IAWM Board

Effective 2021

IAWM Board (effective 2021)

Christina Rusnak
Composer, Writer,  and Cultural Catalyst, USA

Vice President
Dana Reason
Composer, Producer, and Pianist, USA

Deb Saidel
Flutist, Musicologist, Mentor, and Educator, USA

Kelly Vaneman
Oboeist and Musicologist, USA

Supporting Members
Gaby Alvarado
Flutist, USA

Wanda Brister
Singer, and Professor, Florida State, USA

Kerensa Briggs
Soprano, and Composer in Residence, UK

Monica Buckland
Conductor and Educator
University of New South Wales, Australia

Christina Butera
Composer, Sound Artist, A.D or NOIRE Ensemble, USA

Roma Calatayud-Stocks
Composer and Author, USA

Michelle Cheng
Composer, Multimedia Performer, and Founder fff Ensemble, USA

Carolina Hengstenberg
Composer, Orchestrator, and Conductor, Spain

Natalia Kazaryan
Pianist, and Educator, Howard University, USA

Lil Lacy
Performer, and Composer, Denmark

Julia Mortyakova
Pianist, and Professor,
Founder of Music by Women International Festival, USA

Nicole Murphy
Composer, Professor, Australia

Deborah Nemko
Pianist, Educator, and Professor, USA

Julia Palmer
Violinist, Violist, and Educator, UK

Jane Rigler
Flutist, Composer, Improvisor, and Educator, USA

Natalia Rojcovscaia
Composer, and Pianist, Academy of Music, Theater, & Fine Arts RM,  Moldova

Angela Elizabeth Slater
Composer, and Composition tutor at Cardiff University, UK
Founder and artistic director of the Illuminate Women’s Music concert series

Sarah Westwood
Composer, Administrator, and Co-director of Illuminate Women’s Music, UK

Committee Volunteers
Eline Cote, Double Bassist, Founder Virago Symphonic Orchestra, Belgium
Violeta Dinescu Composer, and Professor, Germany
Kimcherie Lloyd Conductor, Pianist, and Professor, USA

Marketing & Development Committees

The Marketing and Development chairs put forth all marketing and fundraising recommendations. This committee carries out IAWM’s Marketing and Development Strategies to increase external knowledge and membership for IAWM, and to coordinate all development activities. Members work closely with the Advocacy and Communications Committees.

Marketing & Branding: Chair – open
Natalia Kazaryn & Gaby Alvarado

Development: Deborah Nemko, Chair

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee verifies and maintains the informational database for all members, circulates a directory and executes the annual membership drive.

Kelly Vaneman, Chair
Julia Mortyakova, and Kerensa Briggs

If you are looking to join or renew your membership, you may do so here.

Nominations/Elections Committee

The IAWM board annually invites people to nominate themselves and others, with permission, to the IAWM board. The Nomination / Election Committee receives nominations and supporting materials, and facilitates the annual election of new board members. Contact [email protected] or committee chair if you are interested in joining the board and/or serving on one of IAWM’s committees.

Dana Reason, Chair

Advocacy & Public Relations Committee

The Advocacy & Public Relations Committee aims to promote IAWM’s awareness worldwide, and stimulate membership through developing industry allies and memberships/partnerships, integrating projects that promote the music and awareness of women in music and outreach to media and broadcasting.

Wanda Brister, Chair,
Julia Palmer and Natalia Rojcovscaia

Radio Requests & Broadcasts – providing information on past, recent and upcoming broadcasts of music by women
Ursula Rempel
Linda Rimel

Awards & Concert Committee
The IAWM Awards / Concert Committee is comprised of three subcommittees that plan, coordinate and communicate the IAWM annual concerts and awards.

Search for New Music (SNM) – honoring compositions by women
Michelle Cheng, Chair

Pauline Alderman Awards – honoring writing about women and music
Monica Buckland

Concert – plans the annual IAWM concert
Natalia Kazaryn, Chair

Education Grant
Nicole Murphy

Programming Award
Roma Calatayud-Stocks


Communications & Website Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for all external communication from IAWM publishing, the IAWM website and social media sites. This committee works closely with the Advocacy, Membership, and Marketing committees and the rest of the board in developing organizational communication messaging. It is comprised of three subcommittees:

IAWM Website
Sarah Westwood, webmaster
Angela Elizabeth Slater, web content
Christina Butera, radio requests, web content
Nicole Murphy, Online Journal Research
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, listserv

Eve R. Meyer, journal editor in chief
Christina Reitz, assistant editor
Samantha Ege
Laura Pita
Lynn Gumert
Anita Hanawalt

Social Media Networking
Carolina Hengstenberg & Lil Lacy,
Angela Elizabeth Slater, administrator

Webinars – coordinates a series of presentations/workshops/seminars which are available for all

Media / Video

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee vigilantly seeks out international and U.S. sites for future Conferences. Any institution wishing to host a Conference should contact the committee chair or president. During the two years preceding a Conference, the committee supports the preparations by the host committee.

Jane Rigler & Dana Reason, co-chairs
Eline Cote

Finance Committee

The committee coordinates with other IAWM committees on income-producing projects and approves all non-budgeted expenses. The chair is responsible for all financial transactions for IAWM, including financial updating, fiscal management, and developing the budget.

Deb Saidel, Chair
Christina Rusnak

Global Initiatives Committee

This committee works closely with the Advocacy, Membership and Communications committees and the rest of the board to foster and develop awareness, and connection with members throughout the world, forming diverse partnerships and transformative opportunities for membership expansion, alliance, equity, community engagement and outreach. The committee coordinates with other IAWM committees on income producing projects and approves all non-budgeted expenses.

Roma Calatayud-Stocks & Gaby Alvarado, Co-Chair
Deborah Nemko


The Historian works with the Secretary, Communications, Membership Committee, and the rest of the board in documenting organizational activities and history, member information, board meetings, and decisions, awards communication, and statistics.

Wanda Brister Rachwal


*serving second of two consecutive terms



Advisory Board

Jeannie G. Pool
Film Music Society
Los Angeles, CA


Ingrid Stölzel
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS


Judith Shatin
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Chen Yi
University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory
Kansas City, MO

Beth Denisch
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA


Libby Meyer
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan

Jennifer Higdon
Curtis Institute
Philadelphia, PA


Terri Lynn Carrington
Jazz Artist, Educator, Composer, Producer
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA