ABS Leadership and Structure

ABS Leadership and Structure

The ABS is administered by an elected Board of Directors who choose the Officers of the ABS.

Current Board of Directors

Florida-Caribbean ChapterShanti Pierce2022
Louisiana Gulf Coast ChapterW. P. ‘Judge’ Edwards III2021
Northern California ChapterDavid King2023
Pacific Northwest ChapterIan Connor2021
Southeast ChapterDaphne Lewis2022
Southern California ChapterLandy Banks2022
Texas Bamboo Society ChapterHarry Simmons2021
InternationalLuc Boeraeve (Belgium)2021
At Large #1Carole Meckes2022
At Large #2James McCormick2021
At Large #3Robert Saporito2023
At Large #4Kristen Comstock2023
Hawaii ChapterLiaison position open*
Mid-States ChapterLiaison position open*

“Liaison position open” = Chapter membership count is lower than the number required to have a Director on the Board. The Chapter is encouraged to send a non-voting Chapter Liaison to represent the Chapter at the Board meetings and communicate back to the Chapter.

Current Officers

PresidentLuc BoeraeveInternational
Vice PresidentIan ConnorPacific Northwest Chapter
SecretaryDavid KingNorthern California Chapter
Co-TreasurersBill Hollenback & Carole MeckesPacific Northwest Chapter & At-Large

Additional Positions

BAMBOO Magazine EditorDon ShorNorthern California Chapter
BAMBOO Magazine PublisherMichael BartholomewAmerican Bamboo Society
Co-Editors, ABS JournalChris Stapleton, Eduardo Ruiz-SanchezInternational
Editor, Species ListChris StapletonInternational
Source List EditorsBill Hollenback, Ted Jordan Meredith, Noah BellPacific Northwest Chapter
MembershipCarole MeckesTexas Bamboo Society Chapter
AdvertisingJames CleverPacific Northwest Chapter
BOTA LiasonEduardo Ruiz-SanchezBamboo of the Americas
WBO LiaisonSusanne LucasWorld Bamboo Organization
Web Site EditorCarole MeckesTexas Bamboo Society Chapter
Bamboo Help LineKinder Chambers, Noah Bell
Arts & Crafts CoordinatorShanti Pierce

Keep us thriving!

Bamboo is a plant unlike any other. It brings us beauty, food, shelter, fuel, environment, art, inspiration, music, friendship and more. We need every one of you. and your support, you really do matter to us.


Become an ABS Member.

The ABS has members throughout the world! Membership in the American Bamboo Society and one ABS chapter is for the calendar year and includes a subscription to the bimonthly Magazine and annual Journal.