About our Structure
WJU leadership is comprised of both Elected and Appointed positions. Every two years in the fall, elections are conducted to establish the elected Trustees (10) who take office at the January Convention of the odd number year (i.e., 2021, 2023, 2025, etc.). The slate of candidates is determined by a volunteer Nominating Committee who seek candidates and establish the pool of nominees beginning after the January Convention (in the even numbered year, 2022, 2024, etc.). Candidates serve four-year terms, staggered such that five will be chosen at each election.
In the Summer, the nominated candidates are announced. Ballots are provided to every member in good standing and they must be cast and returned no later than the due date, generally December 15. The results are tallied and announced via email and in the next issue of Circus Fanfare.
At the January Meeting of the “Board,” the Trustees will select from the ten Trustees a President and a Vice President to serve two-year terms. Further, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Circus Fanfare Editor are appointed, along with any other special positions that the Board deems appropriate. Appointees do not have voting rights at Board meetings unless they are also elected Trustees. Board meetings are prior to the start of the Annual Convention in January and Summer Meet, and at other times as may be scheduled. The intent is for the Board to meet in person or remotely at least quarterly.
The Secretary is responsible for documenting all actions of the Board and providing Minutes that are complete and timely. The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the financial records of WJU consistent with all applicable laws, providing regular financial reports, and filing documents as required by law.
President 2021-2022 – Don Covington ▲ – Trustee to 1/2025
Music and the circus have been recurring themes throughout piccolo player Don Covington’s life. At the suggestion of his college band director, he auditioned for the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC. While that position didn’t materialize, it still led to his entering the Navy where during flight-training he was the drum major and assistant director of the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Band in Pensacola Florida. After earning his wings, he served as a naval aviator aboard Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, had tours in Washington, DC and was naval attaché at the American Embassy in Paris, France. He retired as a Captain after a 30-year military career. His second career was with the circus. During thirteen years with New York-based Big Apple Circus in administrative roles, including Company Manager, he and his family traveled the country full time with the show. Don is the past national president of Circus Fans Association of America and current president of Circus Historical Society. Don was on the executive committee for the World-Wide Circus Summit in 2015. Based in Coronado, California, he is currently a consultant to the circus industry. Don has been a Windjammer since 1973.
Vice President 2021-2022 – Lynette Garlan ▲ – Trustee to 01/2023
Lynette Garlan has been a Windjammer member since 2015. A Certified Public Accountant by trade, Lynette manages a theater company and orchestra, and a community band in Pittsburgh, PA. She is on several nonprofit boards. Lynette plays violin with three orchestras and euphonium with three community bands. In the past, Lynette hosted touring groups coming through the Pittsburgh area to perform. She was the host for our Windjammers Summer Meet held in Pittsburgh, PA, July 16-21, 2019 and chaired the host committee for the 2021 Virtual Convention. Lynette serves on the Webmaster Committee and is Chair – Giving & Development Committee.
Secretary – Joe Shearin ▲ Trustee to 01/2023
Joe Shearin is a big fan of circus music despite never playing under a big top before discovering Windjammers. Grandson of an Italian-trained bandmaster, Joe began playing trombone in high school. He played at the University of Toronto, and at the University of Miami where he earned a degree in engineering. Equipped with a master’s in business (Purdue) and a love of aviation, he joined United Airlines for what would turn out to be a lifetime career. Joe and Susan, a fellow United employee and Windjammer clarinetist, raised two children in Chicago. After he retired as Director of Finance, they began allocating their time between Chicago and the family home in Miami, FL, with occasional grandkid-sitting in the northeast. Joe plays in many ensembles, including the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, Alhambra Symphony and Chop Shop Big Band. In Illinois, he plays in the Palatine Concert Band (past president), Waukegan Symphony, Judson Civic Orchestra, Barrington Brass Quintet (founder), La Banda Siciliana di Chicago, and Night Express Big Band. He particularly enjoys freelancing in pit bands for community musicals (600 lifetime performances, 130 productions.). Joe and Susan joined Windjammers in 2007 and try to never miss a meet. Joe serves on the Webmaster Committee.
Treasurer – Howard Habenicht ▲
Howard Habenicht has been Treasurer of Windjammers Unlimited since January 1, 2008. In 1983 he attended the Windjammers Summer Meet public concert in Naperville, IL which included former Ringling bandmaster Merle Evans and many Naperville band members. He was impressed by the music of the circus so joined WJU and attended his first Convention in January 1984, playing trumpet. Howard is a CPA and was with Ernst & Ernst for 19 years, the last 7 of which as a member of the firm’s Midwest Region Technical Committee. Following his time with the audit firm, he joined Vibro/Dynamics Corporation as Controller and Corporate Secretary. He was with the company 25 years, and was President and CFO for his last 7 years. Howard was a charter member (1958) of the West Suburban Concert Band in LaGrange, IL and has played with many groups. He has been a member of the Naperville Municipal Band since 1992 and was its Treasurer 1992-2005. He joined ACB in 1997 and was their Treasurer until 2016.
Rod Everhart, Circus Fanfare Editor ▲ – Trustee to 01/2023
Rod Everhart, wears two hats as a Trustee and Circus Fanfare Editor. He has been a Windjammer since 1990, is serving his third term as Trustee and has been Circus Fanfare Editor since the end of 2015. He has been playing in the solo cornet section since 2003 and in the closing night dance bands since 2007. Rod’s enthusiasm for circus music has been evidenced in an “At the Circus” booklet he has published containing 22 pages of text about the history of music in the circus and melody lines for 20 circus-like compositions he created. He has done two radio programs as a guest, talking about historic circus music and using recordings as examples. He has also done a half dozen or more 30 to 60-minute programs on circus music history for organizations such as Rotary, Senior Groups and P.E.O., and in 2018 at Texas A&M’s “Circus Texas” event. Rod’s career was largely in financial and operations management for technology companies. From 2005 to 2020, he was on the board of directors for the software company Campus Management Corp (now Anthology, Inc). Rod serves on the Webmaster committee and is Chair – Preservation Committee.
Trustee – Teresa Cosenza ▲ – Term Expires 1/2025
Teresa Cosenza has been a member of Windjammers Unlimited since 2018. She is a retired music educator having retired from West Geauga Local Schools in 2017 after 30 years of teaching. While at West Geauga Teresa taught Instrumental music from the 5th grade beginning program through high school. Her bands consistently received Superior ratings at Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) adjudicated events. Teresa has served as an adjudicator for OMEA for 30 years. In retirement she continues to serve as an adjudicator as well as serving as Coordinator of Performing Groups at the annual OMEA Professional Development Conference. She is also a free lance musician performing as a piano accompanist for school choirs and instrumental soloists at recitals, festivals and competitions, as well as a trombonist in professional and community concert bands and ensembles. In addition, Teresa works for Prodigy Student Travel as a tour manager. She received her Bachelor of Music, Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Music, Music Education from The University of Akron. Besides playing trombone and conducting with Windjammers Unlimited, she has been a member and soloist with Lakeland Community College Civic Band and the Sounds of Sousa Band. She has performed in the Lakewood Hometown Band, W.D. Packard Concert Band and the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Besides being a member of Ohio Music Education Association, Teresa is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Federation of Musicians Local 4. Honors and awards received include Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Kappa Lambda and, in 1986, Teresa was included in Outstanding Young Women of America. Teresa is Chair – Education Committee.
Trustee – Gerald Guilbeaux ▲ – Term Expires 01/2025
A member of the Lafayette Concert Band since its inception in 1982, Gerald Guilbeaux has been the Conductor/Music Director of the band since 1993. He is also the founder and conductor of the Acadian Wind Symphony, a select wind ensemble which performs during the summer months and at special events. Under his direction, the Lafayette Concert Band became the 1999 recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll, an international award recognizing excellence in adult community bands, administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He has earned a national reputation as an advocate for the adult community music movement and is Past-President of the Association of Concert Bands. A member of Windjammers Unlimited since 1996, he has conducted the Circus Hall of Fame Band and is chair of the Conductor Committee of WJU. He has twice been awarded the Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association and received the Diploma of the Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Mr. Guilbeaux is an active guest conductor, serves on the Selection Committee for the Sudler Silver Scroll, is Vice-President/Treasurer of the John Philip Sousa Foundation and is the administrator and assistant conductor of the Sousa Foundation’s National Community Band. He was elected Chair of the Associate Member Committee of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of ABA. He is the proud father of three daughters, Amy, Lynn and Chrissy. Granddaughters, Carly and Cameryn O’Quain, Addison Thompson, Lily Bone and grandsons Lucien Bone IV and Mark and Henry Thompson add tremendous joy to his family life.
Trustee – Frank Manola ▲ – Term Expires 1/2023
Frank Manola is a retired computer scientist from Wilmington, MA, northwest of Boston. He received degrees in Civil Engineering from Duke University and in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and played trombone in the bands of both schools. Frank now plays tuba in community bands in Wakefield, Reading, and Rockport MA. Frank’s wife, Judi (WJU #3667) plays clarinet and is with some of those same bands. Frank also participates in a brass quintet. Frank has been a Windjammer since 2012 and served on the WJU Strategic Planning Group in 2019. He is also a member of the Circus Historical Society, and the Coast Defense Study Group, a historical preservation society. His other interests include the history of technology, traditional jazz, and railroads.
Trustee – Vicki Pinson ▲ Term Expires 01/2023
Vicki Pinson taught high school band for thirty years in North Georgia. Under her direction, her bands consistently received superior ratings as well as two Citation of Excellence awards. She serves throughout the southeast as a band adjudicator and clinician. Vicki is an associate conductor and a member of the board of the Northwinds Symphonic Band in Gainesville, GA. She is currently Director of Bands at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Vicki is also an adjunct Professor of Music at the University of North Georgia. Vicki has been a member of Windjammers since 2012 and has been a conductor of the band since 2013.
Trustee – William Yoh, Jr. ▲ – Term Expires 01/2025
William Yoh, Jr. has been a member of Windjammers Unlimited since 1989. He is a trombonist within the various ensembles and has conducted at WJU’s Annual Conventions and Summer Meets. William is also a member of the Windjammers Membership Committee. Bill is a music educator at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School of the Arts in Merritt Island, Florida, and conducts its orchestra, concert band, and choir. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in music education and performance. Bill also attained the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2004 and has been an assessor, writer, and reviewer for the association. He has taught at the elementary and secondary levels during the past 34 years. Presently, William selects music, directs, conducts, and plays trombone for the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse in Cocoa, Florida, and has some 100+ musical productions to his credit. During his early years, Bill played trombone with the Keystone Band of Rehrersburg, PA and Perseverance Band of Lebanon, PA. Within Florida, he has performed with the Brevard Community Band and Central Florida Winds. He also had the honor to play trombone in Carnegie Hall and abroad with the 1980 America’s Youth in Concert European Tour.
Trustee – April Zink ▲ Term Expires 01/2025
April Zink has been a member of Windjammers since 1989. She was Editor – Circus Fanfare from mid-2006 through mid-2015. While a college student, she toured over-the-road for six seasons with The Circus Kingdom as a trumpeter. During that time, they produced three CDs of circus music. As a member of Windjammers, April has been an advocate for building youth membership as well as inviting cross-over membership from the other circus fan organizations. She has organized Windjammer Circus and Concert Bands for the CFA Convention, where she is also a Trustee, and for the International Independent Showmen’s Association’s annual charity circuses. April is Chair – Membership Committee.