Board Members

SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL BOARD MEMBERS

Kerry Bott

Board Chair

Joining the board in 2014 Kerry’s focus has been on industrial arts programs in the High School including the Americana Luthier program and modern manufacturing skills including 3D printing and automated CNC routing.  In the Luthier program, he has focused on helping the students with sophisticated inlays.   He retired to Sisters 7 years ago from the Portland area where he had a 30 year career in the high tech computer industry.  His other interests include photography, woodworking, computer, and electronic projects.

 

 

Jim Cornelius

Board Chair Emeritus

Jim Cornelius is a co-founder of the Sisters Folk Festival. His passion for music grew out of his love for good storytelling, and his musical heroes tend to be storytellers — Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, Steve Earle, Guy Clark. He makes his living with his pen as the editor of The Nugget Newspaper in Sisters, Oregon and is himself a songwriter and performer with the band “The Anvil Blasters.”

 

 

 

 

 

Susie Zeitner

Board Member

Susie is a native Oregonian. Growing up in a family who were very active in all the outdoor recreational sports, she loves the mountain lifestyle and the artistic and musical spirit she found in Sisters. Listening to all the exceptional music in this community is her regular past time. She and her husband Dan bought property in Sisters in 2001 and built their dream home and studio here. She moved here full time from Eugene, upon his untimely death in 2010.Susie early on got involved in giving back to this community in 2002, by donating to the My Two Hands auction, and has donated significantly each year since.

Susie attended Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, and received most all of her commercial art training from the Academy of Art, in San Francisco, California.

 

Jayson Bowerman

Board Member

Jayson is a maker of stringed instruments, whose work has been featured on the cover and in the pages of various guitar magazines, won various industry awards, and can be found on some of the biggest stages around the world. Jayson is a native son of Bend Oregon, one of the last babies delivered in the old Catholic hospital “on the hill”.

Jayson founded Bowerman Guitars in 2010 and focuses his skills on making custom acoustic stringed instruments of many types for performing artists and aspiring musicians. His work with Breedlove Guitars has twice been lauded as “Best in Show” by the NAMM industry association, as well “Acoustic Guitar of the Year” in 2015 for his most recent major label project named the “Oregon Series”. That design continues to be a top seller, and is credited with introducing players worldwide to Oregon Myrtlewood as an instrument wood of choice, featuring a design similar to many of the guitars built at the Sisters High School.

 

Indigo Teiwes

Board Member

Indigo comes to the Sisters Folk Festival Board with strong business and non-profit experience, a passion for folk music, and a desire to give back to the organization that was the catalyst for reawakening her youthful dream of living in central Oregon. With an almost 20-year career in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, Indigo has worked to help organizations from investment firms to hotel chains achieve improved triple bottom line results across the areas of financial, social and environmental performance. She became part of the Sisters community in 2013 and Indigo now leads the charge on Corporate Social Responsibility at Hydro Flask while also supporting the inspirational educational and community mission of Sisters Folk Festival, and getting out on her bikes (mountain and road) as much as possible.

Jack McGowan

Past Chair

Coming to Oregon from New York City, at the suggestion of Paul Simon in 1970, Jack has been actively involved in media, musical productions and non-profit organizations. Jack conceptualized and produced the first concert series ever held in a zoological institution. “Your Zoo and All That Jazz”, held annually at the Oregon Zoo, is now in its 33rd year. Jack, along with his business partner, started the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz. Jack and his wife, Jan, co-directed the statewide volunteer environmental organization, SOLV leading it to become one of the largest volunteer non-profits in the Pacific Northwest.

Jim Cunningham

Treasurer

Jim is a retired United Airlines pilot and former commander of the Oregon Air National Guard.  His family has lived in the Sisters area for more than twenty years, and is active in several non-profit organizations.  He plays guitar and banjo, and his passion for the music and community arts development is evident in the organizational skills he employs to support the festival and the Americana Project.

 

 

 

 

Jay Wilkins

Board Member

Recognizing his complete lack of musical talent, Jay joined the Sisters Folk Festival board in 2015 to be a voice of the loyal audience-members.  Jay and his wife, Vanessa, were married in Sisters almost 20 years ago.  They moved from Portland over 4 years ago to be a part of the Sisters community.  Their daughters currently attend Sisters Middle School and are students of the Americana Project, ukulele lesson participants and regulars at the festival.  After serving in the Army as an Apache helicopter pilot, Jay earned his MBA and spent time in strategy and general management roles at companies ranging from small start-ups to Nike.  Locally, Jay is proud to serve on the Sisters Coffee Company board and coaches youth lacrosse.

 

  

 

Dave Adler

Board Member

David Adler is a retired attorney who spent 35 years with the federal government, including more than 20 years as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, focusing on energy and natural resource law as well as federal appellate litigation. In 2005, he and his family moved from the Portland area to Sisters and were immediately embraced by this exceptionally warm, welcoming and wonderful community. He has always had a passion for music, especially acoustic folk music, and is inspired by everything the Sisters Folk Festival does and stands for. He believes the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana programs nourish and enrich the Sisters community in countless ways by bringing the pure joy of music and art to the schools, community, and thousands of visitors every year. He is honored to be a member of the SFF Board and pledges to do whatever he can to help preserve and enhance the accomplishments and legacy of this extraordinary organization.

Sue Boettner

Vice Chair

Sue has lived in Sisters over 6 years. Prior to that she lived in Bend for 14 years. For over 35 years, Sue has worked in the park and recreation field, and currently works for Bend Park and Recreation District as a recreation manager. She enjoys giving back to the community and has served on many volunteer boards. When she’s not working she can be found at either her daughter Maddi’s running events or her son Eli’s baseball or soccer games. Her favorite pastimes are listening to live music or cooking and having friends over. She is excited to be part of the SFF Board!

 

Steve Mathews

Board Member

Steve’s Undergraduate training was in painting and illustration. He began his career as a staff artist for a publisher of  Western magazines. After years of being a “monk,” he found his passion in teaching art, eco-sytem management and educating students from high school through graduate school. After conducting extensive research in high-risk students, he spent the remainder of his career working to lower drop-out rates. He and his wife, Jan, retired to Sisters in 2000, where he’s volunteered in the art program at Sisters High School for the past 9 years.

Shawn Diez

Secretary

In 2008, Shawn and his wife, Katie, decided to make a change. Born and raised in the Portland area, they wanted to slow life down, be closer to the outdoors that feeds their souls, and experience small-town living for their daughters. They settled in Sisters, a decision they will never regret. They love having access to hiking, biking and all the beauty the outdoors has to offer. But more importantly, being a part of a community that cares so much for its children is invaluable for them as parents. Shawn has worked in the public schools for 15 years as a school counselor, and through his work in the Sisters schools got connected with Sisters Folk Festival. His daughters have benefited from the SFF programs such as the Americana Project at both the middle and high school levels as well as the music festival and countless community events they enjoy as a family.

Scott Gascon

Board Member

Scott and his wife Carissa moved to Sisters in 2009. The school district was a big factor in our decision to move here. Both of their daughters have been a part of the Americana Project, and Scott is very excited to be able to be involved in an organization that has been such a big part of his family’s life. Scott and his family have always had a strong connection with nature, so the fact that they could live in a place with such beauty was a bonus. Scott has worked in the finance industry for over 10 years in banking and insurance.