FARM Board of Directors Election Results
There were no nominations from the FARM membership for 2019 Board of Director election. Per our By Laws, the FARM Board is announcing that our initial slate of candidates are deemed elected via no contest, and there will be no ballot this year.
We are excited to inform you that the three (3) open seats in this election for 3-year terms commencing October 27, 2019 are filled by Cindy Morgan (Cindy is re-elected, and this will be her second term) along with new board members Nicholas James Thomasma and Karen Rigotti.
While Nicholas and Karen are well known to recent FARM attendees, we will formally introduce them at the annual membership meeting during the FARM conference on Sunday, October 27.
Music has permeated Cindy’s life. As a child, she taught herself to play piano & guitar, performing in school & at church. As an adult, she was a solo performer until she met Jim Hall, when an enduring partnership was born. As a duo, Hall & Morgan are Americana with contemporary touches, featuring close harmony and a multitude of instruments. They have showcased at FARM & at FAI, perform regionally, and are the house band for monthly community sings in the Lansing area.
My passion for music has led me beyond performance, to a decade as the Ten Pound Fiddle’s treasurer, and 8 years as FARM volunteer coordinator (also now Board member and assistant conference director). As a small business owner for 30 years, I bring a wealth of organizational knowledge & experience.
Retiree Karen Rigotti focuses on non-profit arts advocacy. She volunteers at WFMT for “The Midnight Special” and “Folkstage” (17 years.) As an active singing member (32 years), former volunteer and current contracted GM of the 140 member, 82 year old, Evanston, IL, community choral group North Shore Choral Society, she continues to facilitate an increasingly successful music outreach program. Ms. Rigotti gained extensive managerial experience at AT&T, especially with executive level customer service escalations. She is self-directed, but collaborative and flexible, has problem solving capabilities, and experience in team leadership, project management, budget / data analysis and human resources.
Music is integral to my life, as an all-inclusive and universal language. I’m able to use my Arts Volunteer and corporate experience to support arts in the non-profit sector. FARM is essential to the continued growth of a broader folk community seeking additional, younger and more diverse constituents.
Nicholas James Thomasma
Traveling around in a bright orange 1973 Volkswagen Bus, singer songwriter and Earthwork Music artist Nicholas James Thomasma combines stories and songs for a show that can be enjoyed by patrons of all ages. Whether he’s performing with his backing band Nicholas James and the Bandwagon or as a solo acoustic act, Nicholas charms the audience with his playful sense of humor and real life stories. In addition to hosting Founders Open Mic in Grand Rapids, MI every Tuesday since 2008, Nicholas is also the curator of an in-the-round style concert series called the Songtellers.
When I attended my first FARM conference I immediately knew it would help me achieve my career goals. Eight years later, with a lot of those goals achieved, I feel as though I am in a position to give back to FARM and the FARM community.