AGO Elects 2014–2016 National Council and Regional Councillors

NEW YORK CITY—The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) announces a newly elected National Council for a term of two years, July 1, 2014–June 30, 2016. Election results were reported on Tuesday, June 24, during the AGO Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. Members of the newly elected National Council include four national officers and three national councillors with portfolio. In addition, in accordance with AGO Bylaws, AGO Past President Eileen Guenther will remain on the Council as a non-voting member for a period of one year. The non-voting AGO Executive Director serves as an ex officio member of Council.

PRESIDENT John Walker, FAGO, DMA, Baltimore, Md.
VICE PRESIDENT / COUNCILLOR FOR COMPETITIONS AND NEW MUSIC Christian M. Lane, MM, Somerville, Mass.
SECRETARY / COUNCILLOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS Mary V. Stutz, BS, Williamsburg, Va.
TREASURER / COUNCILLOR FOR FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT Barbara Adler, SPC, DMA Kansas City, Mo.
COUNCILLOR FOR CONVENTIONS Michael Velting, DMA, Nashville, Tenn.
COUNCILLOR FOR EDUCATION Don Cook, AAGO, DMA, Provo, Utah
COUNCILLOR FOR MEMBERSHIP / CONVENOR OF REGIONAL COUNCILLORS David K. Lamb, CAGO, DMUS, New Albany, Ind.

Non-Voting Members of the AGO National Council
AGO PAST PRESIDENT Eileen Guenther, DMA, Ex officio Vienna, Va.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR James E. Thomashower, CAE, BA, Ex officio New York, N.Y.
CHAPLAIN Don E. Saliers, Honorary Atlanta, Ga.

Seven regional councillors were also elected during the national election. In accordance with the Guild’s new organizational structure, the regional councillors will be represented on the National Council through the Councillor for Membership.

NORTHEAST REGION (Formerly Regions I and II) Cheryl Duerr, AAGO, MM, Attleboro, MA
MID-ATLANTIC REGION(Formerly Region III) Glenn L. Rodgers, AAGO, MM, Delran, NJ
SOUTHEAST REGION (Formerly Region IV) Laura Ellis, DMA, Gainesville, FL
GREAT LAKES REGION (Formerly Region V) Karl Bruhn, MA, MCHM, Batavia, IL
NORTH CENTRAL REGION (Formerly Region VI) Marilyn Schempp, SPC, MM, NCTM, Sioux Falls, SD
SOUTHWEST REGION (Formerly Region VII) Vicki Schaeffer, DM, Formerly Region VII Norman, OK
WEST REGION (Formerly Regions VIII and IX) Matthew Burt, SPC, MA, MDIV, MSM, Palo Alto, CA

“The process of nominating candidates to serve as National and Regional Councillors required a coordinated effort among ten Guild committees comprising more than 50 volunteers,” reported AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “The AGO National Nominating Committee and nine Regional Nominating Committees identified 14 candidates for nomination to the 7 positions on the restructured Council, and 14 candidates for the seven Regional Councillor positions. Two additional candidates for the National Council were nominated by petition. We thank all of the nominees for their willingness to serve in these volunteer positions.”

“We congratulate the newly elected officers and councillors and extend our sincere thanks to the following individuals who completed their terms of service: AGO President Eileen Guenther; Secretary/Councillor for Membership Development Lois Z. Toeppner; Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development Calvert Johnson; National Councillor for Conventions Mark Babcock; National Councillor for Education Joyce Shupe Kull; National Councillor for Professional Development Marlene Hallstrom; Regional Councillors Agnes Armstrong (New York and Northern New Jersey Region), Michael Bedford (Southwest Region), Dean Jamieson (Pacific Northwest
Region), and Leslie Wolf Robb (Far West Region).”

“The 2014–2016 AGO National Council and Regional Councillors will be convening monthly either by video conference or in face-to-face meetings. The ability to meet electronically will enable the organization to make and implement important decisions more rapidly,” declared Thomashower. “The new Council and Regional Councillors will also have to get acclimated to the new governance and regional structure that became effective on July 1. Four new National Council members and three new Regional Councillors will bring fresh stores of talent and energy to the table complementing the experience of three returning members of the National Council and four returning Regional Councilors.”

The election was held from April 1–30 and managed by Intelliscan Inc., an independent election management firm engaged by the AGO to administer the election, receive the ballots, and tabulate the results. The total number of ballots cast was 5,685 representing responses from approximately 35% of the Guild’s membership. “The ability to vote and elect the Guild’s leaders is both a benefit and a responsibility of membership,” added Thomashower. “With so many outstanding candidates, members were faced with many hard choices. As is often the case, some of the races were not decided until the final ballots were cast. I extend my sincere thanks to all members who took part in the election. Our organization’s future will be shaped by the leaders you have selected.”