2021-2022 Candidates for the CBA Board of Directors
Please read each candidate’s statement below and get your vote in by the deadline:
October 16, 2021 at 2pm PDT
Voting instructions will be sent to each CBA Member. If you do not receive your email or have any questions, please contact [email protected]
Read Darby’s statement
Read Patrick’s statement
Read Robin’s statement
Read Dave’s statement
Karen Celia Heil
Read Karen’s statement
Read Ted’s statement
Read Steve’s statement
Read Pete’s statement
Read Lani’s statement
Looking forward, I believe that the world is changing, and CBA needs to evolve along with it. For example, we’re all looking forward to returning to in-person events. But after 18 months of using Zoom calls and webcasts to stay in touch, these digital channels will not entirely disappear. CBA needs to have an appropriate digital strategy, to be accessible and familiar to the next generation of Bluegrass and Old Time Fans. Secondly, we need to reach outside our “bubble” and find ways to reach future Bluegrass and traditional music fans (and CBA members) throughout the community – perhaps reaching into schools, community centers, churches and even correctional institutions. As the world evolves, CBA also needs to build stronger relationships with our dedicated volunteers, finding more ways to engage and acknowledge the huge amount of behind-the-scenes work being done. Furthermore, we need to respond to the increasing number of options for music entertainment, instructional and community available to young people. There are many more festivals, flash events, podcasts and streaming videos competing for attention – and CBA needs to bump up our outreach to avoid being left in the dust. I intend to continue this path during 2022, with your support.
During my past several years on the CBA board I have participated in the redesign and maintenance of the website, helped develop and now oversee the Zenfolio CBA photo archive, designed and edited the Bluegrass Breakdown newsletter, and served as a CBA Photographer. I would like to continue as a board member for another year as our world emerges from the Covid stranglehold.
My name is Dave Gooding and I am running for re-election to the Board of Directors of the California Bluegrass Association.
It has been an honor and a labor of love serving on the board these many years. I have strived to represent you and your interests in this fine organization. If re-elected I will continue to work with your interests in mind
There have been many changes in the past few years. The Board has worked very hard (remotely) to keep interests going. Two TYRO broadcasts and the Jam a thon were great successes due to the hard work of many volunteers at the direction of the Board. Thanks to all that made these online events happen.
As we go forward I think we must stay current with the times we live in. Music evolves and as time goes on and newer more progressive sounds become a part of the Bluegrass world. I think we as an organization need to embrace these changes, while firmly attending to keeping the traditional sound alive, remembering where we come from. I truly believe there is plenty of room for both traditional and more progressive Bluegrass styles
I am in full support of our youth programs. The California Bluegrass Association has the finest youth programs in the country, you should be proud of that! I believe kids learn so much more than the music in our programs. They learn to interact with people from all socioeconomic classes and age groups. Studies prove grades in school improve with young musicians. Bottom line if they are around good folks, they learn good habits. Please continue to support all our youth programs.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Make sure to vote, it’s YOUR CBA.
As we come out of this long absence of live music, I’d like to continue finding new ways to increase membership and participation in old-time and bluegrass music among more diverse populations, especially young people and continue working with local bluegrass and old-time associations to bring more events, jams, and programs to currently underrepresented areas of California, especially Southern California where I live. I’d also like to continue our efforts toward increasing our online presence and the recognition of the CBA as a leader in the worldwide bluegrass community.
As I complete my second year as your board member, the CBA continues to weather the Pandemic. At best, this has complicated our gatherings and events. Our bigest yearly event, the Father’s Day Festival, which fuels every aspect of our life as a community and organization, has yet again been cancelled. Nonetheless we move forward, connecting with our members online and in print, working to be even more relevant and engaging, keeping our valuable community programs afoat while creating new projects that include both Northern and Southern California. This board has done impressive work! And there is more to come!
As an Old Time musician/fiddle/guitar teacher in San Francisco, I have been involved in the California & West Coast Old Time communities and festivals for decades. I bring this community’s voice to the board. I also consider myself a member of the national Old Time music community, and bring these connections to the Board. I will continue my work as board liaison to the CBA’s Grass Valley camp, where I have worked as an assistant and an instructor. I’ve participated in many CBA San Francisco Chapter events, benefts, and dances, as well as Bluegrass Pride events. I am on the Board of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, and involved in our (pre-covid), thriving Square Dance scene.
I am a member of the Old Time band, The Bucking Mules, a multi- generational band with members living in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and me here in California. Local bands I play in are Plaid Strangers, the Knuckle Knockers, and KC & the MooNshine Band.
My interests on the board include furthering the co-mingling and working relationship between the Old Time and Bluegrass communities by giving a voice to Old Time, promoting diversity and awareness of such in the CBA, creating a statewide network of Old Time musicians to further collective communication and Old Time participation in the CBA, promoting live music in communities, creating workable licensing scenarios for small venues in order to stop ASCAP/BMI predatory practices.
Thank you for your support in the past and in the future!
I’m Ted Kuster and I’m asking for your vote to continue on the CBA Board. In my first year on the board, I’ve been helping the CBA develop and implement a comprehensive data management strategy to support fundraising and membership growth. We’re making steady progress, and this is going to remain the main focus of my board participation if you re-elect me.
I’ve been a CBA member since 2008. I served as San Francisco Area Activities VP for several eventful years and now I’m the statewide coordinator for the Area VPs.
I believe that developing the love of bluegrass and old-time music, both listening and performance, among a broad spectrum of children and younger adults, is the central aim that all our activities should be measured against. I’m very excited about all the breakthroughs in organization, funding, and outreach that we’ve achieved in my first year on the board, and I look forward to a lot more.
Hello fellow CBA members.
Steve Ladonga here.
It’s the time of year again for board of director elections.
I have been on the board now for three terms.
During that time, the CBA has gone through a couple of the roughest years imaginable. The covid pandemic has caused cancellation of all of our events, making it difficult to keep our organization afloat. We are looking forward to a return to live events.
The board has been working hard to find ways to keep things rolling in a positive direction. It is an honor to be part of this group of people.
I am running for the board again because I believe in what we are doing, and want to be part of our return to in- person events.
We are in the planning stages for the festival in 2022.
I hope to see many of you in person soon.
Please renew you memberships and consider being a part by volunteering!
I’m Lani Way, and I’m running for a second term on the CBA Board. My first term began under Covid restrictions and the need to support musicians, connect our bluegrass community and keep CBA fiscally sound in a year without live events. I worked on the Turn your Radio Online webcast series broadening the promotional and cross-promotional efforts that increased our raffle and viewing participation for the event series.
In my role as the International Bluegrass Music Association, IBMA liaison we continue to strengthen our presence and relationships within the larger Bluegrass world. This year many of our youth will be sent to participate and to assist in managing the KOB program in Raleigh, NC. I headed up the effort to submit Jam-a-Thon, our spirited youth academy fund raiser, for an IBMA award. Jam-a-Thon is one of five finalists for the 2021 IBMA Industry award of Event of the Year. We are thrilled that our CBA event, which involved musicians from around the world, is being recognized by the broader bluegrass community.
As Chairman of the Fundraising committee, we identified opportunities to generate new revenue streams. I identified two grants to pursue and wrote the requests for funding. I am proud to report that for the first time ever, CBA was awarded grants from both the State and Federal programs. These COVID relief funds are a huge boost to the CBA in the pandemic year and not only stabilize the organization in the short term but give us the opportunity to engage in community programs in more far-reaching ways. Raising outside funds and providing opportunities for the CBA to grow was my greatest sense of achievement this year.
I attended my first Bluegrass festival over 30 years ago. Throughout the years, I’ve attended music camps, played bass in the family band and raised children in the CBA youth programs. Creating the space for kids and young adults to develop the love of Bluegrass and Old Time through listening, playing and performing is embedded in the mission of the CBA. I’ve watched our youth develop as musicians, mentors, and community members. I’ve seen our pickers and professional musician help cultivate the next generation of bluegrass musicians. It is the strength of this community that inspires my participation.
I’m a licensed architect and bring creative thinking and project management skills to CBA endeavors. My work on behalf of CBA has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. I would be honored to have your vote.
I waited until the last minute to decide whether to run again for the Board of Directors to see if the CBA could field a quorum. At the deadline only 8 candidates have submitted so I decided to make the Board 9 members which is what, for years, I have believed it should be. So Ok, I am throwing my hat in the ring.
I have been extremely impressed with Pete Lude, Board Chairman, and look forward to serving under his leadership. It is amazing what this sitting Board has accomplished during this very bizarre 18 months. I want to be part of a leadership group that pushes our relationship with Salesforce to the finish line. I want to sit at the table and watch the Southern California Regional Directors decide on and produce activities for that untapped millions of bluegrass fans. I want to launch the new online CBA Youth Program activities. I will continue to serve on the DEI Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. I want a nametag with the new logo and all those committees listed.
I spent over a decade as a sitting Board Member of the CBA. I retired from the Board 8 years ago when I was about to turn 70 to allow the younger generation to serve. I have attended most meetings since in my role as either CBA President or Coordinator of the CBA Youth Program. I guess the younger generation isn’t ready to lead the CBA into the future so I will reclaim a seat with your vote.
I love the CBA community and have a few good years left so vote for me to “officially” serve on the Board again. I have become a fan of Zoom meetings.