Julian Cossmann Cooke
Cossmann Violins
207 Nelray Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751
Second Term Expires: 2026

Past President

Bill Scott
2865 Valle Vista St.
Minneapolis, MN 55427

First Term Expires 2024


President - Elect

Colin Maki
24 E. 64th Street, Suite 2F
New York, NY 10065

First Term Expires: 2024

Charles F. Tucker IV
622 Wellington Point
Houston, TX 77094
First Term Expires: 2026


Chris Clark
3109 Sutton Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63143
First Term Expires: 2024


First Vice President

Kristin Siegfried Ballenger
[email protected]
Second Term Expires: 2026

Second Vice President
Chris Ulbricht

Indianapolis Violins

1518 E. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46201

Second Term Expires: 2026



Itzel Avila

160 Gainsborough Rd.
Toronto, ON, M4L 3C4
First Term Expires: 2026


Petio Kostov

475 West Highplains Rd.
Round Lake, IL 60073

First Term Expires: 2026


Sarah Gray-Kluge
Sarah E Gray Restoration
1722 Saint Mary’s Ave Ste. 220
Omaha, NE 68102
Second Term Expires: 2024


Ethan Ladd

72 Manthorne Road

Boston, MA 02132
First Term Expires: 2024


Joe Joyner
Little Rock Violin Shop

1016 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72202

First Term Expires: 2026

Anya Burgess
Sola Violins
100 E. Vermilion St., Suite 102
Lafayette, LA 70501
First Term Expires: 2024


Jennifer Creadick

2619 Ulysses St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

First Term Expires: 2024

Brandon Godman
The Fiddle Mercantile
305 Shotwell St.
San Francisco, CA 94112
First Term Expires: 2024

Assistant Secretary
CAS-Forum Representative

Julius J. (Jay) Van De Kopple
VandeKopple Basses
4 Pleasant Avenue
Midland Park, NJ 07432

CAS-Forum Representative
Fan-Chia Tao
D'Addario & Co.
595 Smith Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735-0290

General Manager
Peter Koniuto
The Violin Society of America
230 Washington Avenue Extension
Suite 101
Albany, NY 12303


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General Purpose

The board of directors is commissioned by and responsible to its constituents and the law to assume the primary responsibility of accurately reporting financial information, providing programs and services that correspond with its mission and vision, and maintaining oversight of all organizational activity including staff and volunteers.

Appointments and Commissions

  • Appointment of board officers shall be made bi-annually by the board in accordance with the by-laws.
  • Appointment of directors shall be made by the membership with the advice of the board of directors in accordance with the by-laws.


  • To affirm an active mission and vision statement.
  • Ensure effective long-range planning.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity, and maintain accountability.
  • Become knowledgeable about the organization through policies, guidelines, and rules for both the programs and board.
  • To appoint, support, and review the performance of the executive director and its staff.
  • Regularly engage in board evaluation and board member self-evaluation.
  • Recruit and elect new board members.
  • Advocate for the organization in the community and region.
  • Affirm long range goals and monitor the effectiveness of the goals.
  • Maintain effective communication between board, staff, and members.
  • Ensure sound financial management; and approve major expenditures above a specified limit.
  • Help secure adequate financial resources, including making a personal monetary commitment, attending fund raising, and organizational functions.
  • Review and approve the annual budget.
  • Supervise investment of permanent capital assets.
  • Actively participate in at least one committee.
  • Understand financial statements presented.
  • Maintain confidentiality of the board’s executive session.
  • Speak for the board or organization only when authorized to do so.
  • Be responsible for hiring and firing the executive director, provide support, and counsel when necessary.
  • Other duties, as required.

General Purpose

The Executive Committee is commissioned by and responsible to the board of directors to function on behalf of the board of directors in matters of emergency and interim periods between regularly scheduled board meetings. The Executive Committee shall have and exercise the authority of the board of directors provided that such authority shall not operate to circumvent the responsibility and authority vested in the board of directors by the by-laws, and any action taken is to be ratified by the board of directors at its first subsequent meeting.

Appointments and Composition

  • The Executive Committee shall be composed of the president, president-elect, vice-president, secretary, treasurer of the board, and the immediate past president.
  • The chair of the executive committee shall be president of the board of directors.
  • The president, president-elect, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer shall be elected in accordance with procedures set forth in the by-laws of the organization.


  • To meet prior to the quarterly meeting to draw up an agenda for meetings of the full board of directors.
  • To make decisions on behalf of the full board as needed which cannot wait for the full board, or on matters delegated to the executive committee by the board of directors.
  • To maintain effective communication with the committees of the organization.
  • To coordinate the annual planning and budget process of the organization in conjunction with the finance committee and executive director.
  • In conjunction with the governance and board development committee, provide policy recommendations to the board of directors in the area of advertising, member relations, legal issues relating to members, recruitment/interviewing/selection procedures, management issues, competition rules issues, and the like.
  • Annually review the performance of the executive director according to the procedures outlined in the policies of the organization. (The executive director, in turn, is responsible for the annual performance review of the other staff.)
  • To respond to the call of the board president or executive director for emergency meetings to deal with special problems between regular board meetings.
  • Annually submit objectives as part of the planning and budgeting process.
  • Annually evaluate its work as a committee and the objectives it has committed itself to and report on same to the board of directors.
  • Report to the board of directors at regular meetings of the board in a manner determined by the board.