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2020 Board of Directors Candidates

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Brett Day

 Board Position: Member at Large

 Please describe your volunteer experience: I have been a proud MBOTMA volunteer for 35+ years. I have   served on several of our event committees over the years including the August Festival, Winter Weekend,   State Fair and fund raisers. My first volunteer experience with MBOTMA was at Wildwood Campground and   I, along with many others, help build our stages at Camp-in-the-Woods and El Rancho Manana.
 Over the years I have volunteered for other music events, charitable and health organizations, and arts   programs. Thank you members and thank you volunteers for being the heart of our Association.

 Why are you interested in serving on the Board? I am asking for your vote as an At-Large Board member for our Association. We continue to take positive steps to strengthen our Association’s policies, processes, and leadership so that members can participate in and enjoy and benefit from opportunities to be a part of our Old-Time and Bluegrass music community. Our selection of a new Executive Director has seen our organization become increasingly efficient, timely, and financially stable. As a Board Member I will work with others to continue to focus efforts for the benefit our members.

 Please describe any Board Experience, especially with non profits: I served on the MBOTMA Board in the late 1980s and participated on our first strategic planning committee. Currently, I am serving my second term as a MBOTMA Board Member and serve on the Policy and by-laws committees. I have served on other non-profits Boards and have been on a board of incorporation. In addition, I have participated on funding and awards panels for the city of Saint Paul and for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Served on Public Information committees of the Minnesota chapter of the American Cancer Society. Served on the Ethics Committee of the Health Sciences Communications Association. During my career I was a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative and participated on inter-agency committees.

Dale Gruber 

 Board Position: Member at Large

 Please describe your volunteer experience: I have been on the June festival staff and August   festival staff for 15 years. I have been on the board directors for four years. I have been a sponsor   for many years.

 Why are you interested in serving on the Board? I love the organization and want to help bring     it in to the future.

 Please describe any Board Experience, especially with non profits: I have been on the MBOTMA for four years and enjoy it very much. I want to help make it the best it can be.

Jamey Guy

 Board Position: Member at Large

 Please describe your volunteer experience: Volunteering for most of my life has taught me to   work with people, to accomplishing goals for bettering something I care deeply for. I began at 19   years of  age volunteering for the United States Forest Service, and the Washington State DNR.   That's when I truly felt the impact of giving back. Since that time I've volunteered with several   organizations from photographing homeless individuals to send photo's back home during the   holiday's, Habitat for Humanity, and Atlanta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to   name a few.

Why are you interested in serving on the Board? MBOTMA is a key factor in my discovery of Bluegrass and Old Time Music. I was introduced to the organization in 1999, and It's been a keystone in my life ever since. As a Minnesota acoustic musician, MBOTMA has been the source of most of my friendships, late night laughter, and family here in The Cities. I want to help preserve our wonderful organization, and give back to the community that has given me and my family so much.

Please describe any Board Experience, especially with non profits: No experience in working with nonprofits other than in a vendor or volunteer capacity.

Nic Hentges

 Board Position: Member at Large

 Please describe your volunteer experience: I have volunteered at MBOTMA festivals teaching   mandolin workshops, working the merch table, and serve on our nominations, policy, and   executive committees. I also volunteer at my church coordinating the Audiovisual technology   required for hosting virtual worship services.

 Why are you interested in serving on the Board? I take pride in serving our mission and   membership. My focus has been on policies and succession planning to help us build a stronger future   and I hope to continue  that work.

Please describe any Board Experience, especially with non profits: I have served on the MBOTMA Board of Directors for the last 5 years and been Vice President since 2017.

Penny Hillemann 

 Board Position: Member at Large

 Please describe your volunteer experience: Much of my volunteer experience has been serving   on boards (see below). I've also done some conservation volunteer work with River Bend Nature   Center and the Carleton College Arboretum -- buckthorn removal, seed collecting, etc., in recent   years. I have  done a few volunteer shifts at MBOTMA festivals: checking wristbands, front gate at   last year's August festival, and loading in. I understand the importance of volunteering and enjoy   working as part of a team.

 Why are you interested in serving on the Board? MBOTMA is essential! As someone who is learning to play bluegrass banjo I've just discovered this community in the past couple of years, but it has already brought me a lot of joy and I want it to thrive. I like to give back to organizations whose missions are important to me. I have a background in strategic communications, nonprofit leadership, and fundraising (plus, way back in time, a law degree and a few years of legal practice), as well as a lot of board experience that may be helpful.

Please describe any Board Experience, especially with non profits: Just Food Co-op (Northfield) board, 2012-2019 (served as vice president and president, served on Outreach Committee and General Manager Search Committee) . Just Food is a cooperative, not a nonprofit, but it's a mission-driven organization responsible to its member-owners.
River Bend Nature Center (Faribault) board, 2013-2018
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative board, 2008-2015 (served as co-chair)
Also, in my current position as Executive Director for Rice County Area United Way I report to a board, so I have seen both sides of that dynamic.

Mabel Houle

 Board Position: Member at Large

 Please describe your volunteer experience: My volunteer experience began at a young age,   as our family vocal group visited the local nursing home each week to sing for the residents.   That tradition has continued as I join bluegrass musical friends to play at the Minnesota   Veterans Home  on a regular basis. I have volunteered at every Minnesota Bluegrass Festival that I’ve attended, and more recently serve as a key volunteer as the Vendor Coordinator.

Why are you interested in serving on the Board? The MBOTMA organization has been a valued part of my life for decades. Along with my kids and grandkids, we have benefited from the musical inspiration and lifelong friendships that have been forged through our shared love of bluegrass, American roots and old-time music. I want to contribute to the future of the organization.

Please describe any Board Experience, especially with non profits: Served on the board of a security industry local chapter nonprofit of MNASIS for many years during my career

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