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2016 Slate for Board of Directors Election
The SWRFA Board of Directors presents the initial slate of candidates for the upcoming election. For more information on the election process and additional nomination (write-in, self-nomination) procedures, skip to the end of this email or write to membership@folk.org.

On August 25th, The final slate of candidates will be posted online and ballots will be distributed to all voting members of Folk Alliance International in the SWRFA region by email. Paper ballots will be available by request for those who prefer a paper ballot. These requests must be made by August 18th. Please email membership@folk.org with your request.

Only votes cast by 11:59 pm on September 22nd will be counted. Write-in votes are permitted, even online.
Prior to ballots being distributed, information about all the candidates will be posted on the SWRFA website.

Self-Nominations due August 18th. If you are interested in running for the SWRFA Board of Directors this year, you can petition here.  All petitions for self-nominating candidates must be received at the FAI offices by August 18th. The self-nomination procedure to be placed on the final slate requires the following before you begin the nomination process:

1. Letters of  support from ten (10) voting members in good standing*
2. A head-shot photo
3. A 100-word BIO (third person)
4. A 50-word ballot statement. (first person)

*The letters of support can come in the form of an email or letter attached together in a single document. All candidates and supporters must be current voting members of FAI.

START NOMINATION PROCESS HERE

 

Meet the Candidates of the Initial Slate

Dalis Allen
Candidate Bio
Dalis Allen is producer of the Kerrville Music Festivals and Founder/Conference Coordinator of the SW Regional Folk Alliance. Her involvement in the music industry began in her University days where she booked and ran the Coffeehouse and eventually became President of the overall Program Council. Experience in running her own booking agency and working for a small record label gives her a well-rounded knowledge of the industry as a whole.
Ballot Statement
I am interested in being on the SWRFA board to help with the transition for new board members and to continue the mission of outreach and connection within the music community. I believe that building the relationships among all of the aspects that comprise our community is its strength.

Brian Kalinec
Candidate Bio
Award-winning singer-songwriter Brian Kalinec, has been called by Rootsy Magazine “a combination of Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, James Taylor, and Rodney Crowell in the stories he tells”. Past president of the Houston Songwriters Association, Brian co-produced their annual “Sonny Throckmorton Songwriter’s Festival”. He is a recipient of the “My Texan” Award at the 2012 Texas Music Awards for his support of the music and musicians of the state. Brian and wife Pam own Berkalin Records. He is on the board for the Songwriter Serenade Competition, which he won in its first year and is a member of FAI and NARAS.
Ballot Statement
As an artist, scientist, and businessman, I will bring a wide perspective to the board of SWRFA. It is important to encourage musicians’ creativity and provide information on artistic and practical issues. I will make it a priority to bring more musicians to the great experience that is Folk Alliance.

Charlie Stewart
Candidate Bio
Charlie Stewart founded Handshake Management, in 1995. Through Handshake he has helped and developed independent acoustic and folk artists remain that way, independent, far from the noose of major labels. Terri Hendrix, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar have sought his help in various endeavors. Charlie is a longtime SWRFA Volunteer. The reputation of Handshake Management is steadily growing due mostly to fact that it looks at the talent and timber of people rather than the almighty buck. Charlie does not ‘work’ in the music biz, he eats, breaths and sleeps it; music is an integral part of his life.
Ballot Statement
I do not “work” in the music biz, I eat, breathe, and sleep it, truly believing in the power of music and knowing this industry should reflect its creators. As one of my mentors says “money may be the bottom line but not the only line” which is my mantra.

Ryan Green
Candidate Bio
Tucson, Arizona native Ryan David Green started playing guitar at age 12, and went on to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While there, he was awarded The Aerosmith Award for outstanding achievement by a Music Business/Management major pursuing a career as a performer. After graduating, he began performing full-time with high school classmate Cameron Hood, under the name Ryanhood. The duo has since performed more than 800 shows in 43 states, and shared stages with Jason Mraz, Ellis Paul, Matt Nathanson, and many others. Ryan has twice been named “Best Guitarist” in the Tucson Music Awards.
Ballot Statement
SWRFA is a gem amongst the regional conferences, and it’s given me friends, connections, gigs, songs, hugs, laughs, and inspiration. I’ll happily give back to that which has given so much to me, and do my best to spread the SWRFA love into my home state of Arizona.

Cheryl Duckett
Candidate Bio
Cheryl Duckett has been an active Folk Alliance International/SWRFA member since 2002, and has participated by presenting, volunteering, coordinating hospital outreaches, representing artists, and acting as transportation coordinator. She has presented on house concerts as well as participated in an IBBA showcase with fellow booking agents. Cheryl has been an active music enabler for 20 years, as the co-founder of ‘Flowers in the Desert Concert Series’, as co-author of “Producing Houseconcerts”, and offers many perspectives of the music industry having worked as a booking agent/personal assistant for several artists(2007-2011). Contact Cheryl at cduckettbooking@yahoo.com.
Ballot Statement
I would like to serve on the SWRFA board to help develop various outreach opportunities both at our conference and in our communities, and to find more ways in which to support our members. I would like to help grow our membership and be involved in planning one day events.

Stuart Adamson
Candidate Bio
Stuart Adamson has loved creating music since he was 10. As a working musician who understands in the ins and outs of both the business and the craft, Stuart understands that the reward comes in the deep connection between songwriters and their audiences. He also recognizes the importance of community among musicians and songwriters exemplified by SWRFA. Adamson has released two solo albums and recorded four with The Flyin’ A’s, the duo he formed with his wife Hilary Claire Adamson. SWRFA has opened doors allowing them to tour nationally and internationally. Stuart and Hilary call Austin, TX home.
Ballot Statement
SWRFA has been an important part of my professional and personal life for over 10 years, and I’ve witnessed SWRFA’s impact on all of us. I’m excited about the opportunity to deepen SWRFA’s commitment to developing professional connections, personal relationships, and a nurturing musical community.

K.C. Clifford
Candidate Bio
K.C. Clifford is an award-winning singer and songwriter whose voice transcends. A well-crafted storyteller, live performance is where she shines brightest. Refreshingly vulnerable, K.C. brings both beauty and authenticity to the stage, a quality which has been known to make her audience members feel ways about stuff. A mother of two little miracles and the wife of a genius music geek, the Oklahoma City native has five full-length albums and two EP’s in her catalogue. K.C. is honored by the chance to continue serving on the SWRFA Board.
Ballot Statement
I’ve loved the SWRFA community since my first conference in 2001. Serving on the Board is a natural way to give back and ensure the inclusiveness and hospitality of our region lives on. I’m passionate, administrative, and would enjoy helping SWRFA as we grow, thrive and learn from one another.

Marianne Stauffer
Candidate Bio
Marianne Stauffer has been a fan of live music all her life. Six years ago, she began hosting house concerts in an effort to expand the exposure of singer/songwriters. To do this, she hosted live concerts in her home, and even persuaded her friends to do the same. In doing so, she built up a list of fans of live music, and had an impressive list of entertainers that requested to play her venue. Marianne has an eclectic taste in music which has served her well in giving her attendees a great mix of artists from Blues to Rock-n-Roll.
Ballot Statement
I would be honored to serve on the SWRFA board in order to further recognize the fantastic singer/songwriters in our region. I have long understood the importance of preserving the tradition of singer/songwriters music and talent. I will do my best to work with the board to accomplish this goal.

Ken Gaines
Candidate Bio
Houston Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Teacher, & MC, Ken Gaines is a well established performer in Texas and has been very active with both SWRFA and FAI for the past dozen years. He’s the producer and host of the Thursday, Anderson Fair Showcase, a regular teacher for the Kerrville Music Camp for Teens, and Vice President of Visionary Heights, a 501c3 in Houston where he hosts a month sing and co-produces Master Class seminars on Songwriting, Performance, and Arts Business. He has Bachelors Degrees in Theater Arts and Visual Arts. http://www.kengaines.com
Ballot Statement
After twelve years in SWRFA as a presenter, teacher, and performer, I’m proud of our community spirit and openness to new attendees. I would especially like to develop a stronger outreach to young performers and regional concerts featuring SWRFA regulars to promote awareness of the conference and gently increase attendance.