Here is contact information for the members of the FAR-West Board.
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For website issues, contact Mark Kaufman, olymusic_at_comcast.net
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. He served as FAR-West Vice President, has been PGS coordinator for the 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.
Past 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. 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: James Lee Stanley, james_at_jamesleestanley.com
James Lee Stanley has released 27 solo CD’s and has shared the stage with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Robin Williams, Dionne Warwick to Steven Wright, Art Garfunkel to Robin Trower; sometime spending as much as 300 days a year on the road. He also spent five and a half years on the TV Show, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, as various aliens including the singing Klingon. He spent two terms on the board of the Folk Alliance International (2009-2015). He is part of the group that is working with the Museum of New York City on their "Folk Music in the Village in the 60's" exhibition to debut in the coming months. And he’s still such a nice guy…
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: Carolyn Mill, canadafarwest_at_gmail.com
Our first Canadian board member, Carolyn Mill is the songwriting/performing partner and manager of Vancouver singer songwriter and Vinyl Café regular Reid Jamieson. Together they won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (folk), as well as 1st prize in the Pickin’ a Folk Star competition at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Carolyn got her start in Toronto working with actors and journalists, and then moved west to BC 10 years ago where she recently ran a non-profit for 3 years, and continues to provide freelance office management, graphic design and web site maintenance for various creative professionals. Where music and technology meet is where she really shines, with a particular penchant for spreadsheets - she even writes songs in Excel (!).
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 forthcoming CD features literature-inspired songs from his work with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, for which he also sits on the board.
For website issues, contact Mark Kaufman, olymusic_at_comcast.net
Please do not contact Folk Alliance International with FAR-West questions.
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