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Officers & Board of Directors

Organizational Structure

American Bonsai Society's, organizational structure consists of a board of directors, president, officers, executive secretary and journal editor. We do not have headquarters or an office. The Board of Directors (up to 25 in number) oversees the strategic direction and goals for the organization. The President is responsible for implementing the board's directions as well as overseeing the operations of officers and the executive secretary.

Click here to view the ABS By-laws.

Our Officers are responsible for keeping the organization moving forward. Their duties include developing educational programs, guiding the efforts of the annual symposium coordinator, recruiting members, recording the organization's business meetings, tracking and finding finances.

The Executive Secretary is responsible for the day to day tasks needed to keep the organization operating smoothly. This includes central registration processing and maintaining the list of members, responding to business inquiries, etc..

The ABS Journal Editor is responsible for layout, content, and timely publishing of the Bonsai: Journal of the American Bonsai Society, which is the most visible part of the ABS organization.



ABS Officers and Board of Directors


President Karen Harkaway Moorestown, NJ Email
Vice-President Cheryl Sykora Hudson, WI Email
Secretary Katherine "Cat" Nelson South Bend, IN Email
Treasurer George Buehler Prospect, KY Email
Past President George Buehler Prospect, KY Email



Board of Directors
Scott Chadd Placerville, CA Email 2015
Karen Harkaway Moorestown, NJ Email 2016
Helene Magruder Indianola, IA Email 2016
Brussel Martin Collierville, TN Email 2016
Cheryl Sykora Hudson, WI Email 2016
Todd Schlafer Denver, CO Email 2016
Mark Fields Greenwood, IN Email 2016
Doug Hawley Cincinnati, OH Email 2017
Katherine "Cat" Nelson Keota, IA Email 2017
Martin Schmalenberg Stillwater, NJ Email 2017
Andy Smith Deadwood, SD Email 2017
Dan Turner Naperville, IL Email 2017
David Easterbrook Laval, Quebec Email 2017
Arthur Skolnik Toronto, ON Email 2017
Dave Hodgetts Albany, NY Email 2017  
Gary Wharton Kennewick, WA Email 2017
Dave Bogan Lynnville, IN Email 2018
John Denton Montgomery, TX Email 2018
Pauline Muth Montgomery, TX Email 2018
John Wiessinger Ithica, NY Email 2018


Journal Editor - Robert King
ABS Website - Paul Stokes Email
ABS Advertising- Todd Schlafer
Newsletter Editor- Dave Bogan


ABS Executive Secretary

Barbara Bogan
ABS Executive Secretary
PO Box 6
Lynnville, IN 47619, U.S.A
Telephone: (812) 922-5451

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