2021 MCA Board of Directors Elections

2021 Marching Chiefs Alumni Board of Directors Elections

 

Biographies:

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES

1. Florence Ashby, FSU Class of 1957, is re-running for her position on the Board of Directors. She played clarinet in the Marching Chiefs, as well as Concert, Symphonic, Circus, and the Pep Bands from 1953 until 1957. She later earned a graduate degree from Purdue University. Florence lives in Rockville, Maryland, and although retired after forty years as a mathematics professor at Montgomery College, Florence plans to teach as an adjunct faculty member. 1953-1957: She was a freshman when Manley Whitcomb came to FSU from Ohio State, and she participated in several innovations, including the "8 to 5" marching style and the installation of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, where she was the founding President. She marched in the first Alumni Band and has marched in several more. On graduation, she entered graduate school at Purdue University, where she played clarinet in the Symphonic Band.  IBM hired Florence and moved her to the Washington area to work with the IBM group on the Tiros Weather Satellite Project at Goddard Space Flight Center. Later she taught mathematics at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland for forty-four years. In retirement, she and her FSU Alum husband, Laird Anderson, moved to Tallahassee to enjoy the many activities at the University. She serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees, is a founding member of Women for FSU, and is an advisor for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. Florence is proud to be a life-long member of the Marching Chiefs Alumni Board of Directors.

2. Tonya Baker, FSU Class of 1992, is re-running for her position on the Board of Directors. She was in the Marching Chiefs from 1989-1991 and a proud member of the Horn Section. Tonya was a member of Tau Beta Sigma and graduated from Florida State University in the spring of 1992 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Tonya and her husband Terry (Royal Flush, 1989-1992) live in Tallahassee, and they both enjoy participating in the Marching Chiefs Alumni Band and playing with Seminole Sound during the holidays. Tonya and Terry have two boys: Mitchell, who was also a Marching Chief, and Andrew, who is on the drumline at Lincoln High School. Tonya has been an MCA board member since 2013.  

3. Keva Dallas, FSU Class of 2018, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She is an insurance agent with Aflac as well as a Team Leader and Social Media manager for Chick-fil-A South Magnolia in Tallahassee. During her time at Florida State, Keva was a member of the Marching Chiefs, Seminole Sound, Campus Band, and FSU Flute Choir. Currently she is active with the Worship Ministry at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, the Marching Chiefs Alumni Band, and the Lofty Pursuits Community Band. 

4. Hayden Elias-Rodriguez, FSU Class of 2016, is re-running for his position on the Board of Directors. He played tuba for the Marching Chiefs from 2011-2015, where he served as a section leader for three seasons. His participation in FSU bands included Chiefs, Seminole Sound, Campus, Concert, and Summer bands as well as the PRISM ensemble, Brass Machine. He was also an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi from Spring 2013 until transitioning to alumni, then Life Member status in Spring 2017. He served the Gamma Nu chapter as a committee chair and executive member. Upon graduation Hayden continued to work with Chiefs as an operations manager, coordinating equipment and logistics on game days. A few years after completing his Bachelors in Criminology, Hayden returned to FSU to complete his Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. He graduated in Spring 2021. He currently resides in Tampa, FL, working with local schools and music programs. Hayden has been a Board member since Fall 2016.  

5. Barbara ("Barbie") Townsend, FSU Class of 2005, is re-running for her position on the Board of Directors. She is the former director of bands at Raa Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida. Her current responsibilities involve her chauffeuring her daughter and balancing a growing private music studio. A native of Ormond Beach, Florida, Mrs. Townsend holds a Bachelor in Instrumental Music Education from the Florida State University. Before returning to Tallahassee in 2010, Mrs. Townsend student taught at Bayonet Point Middle School in New Port Richey, Florida under the supervision of Ms. Annette Greive. She served as director of bands at Swiss Point Middle School in Green Cove Springs, Florida before opening a brand new middle school in Wesley Chapel (near Tampa) named Dr. John Long Middle School. While serving as director of bands at JLMS, Mrs. Townsend also started and taught an orchestra program. She has taught private flute lessons for 16 years. Before graduating from the Florida State University, Mrs. Townsend was a member of the World Renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs where she served as a row leader and Staff Administrator during her four years. It was during her tenure in the Marching Chiefs (2001-2004) that she met her husband, Joe (Hornz). She was also part of the Concert and Symphonic Bands at FSU. She loves going to skull session and football games to see all of her former students who are current Marching Chiefs! MCATDT!

6. Alexa Lowry, FSU Class of 2020, was a member of the Marching Chiefs Colorguard from 2016 - 2020, plays with the University Campus band, and participated in the PRISM ensemble Brass Machine. She is a brother of the Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi since the fall of 2017 where she served in various chair and elected positions and assisted with the Marching Chiefs 5K. Alexa got her Undergraduate degree in Information Communication Technology and is currently working towards her Master's of Science in Communications and Media studies. She currently works for the Florida State ITS department as their Marketing Representative. She also serves on the board of the Westwood Homeowners Association here in Tallahassee as their vice secretary. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITION – ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ACTIVITIES

1. Shanna Miller, FSU Class of 2009, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She played cymbals in the Marching Chiefs for the 2004 & 2005 seasons, served as a row leader, and was cymbal section leader. Shanna also played percussion in Seminole Sound, participates annual in MCA Homecoming, and whenever possible, returns with the alumni band members during the holiday season at the basketball games. She is an Administrative Manager and Marketing Director with Fitzgerald Collaborative Group, LLC (Architecture, Urban Design, Interiors). Shanna lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Steven Miller (Screech '01-'05), and two daughters. She has served as a member of the Marching Chiefs Alumni Board since 2019. An experienced event planner, Shanna has served as an active member of the Homecoming committee to ensure Marching Chiefs Alumni have the best experience possible!

2. Doyle David Smith, FSU Class of 1987, a five year member of Royal Flush 1982-87 and a Staff member in 1987. Doyle studied Music Performance and Music Education. Graduating with a BA in Music, he worked in the Hospitality industry in Tallahassee and much of NW Florida while continuing his love for music through performance and conducting in the Orchestra of St. Andrew Bay, Bay Wind band, Technically Brass, Capitol Brass, Tallahassee Brass Quintet, and as a Charter member of Tallahassee Winds. Doyle continues to attend Alumni Band at Homecoming and with Seminole Sound during the winter break. As of 2017 Doyle has been the secretary of the board for The Dream Foundation, which raises and distributes money for charities in Florida through the sale of Martin Luther King license tags in Florida. The charities include the March of Dimes, MLK Jr. Center for nonviolent change, Fl. Assoc. of Healthy Start Coalition, and the Sickle Cell Assoc. of America. Doyle’s 40 plus years in the Hospitality Industry was mainly in Tallahassee and in all aspects of Management, Private Events planning, Catering, and many New Restaurant openings, namely, The Antique Car Museum owned by Devoe Moore, Lisa’s Bartenders, and Klassic Katering. Doyle is on the committee for The 4th Quarter Celebrity Golf tournament with Fred Belitnekoff and randomly runs Estate Sales and moving projects. Since the pandemic, Doyle has retired from restaurant work and focuses on his new Lawncare and Pressure washing business. Recently, he has appeared six times as guest host with Joel Silver on “Live In Tallahassee” promoting local restaurants during the pandemic and the Marching Chiefs (in two episodes).

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 Associate Director of Activities. Ballots with more than four votes or one vote, respectively, will be deemed invalid and not counted. The window for voting will close on Friday, October 29 at 11:59pm.


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