In addition to my managerial duties, I am cutting her 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 resides 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, Administrative Assistant
(biography and picture coming soon)
Nancy considers herself 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 her important insights into how camp runs, grows, and changes. Although overseeing the day-to-day logistics of East Coast camp is a big responsibility, Nancy is always amazed at how everyone works together to ensure a wonderful week-long music and dance experience. She is 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 her everyday life, Nancy works as a fishery biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and as a reading and math tutor. She loves the outdoors and nature and spends many happy hours a week walking her two dogs along the Chesapeake Bay. Besides dancing, Nancy enjoys playing the pennywhistle and trying her best at the fiddle (not an easy instrument to pick up as an adult). She swims, takes yoga classes, and quilts as often as she can.