2015 Board of Directors Candidates

The following people submitted applications to run for Board of Directors:

Alyx Reese

Personal Information:

  • First and Last Name: Alyx Reese
  • Festival Name: Alyx Reese

Campaign Statement:

I have been a member of the Colorado Pagan Community since 1991. For the last 17+ years I’ve been a member of Dragonfest. Like so many on Staff this time period has been a learning and growing experience. It has given me a very wide perspective on the inner workings of our retreat. I am very grateful to have served on the Board. It has given me a working knowledge on what will be expected of me. I believe my experience, both professionally and as a Staff member will continue to allow me to be of service to our community. I would like the opportunity to serve our community and assist in its continued growth and sustainability. We have a bright future and we have a growing number of young people who are stepping up to ask for the responsibility of getting us there.

General Work Experience:

  • I am a highly skilled administrative and customer service professional with a background in business administration, multiple Social Media platforms, digital and direct marketing and public relations. I have had extensive experience with a broad range of professional and supervisory positions as well as event planning, marketing campaigns, and conflict resolution. For the last 4 years I have worked as the Social Media Specialist and Digital Marketing Associate for my company, though I also have a background in retail management. I am used to taking leadership roles as well as working with a team to accomplish our goals. I believe my background and experience would be an asset to Dragonfest.

Volunteer (or unpaid) work experience:

  • I have volunteered for Dragonfest since 2003. February 2015 I was honored by the Boards request to fill Rhonda’s Board seat until an election could be held.
  • I was the first Outreach Coordinator promoting Dragonfest at Beltania; creating flyers promoting Dragonfest in Colorado; participating in everything from the open Full Moon by ESP in Colorado Springs, to facilitating a Pagan Meet up in Northern Colorado.
  • Served as Publications for 3 years producing the Dragonfest program, schedules and other printed materials.
  • Served as the Ritual Coordinator for 5 years, working with the Priestesses and Priests in our community to bring back the Mystery to our Drawing Down of the Moon. As well as assisting Coven’s presenting small and large rituals. As Ritual Coordinator I wrote and presented the Opening Ritual at Wellington Lake, as well as started the Tradition of the Staffs for the Board of Directors.
    • On a side note, some of the staffs have been lost, and I am working now to bring that tradition back. Our Board works very hard all year long and recognizing their commitment and dedication is important.
  • Served as the Adult Teenfest Sponsor for 2 years, during that time I started the Teen Meet and Greet with my daughter.
  • Served as a Lieutenant to the Kitchen, facilitating orders with Sysco and creating and ordering for Stone Soup at Wellington Lake.
  • For the last two years I have been the Workshop Coordinator. Working with all the wonderful folks in our community to facilitate the workshops. This last year I included workshops for Youthfest, which I am grateful to say were a success and I look forward to watching that grow.
  • This last year I served as the Events Director, overseeing a team that consisted of Merchants, Heralds, Fire Circles, Rituals, Workshops, Teenfest, and Youthfest. It was an incredible experience, and a joy to work with all of the folks who give so much to make the retreat a success.
  • Dragonfest 2015 I was very focused on changing Youthfest. Moving Youthfest back into the community and having scheduled activities and workshops for our children. I am very proud to have had a hand in bringing our children back into the Heart of Dragonfest, for they are our future.
  • I served two years as a member of the Board of Directors for Homes for Horses. Homes for Horses is a non-profit in Northern Colorado. It is dedicated to rescuing horses whose owners no longer have the physical or financial ability to care for them. The BoD was responsible for fundraising, public relations, working with local Animal Control, and other organizations to find homes for horses. We also worked with adolescents, ages 12-19, who did not own their own horse. We trained them to ride, as well as compete in a variety of shows, such as the National Western Stock Show.
  • I served for two years on the Committee for Jails, Institutions and Prisons, bringing recovery meetings to those who were incarcerated, as well as working with adolescent girls with drug and alcohol problems.
  • I have also been fortunate to volunteer with the Adult Literacy Foundation, SAVA, and Habitat for Humanity Women Build.

Other Qualifications:

  • I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Gender and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Communication.
  • I am also working to finish my Master’s in both Literature and Gender & Women’s Studies.

I look forward to having the opportunity to continue to help our retreat grow and flourish.

 


 

Dan Finerty

Personal Information:

  • First and Last Name: Dan Finerty
  • Festival Name: Dan Finerty

Campaign Statement:

For the past 16 years, Dragonfest has been an important part of my spiritual development and connecting me to a wider Pagan community. Like many of you, I look forward to Dragonfest for the connection it brings to like-minded people, the spiritual recharge, and the opportunity to connect with the divine power within all of us. It has also fueled my passion for brewing and has allowed me the honor of facilitating the Yeast Herders’ Gatherum for the past several years. And, Dragonfest is just a whole lot of fun.

Within me has been growing this small voice that asks, “What have you really done to give back?” Dragonfest means more to me than I am able to articulate and I feel a calling to serve Dragonfest and our community. Like you, I see opportunities for Dragonfest to become even greater. For instance:

  • How can Dragonfest support the growing number of Pagan families and prepare the next generation for community leadership?
  • While basic instruction and “101 classes” are important, can Dragonfest offer opportunities for deeper spiritual instruction, philosophy, and a more mindful Pagan practice?
  • Is Dragonfest doing enough to include the different paths and traditions in our community?
  • What does moving forward look like for Dragonfest?

I have extensive experience working with non-profits and volunteer organizations; I understand the commitment it takes to be a board member; I value authenticity and integrity in leadership; and I believe that Dragonfest has greatness still waiting to be tapped. To quote philanthropist Edward Filene, “Progress is the constant replacing of the best there is with something still better.” I ask you for the opportunity to serve one of the best Pagan retreats there is and work to make it even better – for us and for the next 30 years.

General Work Experience:

  • I have worked in marketing and public relations for more than 13 years where I have helped organizations not only promote themselves but also communicate with members, customers, and other stakeholders.
  • For the past 10 years, I have worked for a not-for-profit organization that has a focus on service to its members and member education – very much like Dragonfest. As Director of Marketing for this organization, I am also involved with planning and promoting two signature events each year – our Annual Meeting (a four-day conference) and our Foundation Gala (a fundraising event).
  • Throughout my work history, I have extensive experience serving in leadership roles, budgetary responsibilities, and project management.

Volunteer (or unpaid) work experience:

  • I have volunteered for Dragonfest over the years, starting as a fire wood lieutenant in 2003 and serving in various roles since then. In the past five years I have:
    • Facilitated the Yeast Herders’ Gatherum – a long-standing tradition of Dragonfest brewers that I am honored to be a part of.
    • Spearheaded the Dragonfest search for a new logo and identity.
    • Updated the Dragonfest website to incorporate its new look and worked with Registration to integrate an online registration process.
    • Served as Outreach Coordinator promoting Dragonfest at Beltania; creating flyers and postcards to promote Dragonfest in the Denver area; creating Dragonfest ads for Pagan Pride and our annual Imbolc event with Coven of the Goddess.
    • Served as Publications Lieutenant to help compile, proof, and produce the Dragonfest program and other printed materials.
  • I served two years as an officer for a local home brewing club, organizing a yearly campout and the World Brewers’ Forum, a home brewing educational event held in conjunction with the Great American Beer Festival.
  • I served three years as president of a college role-playing and gaming club responsible for generating positive revenue through regular club events and organizing volunteers.

Other Qualifications:

  • I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Management (in addition to Marketing) and work to practice Authentic Leadership in the roles I serve.
  • I maintain a leadership blog for work at http://foundation.mwcua.com

 


 

Jason Wilson

Personal Information:

  • First and Last Name: Jason Wilson
  • Festival Name: Jaylo

Campaign Statement:

I feel that what I can bring to the BoD is a younger perspective for a generation of our community that is not already reflected on the current Board. The generation I am speaking of is that of our young adults. I feel we have done a great job at making sure that the BoD represents the families and older generations of our community but I think it is time for the next generation to start taking bigger responsibilities so we all can take ownership in this retreat. Whether or not I am elected to the BoD, I have some great plans for this next coming retreat. First off I would like to start a new Mysteries that would be a safe space for those in the community who don’t feel the calling for the Men’s or Women’s Mysteries, for those who fall on a different point of the spectrum of gender that doesn’t completely identify as solely masculine or feminine. Another plan I have is to resurrect the space known as the Lavender Pavillon, a safe space for the LGBTQ members of our community to gather for discussions and workshops. This will not only be safe space for those who identify as LGBTQ or gender nonconforming, but also for the rest of the community to learn how to better be inclusive of these identities with possibly a workshop on Gender and Sexuality 101.

General Work Experience:

  • I have close to 9 years of nonprofit experience (paid and volunteer). My paid experience has been with the GLBT Center of Colorado’s youth program, Rainbow Alley. I have also worked for the University of Colorado Hospital/ Children’s Hospital as a Research Assistant. The skills I would be bringing from these positions would be outreach, community organizing, data entry, and research.

Volunteer (or unpaid) work experience:

  • My volunteer experience has included the GLBT Center of Colorado before I was brought on as a staff member. I have also done a lot with Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL-formerly known as the Colorado Anti Violence Program), where I have been trained as a Victim’s Advocate for our 24hr crisis hotline. I have worked with Buried Seedz of Resistance (BSeedz), the youth component of SOL, where I sit on their Wildseedz Youth Board. Skills I would be bringing from SOL/BSeedz is community organizing, outreach, screen printing, facilitation, training, and victim’s advocacy.
  • My volunteer experience on the Dragonfest Staff started as the Teenfest Coordinator when I was 15 years old and then when I aged out of the position, I became the Teenfest Adult Sponsor. I have also been a Medical Lieutenant for one year while I was also the Teenfest Adult Sponsor. With my Teenfest positions, I worked hard to make the Teens more of a contributing part of our community.

Other Qualifications:

  • I have previously completed The Emergency Medical Technician – Basic program at the Community College of Aurora, however I am not currently nationally certified. I have also been trained in graphic design, specifically with the Adobe programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

 


 

Meta Eaton

Personal Information:

  • First and Last Name: Meta Eaton
  • Festival Name: Meta Eaton

Campaign Statement:

My name is Meta Eaton and I have been a member of the Dragonfest community since 2001. I was 19 years old when I attended my first Dragonfest and from the beginning I was enchanted and in awe.

Over the last 15 years I have seen many changes in our community, some good, some bad, but nevertheless an always shifting energy from year to year. I have also had the pleasure of being a staff member for 14 of the 15 years I have attended. I have been witness to the many incarnations of the Safety team as well as the Setup/Teardown team. I have seen what works and what does not, what makes a good leader, and most of all how to work as a team with other Dragonfest departments. I have been there when things went smoothly and when we have had years of total chaos. Through these experiences I have had many ideas and suggestions that I feel I could best implement as a member of the Dragonfest Board of Directors. I am now ready for what I see as the next level of involvement in the Dragonfest community. I look forward to being both an advocate and a leader in the community I have called home for so long.

General Work Experience:

  • I am a hairstylist by trade and have run my own business for 10 years. I have also worked as a caregiver for adults and children with disabilities for over 20 years. I believe my skills as a business owner could be a useful asset to the dragonfest community. I have experience in advertising and money management from my salon business, as well as cooperative and community building skills from my time working with people with disabilities.

Volunteer (or unpaid) work experience:

  • 14 years on Dragonfest staff

Other Qualifications: