ILDA Board and officers

Voting is now open for the ILDA Board of Directors.

Scroll down towards the bottom of this page to see the list of candidates. Underneath that list is the section “How to vote for Board candidates” which tells you the voting procedure.

ILDA is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected by the membership. Elections are held during the Business Meeting, which is part of the annual ILDA Conference.

  • Each director serves a term of two years. A director may run for re-election if he or she wishes.
  • The President is a Board member, who is elected by ILDA Members. The vote is held each year, just after Board elections have finished. Board members are asked if they want to run for President. If only one person accepts, they become President. If more than one person accepts, then there is an election where Members vote for their choice.
In its first 30 years, ILDA has had 39 directors. This is an average of about four years of service per director. A text list of past Board members is on the ILDA history page, and we have a timeline graphic showing the Board members and their terms.

ILDA Board and President
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L-R: Brad Billet, Roberta McHatton, Brian Gonzalez, Olga Eser, Christopher Short

Brian Gonzalez, ILDA President
Term expires at the 2021 meeting

Bradford Billet
BB Laser Productions, US
Term expires at the 2020 meeting

Olga Eser
Effect Ses Işik Lazer ve Görüntü Sistemleri, Turkey
Term expires at the 2020 meeting

Roberta McHatton
Laser Safety Services, US
Term expires at the 2021 meeting

Christopher Short
Individual Member, US
Term expires at the 2020 meeting

You can write to individual Board Members by searching the ILDA online directory for their name (or if they are not the company contact, search for their company's name).

If you want to write to all Board members at once, use this address:

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ILDA Secretary

David Kumpula

From the ILDA Bylaws: "The Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence, notifications, and other communications as requested by the President or Executive Director. The Secretary shall handle requests for general membership information and shall, accordingly and upon such request, be responsible for disseminating such information. The Secretary shall assist the Executive Director and host company in coordinating annual General Membership Meetings."

ILDA Executive Director
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Photo courtesy Mike Gould

The Executive Director is hired by the Board to run ILDA's day-to-day operations. In most cases, if you have an issue or question, you should first contact the Executive Director.

Patrick Murphy

Past Executive Directors
David Lytle: Aug. 2003 - Jan. 2006
Page Howard: ? 2002 - Aug. 2003
Linda Hare: Nov. 1994 - ? 2002
Barbara Inatsugu: Aug. 1986 (ILDA's founding) - Nov. 1994


Committees do much of the work of the association. For a list of committees and contact information, click here.

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