In addition to my managerial duties, I have cut my editorial teeth with the EEFC, having been on the Kef Times production staff since its inception, and more recently as a member of the Forum Folkloristika editorial team. I have also been a contributor to the Forum’s “Balkan Savories” culinary series.
I reside in Oakland, California, where I played baritone horn for over a decade with the Bay Area’s late, lamented Brass Menažeri Balkan Brass Band. I have continued my Balkan brass adventures with Fanfare Zambaleta.
Jenna Shear, Manager of Marketing and Development
(biography coming soon)
I consider myself lucky to have worked over the years in a variety of work-exchange positions at East Coast Balkan camp, starting in the kitchen, then working as the Ride Coordinator, Administrative Aide, Site-Manager-in-Training, and finally as Site Manager. These opportunities gave me important insights into how camp runs, grows, and changes. Although overseeing the day-to-day logistics of East Coast camp is a big responsibility, I am always amazed at how everyone works together to ensure a wonderful week-long music and dance experience. I am thankful for the amazing gathering of folk dancers, singers, and musicians—such talent! It’s no wonder it gives a person the energy to learn, dance, and play from morning till the wee hours of the next morning—and continue on for a whole week!
In my everyday life, I work as a fishery biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and as a reading and math tutor. I love the outdoors and nature and spend many happy hours a week walking my two dogs along the Chesapeake Bay. Besides dancing, I enjoy playing the pennywhistle and trying my best at the fiddle (not an easy instrument to pick up as an adult). I swim, take yoga classes, and quilt as often as I can.