Regional Governance Pilot Project

photo of pilot project team

Region 17 is participating in the Pilot Project to "test drive" the new Regional Governance structure proposed by Sweet Adelines International. This pilot will run from May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018. On this page you will find information about our incoming Regional Administrative, Education and Membership Directors (Regional Executive Committee) appointed by the International Leadership Specialists (ILS). This information is now available. The Appointments Advisory Committee (created by the new REC Directors) will review Regional Resource Staff applications. See details below.

Information about specific Regional Resource Staff positions and their job descriptions are linked below.

Regional Resource Staff Application -- This application is used to build our candidate pool for future position openings. You are welcome to send them to our advisory committee at any time.

Appointments Advisory Committee:
Ruth Bates (Regional Membership Director/Pride of Toledo), chair
Members: Sherry Berkley (Grand Rapids), Kathy Fazekas (Greater Cleveland), Sue Moore (Sounds of Pittsburgh), Lynne Peirce (Voices in Harmony)

The RGPP replaced the RMT governance structure. The transition to the RGPP started in January 2017 and was fully implemented at the start of our new fiscal year May 1, 2017.

Regional Governance Pilot Structure

Updated June 2017: 

Members of the Regional Executive Committee (REC) were appointed by the Sweet Adelines International Board of Directors. The REC and the Resource Positions replaced the RMT at the beginning of this fiscal year, May 1, 2017. Congratulations to our new REC!

Regional Administrative Director:
Deb Ferenc, Greater Cleveland Chorus

Regional Administrative Resource Staff was appointed by the REC and started their positions on May 1, 2017. The Administrative Resource Staff includes:

Position

Staff

Affiliation

Communications Coordinator

Sue Moore

Sounds of Pittsburgh 

Financial Coordinator

Karen Wharrey

Sounds of Pittsburgh

Leadership Development Specialist 

Lynne Peirce

Battle Creek

Marketing Coordinator

Lisa Garnes

Karen McCormick 

Deb Ferenc

Voices in Harmony

Battle Creek

Greater Cleveland

Regional By Laws and Rules Chair

Sandra Recker

Grand Rapids

Regional Secretary

Kathy Fazekas

Greater Cleveland

 

Regional Education Director:
JoAnn Wilson, Greater Cleveland Chorus

Regional Education Resource Staff was appointed by the REC and started their positions on May 1, 2017. The Education Resource Staff includes:

Position

Staff

Affiliation

Chair, Regional Convention

Karen Parsons

Greater Cleveland

Chorus Director Liaison

Julie Zehnder

Battle Creek

Arranger Education Specialist 

Jean Flinn

Greater Cleveland 

Faculty Specialist

Sherry Berkley 

Grand Rapids

General Education Specialist

Sherry Berkley

Grand Rapids

Quartet Education Specialist

Amy Ringley

Greater Cleveland

YWIH Specialist

Linda Wrhen

Allegheny Sounds

Facilities Coordinator

Cathy Dunlap

City of Flags

Regional Membership Director:
Ruth Bates, Pride of Toledo Chorus

Regional Membership Resource Staff was appointed by the REC and started their positions on May 1, 2017. The Membership Resource Staff includes:

Position

Staff

Affiliation

Alternate Membership Liaison

Judy Roman

Greater Cleveland

Chartered Chapter Liaison

Pat Galvin

Pride of Toledo

Membership Growth, Retention and Expansion Coordinator 

Debra Pfennig

Wendy Benson 

Grand Rapids

Lake Ridge Legacy 

Prospective Chapter Coordinator

Kay Seymour

Pride of Toledo

Revitalization Specialist

Kay Seymour

Pride of Toledo

Links go to documents outlining responsibilities and reporting structure.

Regional Administrative Director

Regional Education Director

Regional Membership Director

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