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The Firefly Arts Collective Board of Directors is comprised of the following members (Bios below):

  • Blake Courtney (blake@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Brian Endy (bendy@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Jon Evans (jon@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Jered Floyd (jered@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Talena Gandy – Vice President (talena@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Frank Gerratana – President and Director of Legal Affairs (frankg@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Brian Gowdey (gougey@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Liz LaManche (liz@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Mike MacHenry (magneato@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Carly Nix (carly@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Kendra Pugh – Clerk (kendra@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Julia Sapashnik – Treasurer (jsapashn@fireflyartscollective.org)
  • Dan Snyder (dan@fireflyartscollective.org)

For general Firefly questions, please email: info@fireflyartscollective.org

To contact the Firefly Board of Directors, please email: board@fireflyartscollective.org

Note: Mail to Board list also will go to selected Board alumni listed below, and Event Co-Leads Tarn,  L-Train, and Missy. Board Alumni on the list:

  • Forest Handford
  • Jesse Campbell
  • Sage Kochavi
  • Sharon Kubo

Current Board Member Bios

Blake Courtney
Board Member since 2011. Good with hammers.

Brian “Bendy” Endy
Brian has been going to Firefly every year since 2011 and each year he has gotten more involved. He has always camped with the Lion’s and is one of their Core Leaders, mainly helping with high-level decisions, treasury responsibilities, and fire duties. Brian was the Co-Lead of Fire Core from 2016-2019, focusing on fire spinning and performance including running Conclave. 2019 was his first year as the Safety Cluster Lead in addition to his other leadership roles. This meant that he worked with the leads of all of the safety cores (i.e. Rangers, First Aid, Fire, Sanctuary, and Radio) and the Festival Committee before, during, and after the event. At Firefly you can usually find Brian running around with a radio, spinning fire, or hanging in a hammock at the Lions.

Jon Evans
Jon’s first Firefly was in 2011, and he returned in 2012 to found The Universe theme camp, which he’s been bringing back to the woods every year since. When he’s not camping, he works as an electrical engineer (currently building 3D printers) and has used those skills to collaborate with other Fireflies on various LED art installations over the years. He’s also active with the organization of the NECTR regional burn, where among other duties he leads the Ranger core. When not working on circuits, he enjoys playing music, cooking, brewing delicious beverages, and cycling.

Jered Floyd
After hearing about Burning Man for years, Jered’s first burns were Firefly and Burning Man in 2006. At Burning Man, he organized both Kamp Kaos and The Hive village from 2011 through 2018, and became both a member of the Firefly Board of Directors and a Burning Man Regional Contact in 2013. With a background in technology and management, Jered likes building robust, complex, useful systems out of bits, atoms, and/or people (with their consent), and supports most of the extended Boston Burner community IT infrastructure behind the scenes. He enjoys helping create the opportunity for our community to welcome new participants, experiment, create, amaze, and expand the impact of our principles at the event and beyond. At Firefly, Jered can typically be found cooking over the campfire at Meat Camp.

Talena Gandy
Talena moved to Boston from the left Portland in late 2012, just in time to catch Decompression. Her first Firefly was the following year, but she’d been to Burning Man twice at that point, and had been involved in running a theme camp at the Oregon regional, SOAK, for several years. She’s been to each Firefly since, and Burning Man once more. Talena has a background in emergency management, and logistics, which translates shockingly well to the burner sphere. She’s captained Bring A Cup for several years and has been on the Board since April 2017, serving as Vice President since January 2019. You may have spotted her dressed like a pirate at Firefly, at Safety Third cooking vast quantities of mac & cheese, or at Decom running around with a radio as the event lead. When not organizing people and things, she’s cooking for her roommates and friends, visiting Maine, or hopping a plane to the PNW to play pirate with her crew of 14+ years.

Frank Gerratana
Frank has been to Firefly since 2012, served as Placement co-lead for two years before joining the Board, and co-founded camp Electric Kool-Aid Vision Quest. He’s also been to 6 Burning Mans (Burnings Man? Burning Men?), and a few regional burns. His day job is in legal stuff so he usually deals with Firefly’s legal stuff too. Outside of Firefly he does a lot of local political activism.

Brian Gowdey
Brian began his journey to the flame in 2009 because of an episode of Malcom in the Middle (S7E1 “Malcolm Goes to Burning Man”) during a period of unemployment. Realizing that there really was a place for him in this world, he convinced a bunch of creatives to take him with them. Brian has been to BM and firefly ten times and on the Firefly board since 2017. Brian created the first AutoSub beer cannon just after his first burn as well as the giant automatic subconscious sign in 2012 that could be seen across playa guiding Boston burners home. Brian has camped with AutoSub and KAOS five times each and camps with Meat camp at Firefly. He has been a Ranger and a Sanctuary volunteer as well as co-lead of Sanctuary for two years. He is also an amateur DJ and goes by Gougey or Lido. He is a Network/Systems Administrator in the default world. Other burns Brian has been to include Transformus and PDF.

Liz LaManche
Liz LaManche started going to the big burn in 2004, has been to 14 Fireflies and 10 Burning Mans. Originally an Autosubber on the playa (2005-2011 building lots of infrastructure and making deco art), Liz started learning aerial silk at Burning Man 2004 and grew to perform in and run the pre-Bug-Burn circus show at Firefly that was a tradition for about 9 years, with her partner Phil. Lately Liz has been concentrating on public art and LED lighted paintings, done artwork for Playa projects (Cosmic Praise in 2014, Luster Cluster in 2017), as well as serving a 6-year stint on the Firefly Board. She was on the original working group advocating for creating the Conduct Committee. Liz also uses her web and UI professional skills on the Communications Committee editing and maintaining the FF website.

Mike “Magneato” MacHenry
Mike MacHenry, aka Magneato, has been going to Firefly for about nine years and has been a ranger for all but the first. Through the years, Magneato has been a member of FUCC most years and has volunteered for parking, gate, and greeters. In 2019 Magneato took over as ranger lead.

Carly Nix
Carly’s first burn was Firefly in 2015. She returned as a co-lead of the Mush Room for 4 years and a main collaborator on Amanita musicalia (the big glowing sound-reactive mushroom sculptures), for which she and collaborator Chris Chronopoulos received 2 Firefly art grants. She’s been to 10 burns so far, including her first big burn in 2019 with Electric Koolaid in the Hive. At Firefly she’s also helped out with bug builds, the Steam Bath Project and consent initiatives. In default world her day job is running HR for a tech startup in Somerville. She was formerly a radio producer for NPR’s Car Talk, director of Industry Lab coworking space and art gallery where she founded their artist-in-residence program, and a steering committee member of an anarchist community media center and radio station. Outside of work and Firefly, her biggest passions are making art, community building, and connecting with nature.

Kendra Pugh
Kendra’s first burn was Firefly in 2008. She started a camp, made big art, and worked medical during the burn before starting to work on Placement with Pecan, Danielle, and Finn. In a former life she was an EMT, and helped coordinate the first medical transport from the event in 2012.  She joined the Firefly board in 2015 and now prefers the more boring task of taking notes and filing paperwork with the state. She usually works at least one ranger shift. At the big burn, she camps with KAOS, makes big art that Hapto inevitably touches up, and occasionally works for Gayte. At NECTR she runs bachelorette parties and yells at people who can’t drive trucks safely.

Julia Sapashnik
Julia’s first burn was Burning Man 2015, where she project managed an art installation at the base of the man, Shock-a-Chakra. This was a very pleasant experience as Julia loves herding cats and working on art. A CPA by trade, In her regular day job she manages risk for a large consulting company building out their technology business. After 2015 BM, Julia attended Firefly 2016 for the first time, and found her people! She then decided to get more involved in the community, using her unique set of skills, therefore applying to be Treasurer of the FAC in 2017. 2019 was her third year attending Firefly as a BOD member. You can find her in her flight suit at a Board on Call shift during the bug burn, or at Steam Bath making sure the hippies are properly steamed. Julia attended the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference in 2017 and hopes to attend the next one in 2020. Julia has since been to Burning Man in 2016 and 2018. She camps with Steam Bath Project (Nectar Village) on the playa and at Firefly. She really enjoys music, project managing, building stuff and art, and connecting with the community.

Dan Snyder
Dan has been a Firefly since 2008. He’s helped design and build many Bugs, along with one Firefly temple and one Goat; and also worked on effigies for Frostburn and NECTR. You may have seen him at every work weekend since 2012.  Dan’s been on the Board for six years and Ticket Core for nearly as long; he helped found the Conduct Committee and Festival Committee. In addition to being a hippie, Dan is a scientist and a midwesterner. He camps with Little Winter Hill at Firefly, and KAOS at BRC, typically because he got suckered into building big art.

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