Here is contact information for the members of the FAR-West Board.
To email a board member, replace "_at_" with @
For website issues, contact Mark Kaufman, president_at_far-west.org
President: Mark Kaufman, president_at_far-west.org
Mark has hosted a small house concert series in Olympia WA since 2010 providing an intimate space to hear singer/songwriters and support musicians who are touring through the Northwest. In the past five years, he has served as FAR-West Vice President, PGS coordinator for several FAR-West conferences and manages the FAR-West website.
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: 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.
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: 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. Steve was also director of the Thousand Oaks Library from 2000-2014 where he hosted three music series, including "Live at the Library," a monthly concert series.
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: 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: Carey Appel, carey_at_careyappel.com
Carey Appel has 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 coordinating the Susanne Millsaps room. It is her goal to give back to the music community that has enriched her life.
Member at Large: Wes Weddell, wes_at_wesweddell.com
Wes Weddell is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and audio odd-jobber with an accomplished history of touring and also not-touring. He has several recordings, the occasional award, and runs a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Seattle dedicated to creating and cultivating community live-music spaces and helping local musicians and audiences connect. His latest CD, Nobody's Flag, features literature-inspired songs from his work with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, for which he also sits on the board.
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 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, and musicians’ organizations, and she is a CD preproduction consultant and studio vocal tracks producer for DIY recording artists. Vicki has been a professional in the performing and media arts for nearly 40 years. She attended her first FAR-West conference in 2007.
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