Meet the Board
2020 Board Contact Information
Contact information for the members of the FAR-West Board.
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President: Janet Dukes: 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.
Vice President: Carey Appel: 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 and Secretary. 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.
Secretary: Susie Glaze: 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.
Treasurer: Ronnie Weinberger: 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: Jeanette Lundgren: 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 everybody's 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. As the designated Communications Chairperson, Jeanette also handles the social media and mailing list for FAR-West.
Member at Large: Nancy K. Dillon: Nancy K. Dillon is an award-winning songwriter/performer, a former KBCS-FM Folk DJ and operates a small niche radio promotions business, Rose Rock Music Services, working with independent folk/Americana artists from around the USA. Nancy presents workshops on Social Media Strategy & Harmony Singing. She has been involved with Folk Alliance Intl since its inception in 2004. In 2015, Nancy became the FAR-West Radio Outreach Liaison. She was a member of Seattle’s “Boots on the Ground” informal committee to help organize for the 2016 & 2017 FAR-West Conferences in Bellevue, WA. She is a member of Folk Alliance Intl, Americana Music Assn, Recording Academy (Grammys), Puget’s Sound Productions, Seattle Folklore Society & Songwriters In Seattle.
Member at Large: Steve Dulson: Steve Dulson has been involved in the folk music and dance communities for many years. He has served on the boards of the Dunaj Folklore Ensemble, The Living Tradition, Southern California Dulcimer Heritage and Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West). Steve ran The Living Tradition’s Anaheim concert series for eleven years, and was a founding member of FAR-West, serving as President for seven years. He also played guitar and dulcimer with The Tinker’s Own for twelve years. He has returned to the FAR-West board to do whatever he can to strengthen the organization, increase its visibility in the folk music and dance communities and be a voice for diversity in our membership, board and conferences.
Member at Large: Vicki Green: Vicki Green is a Music Performance Coach and Artistic Consultant based in Portland. In person and online, Vicki helps musicians and bands across the US and internationally to focus on their live and studio performing and to work toward a deeper and more fulfilling artistic life. She also teaches live performance master classes for music conferences, festivals, camps and musicians’ organizations, and she is a CD pre-production 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 performers. Vicki has been a professional in the performing and media arts for over 40 years. She attended her first FAR-West conference in 2007.
Member at Large: Steve Garvan: 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: Peter Krantz: 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, a Southern California concert series along with his wife Becky and he even spent a brief time as a booking agent. Since moving west over 25 years ago, Peter has been an active supporter of the acoustic music scene in Southern and Central California. He 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!
Member at Large: Mary Anne Moorman: 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: 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: 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: Julie Zipperer: Julie’s passion for fashion brought her from her humble roots in Columbus, Ohio to Los Angeles in 1977. From a launching pad in retail, Julie quickly moved into wholesale and then into high-end contemporary fashion design. Over the next 30 years Julie became known as the Pajama Girl by creating three different multi-million dollar brands from the ground up. She has been a long-time volunteer at FAR-West Conferences. Julie is proud to be the wife of John Zipperer, the handsome, talented singer/songwriter who puts joy in every performance. John and Julie have built a successful house concert series, Julie’s Joint, “Where music turns friends into family” with the help of their awesome volunteers!
Member at Large: Michael Howard: 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.
Meet the folks who are helping to plan our 2020 conference: the FAR-West Movers & Shakers.
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