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Meet Your Board

San Diego Bead Society is not possible without the hard work and meticulous planning of numerous people, not to mention lots of volunteer hours!

2022 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 2022 Board members are:

Emily Kathe – President, Webmistress
Edwina Douglas – President-Elect
Jeanne Fullerton – Secretary
Laurie Klitzke – Treasurer
Bonnie Graham – VP of Membership
Amy Butzen – VP of Programs
Amy Butzen – Class Coordinator
Amy Butzen – Graphics Coordinator
Ellen Kindsvater – Librarian
Ellen Kroll – Parliamentarian
Kaytee Sumida – Social Coordinator

President (elected position) — Emily Kathe

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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.

President (elected position) — Edwina Douglas

Secretary (elected position) — Jeanne Fullerton

I have been collecting and creating with beads for many years and look forward to learning more about the art and craft of beading as well as the exciting and beautiful work of the members. I also paint and take photos. My work reflects my passion for color, text, and nature.

Treasurer (elected position) — Laurie Klitzke

Vice President/Membership (elected position) — Bonnie Graham

Vice President/Programs (elected position) — Amy Butzen

My life has always been about design, color, texture and creating something using all those elements. I have been a graphic designer for the past 25 years and Interior Designer before that. Art has been a part of my life and beading was a perfect fit for me to do in my spare time. I think its taken over a little, but I have made some incredible friends through bead retreats and classes, I have traveled to wonderful new places, even the South of France, and made friends all over the world. It is truly my happy place.

Librarian — Ellen Kindsvater

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.

FB Coordinator — Kaytee Sumida