series in southern California in its 16th year. She is currently treasurer of FAR-West and was conference coordinator for FAR-West 2013. She is a founding member of FAR-West. In her spare time, she and Russ run a full service graphic design and printing company and she keeps up with her very busy household, complete with three grown sons in their 20's and their assorted friends.
Secretary: Janet Dukes, jdukester1_at_gmail.com
Janet helps present house concerts with Garage Ma Hall in Las Vegas. She became involved in FAR-West in 2005. Since then, she has been a regular in the volunteer ranks, both officially and unofficially, and now manages the annual conference registration. She also serves as editor of the FAR-West newsletter.
Communications Committee: Jeanette Lundgren, meetmepresents_at_gmail.com
Jeanette spent over 20 years at a major publishing house licensing domestic and foreign print and film/tv rights. Mother Hen Promotions was born in 2007, aptly named by Tracy Newman while trying to organize a CD exchange. Mother Hen defines herself as a nitpicking precise organized efficient behind-the-scenes support person, who attempts to put everybodys best foot forward via online promotion, internet radio & social networking. It is up to the artist to be the best musician he or she can be. It is up to Mom Hen to make sure everybody knows it. Jeanette also handles the social media and mailing list for FAR-West.
Member at Large: Steve Dulson, tinkersown_at_ca.rr.com
A folk music fan since his childhood in England, Steve Dulson has booked a monthly concert series for eleven years, organized a dulcimer festival and played guitar and fretted dulcimer for many years with The Tinker's Own. He is a former President and VP of Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West).
Member at Large: Marni Rachmiel, sfsmarn_at_gmail.com
Marni is FAR-West's dance coordinator, and a long-time (22 years) Contra and English Country dance musician, tune composer, and 'dance gypsy'. She plays flute, piccolo and saxophone in the touring band Contra Sutra and in numerous other groups in Seattle. Marni has a degree in Music History/Musicology from the University of Michigan and an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. In addition to the FAR-West board, she serves on the board and concert committee of the Seattle Folklore Society. Contra dancing led to her first getting involved in FAI as a volunteer in 1995, and she's passionate about keeping participatory dance a part of FAR-West.
Member at Large: Peter Krantz, pskrantz_at_msn.com
Peter is a retired Chef/Manager who most recently spent 17 years with Ventura College Food Services. His diverse career has included running several successful east coast music venues and even a brief stint as a booking agent. Since moving west over 20 years ago, Peter has been an active supporter of the acoustic music scene in Southern and Central California and he writes a music blog about it called "peteredout" http://peter-peteredout.blogspot.com/. Peter views his service to FAR-West as his opportunity to use his communication and organizational skills to give back to the community that has brought so much beauty and joy into his life! With almost a half-century as an amateur guitarist, Peter performs regularly for an audience of one, his granddaughter Gracie.
Member at Large: John Croizat, royzat_at_gmail.com
Performing as "John Roy Zat", John has been actively performing in bands in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1970's. He has worked all sorts of day jobs from washing dishes to remodeling houses; and after 26 years as a CPA and corporate CFO, he is back to playing and writing music full time. In addition to performing, he served on the board of the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley, chairing their audit committee; and he volunteers with several other music festivals in the Northern California region.
Member at Large: Joel Tepp, joeltepp_at_earthlink.net
Playing multiple instruments and writing, Joel has credits on several hundred recordings, television shows and films and is a voting member of the Recording Academy. He received a BA in Music from UCLA after previous studies in criminology at UC Berkeley. His Folk roots reach back into the 1960s, when he began playing with artists like Johnny Shines, Earl Hooker and Sippi Wallace. In the 70s, he MC'd and co-managed the Monday night showcase at The Troubadour. He has been participating in FAR-West conferences continually since 2006 as a performer, panelist and organizer/volunteer.
Member at Large: Cindy Bottomley
Cindy Bottomley, hails from the beautiful city of Las Vegas and got involved with FAR-West as a house concert presenter. While on hiatus from presenting her own house concerts, she was working with GarageMaHall to bring folk music to Las Vegas. She loved working with all the people she has met at FAR-West and adored being around all the great music. She grew up with folk music and the desire to have folk music as a part of her life. For many years, Cindy was the "registration queen" of FAR-West.
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