The responsibilities of the board of Directors are to provide vision to the organization’s direction and future, and to address all legal, financial and corporate responsibilities. There are no assigned duties to the seats (Publications, Technology, etc); each seat holds the same responsibility as the other six seats. The Board is the primary supervisor for all of the National officers.
Very little of the job of a Director deals with coordination or storytelling, as that is left to the NC and NST. If you are interested in impacting the operations of the club, you should consider those roles or a regional office.
The Board of Directors is voted in by the general membership, and those seats each come up for vote every three years. The Board consists of seven elected members and two non-voting members appointed by the Board, representing financial and legal roles.
Board Members and Staff
- Nikki Fox, Director and Chair
- Abby Estes, Director and Vice-Chair
- Jennifer Rastegar, Director and Treasurer
- Holly Houtekier, Director
- Jen Kuiper, Director
- Michael Dyer, Director
- Rob Recckia, Legal Advisor to the Board
- Chris Herr, Financial Advisor to the Board
Board of Directors Biographies
Nikki Fox first joined the MES in 1998 when she was recruited from a troupe game in Fayetteville, NC. During her extensive time in the organization, she has primarily served in various Storytelling positions ranging from local to global positions. As a member of the BoD, it is her hope to utilize this experience to bring about positive change to grow our organization and lower the barriers to entry for member voices to be heard within it.
Professionally, Nikki has degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Developmental Abilities. She is excited to use these skills to the benefit of the MES. Nikki resides in Clayton, NC with her husband and two spoiled furbabies as a member of the Raleigh, NC domain.
Abby’s masquerade-safe cover is as an Administrative Assistant at the City College of New York. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Studio Art, and a knack for organizing people around a task. Her first roleplaying experience was a high school game of Changeling the Dreaming run by a friend, and she’s enjoyed a wide variety of games, mechanics and playstyles, but she didn’t learn about the MES until 2008 when she played in the recruitment Changeling the Lost game run at Origins. She’s been hooked ever since, serving the club as DC, RC, aVST, VST, Con ST and generally-helpfull-person which eventually led to her joining the Board in 2018.
Jennifer Rastegar, an unrepentant Tolkien fan, and a overzealous cyclist, joined the organization in 2006. She’s worked on the ST side as VST, DST, all the way to MESCON ST Second, and the OOC side as the first ever female-identifying PACT member. Professionally, she works as a mathematician for a Fortune 500 company. Half-Persian, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community; inclusion, and diversity are the highest priorities, as well as getting better data around the membership to utilize for optimizing what makes our club thrive, and opportunities for improvement. She’s thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors, supporting the membership’s priorities, and being a voice for positive change.
Michael has been a member of the MES since 2010, but has been a player and storyteller in the White Wolf community for over/nearly 20 years. He’s primarily volunteered as a storyteller in the MES up and down the chain, from a local storyteller assistant to a ST Lead for an Entire Convention. Michael has loved Vampire the Masquerade for years, and that love was returned when he met his now wife through their shared love of Larping.
Professionally, Michael is an Electrical Engineer working in the life safety industry as a field engineer. Michael’s job takes him all across the country on a regular basis, and he’s always happy to meet the local members when he’s nearby, to be both a friendly ear and player at their local game. He looks forward to being a positive change in the organization, and a voice for the many members who need to be heard.
With a history of playing in Vampire Larps dating back to ’95, and V:tM since its first edition, soft-covered release, Robert only joined the MES in 2013 when a friend indicated a new larp was starting in New Jersey. Over the 7 years since then, he’s founded the NJ-007 Domain, served as it’s DC, EC RC, VST and for the last year, Legal Director for the Board. Outside the MES, Robert is a telecommunications technician, union steward, NY-admitted pro bono attorney, Disneyphile and amateur tiki bartender. In his ‘copious free time’, Robert’s been known to hop in his car and make short 400+ mile road trips from his home in NYC to visit Pittsburgh PA, Richmond VA, Cleveland OH and every Domain in between.
Chris joined the The Camarilla in 1994 as a member of the Williamsburg, VA chapter. He relocated to Washington DC in 1995 and started a chapter there with an introductory meeting on the grounds of the National Cathedral. He has served as a coordinator at every level from chapter to national, along with storyteller positions including some time on the national ST staff. After being the lead for several conventions and other events, and managing charity drives to raise thousands of dollars, Chris was selected as the National Finance Administrator – a role he has held from 2005 to the present. He now provides his professional financial advice as the Board’s Financial Director.
Chris works in the Washington DC Metro area as a Senior Engineer/Project Manager for Avaya Government Solutions, where he has been working for over 15 years installing computer networks and overseeing operations support for federal law enforcement. He spends the warmer months training for 75 mile charity bicycle rides with his wife. Recently, Chris has been balancing his LARP time with his role as a father (with LARP usually losing the battle).
Legal Responsibilities of NPO Boards
With the long standing principles of NPO law, a director (member of the board) must meet certain standards of conduct and responsibility in carrying out his or her responsibilities to the organization. There are many precedents in various states in using these three duties to establish whether a director has acted properly. These standards are the duty of care, the duty of loyalty and the duty of obedience.
Duty of Care of the Organization
The duty of care describes a level of competence that is expected of a director, and is expressed as the duty of “care that an ordinary and prudent person would exercise in a like position and under similar circumstances.” This means that a director has a duty to exercise reasonable care when he or she makes a decision as a steward of the organization.
Duty of Loyalty to the Organization
The duty of loyalty is a standard of faithfulness. The organization’s needs come first. When acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity, directors must set aside their own personal and professional interests. This means that a director can never use information obtained as a director for personal gain, and must act in the best interests of the organization.
Duty of Obedience to the Organization
The duty of obedience requires directors to be faithful to the organization’s mission and purpose. Directors will not act in a way that is inconsistent with the central goals of the organization. Part of this rule lies in the trust given that funds and materials made available to the organization will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission and purpose.
Requirements and information to be a Voting Director for Mind’s Eye Society:
To start, there are a few formal requirements listed in the NPO corporate Bylaws. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, you should read the formal language there. Any member interested in serving the organization should be familiar with our Bylaws and other governing documents regardless. Below is a bit more of a plain language summary:
- Have been a member for the prior 36 months from the end of application period. That can include time in the CCP managed US club in addition to MES.
- Must disclose any disciplinary actions that you received while a member of MES, or a member of the CCP managed US club
- A formal warning is a disciplinary action.
- An action taken by a list moderator is not a disciplinary action, it is simply a moderator action.
- Have never been convicted of a felony or any other crime related to fraud/theft/embezzlement or anything similar.
- Have never been a voluntary and named party to any action (lawsuit, proceeding, etc.) against CCP and/or White Wolf or subsidiaries or affiliates.
- … and you must state all of these things clearly when you apply to a Board election. Your application will be vetted on the inclusion of these formal requirements and may be removed if these items are not clearly stated as part of the application for the Board election.
There are some other responsibilities, duties and tasks that will apply to you as a Voting Director. This list isn’t exhaustive and may change or grow over time.
- As a Voting Director – or member of the Board for MES – you will take fiduciary responsibility for the organization.
- That means you are financially responsible for the decisions you make as a Director and can be named in lawsuits against the club. Realistically speaking, it is unlikely that your personal assets will be taken (such as your house, your car, and other real property), but the possibility does exist.
- This may include signing contracts with hotels and other similar items.
- Understand that the results of any club investigation, disciplinary action, etc. would be published to the entire US membership.
- Understand that an internal review of your behavior as a Director can be enacted by the other Voting Directors at any time.
- Support any decisions made by the Board as a whole, regardless of whether or not you voted for, against, abstained, or otherwise did not participate on that decision or consensus.
- Understand that you will receive no compensation for serving as a Voting Director. That means there is no monetary compensation, prestige, membership class loan, etc. for being a Voting Director.
- Maintain a working knowledge of the current governing documents for the organization.
- Be able to identify any conflict of interest and promptly report that to the other Voting Directors (see Section IV.K. of the Bylaws).
- Maintain confidentiality of any required topics before the Board.
- Enhance the public image of the organization and maintain accountability to the membership.
- Serve as a knowledge source and counsel to fellow members of the Board.
- Commit to a board meeting via a conferencing tool chosen by the Board, every other week.
- Currently that is Skype (headset recommended) on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays, from approximately 9:30pm Eastern to 1:30am Eastern.
- Commit to projects between Board meeting assigned to you as a Director – generally totaling 5-20 hours a week
- Attend to approximately 50 to 100 emails a day, responding when applicable.
- Make all reasonable efforts to attend the annual meeting each year.
- Currently that is held at AbN and/or GM.