Board Officers
Board Members at Large
Board Nomination Deadline

Current Board Members

The geographically diverse Board is listed below. Correspondence for them may be sent to For photos and bios of Board members, click on the individual names.


Name State Term Ends Office
Gaye Fifer PA 2021 President
Dorcas Hand TX 2020 Vice President
Brooke Friendly OR 2020 Secretary
Joel Bluestein VA 2022 Treasurer

Board Members At Large

Name State Term Ends
Peter Baker MI 2020
Nancy Barbour NJ 2022
Karl Colon OH 2022
Beverly Francis OH 2020
Nikki Herbst IA 2021
Donald Hughes NC 2020
JoLaine Jones-Pokorney FL 2021
Susie Lorand MI 2020
Robbin Marcus GA 2022
Avia Moore ON 2021
Pam Paulson  WI 2021
Doug Plummer WA 2021
David Roodman DC 2022
John Seto CA 2022
David Shewmaker DC 2021
Diane Silver NC 2022
Darlene Underwood OH 2022
Juliette Webb TN 2022
Chris Weiler VT 2020



The CDSS Governing Board will have positions to be filled next year and would really appreciate your nomination suggestions. Think about yourself and the people you know in your community and beyond. We’re always looking for great people who have the appropriate mix of skills, experience, time, energy, teamwork style and have a passion for traditional dance music and song. Skills that are always needed are fundraising, accounting/financial expertise or business acumen, or other board experience. There are also opportunities to serve CDSS on committees and task groups as community members.

If you know someone who fits any of these criteria, please send your suggestions to us with the following information:

  • Person’s contact information (email address and phone number)
  • How they are involved in CDSS traditions (e.g., singer, dancer, musician, organizer, etc.
  • Professional and personal skills they would bring to the Board (or committees/task groups)
  • Why they would be a good Board (or committees/task group) member

Send suggestions by June 30, 2019 to the CDSS Nominating Committee via email to or by mail to Pam Paulson, 235 S Greenfield Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

Each year, the Committee goes through a process of reviewing our list of great people and the names you suggest, against the skills and qualities needed on the Board for the year ahead in order to put together a slate of the best candidates. We encourage anyone who might be interested in this process to get in touch with us and learn more about the Board. In addition, the CDSS Bylaws allow a member or members to submit nominations directly to the slate, bypassing the selection process, by sending the information listed above, signed by 10 members of CDSS by June 30. (Submission of this nomination does not guarantee a position on the Board). Please see the CDSS Bylaws (Article 7) at for more details.

Pam Paulson, Chair,
CDSS Nominating Committee


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