2020 MCA Board of Directors Elections

2020 Board of Directors Elections

Biographies:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES

1. Bonna Larson is re-running for her position on the board of directors. Bonna Larson was a member of the French Horn section of Marching Chiefs, Concert Band, and the Basketball Pep Band. She served as a row leader with Marching Chiefs and is an alumni sister of Tau Beta Sigma. Bonna continues playing and has recently been a member of the Hernando County Symphony Orchestra. She is a Florida Registered and Certified Paralegal working in the field of Community Association law in Tampa and currently resides with her husband and daughter on the Weeki Wachee River, the land of Mermaids.

2. Candace Rich is re-running for her position on the board of directors. Candace Rich was a student at FSU from 1994-2000, playing Flute/Piccolo with the Marching Chiefs 1994-1996. In Chiefs, she served as a row leader, and as a non-music major, she actively participated in Campus Band and was a sister of Tau Beta Sigma. Candace lives in Jacksonville with her husband and 2 active tween boys. She volunteers at the boys' schools. She is very proactive in searching for new ways to help integrate her oldest son into regular social situations, and she’s proud of his accomplishments with therapy, from a non-verbal autistic toddler to a high-functioning, autistic teen. Music has been an amazing therapy for her son and meeting Big-8 at skull-session was one of the most amazing experiences he has been fortunate to have.

3. Natalie Blackwell is re-running for her position on the Board of Directors. Natalie Montgomery Blackwell joined the Marching Chiefs as a member of the Flag & Rifle Line in August, 1996 and twirled through the four seasons of 1996. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with Honors, in April, 2000. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, she moved back home after graduation and remains there today. Natalie holds the financial certifications of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, and Project Management Professional, and is currently working in Project Management for a large government utility company. She has served as Finance Chair since 2013, providing financial statements and analysis for the Board operating and scholarship funds. She founded the Chattanooga Seminole Club in 2011 and is an avid football season ticket holder and supporter. Her husband, Chris, works as a paramedic and they have two children in middle/high school.

4. Frank Maggio is originally from Naples, FL. He attended FSU from '93-'98 when he graduated with a BA and was a member of Marching Chiefs (Tenor Saxophone) and Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. Since moving to Sarasota in 2001, Frank has worked in banking, now with First Home Bank as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. He has been involved in the community with several industry and non-profit organizations, some as Chair. Most recently, Frank was President of the Manatee Seminole Club from 2018-2020. He has spent the last 13 years with Seminole Clubs in Sarasota and Manatee, helping raise over $100k for FSU and specifically scholarships to high school students attending FSU.

5. Troy Mahler played tuba in Marching Chiefs from 2002 to 2006, serving as a Row Leader during his 5th year. He also played with the Campus Band from 2005-2007. Troy continues to play with the alumni bands, participating at Homecoming and with the Seminole Sound Pep Band during the holiday breaks. Being a Tallahassee native, Troy grew with strong ties to FSU, which lead him to wanting to be in the Marching Chiefs at an early age. Troy worked at FSU from 2008-2013. He worked with University Housing where he was on the Room Assignments team and then as the Recruitment Coordinator for the College of Engineering. He is currently the Director of Student Records and an adjunct instructor teaching College Success at Tallahassee Community College. Troy is also a current member of the Lofty Pursuits Community Marching Band. Troy graduated from FSU with his Bachelor of Science in Social Science and his Master of Science in Higher Education in Student Affairs.

6. Alan Smith played Bari Sax in the Marching Chiefs, Concert Band, and Jazz Bands while at FSU and has continued playing in musical ensembles. He was a brother of Gamma Nu and attended National meetings while a student. He is retired from the faculty of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Florida Southern College and lives in Riverview, FL with his wife, Dee, who played clarinet in the Chiefs. Their son, Nate Smith, was in the trombone section of the Chiefs as well. Alan and Dee were co-editors of the Chieftain during their time at FSU.


EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITION – DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION CANDIDATES

1. Lucas Bhuvasorakul is re-running for the position of Associate Director for Administration. Lucas Bhuvasorakul graduated from FSU in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems. He was employed by the State Board of Administration in Tallahassee from 1997 to 2004. Since 2004, Lucas has worked as an IT and software consultant, specializing in the PeopleSoft application. Lucas currently resides in Tallahassee and has served as the Associate Director for Administration since July of 2009. Lucas was a four year member of the Marching Chiefs for the 1993 to 1996 football seasons. He served as a Row Leader during his sophomore and junior seasons and was on Staff his senior year, serving as the Uniform Manager. Lucas was also a member of the Concert Band in the spring of 1994 and 1995 and the Summer Campus Band in 1994. During the 1994 and 1995 basketball seasons, he was also a member of the Chiefly Brass basketball pep band. Lucas was awarded the Marching Chiefs Medal of Honor after his junior season for outstanding service and dedication to the organization.

2. Keva Dallas graduated from FSU in May of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She was employed by Chick-fil-A at Capital Circle from 2016 to 2020, during her time there she worked in store with the hospitality and kitchen staff, as well as worked at their Social Media Team Member for the Capital Circle and Bannerman locations. She has recently taken a Sales position with Aflac in Tallahassee. During her time at FSU, Keva was a member of the Marching Chiefs (2013-2018) as a member of Chiefs Flutes and served as a row leader (2016-2017). She was also a member of Seminole Sound (2017-2018 season), FSU Flute Choir (Fall 2013), and participated in Campus Band for several semesters. As an Alum, Keva has been active with the Alumni Band in participating in Homecoming and the Winter Break Basketball games. Outside of Alumni Band, Keva plays in her local church orchestra, facilitates a flute choir for Elf Night each Christmas Season, and performs at Chick-fil-A during the Christmas season.

Casting your votes:

After reviewing the above biographies, please cast your votes here. Please vote for no more than four (4) candidates for Board of Directors and no more than one (1) candidate for Director of Administration. Votes with more than four or one ballot, respectively, will be deemed invalid and not counted.


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