In 2012 our community registered with the IRS and formed a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Part of this process was to create a functional Board of Directors. Our community would not be where it is today without the numerous hours of leadership time volunteered by our Board of Directors. Their contribution is invaluable.

At the end of 2013, we reorganized the responsibilities of the BOD into committees with each BOD member serving as a committee director. Below is information about each committee, its responsibilities, and associated departments. The committees will consist of volunteers just like you! If you are interested in participating on a committee or want more information, just let us know.


Current Board of Directors 2017


Stan Clawson

BOD Chair / Executive Director

Responsibilities of Chair: Visionary role. BOD leadership and direction. Primary BOD contact working with Regional Contacts and Burning Man. Presides over regularly scheduled BOD meetings. Negotiates festival venue contract. Leads the Executive Committee. Works to ensure BOD harmony. Updates and ensures all BOD members are aware of festival BODOD shift
responsibilities. Sits as a member of the Finance Committee and Marketing Department. Sets and adheres to Executive Budget.

Responsibilities of Executive Committee: Ensure the perpetual functionality of the E11 BOD and all functions of E11, Inc.

Members of Executive Committee: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Operations Manager.



Matt Vagabond

BOD Vice Chair / Arts Director

Responsibilities of Vice Chair: Sits as a member of the Executive Committee. Works with the BOD Chair to further develop the vision of Element 11. Additionally, the Vice-Chair is the Director of one of the BOD Committees listed on the following pages.

Arts Director

Responsibilities: Provides direction and support to the art and artists of the Element 11 Festival and the community. Sits as a member of the Art Grants and Marketing Departments. Ensures all aspects of Precompression are planned and permitted in advance and executed timely. Works with the Creative Director and EPW for art placement. Liaises with effigy builders. Manages the Center Camp and EMV Departments. Recruits and manages volunteers for departmental lead roles. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Art Grants Department

Responsibilities: Recruits Art Grants Department members from BOD and within the community. Manages the art grant process for both festival and community art grants, including application and selection process, and artist management during project development.

Elemental Mutant Vehicle (EMV) Department

Responsibilities: Oversees mutant vehicles at all E11 events including registration and check-in for E11 Festival.

Pre-Burn Show Department

Responsibilities: Coordinates between the fire conclave shin and other performance groups to create the E11 Festival pre-burn show. Organizes stage/performance area, lighting, and sound. Oversees stage management of pre-burn show.  Volunteer lead required: Stage Manager.


Cassie Plant

Cassie Plant (Ranger Spirit)

BOD General Manager

Responsibilities: Oversees all operational aspects of E11, Inc. Oversees creating and updating all BOD and festival policies/procedures, the master operations plan, and organizational structure. Ensures business contracts and insurance coverage are in place as needed. Oversees the Salt Shaker newsletter. Handles any festival licensing or permitting applications. Coordinates festival BODOD shifts. Sits as a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Marketing Department. Sets and adheres to the General Manager budget.

Grant Writing Department

Responsibilities: Researches grants, creates grant application packets, and submits for grants for Element 11 to receive funding from outside sources for our festival and community. Volunteer lead required.



Michelle Davis (Ranger Lushus)

BOD Secretary / Corporate Records

Responsibilities: Archives BOD records. Takes minutes at all BOD meetings and Town Halls. Sends out meeting announcements.
Distributes copies of agenda and minutes to each BOD member. Ensures all corporate records are maintained. Maintains corporate history. Sits as a member of the Executive Committee. Manages the Grant Writing Department including volunteer leads, if any. Sets and adheres to Corporate Records Budget.




Olga Nikishin

BOD Treasurer / Volunteer Director

Responsibilities: Performs the financial functions of E11, Inc., including but not limited to the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports. Works with accountant for preparation of annual tax filings. Completes and files monthly sales tax reimbursement report. Receives and manages donation money and records. Leads the development of the annual budget. Reviews, updates, and adheres to the Finance Policy. Sits as a member of the Executive Committee. Manages the Volunteer and Volunteer Lounge Departments. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of Finance Committee: Chair, Finance Director, General Manager, and a bank account signer (BOD member only).

Volunteer Department

Responsibilities: Ensures Element 11’s volunteers are supported and that all participants can find information needed to sign up for volunteer shifts both before and during WBTC & E11. Recruits volunteers for all E11 events. Ensures all aspects of Volunteer Day are planned and permitted in advance and executed timely. Coordinates with Volunteer Appreciation program. Manages the Volunteer Recruitment Department. Assists Directors in recruiting volunteers for day lead roles.

Volunteer Lounge Department Responsibilities: Organizes and manages Volunteer Lounge for WBTC and E11 Festival. Volunteer lead(s) required.


Sara Tiger

Sara Tiger

BOD Community Jedi Princess

Responsibilities: Encourages year-around community involvement through theme camps and other events. Ensures all aspects of the other events are planned and permitted in advance and executed timely. Organizes and regulates theme and sound camps.
Liaises between camps and BOD. Oversees camp registration process. Works with EPW for festival camp placement. Secures venues for all other events. Ensures all aspects of Burners in the Park are planned and permitted in advance and executed timely.
Manages the Greeters Department. Recruits and manages volunteers for departmental lead roles. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of Community Services Committee: Any BOD and/or volunteer.

Burning Angels Department

Responsibilities: Supports volunteers with good cheer, care, and refreshments. Volunteer lead required.

B.E.D Department

Responsibilities: Promotes consent and education within the community.


Theme Camp Department

Responsibilities: Organizes, regulates, and liaises theme camps. Works with EPW for festival camp placement. Gathers and organizes Theme Camp activities for the WWW guide.



Martian Gassner

BOD Community Development

Responsibilities: Champions burner ethos & culture, the 10 Principles, and the Element 11 cause. Organizes monthly activities within the community focused on building community, learning about burner culture, and building/strengthening friendships. Focuses on monthly activities that allow new and current community members to engage with our community year-around rather than just at the Element 11 event. Encourages community members to get involved with community by volunteering and directs community members to volunteer opportunities. Responsible for hosting the Volunteer Appreciation Party. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of Community Development Committee: Any BOD and/or volunteer.



Daren Sabin (Ranger Latch Key)

BOD Technologies Director

Responsibilities: Manages website maintenance/upgrades, search engine optimization, and content publication. Ensures festival internet access for Emergency Services and possibly live stream camera feed. Maintains and updates fleet of Ranger, BOD, and departmental festival radios. Establishes and maintains the event communications network. Sets-up festival VOIP Phone for Emergency Services. Recruits leads if needed and manages departmental volunteers. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of Technologies Committee: Any BOD and/or volunteer.




BOD Elemental Public Works (EPW) Director

Responsibilities: Responsible for festival survey, layout, and infrastructure including signs and public area lighting. Manages porta-potties, clean-up and restoration. Recruits leads and manages volunteers for EPW crews. Organizes placement team (Arts, EOC, DAD, & Theme Camps). Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of EPW Committee: Any BOD and/or volunteer. Volunteer leads required: Festival Leave No Trace/MOOP Map, Festival Lighting/Signage, and Festival Land/Grid.


Wynn John

Wynn John (Ranger Rollover)

BOD Edge of Chaos (EOC) Director

Responsibilities: Ensures E11 conducts safe, legal events. Ensures appropriate medical, ranger, and security support is provided at all E11 events. Primary contact for hired security and perimeter at events. Law enforcement officer (LEO) liaison. Ranger liaison.
Engine 11 (festival volunteer fire response team) liaison. Sanctuary liaison. Manages departmental recruitment policies. Recruits and manages departmental lead volunteers. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of EOC Committee: Any BOD and/or volunteer. Volunteer leads required: Rangers Lead, Medical Lead, and Engine 11 Lead.

Congratulations to our newly-elected 2017 Board Members!


Callie Voss

BOD Ballyhoo Captain

Responsibilities: Clamorously and vigorously advances the Element 11 cause. Promotes community involvement. Creates promotion/educational material and media. Mistress of propaganda. Primary point of contact for all public relations inquiries. Responsible for updates to website content. Creates and sends the Salt Shaker newsletter. Ensures consistent messaging, feel, and branding for all outward communication (Facebook posts, the Salt Shaker Newsletter, website content, and festival guides). Recruits and manages volunteers for departmental lead roles. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of Ballyhoo Committee: Any BOD and/or volunteer.

Marketing Collateral Department

Responsibilities: Creates festival marketing collateral. Volunteer lead required.



Phillip Oleson

BOD Dangerous Arts Director

Responsibilities: Educates community about fire safety. Develops/updates departmental policies. Oversees all effigy burn activities including fueling and liaising with the artists. Orchestrates fire performer wristband program with the Fire Tribe. Coordinates effigy placement. Manages Engine 11 (festival volunteer fire response team). Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Members of Dangerous Arts Committee: Any BOD and/or volunteer.

Engine 11 Fire Department

Responsibilities: Ensures fire safety during effigy burns.



Rachel Gillmor Hamilton (Ranger Ratchet)

BOD Box Office/Ticketing, Gate, & Ice Sales

Responsibilities: Oversees ticketing to all Element 11 events. Manages the Gate, Box Office, and Ice Sales Departments. Organizes logistics for each quarterly Town Hall event. Recruits and manages volunteers for departmental lead roles. Sets and adheres to Committee Budget.

Box Office Department

Responsibilities: Manages ticketing for all events. Volunteer Lead(s) required: Festival Box Office and Ticket Mailing Lead.

Gate Department

Responsibilities: Oversees all aspects of gate, provides training for gate staff. Day leads required.

Ice Sales Department

Responsibilities: Coordinates advance ice sales and ice sales and distribution at the Element 11 event. Day lead(s) required.



Chase Reed

BOD Center Camp Director and Info Booth

Responsibilities: Supports Center Camp coming alive as a communal space, oversees infrastructure design and build, oversees décor, oversees lighting/electrical needs, ensures stage management for both talent and workshops, recruits and manages center camp volunteer crew(s). Volunteer lead(s) required: Center Camp Wrangler and Décor Team Lead.

Festival Info Booth Department

Responsibilities: Provides information for participants throughout the Element 11 event, works with the Hug Deli for the structure Set-up/Break-down. Manages Lost & Found. Volunteer lead required.

Thanks to our past Board Members

Kari Larson (Ranger Kar-Bear)
David Born
Joe Russo (Ranger Discovery)
J. Wilford Neville (Ranger Genius)
Jeff Reese RC (Ranger Thermyte)
Cathi Kennedy (Ranger Penni Lane)
JP Bernier (Ranger 8Ball)
CL Turner (Ranger Queen-Tut)
Allen Hovey (Ranger Pound Cake)
Mickey Baker (Ranger Cedar)
Diana Brier
Wendy Christensen
Dave Church
Chris Cline
Stevo Le Diable
Derek Dyer
Kameron Hammond
Del Hargis
Aspen Moon
Suzanne Oleson (Ranger Bettie Boop)
Anne Simmons
Alice Toler
John Ward

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