Brothers of the Western District –
I am pleased to announce to you the individuals that will serve as Western District Governors for the upcoming 2015-2017 biennium.
Current WD Governors, James Llamas and James Hudson, will not return as governors for the upcoming biennium. Both James Llamas and James Hudson has been exceptional members of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Leadership team. Their professional life is embedded in the work that we do within Kappa Kappa Psi – bands. Through those efforts, each of them will continue to live the mission and vision of our Fraternity. I wish them both the best of luck in their future, and I wanted to publicly thank them for their tireless efforts as a WD Governor.
Serving as the Western District governors will be Lance Coochyouma and Charlene Ronne.
Charlene Ronne was initiated into the Brotherhood on April 10, 2009 as part of the Lambda Alpha Chapter at the University of California, Irvine. There she pursued and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in History while playing tenor saxophone and trombone in the UC Irvine Anteater Pep Band and the UC Irvine Wind Ensemble. During her time as an active Brother, Charlene was elected to the offices of Chapter Treasurer, Vice-President, and President. Additionally, during her senior year she was elected Western District President of Kappa Kappa Psi and received the honor of being a J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award winner.
Lance is a two-term WD president, and served on the WD Council for four years. Lance was initiated in to the Gamma Kappa chapter at Northern Arizona University in the spring semester of 2001. He served as drum major there for three years, and then transferred to the University of Arizona where he was an active member of the Omega chapter and served as color guard captain. He is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Lance is also a recipient of the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award.
I am confident that Lance and Charlene are going to be an exceptional team, and that we can expect nothing other than excellence from the Western District. As I have heard many times: The best are in the West, and I know that we can expect this to continue.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Lexington, KY this summer for the 2015 National Convention.
National Vice President for Colonization and Membership
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity
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