The following is a partial and living list of the leadership positions within your POrtalBurn organization. If you wish to influence this information you can always nominate yourself for the board or a lead role by filling out the appropriate application.
Board of Directors
POrtalBurn 2017 Department Leadership Team
Parking Lead: Nathan Andrew Wright (Hot Dog)
The Parking Lead will manage all aspects of parking logistics. Temporary ‘on site’ passes will need to be administered, and cars in queue will need to be managed. Parking will need to be managed during exodus as well. Ability to help people avoid cars from getting stuck in the mud is a bonus.
Fire Team Lead: Off-Site Lead: Damon Hudac (Toad King) / On-Site Lead: Rob Morton (Rocksalt)
Responsible for establishing safety protocols for all things that burn, including barrels and art. They will lead the team that monitors all burn activity. All local fires must be in burn barrels or enclosed elevated fire pits. No burning on the ground and no outside firewood is permitted. Previous fire management experience will be important.
Medical: Lead: Steven Lowinger (Butterfly) / Assistant: Lynn Browne (Beauty)
The Medical Coordinator will develop ways to identify best practices for medical emergencies, big and small, should they arise. The Medical Lead does not need medical training themselves.
Ticketing/Greeter: Ticketing: Nicholas Giove (Nyk) / Greeting: Julie Bells
The Ticket Lead will create and manage the process for collecting tickets, distributing wristbands, signing waivers, and any other tasks that are managed at the gate. We do not have an electronic method at this time, so they’ll need to work with our existing paper process. This group will also incorporate Greeting functions, so you’ll need to take charge and be organized… those Greeters can be an awfully rowdy bunch. Greeters will be responsible for welcoming participants to the event while answering questions and educating people about the principles of our event.
Volunteer Lead: Lead: Katy McClure (KT-Rex) / On-Site Coordinator: Marion Petty (MnPy/Moon Pie)
The Volunteer Lead will be responsible for designing, implementing, and administering an online signup for volunteers (or use the existing system which is Sign-up Genius) from the time tickets go on sale to the event date. They will work with all other leads in advance of ticket sales to determine the number of volunteer positions needed using online communication tools such as Slack. Through the use of social media, email, and other creative forms of communication, they will ensure slots get filled before the event and keep the community informed. The Volunteer Lead will also work with BOD liaison to determine volunteer department budgeting and other pre-event and onsite needs. On-site, the Volunteer Lead will oversee The Volunteer Biosphere to ensure smooth transitions between on-site sign up, communication with other departments, and shift changes. Excellent communication skills, being motivational and well organized are much needed skills! POrtalburn has an outstanding culture of volunteerism, and being in this role makes YOu the Volunteer Guru.
Theme Camp Lead/Placement: Keith Weil (Teeth)
This Lead will be responsible for developing the theme camp application process (or using our existing one) for theme camps requesting placement, and will determine where each camp will be placed. There will be a limited number of sound camp placements so you’ll work with the Sound Lead to place sound camps appropriately. You’ll also coordinate with the Art Lead to help ensure all art requiring placement has the space it needs for all to enjoy. You get to plan our event layout and make pretty maps!
Ranger Team: Leads: John Cholewa & Bobby Reynolds (Pixy) / Assistants: Brendan Bulson (Omega) & Chris Craft (Crafty)
Ranger Lead will train, organize and oversee the Ranger volunteers. Previous Ranger experience will be required. Looking sexy in khaki is desired, but not crucial.
HELP Guide: Angela Freeman
The HELP guide is our all-in-one document for Happenings, Events, Logistics and Principles. The Lead will develop a system for event submission (or use our existing one) and will oversee the content, design, layout, and printing of these booklets. Coordinator will recruit members to assist with art and content to make it pretty and informative!
DPW: Setup: Greg Cunningham (Bird) / Strike: Thomas Tighe (Water Bee)
New to DPW-land this year: two leads! The DPW Leads will spearhead activities such as pre-event work weekends, event set up, post-event cleanup, and manage the DPW team. The Leads will work together to determine needed infrastructure for the event. One Lead will focus on setting up the event, and will thus need to be in attendance at least a day prior to opening. Along with their team, this Lead will prep all the infrastructure needed. The second Lead will be responsible for breaking down the site on Monday, with the appropriate team. This Lead will also be responsible for getting all of the infrastructure into the storage unit. Both Leads may be required to be a part of pre-event work weekends as needed. The ability to kick ass, drink whiskey and growl at people is not a requirement but it sure can come in handy!
LIPR (Lighting/Propaganda/Radios): Doug Shire (Nataraj)
POrtalBurn relies on lights to mark out a few critical parts of the property. The Light Lead will oversee the team that turns on the lights at dusk, and turns them off at dawn. DPW will place the required lights prior to the start of the event and collect them at the end of the event. This role also includes improving our radio management procedures, and overall event signage.
Art Department Lead: Debi Mansour (Crackerjack)
The Art Lead will develop a process for art grant requests, recruit and lead a team to review and vote on art grant applications as well as effigy builder applications. They’ll work with Theme Camp Lead to determine art placement, and assist art recipients in finding the location to place their art.
Sound Lead: Steve Jenks (Sassafras)
The Sound Lead will be responsible for upholding and enforcing POrtalBurn’s ‘sound policy’ (posted publicly on the POrtalBurn website). This will happen by recruiting a few sound volunteers to help the Lead monitor the event. The Sound Lead will be the point person to address any sound issues that may arise. The Sounds Lead will likely collaborate with the Theme Camp lead. We are lucky to have a very relaxed sound policy, but that comes with responsibility!
Conclave: Amanda McLaughlin (Storm)
The Conclave Lead will organize and oversee our POrtalBurn Conclave, including safety procedures and preparation to ensure we have a safe and exciting celebration on Burn night!