President Alan McHale. Alan is a Life Member of the SAS, and emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland in 2001. Alan is experienced in fundraising and was President of the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation from 2013 to 2018, producing the Dunedin Highland Games and Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival. Alan works to promote Scottish heritage in the Community and is working to implement strategic planning and budgeting to the Scottish American Society of Dunedin.
Vice President. Dave Stewart is a Life Member of the SAS, and has held various positions on the Board including President and Membership Chair, so he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in running a non-profit organization. Dave manages our alcohol license and bar.
Director Joan McHale. Joan is an experienced administrative manager, with over 20 years of volunteer service for Suncoast Hospice Empath Health. Joan has volunteered for Scottish organizations in Dunedin since 2008. Joan’s parents emigrated to the USA from Edinburgh, Scotland. Joan manages our marketing and media, authors the e-newsletter Rampant Rag, and is our Hall Manager.
Director Sarah Bynum. Sarah enjoys Dunedin’s thriving music and cultural events with her husband John MacDonald. With her Irish roots in Donegal and John’s upbringing in the Highlands, they have a love of Celtic music, history and researching ancestors who moved to America to pursue their dreams. Sarah supports all aspects of the Center, but especially enabling it to grow as a meeting and drop in place for locals and visitors.
Director Paula Smith. Paula is of Scottish descent and is the coordinator of our Scots Gaelic and Genealogy workshops on a Sunday evening. Paula is a member of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band and plays the bagpipes and is our Membership Director.
Director Kirsten Stiff Walker. Kirsten is the Director of the Progressive Arts Group in Dunedin. She teaches youth of all ages singing, dancing and drama. They hold performances at our facility, as well as participate in our Scottish events. Kirsten and her team bring fun and energy to the team!