ABS Leadership and Structure - Board of Directors

The ABS is administered by an elected Board of Directors who choose the Officers of the ABS.
Representing Name Term
Florida-Caribbean Chapter Shanti Pierce 2022
Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter W. P. ‘Judge’ Edwards III 2024
Northern California Chapter David King 2023
Pacific Northwest Chapter Ian Connor 2024
Southeast Chapter Daphne Lewis 2022
Southern California Chapter Landy Banks 2022
Texas Bamboo Society Chapter Harry Simmons 2024
International Luc Boeraeve (Belgium) 2024
At Large #1 Carole Meckes 2022
At Large #2 Bill Hollenback 2024
At Large #3 Robert Saporito 2023
At Large #4 Kristen Comstock 2023
Hawaii Chapter Liaison position open*  
Mid-States Chapter Liaison position open*  

“Liaison position open” = Chapter membership count is lower than the number required to have a Director on the Board. The Chapter is encouraged to send a non-voting Chapter Liaison to represent the Chapter at the Board meetings and communicate back to the Chapter.

Current Officers

Position Name Representing
President Luc Boeraeve International
Vice President Ian Connor Pacific Northwest Chapter
Secretary David King Northern California Chapter
Co-Treasurers Bill Hollenback & Carole Meckes Pacific Northwest Chapter & At-Large

Additional Positions

Position Name Representing
BAMBOO Magazine Editor Don Shor Northern California Chapter
BAMBOO Magazine Publisher Michael Bartholomew American Bamboo Society
Co-Editors, ABS Journal Chris Stapleton, Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez International
Editor, Species List Chris Stapleton International
Source List Editors Bill Hollenback, Ted Jordan Meredith, Noah Bell Pacific Northwest Chapter
Membership Carole Meckes Texas Bamboo Society Chapter
Advertising James Clever Pacific Northwest Chapter
BOTA Liason Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez Bamboo of the Americas
WBO Liaison Susanne Lucas World Bamboo Organization
Web Site Editor Carole Meckes Texas Bamboo Society Chapter
Bamboo Help Line Kinder Chambers, Noah Bell  
Arts & Crafts Coordinator

Shanti Pierce, Landy Banks

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January 2022