Yakima Convention Center, July 11 – 13, 2024


Committee Members and Bios

Kay and Roger Mahan,

Festival Chair /

Ways & Means

Kay and Roger have served as club, council, state and state festival officers since 1996. We are lucky and thankful to have them leading our festival.

Gene Courier,

Festival Co-Chair

David Boggs,

Leadership Chair

Glenn Raiha,

Caller Coordinator

Rochelle Catt,

Cuer Coordinator

Rochelle started Cuing rounds since 2013. She has been a Cuer Coordinator for California State Festival, USAWest, and now Washington State Festival

Mary Dart,

Clogger Coordinator

Mary has been Clog dancing for 41 years and Teaching for 34 years. She teaches and cues for the Tanglefoot Cloggers in Olympia. Other then clogging, Mary enjoys golfing, sewing, and fishing with her husband Jim.

Judy Ottoson,

Secretary

Marsha Sullivan,

Treasurer

Marsha was the Registration Chair for 2019 Rainier Rendezvous, Treasurer for More in ’24, and proud to be current Treasurer and committee head for the Awards Banquet for Dancing Thrives in 2025.

Larry Kershner,

Badge Dance

Paul Gonseth,

Facilities

Roger Mahan,

Facilities

Holly Gonseth,

Housing

Kathy Chase,

Program Book & Registration Form

Kathy’s been dancing since 1969. She helped form the Raggedy Ann’s & Andy’s teen club in 1972. She held many offices from club, council and state level, where she finished up as State President. She was editor of FOOTNOTES for several years; following in her dad’s footsteps. Kathy worked about 50 years in Printing/Publishing. Her and husband Frank Are enjoying retirement.

Steve George,

Publicity

Ken & Cathy Moller,

Registration

Ken has been square dancing since 1979 and Cathy since childhood.  Both have been officers of several clubs and Councils.  They love to travel, play in the ocean and spend time at the lake.

Peggy Rolf,

Sewing

Bill High,

Signs

Janice Sisley,

Solo Events

Brett Kappenman,

Sound

You may not know this, but Brett has danced at the halftime shows for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sonics. He’s choregraphed dozens of pre-teen and teen dance exhibitions over the years and in the past ten years, two flash mobs. Brett estimates he’s taught over 500 kids how to square dance, exposed thousands of adults and kids to square dancing and coached dozens of kids how to call.

Bonnie Harry,

Vendors

Bonnie Harry has square danced since age 11. She & her husband Dave, a caller in Western WA, have operated the Petticoat Junction shop for 36 years, vending at the festival annually.

Leo Catt,

Webmaster

Leo started dancing at a young age with the Sociable Squares and the Sumner Stompers in the 70’s and 80’s. Leo’s first calling experience was doing a singing call in front of Hank Johnson as a class joke. He started learning to call in years later and joined Callerlab in 2005. Leo is proud to be the founder of 2 clubs: Swingnuts (Sumner, WA) and Crazy 8’s (Ramona, CA).  He is the current club caller for the Jetsteppers (Maple Valley, WA) and has taken the Club Caller position for the DosiDo’s (Olympia, WA) starting in January 2025. 

In 2014, Leo Started recording for the FineTune/GoldWing/Sharpshooter Square Dance record label where he has recorded 14 singing calls with plans to do more. 

Leo frequently teaches and calls Basic thru Plus for clubs around Seattle, Olympia area and sometimes in Oregon.  He loves spending time with his wife Rochelle and his 2 dogs Molly and Blackberry (BB). Be sure to stop and say hello!!