Board of Directors

The responsibilities of the board of Directors are to provide vision to the organization’s direction and future, and to address all legal, financial and corporate responsibilities. There are no assigned duties to the seats (Publications, Technology, etc); each seat holds the same responsibility as the other six seats. The Board is the primary supervisor for all of the National officers.

Very little of the job of a Director deals with coordination or storytelling, as that is left to the NC and NST. If you are interested in impacting the operations of the club, you should consider those roles or a regional office.

The Board of Directors is voted in by the general membership, and those seats each come up for vote every three years. The Board consists of seven elected members and two non-voting members appointed by the Board, representing financial and legal roles.

 

 

Board Members and Staff

  • Howie Herrin, Director and Chair
  • Beth Denton, Director
  • Craig French, Director
  • Jack Hambly, Director
  • Christian Herr, Director of Finance
  • Chad Hunter, Director
  • Alaric Reeves, Director

Howie Herrin, MES Director and Chair

I was first introduced to Vampire LARP and MES on August 18, 1999. My first position was in October as an assistant Chapter (yes, Chapter) Coordinator. There have been a couple of years between then and now that I have not been an officer in some capacity in the Club. I have now served at every level of the Club and look forward to getting the Board’s image to be as transparent as possible. I look forward to helping anybody in the club that asks for my help.
 
Outside of MES, I have worked as a Composition teacher, tech writer, systems’ tester, quality control, help desk, classroom trainer, and a smattering of other things.
 
If you want to say howdy, please send me an email at howie4.mes.board@gmail.com.

Beth Denton, MES Director

Beth Denton caught the acting bug in middle school and the roleplaying bug in high school. She first joined the organization formerly known as the Camarilla in 2001. She has served as a storyteller and coordinator throughout the organization in the many years since that time. 

In her professional life, Beth is a middle school special education and math teacher. This is more terrifying than anything else she could possibly be. She has a master’s degree in learning design & technology from the University of Colorado Denver and is a fierce and passionate advocate for her students.  In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, cooking, and the company of her pets.

 

Craig French, MES Director

Joined the organization in 2015. He has held VST, DST, DC, aDC, and aNC Admin in the time in the Organization.  Volunteer at several positions for conventions from Security, Registration, Volunteer Lead/Second, Prestige Lead/Second, and Charities. 
 
Served in the US Air Force for 20 years and is now retired from them. Now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Over 30 years of HVAC experience. Has 30+ years of role playing different game systems. 
 
The direct email is craig.french.bod@gmail.com

Jack Hambly, MES Director

Jack has been a member of the Org for close to a quarter-century. Before becoming a director, he served as both storyteller and coordinator staff from local to global levels. He has degrees from Radford University and the University of Richmond and is now pursuing another degree in the SEC conference.

In his spare time, he is a musician and an award-winning writer. He also enjoys reading, horror films (in particular, New French Extremism), and culinary pursuits. He shares his life with three serial killers and a Blue Merle poodle.

Christian Herr, Director of Finance

Christian joined The Camarilla in 1994 as a member of the Williamsburg, Virginia chapter. He relocated to Washington DC in 1995 and started the first chapter there with an introductory meeting on the grounds of the National Cathedral. He has served as a coordinator ranging from the chapter level all the way to assisting at the national level; He has also worked in a wide range of storyteller positions including time on the national ST staff. After being the lead for several conventions, including running the first Tri-Regional event and also managing successful charity drives, Christian was selected as the National Finance Administrator – a role he has held starting in 2005.  During the reorganization in 2010 he became the Board’s Director of Finance.

Christian works as a contractor in the Washington DC metropolitan area as a Senior Network Engineer and Project Manager serving the Federal Government.  He spends the warmer months traveling with his family and training for 75 mile charity bicycle rides with his wife. For the past 13 years Christian has been balancing his LARP time with his role as a father of two energetic boys (with LARP usually losing the battle).

Chad Hunter, MES Director

Chad joined the MES (aka The Club, aka The Camarilla) in 2002, but has been a player and storyteller in the table top and LARP community since 1998, with a heavy focus on White Wolf and WotC products.  Chad has volunteered at every level of the club, on both sides of the club’s infrastructure, the last five years mostly on the coordinator side.  Chad really enjoys LARPing in the Vampire, Werewolf, and Changeling genres. 

Professionally, Chad is an IT Support Professional working for a national financial services firm.  Chad’s job will take him on random trips, all over the US at times, and he enjoys travel and road trips. Chad hold’s a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, which he minored in International Studies, and spent much of his final two years specializing in middle eastern relations, anti-terrorism studies, and counter insurgency research. He has presented at conferences multiple times in the United States, the most prestigious being hosted by the Council on US-Arab relations and attended by members of the US State Department along with foreign dignitaries from the KSA, Qatar, and Oman.