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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.

The Board

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]

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 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. The President/CEO is appointed by the Board, not elected, and is automatically a Board Officer.

Board Officers

Board officers are elected at the first Board meeting after Board elections, held in the summer.

  • Chair: Char Morrow
  • Vice Chair: Patty Grodner
  • Treasurer: Jason Ku
  • Secretary: Kathleen Sheridan
  • President/CEO: Wendy Zeichner

Board Members

  • Patty Grodner (2018–2020) - patty.grodner [at]
  • David Kandel (2018–2020) - david.kandel [at]
  • Marc Kirschenbaum (2018–2020) - marc.kirschenbaum [at]
  • Char Morrow (2018–2020) - char.morrow [at]
  • Michael Montebello (2018–2020) - michael.montebello [at]
  • [open] (2018–2020)
  • Jason Ku (2019–2021) - jason.ku [at]
  • Kathleen Sheridan (2019–2021) - kathleen.sheridan [at]
  • Edith Kort (2019–2021) - edith.kort [at]
  • Maddelena Romano (2019–2021) - maddalena.romano [at]
  • [open] (2019–2021)
  • Wendy Zeichner (ex officio) - wendy.zeichner [at]

(*) 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.

Archives Committee

Contact: archives [at]

JC Nolan (Chair), Ruthanne Bessman, Josiah Jaggers, 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.

Awards Committee

Contact: awards [at]

Rachel Katz (Chair), Susan Dugan, Patty Grodner, Joel Stern, Leyla Torres.
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.)

Business Committee

Contact: business [at]

Jan Polish (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 Heidi Lenney. The Business Committee is always looking for new and exciting additions to The Origami Source List.

Community Origami Groups Committee

Contact: community-groups [at]

Shrikant Iyer (Chair), Faye Goldman, Lori Gregory, Michael Montebello, Joel Stern.
This committee ensures that local area groups are listed on the website and assists members interested in establishing new groups.

Convention Committee

Contact: convention-info [at]

Jan Polish (Chair), Jean Baden-Gillette, Serena LaVine, Wendy Zeichner.
Subcommittee heads:

  • Housing (Martha Winslow-Cole),
  • Volunteers (Victoria Sheridan),
  • Teaching and Schedule (Serena LaVine, Maria Velazquez, Jan Polish),
  • Exhibition (Ruthanne Bessman),
  • Gold Mine (Maria Velazquez),
  • Silent Auction (Andrea Peng),
  • First Timers (Delrosa Marshall),
  • On-Site Registration (Jean Rishel),
  • Ticketing (Wendy Zeichner),
  • Model Menu (Judith Starks),
  • Logistics (Jean Baden-Gillette, Mike Montebello, Heidi Lenney),
  • Venue Coordination and Catering (Jan Polish and Jean Baden-Gillette),
  • Hospitality (open),
  • Publicity (open),
  • The Source (Heidi Lenney),
  • Photography (Susan Dugan and Andrew Cribb),
  • Vendor Area (open)
  • Mobile Library (open)
  • Daily Fold (open)
  • Oversize Folding (Sok Song)
  • Online Classes (Marcio Noguchi)
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.

Copyright Committee

Contact: copyright [at]

Robert J. Lang (Chair), Jason Ku, 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.

Development Committee

Contact: development [at]

Jan Polish (Chair), Wendy Zeichner, Delrosa Marshall.
Develops and supports income-producing activities and to ensure they are within the mission statement of OrigamiUSA

Elections Committee

Contact: elections [at]

Shrikant Iyer (Chair), Scott Cramer, Robert J. Lang, 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.

Exhibition Committee

Contact: exhibitions [at]

[open] (Chair), Marcio Noguchi, Ruthanne Bessman, Delrosa Marshall, Elliot 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.

The Fold Committee

Contact: thefold [at]

Jason Ku (Chair) and Patsy Wang-Iverson (Managing Editor), Editorial team.
Oversees the production and publication of OrigamiUSA's onine magazine.

Fundraising Committee

Contact: fundraising [at]

Char Morrow (Chair), Patty Grodner, David Kandel, Marcio Noguchi, Wendy Zeichner.
Seeks opportunities and raises funds/resources through grants, corporate sponsorships and incentives for members and outside agencies.

Holiday Tree Committee

Contact: holiday-tree [at]

Ros Joyce (Co-designer), Talo Kawasaki (Co-designer), Andrea Brecker.
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]

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.

Research/Reference Library Committee

Contact: libraries [at]

Ros Joyce (Chair), Delrosa Marshall.
The Reference Library is housed in the Home Office of OrigamiUSA, and the committee is responsible for maintenance and storage, plus adding new books.

Lending Library Committee

Contact: lending-library [at]

Claudia Hill (Chair)
The Lending Library provides borrowing access for our members and handles the Library Excerpt Service. Information on the Lending Library collection is here. Information on the Library Excerpt Service is here.

Online Presence (Website) Committee

Contact: website [at]

Robert J. Lang (Chair/Managing Editor)
This committee is responsible for OrigamiUSA's websites, mailing lists, email, and other online services. Committee members and responsibilities are:

  • Webmaster/Managing Editor: Robert J. Lang
  • Website Sysadmins: Anne LaVin, Jim Weir, Zander Bolgar
  • The Origami Source: Heidi Lenney
  • The Fold: Jason Ku, Patsy Wang-Iverson
  • Calendar: Faye Goldman
  • Facebook: Leyla Torres
  • Galleries: Norm Budnitz
  • Community Groups: open

Origami By Children Committee

Contact: obc [at]

Ruthanne Bessman (Chair), Andrea Brecker, Mary Gordon, Candace Paska.
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 and then travels around the country to libraries and schools.

Origami Connect

Contact: origamiconnect [at]

Patty Grodner (Chair), Char Morrow, Marcio Noguchi, Kathleen Sheridan, Mary Drews, Jason Ku, Wendy Zeichner
Organizes and executes real-time online classes and events.

PCOC (Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention) Committee

Contact: pcoc-info [at]

Patty Grodner (Chair), Vicky Mihara Avery, Mary Drews, Lori Gregory, Serena LaVine, Yuki Martin, Melissa Mohamed, Mike Montebello, Jan Polish, Bunny Sanchez, Wendy Zeichner.
The Pacific Coast Origami Conference is held in (usually) odd-numbered years in venues on the West Coast of North America. Locations have included:

  • Portland OR (2019)
  • Redondo Beach, CA (2017)
  • Boulder, CO (2015)
  • Albuquerque, NM (2013)
  • Bellevue, WA (2011)
  • San Francisco (2009)
  • Vancouver (2007)
  • Phoenix (2005)
  • San Diego (2003),
  • San Francisco (2000)
  • San Francisco (1998)

The PCOC Committee works with a local sponsoring group to organize and manage the conference.

The Paper Committee

Contact: thepaper [at]

Laura Rozenberg (Chair and Managing Editor), Lanny Sherwin (Copy Editor), Wendy Zeichner.
Oversees the production and publication of OrigamiUSA's print magazine, The Paper. This committee is responsible for hiring and supervising the Designer, Veronica Carman, for bringing in content, and for editorial decisions.

Publications Committee

Contact: publications [at]

Marc Kirschenbaum (Co-chair), Daniel Scher (Co-chair), Marcio Noguchi, JC Nolan, 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.

Social Media Committee

Contact: socialmedia [at]

Stacy Grinsfelder (Co-chair), Melissa Mohamed (Co-chair), Leyla Torres
This committee is responsible for OrigamiUSA's Social Media presence. This includes maintaining our accounts and making postings. They work closely with the Online Presence (Website) Committee.

Scholarships Committee

Contact: scholarships [at]

Patty Grodner (Chair), Char Morrow, Jan Polish, Doris Asano, Joel Stern, Marcio Noguchi, David Kandel, Wendy Zeichner, Kathleen Sheridan
Manages scholarships to attend OrigamiUSA events.

Special Sessions Committee

Contact: sessions [at]

Maria Velazquez (Co-Chair), Candace Paska (Co-Chair),Tony Cheng, MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson, 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 Appreciation Committee

Contact: volunteer-appreciation [at]

[open] (Chair), Jean Baden-Gillette, Andrea Brecker, Victoria Sheridan, Wendy Zeichner.
Develops activities to recognize the contributions of our volunteers.

World Origami Days Committee

Contact: wod-info [at]

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.