Meet Your Board

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 current Board members are:

  • President — 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.  I’m excited about serving as the President of the San Diego Bead Society for 2016 and 2017, and am looking forward to getting to know all of our wonderful members!

  • Vice President/Programs — Diane Whiting


  • Vice President/Membership — Cindy Holsclaw

Bead Origami is the philosophy behind my geometric beadwork. I’m constantly inspired by my background in origami and my experiences as a scientist. My beadwork designs combine many different shapes, sizes, and styles of small beads into larger beaded objects, which are engineered for stability and longevity. I share my designs through teaching beading workshops and writing detailed, highly illustrated beading patterns so that you can also create these fascinating structures.

  • Recording Secretary — DeeAnn Chenn


  • Treasurer — 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 — Viola Sullivan



  • Webmaster — Leanne Maunu


  • Special Events/Parliamentarian — Viola Sullivan


  • Ways and Means Co-Chair (Bead Bazaar Co-Coordinator)– 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.

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


  • Publicity — Priya Wong


  • Historian — Lauren Murphy


  • Hospitality — Dee Harvazinski