Photo credit: Leslie the Pony Lion and Amy. Photo © Sara Muskulus

Board of Directors

 As with any nonprofit oversight body, the function of the Board is to set policy and direction for the organization which are consistent with federal, state, and local laws, and to see that these policies are implemented and that all legal responsibilities are met.

All actions taken by the Board should align with FirePony Creative Society’s Vision and Mission Statement, which can be found here.

Contact the Board: board (at) firepony dot org. 


Documentation and Transparency

All official Board documents, including Annual Reports, Incorporation Filings and Bylaws and be found here.

Meeting minutes, and Retreat reports can be found here.


The FirePony Creative Society Board of Directors:
(as of September 18, 2019)

  • Ursula Sadiq – President
    Second term ends June, 2023
  • Bryan Boru Straube
    Second Term ends June, 2023
  • Caitlin O’Dwyer – Secretary
    First term ends November 2021
  • Christopher “M4” Venghaus – Treasurer
    First term ends November 2021
  • David “Karnak” Dugard
    Second Term ends June, 2023
  • Millie McMillan
    Second Term end June, 2023
  • Diana “Smiles” Svendsen
    First Term end December, 2022
  • Miles Miner
    First Term end December, 2022
  • Jordan Michel
    First Term end December, 2022

Advisory Team

  • Kate “Monster” Bell
  • Ben Sarsgard
  • Damian Masterson
  • Dave Diller
  • Ed “Lizard” Rosen
  • Branden Hall
  • Patty “DirtyGirl” Simonton
  • Greg “Gandhi” Goodman



FirePony Creative Society board members, like all of our event coordinators, producers, and artists, are volunteers.

Board members are expected to be actively engaged in the day-to-day activities of the organization year round. Board members are not directly responsible for planning FPCS events, Playa del Fuego and Constellation, though board members will frequently take on leadership roles for each of these events. Nevertheless, due to their fiduciary duty to the organization, board members will step in when necessary, or when the sustainability of the organization or safety of the participants may be impacted.

Serving on the FPCS Board of Directors is both a serious responsibility and a unique opportunity for personal and professional development. And believe it or not, it can be a lot of fun!

We expect FPCS board members to agree to meet the following expectations:


    • Be familiar with board meeting minutes, organization bylaws, and annual reports prior to joining the team
    • Board meeting minutes can be found here:
    • Financial reports can be found here:
    • Sign an annual contract agreeing to duties and expectations
    • Agree to have your full real name listed on the website
    • Dedicate a minimum of 12 – 24 hours per month to board and FPCS activities
    • Commit to a 3 year term. Can be renewed for a maximum of a 6 year term
    • Prepare for and attend monthly board conference calls
    • Prepare for and attend committee meetings, including but not limited to Planning Committee for PDF and/or Planning Team calls for Constellation (at least one BOD member per call)
    • Cast votes on important FPCS organization and governance matters as necessary.
    • Attend the annual board retreat
    • Read and participate in all board communications in a timely manner, within 24 hours, unless on vacation
    • Use online tools and resources to communicate, manage tasks, and stay current on goings on between meetings
    • Actively serve on a minimum of two committees, representing the board
    • Work on additional projects outside of meetings
    • Notify fellow Board members should I not be able to attend to my Board responsibilities due to any reason as soon as possible.
    • Be active in strategic planning for short and long term goals
    • Participate in interviews for all board member nominees
    • Serve as an ambassador for FPCS organization in your local communities