September 9, 2015

Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Alan McHale
President
Alan was born and raised in Scotland, emigrating to America in 2001. He has been with the Foundation for nine years, becoming President in 2013. Alan works in Sales and Marketing, obtaining a Masters Degree from Aberdeen University, and Bachelors from Edinburgh University. Alan has been a drummer and percussionist from the age of 14, playing bands throughout the UK. Alan has also been a fundraiser for many charities and has raised an estimated $1m+ for different charities both in Scotland and here in the USA over the past 20 years. Renaming the Dunedin Highland Games Committee in June of 2015 to the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation, authoring the very first Strategic Plan, and securing a location to expand Scottish programs are significant milestones he is very proud of. Alan sees his role as President, “to harness the good will and energy of the many volunteers involved with the Foundation to continue to bring the values of Scottish Culture to the youth of Dunedin”.
Dave Everett
Executive Director
Dave has been a member of the organization for many years, beginning as a parent of both a highland dancer and bagpiper who grew up in the Dunedin school programs. Dave is the Foundation’s Operations Director in charge of our major events. Dave and his wife are experienced charity leaders who have volunteered many hours for popular Pinellas events: Turkey Trot, Clearwater Jazz Festival, Dunedin Mardi Gras and others. Dave works as a management consultant and trainer.
Joan McHale
Executive Director
Joan has been with the organization for nine years and is the Director of Marketing, Social Media, Membership and is the Chair of the DSAF Hall. Joan was raised in a Scottish home by parents who immigrated from Edinburgh. She has made a dozen trips to Scotland over the years to visit her many family members and friends. Joan is a City of Dunedin employee and a Suncoast Hospice volunteer for 18 years. Joan has served as Athletics Director and Treasurer. Joan manages the operation of the DSAF Hall and maintains 2 Websites and 3 Facebook pages.
Iain Donaldson
Director of Scottish Programs
Iain is the Pipe Band Director at Dunedin High School, Dunedin Middle School, Director of Piping for the City of Dunedin and current Pipe Major of the Grade 2 City of Dunedin Pipe Band. Iain holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of NY Buffalo. Iain began piping at age ten, and enrolled in his first pipe band, Niagara District Pipe Band (Canada) at the Grade 2 level. Iain served with the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band (Grade 1) in Toronto, Canada for 23 years, and was Pipe Sergeant for the last 5 years. The band achieved North American Champion, US Open Champion and Canadian Champion Supreme on numerous occasions, and in 1987, was crowned World Pipe Band Champions, making them the first overseas pipe band to win this title. From 2005 to 2011 Iain played with The House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, Scotland. During this time, Iain contributed to achieving British Champions, Cowal Champions, Champion of Champions and World Pipe Band Champions. Under Iain’s direction, the DHS Grade 4 Pipe Band has earned the title of EUSPBA Champion in the State of Florida during the 2013 and 2014 competition season. In 2016, the City of Dunedin Grade 2 won the North American Championship in Canada. In 2017 they won the American Championships in Virginia and 4th in the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland . Iain and his wife Moira own and operate Lothian Kilt Rentals and Bagpipe Supplies (formerly The British Shop), a family business established in 1965. The store is located on Main Street in Dunedin, where they cater to everything bagpipes and Scottish attire.
Heather Gracy
Liaison
Heather Gracy (Commissioner of the City of Dunedin) was appointed by the City Commission as a liaison to our Committee (now Foundation). Heather has served us since 2013, and is a great ambassador for the Scottish Arts. Commissioner Gracy is a big supporter or all of our events, and we appreciate her leadership in all matters relating to City government, and was instrumental in helping us find our very first home at 1134 Douglas Avenue.
Lindsey Mallon
Executive Director
Lindsey Dubock Mallon is an Executive Director of the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation as well as a member of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators and the British Association of Teachers of Dance. She grew up competing in the Dunedin Highland Games. She is the director of the Isle of Skye Highland Dancers. Lindsey is a former Champion Highland Dancer and certified instructor through the BATD. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida. Lindsey organizes highland dance competitions including the Florida Open Highland Dance Championship and loves to promote the art of Highland Dance.
Dr. Pat Snair
Executive Director
Dr. Pat Snair has the longest history of any member of the Executive Board. Her father, Sid Snair, was the founder of the first Dunedin Highland Games in 1967! He, along with fellow High School Band Booster Gerry Willis, started the Highland Games as a fundraiser for the Dunedin High School Band. Thanks to those early beginning, in 2016 we now celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Dr. Pat Snair is the owner of Back 'N Balance, a Dunedin chiropractic office. She has been a licensed chiropractor since 1981 and is involved in many organizations in the City of Dunedin, including North Dunedin Rotary and is a talented bagpiper. Dr. Pat is the Director of Community Outreach for the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation and we are very fortunate to have her knowledge and experience.
Christine Gogola
Executive Director
Christine is our Foundation Secretary and Executive Director. She has two daughters in the Scottish Arts Programs, both Dunedin Highland Middle School and Dunedin Scottish Highlanders High School Bands and has been an active volunteer for many years. Christine is full of energy and enthusiasm and is a welcome addition to the Board.
Tim Breaux
Executive Director
Tim is our Volunteer Coordinator and also the busy father of two daughters in the Scottish Arts Programs.
Ed DeLaura
Executive Director
Ed is a founding member of the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation. Ed is responsible for the good looks of our Hall, every improvement has Ed's "stamp" on it, from the new bar to the bathroom renovations to the entire paint job! Ed and his wife Barb are members of the DSAF Hall Committee and coordinate events and Hall rentals.
Yvette Poth
Executive Director
Yvette is Chair of Concessions, responsible for catering of all of our events. She has two daughters in the Scottish Arts Programs involved in Highland Dance and Piping. Yvette and husband Jim serve on the Hall Committee and assist in coordinating Hall events and Rentals. Yvette and Jim bring many years of experience to our Board.

 

 

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