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Society Board of Directors elects three Harmony Foundation Trustees

Society Board of Directors elects three Harmony Foundation Trustees

The Barbershop Harmony Society Board of Directors has elected three trustees to the Harmony Foundation International Board. Their appointments begin immediately and go through 2023.

Society directors voted unanimously during a special, October 18, 2021 meeting to elect the following:

Dwayne Cooper — a 44-year member of BHS, treasurer of the Society’s Board of Directors from 2011-2017 and current treasurer of the Southwestern District. Dwayne, a certified public accountant, is controller of Home Tax Solutions in Dallas. He also served 15 years as vice president of finance and administration of the Greater Austin Performing Arts Center.

Skipp Kropp — a 51-year Society member and BHS Board member from 2007-2009 and 2014-2020, serving as president in 2017 and 2018. He has been president of the Johnny Appleseed District and has been part of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia chapters. As a JAD vice president, Skipp worked with Harmony Foundation and district leaders to create intradistrict financial support for Society programs. He also helped create the proposal to allow Foundation donors to designate up to 30% of their donations to chapters and/or districts. Skipp is an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Indianapolis.

Alan Lamson — a 40-year member of BHS, eight-year member of its Board of Directors and its president in 2011 and 2012. Alan also served as interim CEO of the Society in 2012. A facilitator for the Society’s Healthy Chapter Initiative, he was inducted into the Society’s Hall of Fame in 2020. He is vice president of chapter development for the Manchester, CT chapter, former member of the Alexandria, VA chapter and president of the Society’s Northeastern District in 2003-2004. He was baritone of the 2005, 2006 and 2009 Yankee Division Senior Quartet Champions, Senior Momentum. He recently retired from FLB Architecture and Planning in Hartford.

The new trustees were nominated during the meeting from the floor of the Society, as allowed by HFI bylaws and defined by Robert’s Rules of Order.

“Dwayne, Skipp and Alan are highly-qualified individuals who bring a lifetime of service to chapters, districts and Barbershop Harmony Society members to the table,” said John Donehower, president of the Society Board.

“These individuals are committed to reestablishing an aligned, strong relationship between the Foundation and Society,” he said. “They will uphold the fiduciary duties of the Foundation Board, think critically to balance the needs of HFI and BHS, and serve the best interests of the Society, its donors and members. Those goals are why the Harmony Foundation exists.”

The Special Meeting of the Society Board was live streamed on the Society’s YouTube channel.