President, Lindsay Chronister
Lindsay has been swing dancing since mid-2006. She really believes in the value of partner dancing as a great way to promote a healthy community of people since it provides exercise, collaboration, social interactions, improves motor skills, reduces stress and more. Because of this, she has become more involved in the community in the past 4 years to help build and grow it. Before becoming President, she was the staffing coordinator, and at-large board member and is also currently the marketing coordinator. Her hopes during her term is to help build infrastructures that future boards can use for years to come to help further build and grow the community. Examples of this include rebranding and redesigning the website, creating a welcoming committee, hosting social events, sending out monthly newsletters and more.
Vice President, Jonathan Jow
Jonathan Jow always loved jazz music, and in 1999 discovered there was a dance for it! He’s been dancing ever since and has also been involved in the local and national swing dance community in many ways, including: Syndicate Board Vice President (2012-2013 term) Teacher Coordinator for the Austin Swing Syndicate 2012 Austin Lindy Exchange Co-Chair Teacher at Four on the Floor Founder of LindyLibrary (www.youtube.com/lindylibrary) Jonathan Jow has leadership experience that will help create success for the 2013-2014 Syndicate Board. Pulling from his work experience as a Business Consultant, he has a prevailing sense of logic and concise communication skills that help everything run smoothly. Jonathan has a desire to keep the Austin Swing Syndicate a strong and growing community, and leave it in a better state than he found it.
Treasurer, Philippe Wilson
Philippe became hooked on social dancing after going swing dancing one fateful night. He tried to learn everything as quickly as he could (without his brain exploding) and expanded very quickly into Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues. Philippe is all about listening to the music and his partner for inspiration to create a great dance. After a couple of years focused only on dancing and learning, he started giving back to the social dance communities by getting involved with the Austin Swing Syndicate and Blues Association of Austin, serving on their boards in fancy sounding roles like President and Treasurer. Once he was thoroughly busy with that, he added teaching dance to the mix as well. When he’s not dancing, he’s designing very cool equipment for wireless systems (i.e. he’s fluent in geek speak). Ask him to dance! He seems to like that.
Secretary, Nathan Malone
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At-Large, Catie Johnston
Catie moved to Austin from East Texas to go to school for social work, but ended up loving it here and hasn’t been able to leave yet, thanks in part to the swing scene. She danced classical ballet for 15 years prior to moving to Austin, but when she saw the massive social dance that happened every week and the top notch quality of people that were into dancing at the Fed, she knew there was no turning back. She has been swing dancing for 2 years, and this is her first year to serve on the board.
At-Large, Wes Phillips
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At-Large, John WoodsJohn has been lindy hopping for five years (ever since he moved to Austin from Virginia) and balboa-ing for just over a year. When he isn’t dancing, he’s both a biologist and a campus organizer at the University of Texas. <photo>