Why do you want to be a board member?
I enjoy being of service to our community. I think I can help nurture and build the organization for the future to help us get past this era of instability we’re facing. I believe I possess the skills, insight, and knowledge to help the org.
If elected to the board, what will your priorities be?
My first priorities would be to focus on securing a long term home for the events, getting the board and the committees operating optimally, and resolving communication issues.
Our events also take a lot out the people that produce them (the Events Committee, Team Leads, etc). I would like to identify and reduce burn out/stressors for people in those positions
I think it might be wise to take this upcoming year to scale back where we can so we can focus on determining a strong and long term direction for FAI.
What is your long-term vision for the future of Flashpoint Artists Initiative?
My vision for the Board is to move to address the issues that currently our community is facing. I think we should create a 1, 3, 5, and 10 year strategic plan for FAI to follow. This year we have been forced to face more short term considerations in order to ensure the events and the org continue.
What would you most like to contribute as part of the FAI BOD?
The devils in the details as they say. I think my clerical skills and attention to detail have been valuable assets to the Org in the past. I'm willing to put in the time and the hard work it takes to get the work done.
Please tell us about the experience (professional, burn world, or otherwise) that you can contribute to the FAI BOD.
I have worked in the IT field for over 15 years now. I have excellent office & logistics skills. I served in the US Army handling logistics, and several executive planning teams for businesses.
What roles have you served in at Alchemy and/or Euphoria? In leadership positions at other burns?
Alchemy 12 Temple Build Team, Alchemy 13 Lamplighters Team Lead, Alchemy 14 Department of Information Lead, Alchemy 15 Event Lead. Euphoria 13 Effigy Team Lead, Euphoria 14 Lamplighters Team Lead, Euphoria 15 Event Lead, Euphoria 16 Event Lead. Appointed BOD Member & Co Chair of the Event and Communications Committee. Jan 2015 - Jan 2016.
Please describe your leadership style and experience (in detail).
I am a fan of Alexander the Greats leadership style. I think that you cannot expect or ask someone to do the work that you're not willing to do yourself. It is also important to realize that you might not be the best person to do the job. Delegation, and trusting those you delegate to is also very important.
I think I am a Diplomatic Leader as well. My leadership style is kind, social, and giving. I often develop and work with those under my leadership to develop close relationships.
Also, I get shit done.
Please describe a time you faced a difficult leadership situation and the steps you used to resolve it (in detail).
I think most difficult leadership situations arise from conflict (whether it is intentional or not). Listening, knowledge, and respecting people is key to resolving almost any leadership situation. Even if a situation cannot be resolved to everyone's liking a clear and decisive resolution can be reached.
An example of a difficult leadership situation I have faced was when I was an Event Lead for Alchemuddy. We were faced with long entrance lines due to the weather, limited space, resources, and time constraints. The way the Gate line usually works is that people pull into lanes, get out of their vehicle and check in. Due to the weather this often meant that the vehicles would get stuck. We redirected traffic to the hard packed roads to prevent this. I brought and activated my wireless hotspot and laptop so we could scan tickets for people. We created an assembly line out of the entrance process . Eventually, we had to divert people into two paths which required us to staff teams of traffic monitors, ticket tackers and waivers so that we could expedite the line as fast as possible.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop? Why?
A group of engineering students from Purdue University reported that its licking machine, modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Twenty of the group's volunteers assumed the licking challenge-unassisted by machinery-and averaged 252 licks each to the center. The most important part of this is to embrace the journey of finding out, though