Meet Your Board

2018 Board of Directors

The Board of the San Diego Bead Society meets at least six times a year to provide direction for the programs and activities of the Society.  The 2018 Board members are:

  • President (elected position) — Kate Parsons

I joined the SDBS in 2012 and am excited to be a part of such a fun group of people. I started my adventure with wire working in Seattle, and eventually found myself in the land of seed beads. I was fortunate to be surrounded by some fabulous teachers from the Pacific Northwest that were inspirational and encouraging. I bead on a boat, in a car, on a plane . . . any time I am sitting for more than thirty minutes. I love all sea glass colors and find it a challenge to “think outside the box.”  My goal this year is to take as many advanced classes as possible to increase my knowledge of the art! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

  • Vice President/Programs (elected position) — Diane Whiting


  • Vice President/Membership (elected position) — Jo Tampas

I started beading a few years ago when I lived in the Seattle area. Kate Parsons, my sister, got me interested. But I wasn’t interested in bead-stringing. While in Minnesota I took up wire work. I had the opportunity to learn from a great artist, in a barn, in Minnesota. Despite the huge, biting horse flies, I fell in love with the craft.  I enjoy jewelry making for the chance to learn new techniques or styles and to be in community with incredibly creative people. My personal style is more hippy, new age than the incredibly detailed work I admire others making.

  • Secretary (elected position) — DeeAnn Chenn


  • Treasurer (elected position) — Jeanene Perry


  • Class Coordinator — Susan Blessinger

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I have been enjoying beadweaving and wire working for about 25 years. My style has evolved to showcasing unusual objects that I find on the beach, or in other people’s discards and bead sales. I like to combine old and new, and I’m fascinated with color and texture.  As Class Coordinator, I invite you to take a class with our fabulous line up of teachers, try something new, improve your skills, and enjoy creating with like-minded artists.

  • Librarian — Ellen Kindsvater

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Designing and making things is an important part of my life.   I especially like to work with seed beads, other small beads and wire. I’m also a machine knitter. I was a librarian before my husband and I retired and moved to Oceanside from the Victor Valley twelve years ago. Buying new books is fun!


  • Parliamentarian — Ellen Kroll

When I retired, we were going back and forth between New York and San Diego.  I started beading in 2001 when I took a course in Introductory Beading through the Craft Student League in Manhattan, and then took more courses whenever we were in New York.   In San Diego, the Bead Society has been a wonderful way to learn more about all kinds of beading (micromacrame, soutache, embroidery, wirework) and to expand my craftsmanship in working with seed beads.   The best part has been meeting, working with, and getting to know other beaders.

  • Webmaster — Leanne Maunu


I have been beading since 2004, when I took my first stringing class at The Shepherdess in Old Town.  Although I’ve also taken classes in metal-smithing, wirework, and Art Clay Silver, seedbeading is my particular passion.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions for our website; I’d love to hear them!


  • Special Events — Viola Sullivan


  • Ways and Means Chair (Bead Bazaar Coordinator) — Bev Hayes Berthoty

My first beading class was with Kate McKinnon and I was immediately hooked! I’ve been beading since then, albeit at turtle speed. I am retired from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) where I learned a lot about gemstones and jewelry design. One of the best parts of the job was being sent to the Tucson Bead and Gem show every year for over 10 years. It was a great way to stock up on beads! I hope to see you at our meetings. If we don’t know each other yet, please take a moment to say hi and introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you.

  • Publicity — Priya Wong


  • Historian — open position


  • Hospitality — open position