Craig Meltzner (Santa Rosa, CA) began contra dancing in the late 1980’s in San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara. He met his wife Elaine international folk dancing and after they married took up contra dancing with a passion. They raised both their daughters in the dance community and value how this community embraced their family. He began English Country dancing about 5 years ago and enjoys sharing ECD with his contra dance friends. You’ll also find him on the fringes of camp song circles and an occasional ukulele jam session.
He has been a Board member of North Bay Country Dance Society (NBCDS) for about 8 years, serving three years as President and now in his second term as Treasurer. He programs a monthly contra dance series and helps plan the two NBCDS contra dance weekends. He and his wife have also run the BACDS American Week bookstore the past four years.
He is a consultant in affordable housing finance and development and works extensively with non-profit organizations in that role. He has served as an officer and on the boards of several community non-profits besides NBCDS. He has also been an executive director and senior program director of non-profit housing organizations. Because of this experience he feels prepared to offer leadership to CDSS in the areas of non-profit corporate finance and management. He recently joined the CDSS Finance Committee as a community member and looks forward to continued involvement in this critical area of CDSS governance.
“Participation – that’s what’s gonna save the human race,” said Pete Seeger. That’s how Craig sees his local dance and music communities functioning and that’s what CDSS is here to encourage and support. Let’s spread the joy we share singing, dancing, and making music together!