LCS Board Candidate Statements

The statements for people running for LCS Board positions for the upcoming election are shown in the table below. (Candidates are added to the list in the order their statement was received.)

Don’t forget that the LCS Annual Members’ Meeting will take place on Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 20:00-22:00 United Kingdom Time (that’s 13:00-15:00 Mountain Daylight Time, 12:00-14:00 Pacific Daylight Time). Please mark your calendars in your local time zone and plan to meet us on Slack then. The Members’ Meeting will be followed by a (very short) Board Meeting–if you are a current Board Member or are planning to run for a directorship, please plan to stick around for approximately 30 minutes after the end of the full Members’ Meeting.

In the next couple weeks, Tobias (Secretary) and/or Zeke (Memberships) will be contacting everyone via email to provide a secure voting ID as well as instructions for logging on to the meeting, giving your proxy for in-meeting votes to another member, and providing an initial meeting agenda.

In the meantime, if you’re thinking about standing for election/re-election for a directorship, please send your candidate statement to webmaster@nullconlang.org so we can post it here. If you have something you would like added to the meeting agenda, you can email secretary@nullconlang.org. Thank you all!

Candidate

Their Statement

Jeffrey Brown My name is Jeffrey Brown and I am running for reelection to the LCS Board of Directors. I have been a member of the Board since 2015, and the Treasurer of the LCS since 2016. I have been a member of the LCS since 2009. I have created four conlangs and published them to my website temenia.org, as well as countless conlang sketches that have never been published anywhere. My preference is for a four-year term. If elected, I hope to be active and beneficial to the ongoing work of the LCS and the organizing of the biannual conferences.
Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets My name is Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets. I’ve been a conlanger for nearly 30 years, and a member of the online conlanging community for more than 20. I joined the Language Creation Society back in 2011, after I’d been the local host of the 4th Language Creation Conference. I joined the Board of Directors back in 2013, but you probably know me best as the previous President of the LCS, a function I held from 2014 to 2018. As you can see, I’ve been serving the conlanging community for quite a while already, and I hope you’ll allow me to carry on serving it by voting for me in the Board election.
Tim Stoffel My name is Tim Stoffel, and I have been on the LCS Board of Directors since 2013. I was also Secretary of the organization from 2015 to 2017. I currently serve as the IT manager for the LCS, which is the role I concentrate on at this time. 2019 has been a very difficult year for me, so I have not been able to be as active on Board matters as I have previous years. However, I would like to continue in my role as a Director and as the IT manager. So, I ask for your vote as a Director at the upcoming Member’s meeting.
Jack Bradley

My name is Jack Bradley (DeSDu’) and I would like to present myself as a candidate for the LCS Board of Directors for a term of two years. I am relatively new to conlanging, but I have great passion for it. As an artist, I am preoccupied with the use of artistic language creation in a Fine Arts environment and pushing for greater inclusion of conlanging in the arts, not simply as a narrative tool but an artform in and of itself. Originally mostly involved text-based art, I am currently working to create a series of video-performances using several different conlangs of my own creation. This is the main focus of my MFA in Fine Arts, which I am currently pursuing at Columbia College Chicago.

In the time since I first started seriously conlanging I have had two main priorities: expand my knowledge of linguistics in order to create more interesting languages and get to know other conlangers. In the past year and a half, I have submitted for, booked, and carried out two professional conlang jobs posted on the LCS Jobs Board, had the opportunity to attend LCC8 in Cambridge, and meet with some wonderfully talented conlangers. I hope I will be able to continue to participate in this community for the years to come and I hope too that my involvement in the LCS will only grow. My hope is that in assuming the responsibilities of a member of the Board of Directors, I will be able to give more regularly to this community and meet those that make it possible. As a hard worker and someone who cares about the future of this organization and community, I submit myself for your consideration.

Jan van Steenbergen My name is Jan van Steenbergen. I’ve been on the Board of Directors since 2015 and Vice President of the LCS since 2016. Now that my term is almost over, I’d like to run for another term. Professionally, I am a translator and interpreter (Polish/Dutch). I’ve been a conlanger since my teens and joined the Conlang List immediately after gaining Internet access, about eighteen years ago. Among the languages I’ve created are Hattic, Wenedyk, Vozgian and Interslavic, all of which reflect my interest in the Slavic languages. Apart from making languages, I am very interested in the phenomenon of language creation itself, its history (both auxlang and artlang), and the position of constructed languages in the world.
Tobias Fernandez My name is Tobias Fernandez, also known as Slorany on the r/conlangs subreddit. I’ve been a board member and the secretary for the LCSĀ  for the past two years, as well as a community moderator on r/conlangs since 2016. I hope to pursue my activity as Secretry and Board Director for the next two years
Sai I founded the LCS, am the only person still on who has been with it since the beginning, and intend to continue doing what I’ve been doing (mostly hands-off, deferring to current leadership).