Let’s Get Acquainted!

Meet WAMEDA’s 2015 Board of Directors, Officers & Committees

Gerson Kuhr (The Fitness Pharaoh)
Chair of the Board
Laura Oliver (Lulu)
Vice-Chair & VP of Programming
Susannah Challis (Shagoura)
President & Webmaster
Verna Thompson (Cha L’Mar)
VP of Membership
Dorsey Vengrouskie (Hadria Bajack)
Jerry Thompson (with wife Verna)
Board Member at Large

Board of Directors: Gerson Kuhr (The Fitness Pharaoh), Laura Oliver (Lulu), Susannah Challis (Shagoura), Dorsey Vengrouskie (Pegleg Meg/Hadria Bajack), and Jerry Thompson (The Sultan).

WAMEDA members: Make good use of your personal talents — join a WAMEDA committee! We would love to have more people on our Library, Public Relations, Hafla and Members’ Recital Committees.

Membership Committee

This is one of our busiest committees, so we need lots of volunteers. The duties of the Membership Committee are:

  • Actively recruit new members for WAMEDA. We would love to have a WAMEDA membership recruiter in every dance group! We need to build our membership so we can be the strong and effective organization we want to be.
  • Maintain the membership records.
  • Maintain & produce the Annual Membership Directory.
  • Maintain a listing of area members who are teachers & produce the Teacher Registry.
  • Maintain the email group list & send out periodic updates, announcements & reminders of WAMEDA events.

Please contact LuLu.

Newsletter Committee

Produce & distribute the bi-monthly newsletter to WAMEDA members in good standing. We would be delighted to have a newsletter correspondent in every troupe or studio to keep our newsletter up to date on who is dancing where, when are new classes starting, and all the information about local dancers so that our newsletter will continue to be a great source for information. Please contact Shagoura.

Public Relations Committee

Publicize WAMEDA’s activities & Mid-Eastern dance news. Please contact Shagoura, who will pass on your request to the appropriate person.

Library Committee

Maintain & manage the WAMEDA Library, which we have recently re-acquired. Before anything can be rented out, the library’s contents contents must be uncrated, sorted, cataloged in a database, restored, archived & shelved. There are hundreds of videos, DVDs, CDs, tapes, books, & more. Unfortunately, our old library database died with the computer on which it was stored, so we have to start from scratch on this job. If you can give us a hand, please contact Joyce Jackson (Jamil Bient) of the Library Committee.


WAMEDA Committees:

Library Committee: Joyce Jackson

Joyce Jackson (Jamil Bient)


All during 2013, the Bylaws Committee (Shagoura and Hazine) and the Board of Directors were busy crafting amendments to the WAMEDA Bylaws. At the Annual Members’ Meeting in December 2013, these amendments were reviewed, discussed extensively, sometimes revised, and finally, voted in. To view the WAMEDA Bylaws, as amended in January 2014, please click here.

Thanks go to the WAMEDA Members who devoted many thoughtful hours to crafting amendments for the Bylaws: Veda Sereem, Kathy Skaggs (Hazine), Terry Faith (Bahiya), Jerry Thompson, and Susannah Challis (Shagoura).