2021-22 NPBB Elections

The New Palestine Band Booster Board is made up of nine parents/guardians who meet once a month to plan/discuss/coordinate the many activities that our programs undertake each year. Each position is voted on yearly during a booster meeting (April 27th this year. We’ll be hosting a virtual meeting to conduct elections) and all terms are one year in length.

Any involved parent/guardian of a Marching – Jazz – Concert – Guard student is invited to be on the ballot.

Listed below are the positions and the general responsibilities for each position.

If you have any questions and/or are interested in being a candidate for a board position, please fill out this Google Form and one of our board members or myself will contact you ASAP. – Mr. C

Current 2021-22 Ballot (4/26/21)

Slated for President:

Kathy Thrasher (Current President)
The 2021-22 school year will be my 7th  year as a Band Booster.  I previously served as NPBB Treasurer (2013-14) and NPBB President (2014-16 and 2020-21).  During my tenure on the Board, I have also served as Concessions Chair and IPA Contest Coordinator as well as assisted with uniforms and props.  As a bus driver for CSCSHC, I have been privileged to drive the Marching Dragons to competitions in the past and look forward to doing so again.   While my son has chosen not to continue his band career at this time ☹, my niece will be continuing in the program.  Callie will be a Junior next school year and plays mellophone and French horn.  Even though it can be challenging at times, being involved with this program is truly one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  From interacting with and getting to know the kids to developing relationships with their parents, I thoroughly enjoy being a part of this amazing group.

Slated for Vice- President:

Alan Ausbrooks (Current Community Liaison/Online Coordinator)
Serving as the Online Coordinator/Community Liaison for the previous two years has been a BLAST! (LOL).  I am ready to take the next step within the Band Boosters Organization.  My daughter will be a junior next year and is involved with band and color guard, which means I get two more years to try and spin up the momentum on our Band Board.

I believe we are poised to continue building a great system that will encourage parents to be more involved, through making it fun to volunteer – not feel like a chore.  Parental volunteering is the heart that pumps blood through our performing arts department.  If the heart’s not strong, neither is the  department.  Like Hanz & Franz, let’s get pumped up!

Slated for Secretary:

Amy Wood (current Secretary)
I served this past year as the Secretary for the New Palestine Band Boosters. If elected, I would like to serve again as the NPBB Secretary. My appreciation for music began at an early age when I started taking piano lessons. When I was in middle school, I began learning to play the clarinet, but once I got to high school, my band director convinced me to play the bass clarinet. I then played the bass clarinet until I went to college, and once there, my college band director convinced me to up the ante a bit by playing the contrabass clarinet!
Although I don’t have the time to play much anymore, I still enjoy music and am glad to be involved in the New Palestine Band Booster program because of my daughter’s love of music. As a sophomore, Elena is involved in color guard and is very glad to be able to complete this year’s winter guard season. My hope for the NPBB is that we can create an inviting environment for the new students and parents that join our “band family”, so that ultimately the band will grow and flourish in the years to come.

Brandi Doolittle
I am just about 2 years new to the state of Indiana. Before this I was an Army wife of 22 years and bounced around doing different jobs to supplement my husband’s income. During those years, I volunteered as a treasurer for River City Soccer Club (Phenix City, AL), a treasurer for the Cougar Foundation (2/2 Cavalry Reg, Vilseck, Germany), and a 6th grade catechist (Our Lady of the Woods and Wilderness, Rose Barracks, Germany). The majority of my work experience has been in property management throughout Georgia and Alabama (Ft. Benning, GA area). Currently I am a general accountant for Gene B. Glick in Castleton and I love living in Indiana. I would like to participate in the Booster Board to help support my 8th grade son, Brady Doolittle (trumpet), moving into the High School Marching Band this coming school year. We are both extremely excited to see what this experience will bring.

Slated for Treasurer:

Jorden Hertig (Current Fundraising Coordinator)
I am seeking a second term on the NPBB board. This year I served as Fundraising Coordinator. I look forward to serving on the board during a year when more activities can take place! My son John, who will be a senior, plays the French horn and mellophone. He’s excited to march again, and I’m excited to be involved in what he’s doing as he concludes his high school career. My husband and I also have two younger children in the school district. I’m organized, reliable, and ready to jump into another great year with this  organization. I hope my contributions as a board member can help continue to make this program a successful one.

Slated for Student Account Coordinator:

Dawn Smith (Current Student Acct Coordinator)
For the last two years I have served in the position of Student Account Coordinator. Prior to that I served as the Guard Liaison for one year.  During my time I have also served as the Winter Guard Contest Coordinator.  I am seeking to be re-elected as your Student Account Coordinator.
My daughter is currently finishing her Junior year and plans to continue to participate as a Color Guard member in the fall. Personally, I marched four seasons with the Warren Central High School Gold Brigade and performed four seasons with their Winter Guard.  Although my time to perform is long over, my love for the art is still strong. I have a master’s degree in Accounting and work extremely well under pressure. I enjoy working with the program and getting to know new families through a common bond. I am excited for the next year and seeing our group back on the field!

Brandi Doolittle
(Bio listed under Secretary)

Julie Marino
I have two incoming freshmen for the upcoming year. Rarely do I find a common interest between my children, but they seem to have found that common interest in the band program. I would like to help not only my children excel in the program, but I would also like support the band program through their journey. I also have a third grader at Sugar Creek Elementary who we hope will share the same interest in the band program. My husband and I both work at Community Health Network and have lived in New Palestine for 8 years. I am excited for this potential opportunity to support the New Palestine Band program by either serving on the NPBB or through other opportunities as they become available.

Slated for Online Coordinator/Community Liaison:

Julie Marino
(Bio listed under Student Accounts)

Brandi Doolittle
(Bio listed under Secretary)

Lindsay Meyer
My husband, Tim, and I have three children. Our eldest daughter is a current 8th grader at NPJH. As a child, I attended three schools in my 8th grade year alone. While I was fortunate enough to attend one high school for all four years, my parents were sadly not very involved in my education. As such, my ability to participate in extracurricular activities was limited. As many of us likely feel, I want better for my children. Our daughter, Olivia, has really found her stride playing in band and is very excited to begin marching band. Our second child is a first grader and our youngest is in preschool. We have many many New Pal school years ahead of us and I plan to be as involved as I possibly can. Being on the board of the boosters will be my first big step into immersing myself in New Pal and my daughter’s passion for music. As an Indiana transplant and not a native, I also hope to become more familiar with other New Pal parents and community members.

Slated for Concessions Coordinator:

Lindsay Meyer
(Bio listed under Online Coordinator/Community Liaison)

Slated for Fundraising Coordinator:

Slated for Sponsorship Coordinator:
Open (can fill internally)