President: Carey Appel

Carey AppelCarey 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.

Vice President: Susie Glaze

Susie GlazeAward 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.

Interim Secretary: Arielle Silver

Singer-songwriter Arielle Silver writes with the heart of Laurel Canyon and the soul of the Chelsea Hotel. The east coast transplant to Los Angeles took a decade hiatus, but returned to the stage in 2019, and (despite COVID) in 2020 played over 80 shows, including livestreams from her backyard shed, where she released her fourth singer-songwriter album.
Arielle is a classically trained woodwind player, as well as an essayist. Her literary work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets Anthology. She teaches creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles and is co-founder of Bhavana Flow Yoga.
Songs and stories, the cornerstone of the work and advocacy of Folk Alliance, are made whole by a listening audience. As a musician and storyteller, I believe that at least half of my best contribution to the community is done by listening and working to amplify the voices of others.

Treasurer: Marlynn Block

Co-treasurer Marlynn BlockMarlynn has been into folk music since her earliest small venue concert memories: Theo Bikel, Judy Collins, Dylan. She picked up a guitar when everyone else did, but she began playing her true instrument, the accordion, as a child. Getting back into it after a bunch of years when it was considered too uncool to mention, she enjoyed playing with Heavy Shtetl, a Connecticut-based klezmer band. Since moving to Southern California, she has enthusiastically embraced the house concert scene, regularly volunteering at several. She was the Official Showcase co-coordinator for the 2019 FAR-West conference, the first she ever attended. Marlynn has also had careers in advertising, video marketing and production and she still works a day job as a software development analyst with an East Coast insurance company.

Member at Large: Nancy K. Dillon

Nancy K. DillonNancy 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 DulsonSteve 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: Steve Garvan

Steve GarvanSteve 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 KrantzPeter 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 MoormanMary 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: Joel Tepp

Joel Tepp

Playing multiple instruments and writing, Joel has credits on several hundred recordings, TV and film productions, including work with The Wrecking Crew, Jerry Garcia, Little Feat, J.D. Souther, Crazy Horse, and live with folks like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Don Everly.  He is a voting member of the Recording Academy.

He received a BA in Music from UCLA and his Folk roots reach back into the 1960s, when he began playing with artists like Johnny Shines, John Lee Hooker and Sippi Wallace.  In the 70s, he MC'd and co-managed the Monday night showcase programming at The Troubadour. Joel has been participating in FAR-West conferences continually since 2006 as a performer, panelist and organizer/volunteer. He is also a former world class gymnast and NCAA national team champion.

Member at Large: Julie Zipperer

Julie ZippererJulie’s passion for fashion brought her from her humble roots in Columbus, Ohio to Los Angeles in 1977. From retail, wholesale, to high-end fashion design, Julie became known as the “Pajama Girl” creating three different multi-million-dollar brands from the ground up. For FAR-West, she helped curate our FAI Showcase in New Orleans last year, as well as our first ever virtual Conference, “We Belong” in October 2020. Since joining the board in 2020 Julie has been head of the on-line programming team throughout the pandemic, introducing the weekly “Lockdown Lemonade” blog, the “Campfire Song Circle”, "FAR-West Teaches” educational programs, and “Best of the West & Beyond” which debuted in March 2021 with FAR-West honoree Chris Hillman.  She is proud to be the wife of John Zipperer, the talented singer/songwriter who puts joy into every performance. Together they 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: Gaby Castro

Gaby CastroGaby Castro is an Americana singer-songwriter and San Francisco Bay Area native. She’s been an active performer since 2010 and regularly showcases at Folk Alliance International’s regional and international conferences. Her latest EP, La Guerrera//The Warrior EP, was released in March of 2019 and touches on themes such as feminism, self-empowerment, living with mental illness, and overcoming adversity. Her songwriting incorporates the lyrical power of Carole King, infectious hooks of Taylor Swift, and storytelling feel of Jewel. In December of 2019, Gaby completed a Master of Arts in Music Business at Berklee College of Music. Her latest plans include writing and recording her next album, touring the United States, and continuing to advocate for mental health, women’s rights, and disability rights. Let her music tell the stories.

Member at Large: Reese Tanimura

Reese is a fourth-generation Japanese American who was born on the island of O’ahu and raised between Hawaii and Illinois. Her passion for music was ignited the moment she began playing the ukulele and has grown steadily through numerous instruments and genres. Reese is the Managing Director of Northwest Folklife, a Seattle-based cultural arts and heritage organization, whose mission is: “To create opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.” Since 2008, Reese has led the Rain City Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble uplifting the musical contributions of womxn and non-binary individuals in jazz. She is a founding member of the urban folkgrass group, Lavender Lucy, and co-hosts the long-running Womanotes program on community radio station, KBCS. Currently, Reese serves as the Chair of the Seattle Music Commission, with a deep commitment to building a thriving, local creative economy and ecosystem.

Member at Large: Karen Sullivan

Karen is happily retired after 35 years as a Manager for a large insurance company. As a child her dad was a square dance caller so bluegrass, roots, and country music is in her blood. Since 1995 she has been a singer and board member of a local 100-person chorus performing music of all genres. While singing a “Bluegrass Mass” in 2012 she got hooked again on folk music, and is now a regular at local performances, house concerts and festivals. She got involved with Far-West conferences and events several years ago. Her other passions include dogs and birdwatching.
Joining the FAR-West board allows me to be a part of the exciting directions I see the organization moving. My experience on another board can help. I enjoy working with new technology to bring this wonderful music to many people around the world.




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