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Who's Who in OrigamiUSA
OrigamiUSA is run almost entirely by volunteers, some who work all year-round, others who work on specific projects and/or at specific times of the year. If you'd like to get in touch with a specific area of responsibility (or are just curious about who does what), you'll find below a listing of all of our various committees as well as the current membership of our Board of Directors. Feel free to drop any of us a line to share your thoughts or questions.
Please use the individual addresses, below, to contact specific Board members, or the appropriate committee address (farther down) to reach a specific area of responsibility. To bring a matter to the entire Board's attention, or if unsure where to direct your inquiry, please send your email to admin [at] origamiusa [dot] org.
The OrigamiUSA Board governs and manages the organization. Board members are elected by the membership for 2-year terms, with half the Board members elected in alternate years. Board members appointed to fill a vacancy only serve until the next election. Board members are elected as either Local members, who attend Board meetings in person, or Remote members, who attend Board meetings via teleconference. Board members serve on and chair various committees, which is where most of the organization's activities happen.
Board Officers are elected annually after the Board election. Board members must serve one year before being eligible to serve as an officer.
Board OfficersBoard officers are elected each July at the first Board meeting after Board elections.
- President: Wendy Zeichner
- Local Vice President: Marc Kirschenbaum
- Remote Vice President: Jason Ku
- Treasurer: Jean Baden-Gillette
- Secretary: Marcio Noguchi
- Marc Kirschenbaum (2012–2014, local) - marc [dot] kirschenbaum [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Marcio Noguchi (2012–2014, local) - marcio [dot] noguchi [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Wendy Zeichner (2012–2014, local) - wendy [dot] zeichner [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Ruthanne Bessman (2012–2014, remote) - ruthanne [dot] bessman [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Char Morrow (2013–2014(*), remote) - char [dot] morrow [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Jim Weir (2013–2014(**), remote) - jim [dot] weir [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Jean Baden-Gillette (2013–2015, local) - jean [dot] baden-gillette [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Lisa Bellan-Boyer (2013–2015, local) - lisa [dot] bellan-boyer [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Jason Ku (2013–2015, remote) - jason [dot] ku [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Bernie Peyton (2013–2015, remote) - bernie [dot] peyton [at] origamiusa [dot] org
- Laura Rozenberg (2013–2015, remote) - laura [dot] rozenberg [at] origamiusa [dot] org
(*) Board members appointed to fill out a vacant position serve the remainder of the year of their appointment. If appointed for the first year of a two-year term, those positions will be open in the next election.
(**) Board members elected to the second year of a position initially filled by an appointee will run again for a regular two-year term at the end of that term.
The following is a list of OrigamiUSA's current standing committees, their chairpersons, and their purposes. Other committees are formed as needed. Committees are open to all members. If you are interested in working on one, or if you have any concerns in these areas, please contact the chairperson at the link provided, or send a note to the Home Office, who will forward your message to the appropriate committee. Joining a committee is a wonderful way to dip your toe into volunteering.
Contact: archives [at] origamiusa [dot] org
JC Nolan (Chair), Ruthanne Bessman, Marc Kirschenbaum.
Organizes and maintains the archives of OrigamiUSA. OrigamiUSA has a rich history that is full of amazing photographs, diagrams and models. The Archives Committee is responsible for the storage and cataloging of these materials.
Contact: awards [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Rachel Katz (Chair), Ruthanne Bessman (Board Liaison), Judy Hall, Penny Sing, Joel Stern.
Administers the awards given by OrigamiUSA. This committee solicits nominees and judges entries for the Ranana Benjamin and Florence Temko awards. (The Michael Shall Volunteer Recognition Award is administered by the Board.)
Contact: business [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Mark Kennedy (co-Chair), Jan Polish (co-Chair), Marc Kirschenbaum, Gay Merrill Gross, Ros Joyce, Maria Velazquez.
Sets policy and makes decisions regarding stock and operation of The Origami Source, which is managed by Mike and Janet Hamilton. The Business Committee is always looking for new and exciting additions to The Origami Source List.
Contact: computer [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Jan Polish (Co-chair), Marc Kirschenbaum (Co-chair), Sam Riviello.
Maintains and suports the computers and peripherals owned by OrigamiUSA. Computers are used in the Home-Office to organize nearly everything we do, from membership to convention registration to diagramming. This committee recommends hardware and software purchases, and supports the existing configurations.
Contact: convention-info [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Jan Polish (Chair), Wendy Zeichner (Board Liaison), Jean Baden-Gillette, Tony Cheng.
Subcommittee heads: Housing (Martha Winslow-Cole), Volunteers (Sam Riviello), Teaching and Schedule (Serena LaVine, Maria Velazquez, Jan Polish), Exhibition (Ruthanne Bessman), Gold Mine (Tony Cheng), Silent Auction (open), First Timers (Delrosa Marshall), On-Site Registration (open), Ticketing (Wendy Zeichner), Model Menu (Judith Starks), Logistics (Jean Baden-Gillette, Mike Montebello, Mike Hamilton), FIT Coordination and Catering (Jan Polish and Jean Baden-Gillette), Hospitality (Anne LaVin), Publicity (Marcio Noguchi), The Source (Mike and Janet Hamilton), Photography (Susan Dugan and Andrew Cribb), Vendor Area (open)
Plans and directs OrigamiUSA's annual convention. 700+ people attend our convention each year, with 240+ classes in 30+ rooms, and 150+ volunteers who make it all happen. This committee organizes the activity, from recommending official guests to finalizing the schedule. In addition, many other people volunteer to support specific areas of responsibility for the convention.
Contact: copyright [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Robert J. Lang (Chair), Tony Cheng, Marc Kirschenbaum, Jan Polish.
Develops and maintains the copyright policies of OrigamiUSA. The committee works with our intellectual property lawyer to develop policies and permission forms that are consistent with U.S. and international copyright law protecting origami artworks, diagrams, and related works.
Contact: development [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Jan Polish (Chair), Wendy Zeichner (Board Liaison), Delrosa Marshall.
Develops and supports income-producing activities and to ensure they are within the mission statement of OrigamiUSA
Contact: elections [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Shrikant Iyer (chair), Robert J. Lang, Anne LaVin, Michael Naughton, Wendy Zeichner.
Plans and coordinates the election of Board members. The Election Committee sends out the call for nominations, coordinates the statements of the candidates into an election mailing, and arranges for the counting of the votes by a non-Board member.
Contact: exhibitions [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Marcio Noguchi (Chair), Ruthanne Bessman, Ros Joyce, Delrosa Marshall, Elliott Zeichner.
The Exhibition Committee works on exhibition opportunities as they occur (including Origami by Children, see below). It is also responsible for maintenance and storage of our exhibition collection.
Contact: finance [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Wendy Zeichner (Chair),Jean Baden-Gillette, Tony Cheng, Robert J. Lang, Jan Polish, Margaret Van Sicklen, Maria Velazquez.
This committee manages the annual budgeting process and provides oversight of financial matters handled by the Treasurer.
The Fold Committee
Contact: thefold [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Jason Ku (Chair and Managing Editor), Editorial team.
Oversees the production and publication of OrigamiUSA's onine magazine.
Fundraising and Grants Committee
Contact: fundraising [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Ruthanne Bessman (Chair), Jean Baden-Gillette, Tom Hull.
Seeks opportunities and raises funds/resources through grants, corporate sponsorships and incentives for members and outside agencies.
Holiday Tree Committee
Contact: holiday-tree [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Ros Joyce (Chair), Delrosa Marshall, Sam Riviello (Board Liaison).
Designs and implements the Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. This committee solicits models and coordinates the installation of the Holiday Tree.
Annual Gift Committee
Contact: annual-gift [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Jean Baden-Gillette (Chair).
Solicits models from members through provided diagrams, and distributes them as an Annual Gift for the Tree Lighting. It also provides special models for the 60 Museum Trustees.
Contact: libraries [at] origamiusa [dot] org
For Lending Library, contact: lending-library [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Ros Joyce (Chair), Anne LaVin (Board Liaison, Lending Library), Marcio Noguchi (Board Liaison, Reference Library), Tony Cheng, deg farelly, Dor Jeong, Delrosa Marshall, Toby Schwartz, Maria Velazquez.
The Reference Library is housed in the Home Office of OrigamiUSA, and the committee is responsible for maintenance and storage, plus adding new books. The Library Committee also oversees the Lending Library, which provides borrowing access for our members. Information on items in the Lending Library collection is available here.
Local Area Groups Committee
Contact: local-groups [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Dawn Tucker (Chair), Jason Ku , Marcio Noguchi, Jim Weir.
This committee ensures that local area groups are listed in The Paper and assists members interested in establishing new groups. It also maintains a calendar of origami events around the world.
Contact: membership [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Kathy Wallace (Chair), Sam Riviello (Board Liaison), Jan Polish.
The Membership Committee defines membership guidelines and procedures. The committee maintains the existing database and fulfills membership.
Museum Activities Committee
Contact: museum-activities [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Sam Riviello (Chair), Toby Schwartz
Works with the American Museum of Natural History on all museum-related functions except the Holiday Tree and Annual Gift. Committee functions include: arranging teaching tables and demonstrations, and folding models for special events.
Online Presence (Website) Committee
Contact: online-presence [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Robert J. Lang (Chair/Managing Editor), Norm Budnitz, Lori Gregory, Mike and Janet Hamilton, Andrew Hudson, Marc Kirschenbaum, Jason Ku, Anne LaVin, Jan Polish, Sam Riviello, Jim Weir, Wendy Zeichner.
This committee is responsible for OrigamiUSA's websites, mailing lists, email, and other online services.
Origami By Children Committee
Contact: obc [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Ruthanne Bessman (Chair), Tony Cheng, Dor Jeong, Mary Gordon, Toshiko Kobayashi, Delrosa Marshall, Travis Mueller, Clara Onishi.
This committee manages the annual Origami By Children exhibition. Every year children (18 and under) send in models for a judged competition. The winning entries become part of an exhibition that starts at our Annual Convention, is displayed at the Donnell Library in New York during the holiday season, and then travels around the country to libraries and schools.
PCOC (Pacific Coast Origami Conference) Committee
Contact: pcoc [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Vicky Mihara Avery (Chair), Robert J. Lang (Board Liaison), Lori Gregory, Jan Polish.
The Pacific Coast Origami Conference is held in (usually) odd-numbered years in venues on the West Coast of North America. Past conferences have included Bellevue, WA (2011), San Francisco (1998, 2000, 2009), San Diego (2003), Phoenix (2005) and Vancouver (2007). The PCOC Committee works with a local sponsoring group to organize and manage the conference.
The Paper Committee
Contact: thepaper [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Laura Rozenberg (Chair and Managing Editor), Lanny Sherwin (Copy Editor), Wendy Zeichner (Board Liaison).
Oversees the production and publication of OrigamiUSA's magazine. This committee is responsible for hiring and supervising the Designer, Sarah Meskin, for bringing in content, and for editorial decisions.
Policies and Procedures Committee
Contact: policies [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Robert J. Lang (Chair), Jean Baden-Gillette, Ruthanne Bessman, Tony Cheng, Marc Kirschenbaum, Wendy Zeichner.
Gathers, develops and documents policies and procedures for the operation of the Board and its committees.
Contact: publications [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Marc Kirschenbaum (Co-chair), Daniel Scher (Co-chair), Marcio Noguchi, Omer Shalev, Nathan Zeichner.
This committee is responsible for OrigamiUSA's main publication, the Origami Collection, which comes out every June. The publications team also reviews and tests diagrams for The Paper. Smaller publications are also designed and planned, most recently Origami Unusual by Charles Esseltine. The publications team meets every Wednesday evening to review and test diagrams, and to select models.
Special Sessions Committee
Contact: sessions [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Maria Velazquez (Chair), Tony Cheng, MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson, Candace Paska, Annette Purnell, Wendy Zeichner.
Organizes and executes Special Folding Fun Sessions. These sessions, historically held in the American Museum of Natural History on six Sundays a year, are fundraising events for OrigamiUSA.
Volunteer Recognition Committee
Contact: volunteer-recognition [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Sam Riviello (Chair), Tony Cheng, Ros Joyce, Marcio Noguchi, Nancy Schneider, Sok Song.
Develops activities to recognize the contributions of our volunteers.
World Origami Days Committee
Contact: wod-info [at] origamiusa [dot] org
Marcio Noguchi (Chair), Ruthanne Bessman, Tony Cheng, Maria Velazquez.
World Origami Days encourages events to recognize this international celebration of origami, by maintaining and updating the World Origami Days website.