The Midwest Burners Board of Directors governs the organization year-round and is accountable to the community for that governance. The Board signs checks, keeps track of resources, provides oversight for association-organized events, investigates community issues, is responsive to the feedback of the community, and makes policy decisions.
Our current board is full of experienced members who have been trusted by our community to manage this crazy fun organization’s day-to-day operations as we continue to grow and mature into the community organization that we’ve become and aspire to be. We hope to work with our community members and our leads to enable burners to have the space to do the unbelievable stuff that you do and make all of this magical amazingness possible.
We are eager to hear from you! Any questions, concerns and comments may be directed to one of us directly via emails listed below or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Brace “Sheriff Blister”, President
Christopher Brace A.K.A. Sheriff “Blister” Chris entered the Burning community at InterFuse in 2016. He immediately found home and changed his dissertation topic to show the world what Burning has to offer. He spent the next two years researching and attending Burns. He has attended InterFuse, Freezer Burn, Oblivium, Love Burn, Flipside, and Resonance, T.E.I.C. and of course the BIG Burn. In an apologetic move to the community for enjoying himself too much over the last three years he has joined MWB to provide assistance wherever it can be used. He is co-lead for Atomic Endings (Burner/Wastelander camp), has served as head of DMV for Freezerburn, is on the Board for Atomic Falls, and is very involved in all things Wasteland.
Djuka Selendic, Vice President
Djuka’s journey in burnerverse started in 2015 when she attended her first Interfuse. She knew the moment she was greeted that she had found her people. Since 2015, she has tried her hand in a variety of volunteer roles but her major strengths are in leadership, technology, communications, project management and improving processes that don’t work. Djuka is a humanist and loves to challenge the status quo by asking hard questions. This makes her equally popular and unpopular among her friends and coworkers, but she thrives in a place of discomfort and is ok with this state of affairs. In default, she is a software testing lead for a large insurance company. After considerable deliberation and self-reflection, she decided to apply her strengths behind the scenes and looks forward to challenging our community to always be and do better. Djuka camps with Pandora’s Lounge and Fix-It Shoppe at Burning Man and enjoys wrangling camp volunteers, serving drinks and fixing an occasional bike problem. 2019 will be her 4th year on playa and she is excited to work Burning Man Gate crew for the first time ever!
Lisa Crum, Secretary
Lisa kicked open the door to the world of Burning Man in 2012, when she went to Black Rock City for her honeymoon. She fell in love with the community and has since been to the playa twice more, in 2013 and 2015, with plans to return in 2020. She started attending Interfuse in 2013 and added Hearth’s O Phyre in 2014. She is an active member of the Tallgrass Burners group based in Omaha, NE. Lisa has taken on several different volunteer roles at burns, including Signage Lead at Interfuse and HOP, Gate, Greeters, Rangers, and Earth Guardians. She was also a founding member of the Principle’s Office for MWB. Lisa created the theme camp Indigo, which has been to Interfuse and Hearth’s O’ Phyre. She brings previous 501(c)(3) experience from working as a coordinator for five years with the Siouxland Zombie Walk. In her default life, Lisa is an Operations Manager and looks forward to putting her professional skills to use for her favorite group of people, her burner family.
Rod Hill “Amethyst”, Treasurer
Amethyst came into existence at his first Burning Man in 2015, with the legendary Spanky’s Wine Bar and continues to burn as a member of Spanky’s management team. He also attends Love Burn, since 2018, where he can be found working the Buffer Zone. Amethyst’s burner path started in the summer of 2012, while vacationing at Lake of the Ozarks with friends. Their rental boat broke down out on the lake and another boater, a seasoned Burner, rescued them. The Burner knew, that inside, Amethyst was already a Burner and he didn’t even know it. Amethyst is a corporate business coach in the default world and does some life performance coaching and public speaking on the side. In December 2018, he finished his fifth and final year as President of a non-profit professional association in Omaha, Nebraska. Amethyst enjoys engaging others in deep, meaningful conversations and buffing, with consent of course.
John Hooker “Sharky”, Accountant
Sharky (John Hooker) is the reluctant introvert who went to his first Hullabaloo in 2007; Interfuse in 2009 and worked both with TLA, Rangers, and Greeters since; Burning Man in 2012; and helped establish “This Event Is Cancelled” that same year, and has been its treasurer for its first five years and Lead E.C. in 2017. As he slowly makes his way into Burner administration by helping establish Topeka Area Burners, he is happy to call on 25 years of accounting experience and his graduate degree in public administration to step into his Board position for Midwest Burners. Hey, it’s what I geek out on!
Amanda Frevert “Red”, EC Liaison
Amanda/Red has been involved with MWB events since 2011, after attending her first burn, InterFuse. After volunteering for many random departments, it was suggested she become the Volunteer Coordinator of IF. After leading that for three years, in 2016 she was nominated to be an Event Coordinator for IF! The gifts of participation are what really keep her going. When not at burns she spends most of her time with her puggle, Tbear. She’s been a massage therapist for over 13 years and is currently running a massage school program in Kansas City, MO.
Joshua Luttrell “Click click (it’s a noise and a gesture)”, Legal & Resources Coordinator