Board of Directors

Meet the Board

FAI is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing leadership in the folk music industry worldwide.

The board is elected by the voting members of the organization each fall, and an annual general meeting of members is held during the conference each year. Our board- and membership-approved bylaws are available here.

Learn more about the board election process here.

To read each director’s biography, please click on their name.

Amy Reitnouer

Amy Reitnouer

President (Term End: 2024)

Executive Director, The Bluegrass Situation
Glendale, California, USA

Region: FAR-West

Reid Wick

Reid Wick

Vice President (Term End: 2023)

Sr. Membership & Project Manager, Recording Academy
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Region: SERFA

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

Secretary (Term End: 2024)

Owner/Agent, ComboPlate Booking
Austin, Texas, USA

Region: SWRFA

Kevin Dalton

Kevin Dalton

Treasurer (Term End: 2023)

Certified Financial Planner :tm:

 Wiles+Taylor & Co.

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Region: SERFA

Rosalyn Dennett

Rosalyn Dennett

At-Large (Term End: 2023)

Executive Director,

Folk Music Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Region: NERFA

Ayappa Biddanda

Ayappa Biddanda

Term End: 2024

Sr. Director, Concord 

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Region: SERFA

Lynn Cingari

Lynn Cingari

Term End: 2025

Agent, Wasserman Music
Monterey, California, USA

Region: FAR-West

Iona Fyfe

Iona Fyfe

Term End: 2025

Artist/Director, Traditional Music and Song Association

Glasgow, Scotland

Catalina Maria Johnson

Catalina Maria Johnson

Term End: 2024

Journalist/DJ, Beat Latino

Chicago, Illinois, USA 

Region: FARM

Michael Kornfeld

Michael Kornfeld

Term End: 2023

Communications and Public Relations Strategist / Founder, AcousticMusicScene.com
Huntington, New York, USA

Region: NERFA

Sara Leishman

Sara Leishman

Term End: 2025

Executive Director, Calgary Folk Festival
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Region: FARM

Gary Paczosa

Gary Paczosa

Term End: 2024

VP A&R, Rounder Records
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Region: SERFA

Chris Porter

Chris Porter

Term End: 2023

Producer & Talent Buyer, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

President/CEO, Porter Productions LLC

Seattle, Washington, USA

Region: FAR-West

Ann Powers

Ann Powers

Term End: 2024

Critic and Correspondent, NPR Music 

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Region: SERFA

Caroline Randall Williams

Caroline Randall Williams

Term End: 2023

Artist / Author / Scholar, Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Region: SERFA

Ashley Shabankareh

Ashley Shabankareh

Term End: 2024

Artist / NFP Arts Administrator, Artist Corps New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Region: SERFA

Alka Sharma

Alka Sharma

Treasurer (Term End: 2023)

Senior Program Advisor, Canadian Arts Presentation Fund

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Region: NERFA

Guillermo Subauste

Guillermo Subauste

Term End: 2025

Producer
Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Region: NERFA

Gerald Torres

Gerald Torres

Term End: 2025

Professor of Law, Yale University
Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Region: NERFA

Brandi Waller-Pace

Brandi Waller-Pace

Term End: 2025

Artist/Founder, Decolonizing the Music Room

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Region: SWRFA