Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

June 24 - July 1, 2017
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August 5 - 12, 2017
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The Board

The EEFC is directed by a board comprised, according to its bylaws, of no fewer than 5 members, and no more than 11. A director’s term is nominally five years, however directors can and do step down or take leaves of absence at any time. The Board is responsible for defining and promoting the mission of the organization, and oversees operations, staff, and various committees. Board members chair Program, Finance, Administrative, Scholarship, and Development committees.

Current Board Members

Elena Erber, Marketing & Communications Committee Chair
Noel Kropf, Secretary, Board Liaison, Technology Committee Chair
Amy Mills, Development Committee Chair
Melinda Russial, President
Corinna Snyder, Family Liaison
Demetri Tashie, Program Committee Chair
Barbara Uhlemann, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Contacting the EEFC Board
To reach the board, please send email or write to us at:
Board Liaison
East European Folklife Center
P.O. Box 12488
Berkeley, CA 94712-3488

 


Meet the Board

Elena Erber EEFC Board of DirectorsElena Erber, Red Hook, New York
Marketing & Communications Committee Chair. Term: 9/2013 —

A relative newbie to the dance and music world, my first visit to camp in 2007 ignited my passion for all things Eastern European and has led me to pick up the accordion, join a band, and get out on the dance floor whenever possible.

As a Board member I am pleased to bring both my newfound enthusiasm and her 35 years of marketing and communication experience to the position.

In my professional work I have a reputation for thinking out of the box. This perspective, coupled with my skill as a designer, communicator, and organizer, has made me an integral member of many successful teams. Working primarily for nonprofit organizations, my passion for improving the world has had many opportunities to flourish. My enthusiastic and open-hearted approach to the collaborative process has endeared me to a wide range of clients and colleagues, ensuring a positive and fulfilling journey to a common goal.

My work life is complemented by and sometimes integrated with my other activities and roles, which include being a wife, mother, friend, designer, fiber artist, musician, entrepreneur, educator, volunteer, and gardener. I live in Red Hook, NY, with my artist husband Bernard Greenwald.

 

Noel Kropf EEFC Board of DirectorsNoel Kropf, Garrison, New York
Secretary; Technology Committee Chair; member of Finance Committee. Term: 1/2015 —

I am an avid dancer, singer, and sometime fiddler. I live with my wife and two daughters. We all love Balkan music and dance and this is our primary community.

I started folk dancing in 1969. Arriving in New York City in 1976 I studied Balkan singing, performed in two folk dance troupes, and traveled to Yugoslavia and Poland. Around 1979 I attended the EEFC camp at Mendocino and was hooked. I have attended nearly every EEFC camp on the East Coast and am a lifetime member. I’ve worked on the EEFC online discussion list (listserv) since 1993. I have volunteered at the NYC Golden Festival since 2005, and have been on the Golden Fest Organizing Committee for the past decade.

I am Treasurer of my homeowners’ association and have served on the boards of this association and several community groups. I have volunteered as webmaster for groups including Sierra Club NY, EEFC and Golden Fest. I work as a software developer.

I will work to help our EEFC fulfill its mission, to enable the rich experiences that happen at our camps and related events.

 

Amy Mills EEFC Board of DirectorsAmy Mills, Alexandria, Virginia 
Development Committee Chair; member of Finance Committee. Term: 9/2013 —

I have been involved in folk dancing since I was a child growing up in a small town in New Mexico. I first attended the Mendocino Balkan camp in 2000, where I was thrilled to discover other people my own age involved in Balkan culture. These experiences have compelled me to focus on how to keep our community thriving by including new people, making Balkan culture accessible, and nurturing the amazing connections we already have. I work at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, NV, where I am the programs coordinator and manager of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. I have previously worked for Northwest Folklife in Seattle, WA, and was a member of the Balkan Festivals Northwest board from 2005-2013. I lived in Bulgaria and Romania in the late 1990s, and have earned degrees in anthropology, folklore, history, and international studies.

 

melinda-russial_boardMelinda Russial, Santa Fe, New Mexico
President; Administrative Committee Chair; member of Scholarship Committee. Term: 10/2016 —

After two decades of immersion in classical clarinet, I wandered into the 2015 Mendocino workshop and felt like I heard music for the first time. The sounds of the Balkans ricocheting around the redwoods was mesmerizing enough, but I was captured just as much by the unique and welcoming qualities of the EEFC community.

I am currently the music teacher and program director at the United World College - USA and am a member of the Contemporary Music Program faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I have taught in the arts and humanities in classes ranging from elementary school through college, and I have worked in administration at a variety of arts and education nonprofits. My teaching and research interests include experiential education in the arts and expansion of the American music education paradigm through folk and contemporary musical traditions.

 

Corinna Snyder EEFC board of directorsCorinna Snyder, Brooklyn, New York
Family Liaison; member of Administrative and Program Committees. Term: 9/2011 —
My primary focus this term is to continue the Board's efforts to establish strong operational processes and systems that will sustain the organization for years to come. As always I am dedicated to keeping our lines of communication open with our extended community of campers, staff, teachers, lovers of Balkan music and dance, and other ethnic and arts organizations. I have been attending EEFC workshops since 2008, and started bringing my kids with me in 2011. I sing and play Balkan music in Brooklyn, New York, I hold a PhD in cultural anthropology, and I work as a director of organizational learning and development at an enormous consulting firm.

 

Demetri Tashie EEFC Board of DirectorsDemetri Tashie, Jackson Heights, New York
Program Committee Chair. Term: 9/2008 —

I am a musician who plays, among other instruments, lauoto and zourna, and have attended many EEFC workshops on both coasts. I have been a longtime mover and shaker with the Greek American Folklore Society (GAFS) and am currently on their board. I am also a judge for the FDF and HDF Greek festivals. I live in Jackson Heights, NY, where I work as a graphic designer.

 

Barbara-Uhlemann-EEFC-Board-of-DirectorsBarbara Uhlemann, St. Louis, Missouri
Treasurer; Finance Committee Chair; member of Development and Administrative Committees. Term: 9/2015 —
I have attended Balkan camp since the early 1990s. In addition to the excitement of participating in the classes, evening dance parties, and some of the many other activities and events that happen during that week, I am deeply moved by the friendliness, generosity and camaraderie that are also part of the Balkan camp experience. For the last seven years my husband and I have had the pleasure of bringing our grandchildren to East Coast camp with us and of watching them participate with the greatest enthusiasm. I am grateful to all those who have worked so hard in the past to make Balkan camp a reality, and watching our grandchildren and other young people at camp come to love Balkan music and dance, develop deep friendships and grow in self-confidence makes me want to do what I can to help ensure the future of this amazing organization.

Past Boards of Directors

We would like to acknowledge and thank all past Boards for their work and dedication to the EEFC.

Board members are listed by year and not necessarily by terms served, which run from September to September.

 

2014
Elena Erber
Jean "Biz" Hertzberg
Nancy Leeper
Amy Mills
Ann Norton
Eva Salina Primack
Corinna Snyder
Demetri Tashie

2013
Douglas Lane Allen
Erica George
Jean "Biz" Hertzberg
Nancy Leeper
Ann Norton
Eva Salina Primack
Corinna Snyder
Demetri Tashie

2012
Douglas Lane Allen
Denys Carrillo
Erica George
Jean "Biz" Hertzberg
Nancy Leeper
Ann Norton
Eva Salina Primack
Sanna Rosengren
Corinna Snyder
Demetri Tashie

2011
Dan Auvil
Denys Carrillo
Erica George
Riccardo Heald
Brenna MacCrimmon
Ann Norton
Demetri Tashie

2010
Denys Carrillo
Erica George
Riccardo Heald
Brenna MacCrimmon
Linda Mucyn
Ann Norton
Michael Sensor
Demetri Tashie

2009
Dan Auvil
Denys Carrillo
Riccardo Heald
Brenna MacCrimmon
Linda Mucyn
Ann Norton
Michael Sensor
Demetri Tashie

2008
Dan Auvil
Denys Carrillo
Riccardo Heald
Brenna MacCrimmon
Linnea Mandell
Michael Sensor
Demetri Tashie

2007
Dan Auvil
Denys Carrillo
Emily Cohen
Matthew Fass
Gitry Heydebrand
Linnea Mandell
Michael Sensor

2006
Dan Auvil
Denys Carrillo
Matthew Fass
Emily Cohen
Gitry Hydebrand
Linnea Mandell
Michael Sensor

2005
Barbara Babin
Denys Carrillo
Emily Cohen
Matthew Fass
Gitry Hydebrand
Linnea Mandell
Jerry Summers
Michael Sensor

2004
Barbara Babin
Michelle Benoit
Emily Cohen
Matthew Fass
Gitry Hydebrand
Linnea Mandell
Janet Pollock
Martie Ripson
Randy Trigg
John Uhlemann

2003
Barbara Babin
Michelle Benoit
Belle Birchfield
Emily Cohen
Matthew Fass
Janet Pollock
Martie Ripson
Randy Trigg
John Uhlemann

2002
Barbara Babin
Michelle Benoit
Belle Birchfield
Julie Lancaster
Janet Pollock
Martie Ripson
Randy Trigg
John Uhlemann

2001
Michelle Benoit
Belle Birchfield
Laura Blumenthal
Mike Gage
Julie Lancaster
Lise Liepman
Yves Moreau
Mark Primack
Martie Ripson
Matt Smith
Randy Trigg
John Uhlemann

2000
Laura Blumenthal
Mike Gage
Melanie Goldberg
Julie Lancaster
Lise Liepman
Yves Moreau
Mark Primack
Matt Smith

1999
Laura Blumenthal
Mike Gage
Lynette Garlan
Melanie Goldberg
Julie Lancaster
Mark Primack
Yves Moreau
Matt Smith

1998
Belle Birchfield
Laura Blumenthal
Mike Gage
Lynette Garlan
Dennis Godfrey
Melanie Goldberg
George Long
Yves Moreau
Judy Newland
Matt Smith

1997
Jerry Agin
Belle Birchfield
Mike Gage
Lynette Garlan
Dennis Godfrey
Melanie Goldberg
George Long
Judy Newland

1996
Jerry Agin
Belle Birchfield
Jeanne Busch
Michael Leach
George Long
Dennis Godfrey
Lynette Garlan
Joe Mandell
Judy Newland
Christine Vida

1995
Jerry Agin
David Bilides
Belle Birchfield
Jeanne Busch
Dennis Godfrey
Michael Leach
George Long
Joe Mandell
Christine Montross
Laura Pannaman
Vlad Popovich
Steve Ramsey
Danilo Yanich

1994
David Bilides
Jeanne Busch
Michael Leach
George Long
Margaret Loomis
Rachel MacFarlane
Christine Montross
Laura Pannaman
Vlad Popovich
Steve Ramsey
Danilo Yanich

1993
David Bilides
Bill Cope
Michael Leach
Mark Levy
George Long
Margaret Loomis
Rachel MacFarlane
Miamon Miller
Christine Montross
Laura Pannaman
Steve Ramsey
Sonia Tamar Seeman
Carol Silverman
Danilo Yanich

1992
David Bilides
Bill Cope
Jerry Kisslinger
Mark Levy
Miamon Miller
Sonia Tamar Seeman
Carol Silverman

1991
David Bilides
Bill Cope
Jerry Kisslinger
Mark Levy
Miamon Miller
Sonia Tamar Seeman
Carol Silverman


Board of Directors Application

We welcome your interest in participating in the East European Folklife Center. Joining the Board of Directors is a notable contribution. If you are interested in exploring other ways of helping EEFC with your expertise, time and effort please take a look at other volunteer opportunities.

The EEFC board must be comprised, according to its bylaws, of no fewer than 5 members, and no more than 11. A director’s term is nominally five years, however directors can and do step down or take leaves of absence at any time.

The skills and experiences we feel we need on our board now and in the future are, in no particular order:

  • Financial management experience, and ability to create and manage forecasts and budgets.
  • Project and program management skills: execution-oriented, strong followthrough and delivery skills.
  • Experience managing people: comfortable having difficult conversations, communicating difficult messages, managing expectations and providing performance feedback.
  • Experience/expertise in developing and delivering marketing strategies and plans.
  • Experience/expertise in creating and managing not-for-profit fundraising strategies; and in the operation of not-for-profits in general.
  • Strategic planning experience, including the ability to lead a strategic planning effort.
  • Ability to be a trusted and effective liaison with the public and with our community using strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work well in groups: good listening skills, encouraging of diversity of thought, ability to keep the conversation on track, and comfortable with consensus.
  • Experience as a workshop attendee (not a requirement for every board member).
  • Balkan culture/music/dance fluency (not a requirement for every board member).
  • Open to change and willing to lead changes.

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