The Board

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The "Board" refers to the GCD's Board of Directors defined by the The GCD Charter. This nine-member group exists to help set and revise GCD policy, make sure that all of the administrative roles are adequately staffed, and identify problem areas and set up action committees to resolve them. The Board does not handle the day-to-day operations of the GCD but ensures that resources are available and that the project addresses areas of change when needed.

Contacting the Board

All Board activity is recorded and can be found on the gcd-board mailing list.

Questions to the Board can be emailed to the GCD Contact List or posted on the gcd-main mailing list.


Elections are held every November in which either four or five of the Board members are elected to two-year terms by the GCD membership.

In accordance to the The GCD Charter, candidates who wish to run for a board seat must post a message to the gcd-main email list to that effect anytime during the period three weeks prior to the election to two days prior. A subsequent Boards vote on February 22, 2011 and December 3, 2012 further defined the specific election rules as follows:

  • The official period that members may announce their candidacy is between October 25 (00:00:00 GMT) and November 13 (23:59:59 GMT).
  • Candidates are allowed to campaign, if they so choose, at any time during the dates in which they are allowed to announce their candidacy.
  • The order of candidates on the ballot for Board elections will be random. The officer setting up the ballot will a randomize the order using a method of their choice such as dice, shuffled deck of cards bearing the candidates' names, etc.
  • The period of voting for Board positions is between November 15 (00:00:00 GMT) and November 21 (23:59:59 GMT).
  • The term of office for regularly elected members of the Board runs from December 1 (18:00:0 GMT) of their election year to November 30 (17:59:59 GMT) of the second year following.


The following table reflects the history of the Board with current members identified in green.

2000-20011 2000-20021 2001-2003 2002-2004 2003-2005
Will Allred Ray Bottorff Jr Will Allred Ray Bottorff Jr Will Allred
Lionel English Mike Catron Lionel English Mike Catron Matt Head
Lou Mazzella Tim Stroup Ken Lemons Matt Gore Tony Rose
Mike Rhode Maurizio Villotta Tony Rose Matthias Hofmann Per Sandell
Tony Rose (vacant) Lou Mazzella
2004-2006 2005-2007 2006-2008 2007-2009 2008-2010
Ray Bottorff Jr Will Allred Ray Bottorff Jr Will Allred Henry Andrews
Mike Catron Mike Nielsen Mike Catron Matt Gore Ray Bottorff Jr
Matt Gore Tony Rose Matthias Hofmann Mike Nielsen Lionel English
Matthias Hofmann Per Sandell / Matt Gore2 Jim Ludwig Tony Rose Ralf Haring
Lou Mazzella Lou Mazzella Lou Mazzella
2009-2011 2010-2012 2011-2013 2012-2014 2013-2015
Will Allred Ray Bottorff, Jr.4 Alexandros Diamantidis Lionel English
Peter Croome Lionel English Andrés Jiménez Gómez Merlin Haas
Matt Gore Henry Andrews / Merlin Haas3 Daniel Nauschuetz Lou Mazella
Tony Rose Lou Mazzella Tony Rose Don Milne
Donald Dale Milne Mike Nielsen

Note 1: The first Board election was held in 2000. Five members served only one year term.
Note 2: Per Sandell resigned shortly after the 2006 election. Matt Gore served the remainder of the term.
Note 3: Henry Andrews resigned from his 2nd term in May 2011. Merlin Haas served the remainder of the term.
Note 4: The Board extended the GCD's gratitude to Ray Bottorff, Jr after his term expired in 2012 in a motion that passed unanimously on November 27, 2012 for his 12 years of dedicated service to the Board and the GCD.

An approximate timeline view (the resignations/special elections don't line up quite right, of course):

Term ending year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Will Allred
Ray Bottorf Jr
Mike Catron
Lionel English
Lou Mazzella
Mike Rhode
Tony Rose
Tim Stroup
Maurizio Villotta
Ken Lemons
Matt Gore
Matthias Hofmann
Matt Head
Per Sandell
Mike Nielsen
Jim Ludwig
Henry Andrews
Ralf Haring
Peter Croome
Don Milne
Merlin Haas
Alexandros Diamantidis
Andrés Jiménez Gómez
Daniel Nauschuetz
Term ending year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Board Officers

The The GCD Charter directs Board members to elect officers as needed from among their membership.

Each board officer is responsible for making sure that the other board officers are fully trained in and have access to the tools and accounts needed to perform their jobs, such that each board officer is fully capable of performing as a backup for the others. When a given board officer is replaced by another board member, any shared passwords should be changed.

At this time, the Board has identified three positions:

  • Chairman: Responsible for reading posted messages daily, setting the Board's agenda and arbitrating disputes.
  • Secretary: Responsible for initiating Board votes and announcing the results. The Secretary also serves as the Vice Chairman filling in for the Chairman when called upon.
  • Treasurer: Responsible for the management of the Project's financial matters. This includes collecting fees, debts, donations, and other monies as well as the disbursement of funds pursuant to Board Policy. The Treasurer is required to report monthly to the Board on the financial status of the Project and act as the official Agent as required by the articles of incorporation in the State of Arkansas.

Year Chairman Secretary Treasurer
2000-2001 Lionel English Lou Mazzella
2001-2002 Lionel English Ken Lemons
2002-2003 Lionel English Matthias Hoffman
2003-2004 Ray Bottorff Jr Matthias Hoffman
2004-2005 Ray Bottorff Jr Matthias Hoffman
2005-2006 Ray Bottorff Jr Matthias Hoffman
2006-2007 Ray Bottorff Jr Matthias Hoffman Tony Rose
2007-2008 Mike Nielsen Lou Mazzella Tony Rose
2008-2009 Mike Nielsen Lou Mazzella Tony Rose
2009-2010 Lionel English Lou Mazzella Tony Rose
2010-2011 Lionel English Lou Mazzella Tony Rose
2011-2012 Lionel English Lou Mazzella Tony Rose
2012-2013 Lionel English Lou Mazzella Tony Rose

Board Votes

The Board Votes regularly following Parliamentary Rules designed for asynchronous meetings. The results of those votes can be found below.