The International Feng Shui Guild Announces 2015 Board of Directors

The International Feng Shui Guild held elections in May for the next term of their Board of Directors. Two individuals return to board leadership and two new individuals add their collective experience and passion for Feng Shui to the organization’s board. IFSG Professional and Red Ribbon members were eligible to vote on the official ballot. Voting concluded May 31, with an overwhelming affirmative vote from IFSG membership.

Lee's Summit, MO, August 21, 2015 --( The International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG) held elections in May for the upcoming term of their Board of Directors. Four positions were open to due to unfilled slots on the board as well as ending terms by several board members.

In April, the IFSG Elections Committee comprised of existing board members, Kristi Stangeland and Frankie Jackson, as well as committee member, Susan Chu, began the applications/elections process. Their task included reviewing candidate applications in conjunction with board needs in the areas of membership, marketing, education, finance, strategic positioning, and technology to determine the best fit for candidates on the board. The committee interviewed applicants to evaluate experience, viability, and board potential. Based on those interviews, the committee with direction from Mia Staysko, IFSG Board Chair, and Bridget Saraka, IFSG CEO, determined the list of viable candidates and presented them to IFSG membership.

IFSG Bylaws give all active IFSG Professional and Red Ribbon Professional members voting privileges; which took place over a two week period in May. On June 10th, Staysko announced to membership voting was complete and that all four candidates were elected into board membership. The Board Chair said “We warmly welcome Maureen Calamia, Laura Morris, Carol Olmstead, and Donna Stellhorn. The IFSG has a great team of dedicated volunteers who continually strive to offer significant value to our members, and we believe that each of these new and returning members bring unique talents and passion to the Board of Directors.” Both Calamia and Morris were re-elected to the board, and Olmstead returns to the board having previously served in 2011-2012.

The official start of the Board term based on IFSG Bylaws is October 1, 2015; however all have been approved by current board membership to begin their roles immediately. With the addition of new board members and considering upcoming tasks and projects, board responsibilities and positions are as follows:

Mia Staysko, Board Chair
Bridget Saraka, CEO
Maureen Calamia, Board Secretary
Kristi Stangeland, Board Treasurer
Susan Fefferman, Education Director
Frankie Jackson, Marketing Director
Tanya Jahnke, Director of the Virtual Chapter
Lois Kramer-Perez, Membership Support Director
Laura Morris, Community Engagement Director
Marina V. Umali, Director of Chapters
Carol M. Olmstead, General Board Member
Donna Stellhorn, General Board Member

With rising membership numbers, expanding technology opportunities for connections, networking, and education, and a growing industry, the entire board of directors is excited about the future of the IFSG and Feng Shui around the world.

The International Feng Shui Guild is dedicated to its mission of advancing the practice, teaching and use of Feng Shui worldwide. The IFSG Board of Directors is integral in ensuring our organization stays true to our passion promoting Feng Shui and our member consultants and schools as well as providing top-notch offerings and resources for the public.
International Feng Shui Guild
Bridget Saraka, CEO
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