IAWM Board

Effective 2022

IAWM Board (effective 2022)

Christina Rusnak
Composer, Writer, and Cultural Catalyst, USA

Vice President
Dana Reason (ex-officio 2023)
Composer, Producer, and Pianist, USA

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

Wanda Brister
Singer and Professor, Florida State, USA

Supporting Members
Gaby Alvarado
Flutist, USA

Teil Buck
Oboist, Education Coordinator of Opera Carolina, USA

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

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

Eline Cote
Double Bassist, Founder Virago Symphonic Orchestra, Belgium

Morgan Davis
Music and Arts Librarian, Head of Library Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment, College of William and Mary, USA

Sarah Horick
Composer and Festival Organizer, USA

Natalia Kazaryan
Pianist and Educator, Howard University, USA

Migiwa Miyajima
Jazz Pianist, Composer, Producer, Leader of the Miggy Augmented Orchestra, USA

Elizabeth Blanton Momand
Vocalist and Professor, University of Arkansas, USA

Sabrina Peña Young
Creative Director, Music Technologist, Bandwidth Media and Film, USA

Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey
Choral Conductor and Assoc. Professor, Bunker Hill Community College, USA

Leah Reid
Composer, Asst. Professor of Composition, University of Virginia, USA

Christina Reitz
Musicologist, Professor, Western Carolina University, USA


Committee Volunteers

Violeta Dinescu
Composer and Professor, Germany

Kimcherie Lloyd
Conductor, Pianist, and Professor, USA

Deborah Nemko
Pianist, Educator, and Professor, USA

Cassidy Reed
Trumpeter, Band Director, (Grades 5-12) Chagrin Falls, US


Marketing Committee

The Marketing committee carries out IAWM’s Marketing to increase external knowledge, advocacy and membership for IAWM. Members increase the visiblity of IAWM Programs and works closely with the Advocacy, Global Initiatives, Development and Communications Committees.

Marketing & Branding: Teil Buck, Chair
Natalia Kazaryn & Gaby Alvarado

Social Media Networking
Teil Buck, Administrator
Natalia Kazaryn


Development Committee

The Development carries out strategies to increase internal and external giving and support.  It works with individuals, foundations, grantors and corporations to support the programming and advocacy of the IAWM 

Open, Chair
Open, Advertising
Eline Cote



Membership Committee

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

Elizabeth Blanton Momand, Chair
OPEN, Recruitment and Institutions
Deborah Nemko, Student Chapters

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


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.

Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey, Chair

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

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

Search for New Music (SNM) – honoring compositions by women
Sarah Horick, Chair
Migawa Miyajima, Morgan Davis

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

Concert – plans the annual IAWM concert
Natalia Kazaryn, Chair

Education Grant
Natalia Kazaryan
Dana Reason, 2023

Programming Award
Natalia Kazaryan
Dana Reason, 2023


Communications & Website Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for all external communication from IAWM publishing, the IAWM website, Webinars, 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
Christina Butera, Webmaster, Radio Requests, Web Content
Leah Reid, Web Content
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Listserv

Media / Video
Sabrina Peña Young

Eve R. Meyer, Journal Editor in Chief
Christina Reitz, Assistant Editor
Samantha Ege, Laura Pita, and Anita Hanawalt

Webinars –  a series of presentations/workshops/seminars
Migawa Miyajima


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.

Dana Reason, Chair
Eline Cote, Antwerp Location
Monica Buckland, Australia Location
Jane Rigler, Maria Gabriela Alvarado, Morgan Davis, Christina Reitz, and Deborah Saidel


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 actively recruits member and potential board members from under-represented groups, geographies and musical disciplines.

Morgan Davis, Chair
Gaby Alvarado, Co-chair


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



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

Kelly Vaneman
Oboist, Musicologist
Converse College
Spartanburg, SC


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, MI

Jennifer Higdon
Curtis Institute
Philadelphia, PA


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