Here is contact information for the members of the FAR-West Board.
To email a board member, replace "_at_" with @
For website issues, contact web_at_far-west.org
President: Janet Dukes, president_at_far-west.org
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, was Secretary and has managed the annual conference registration. She also served as editor of the FAR-West newsletter.
Vice President: 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.
Secretary: Carey Appel, carey2714_at_aol.com
Carey Appel had her own retail business for 32 years and served on several philanthropic boards. A music lover and singer, she joined the folk community in 2011 and has been songwriting and performing ever since. She has participated in FAR-West conferences continually since 2012 as a performer, volunteer, and PGS Host; most recently as PGS Coordinator. She recently launched the Far West Musicians Relief Fund to assist musicians in need. Her goal is to give back to the music community that has enriched her life.
Treasurer: Ronnie Weinberger, ronniew2_at_sbcglobal.net
Ronnie has been a folk music fan since the ‘60’s and has been going to music festivals since the ‘80’s and house concerts since the ‘90’s. She attended her first FAR-West conference in 2012 and became a regular volunteer starting in 2013. She has an extensive background in accounting and volunteered as the treasurer of a non-profit ski and sports club. Now that she is reducing her accounting and bookkeeping work, she plans to golf more and serve as FAR-West treasurer.
Member at Large: Vicki Ambinder, vicki_at_vickiambinder.com
Vicki Ambinder is a Music Performance Coach and Artistic Consultant based in Portland. In person and by Skype, Vicki helps musicians and bands across the US and in Canada to improve and enhance their live and studio performing skills and to work toward their artistic goals. She also teaches live performance master classes for music conferences, festivals, camps and musicians’ organizations, and she is a CD preproduction consultant and studio vocal tracks producer for independent recording artists. She occasionally posts on her website her in-depth conversations about performance with world-class musicians and actors.Vicki has been a professional in the performing and media arts for nearly 40 years. She attended her first FAR-West conference in 2007.
Member at Large: Steve Garvan, steve_at_garvanmanagement.com
Steve Garvan has been a music manager for over 25+ years - a wide range of artists: Ryan Shupe, Chris Daniels & The Kings, Chuck McDermott, Walt Wilkins, Cliff Eberhardt, Michael Kelsh, Cidny Bullens, Mickey Harte, Casey Neill, Katoorah Jayne, Beth Wood and many others. Boards: MMF – US, IMMF & Global Director Americana/Folk / Roots music, former Swallow Hill. AMA Founding Council & Board, longtime Folk Alliance member - 20+ years. Presenter - Americana Renegades shows, POAC, Swallow Hill. Service on multiple music, arts, civic and community boards throughout his life. Frequent speaker/panelist/mentor/moderator at conferences throughout US, Canada, Europe: SXSW, CMJ, Midem, Folk Alliance, AMA, Bylarm, ASCAP Expo, CMW, Reeperbahn, Popkomm, Durango Songwriters Expo, NERFA, Eurosonic, Way Out West, Music & Media.
Member at Large: Susie Glaze, susieglaze_at_gmail.com
Award winning recording artist, Broadway singer and actress, journalist, educator and critically-acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Susie Glaze has been called by Bluegrass Unlimited “...an important voice on the California Bluegrass scene”. As an educator, Susie has led singing workshops at major Southern California festivals and in private instruction, specializing in the production of a capella singing she calls “The Art of the Unaccompanied Voice.” As a past FAR-West Board member she helped establish and organize the beginnings of this major FAI region – assisting in the Chairmanship of the Roz and Howard Larman Scholarship fund for several years, and producing fund-raisers and video tutorials for the FAR-West website. As an artist, she has appeared in Official showcases for several years and served as MC for the stages in several venues. She is pleased to re-join the governing body in order to further the organizational goals via communications, promotion, organization and advocacy, and to represent and further the awareness of traditional American music in the Western region of Folk Alliance.
Member at Large: Michael Howard, michaelhowardak_at_gmail.com
Michael Howard is a full time touring songwriter born and raised in Alaska and has a long history of involvement in music and community service activities. He currently splits his time living between Alaska and touring. His current work is focused on leading the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative (AKIMI) working to develop and export Alaskan music.
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" https://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: Mary Anne Moorman, auntmama_at_gmail.com
Mary Anne Moorman is a writer/storyteller who hosts a folk music show on KBCS.FM, serves as a roots music emcee, tells stories with musicians across the country and helps young artists launch their business. She teaches writing, story telling and has served on boards including: The Seattle Storytellers Guild, Educator’s Fund for Excellence, Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival, BIOSS USA, and the International Association of Machinists. She hopes to make storytelling integral to FAR-West, encourage more tellers to join the organization participating on various stages, and continue developing a quality showcase.
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: 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.
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