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AKA Leadership

Office Name Phone E-mail
President Phillip Whitaker (OK)
1st Vice-President Tom Wallbank (OK)
2nd Vice-President Christian Baden Powell (TX)
Treasurer Cecilia Dallmer(PA)
Secretary Ronda Brewer (OR)
Director At Large Glen Rothstein
Director At Large Lindsey Johnson (OR)



Office Name Phone E-mail
Gary Engvall (RI) (401) 942-3606 rd1
Region 1 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Upstate New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region 2 New Jersey, Downstate New York, Pennsylvania Kurtis Jones (NJ) (201) 921-5518 rd2
Region 3 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia Mike Klaiber (VA) (540) 586-1261 rd3
Region4 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico Doug Engh (FL) (850) 803-7513 rd4
Region5 Michigan, Ohio Mike Dertien (MI) (616) 460-3983 rd5
Region6 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin Dale Bowden (WI) (715)  325-2826 rd6
Region7 Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah Sherman Myers (UT) (801) 216-4722 rd7
Region8 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Bryan Arens (OK) (405) 227-4967
Region9 Idaho, Montana, Oregon PV Nguyen (OR) (503) 954-6043
Region10 Alaska, Washington Pamela Knight (WA) (253) 841-7104 rd10
Region11 N. California, Nevada Darril dela Torre (CA) (510) 233-4022 rd11
Region12 Arizona, S. California, Guam, Hawaii Glen Rothstein (CA) (213) 407-3515 rd12
Region13 International Gary Mark (ON) (647) 299-0822 rd13
Executive Director Daniel Prentice
Kiting Editor Daniel Prentice


AKA Committees

Elected, Standing, and Special Committees assist AKA in its regular operations. All committee members must be members of the Association.

ELECTED COMMITTES are established by the Association’s by-laws and elected by the members attending the Annual Meeting.

Chair: John Layton
Chair: Lindsey Johnson

STANDING COMMITTES are established by the Association’s by-laws.  Members are appointed by the President with the advice of the Directors and/or members.

Ways and Means:
Chair: Cel Dallmer
Renewal and Retention:
Chair: Daniel Prentice
Industry Liaison:
Chair: Daniel Prentice
Chair: Mike Dallmer
Gary Mark (Canada)

Festivals and Competitions:

Kitemakers’ Competition:
Co-chairs: Jon Burkhardt, Karen Burkhardt
Sport Kite Competition:
Chair: Doug Stout

Annual Meeting:
Chair: Phillip Whitaker

Archives and
Chair: Daniel Prentice

Education and Public Service:
Chair: Wayne Hosking

SPECIAL COMMITTES are established at the discretion of the President or by the majority vote of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, or the membership.

Chair: Ted Manekin

Chair: Geoff Bland

Kite Aerial Photography:
Chair: Jim Powers

Kites for Kids:
Co-chairs: Sherman Myers 
Daniel Prentice

Chair: Spencer Watson

Website Committee:
Chair: Jon Burkhardt

More on Leadership

What is a Region?

There are thirteen geographical regions represented on the Board of Directors. The United States and its territories are divided into twelve Regions approximately equal in voting population. Members residing outside of the United States and its territories shall constitute an International Region. (Region 13) Each Region is represented on the AKA Board by one elected Regional Director.

What is a Regional Director?

Regional Directors represent the members in their geographical area. They vote on Association policy issues, attend local events, chair AKA committees, and prepare reports for the Kiting newsletter. Four of the twelve Directors are elected each year so that terms overlap.

How to run for AKA Office?

All officers of the Association shall be members of the Association, twenty-one (21) years of age, and shall be bonded.Elections are held by mail each fall, and the results are announced at the Annual Meeting.

the president is elected annually by the general membership to a one-year term.

Regional Directors, who must live in the region they represent, are elected to three-year terms by members from those regions.

Elections for Directors from regions:

  • 1, 2, 3, and 4are held in years divisible by 3 with no remainder(2019)
  • 5, 6, 7, and 8are held in years divisible by 3 with a remainder of 1(2020)
  • 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13are held in years divisible by 3 with a remainder of 2(2018)

The Executive Committee is nominated and elected by the members attending the Annual Meeting.

Nominations for President and Regional Directors must be submitted to the Nominations Committee no less than 60 days before the Annual Meeting.


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