Category: Information

Announcing Elections for Con or Bust’s Board of Directors!

In March, Con or Bust’s Board of Directors will be electing up to four members to the Board, for terms of up to three years. Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, please read on for more information.

What’s the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors runs Con or Bust, Inc. At present, the Board chooses to have day-to-day affairs handled by the Secretary/Treasurer, with the Board supervising and advising. The Board currently has five members: Zen Cho, Tanya DePass, Kate Nepveu (Secretary/Treasurer), Mark Oshiro (President), and Diana Pho. Zen and Mark’s terms expire at the next annual meeting, which will be held in March (edit: March 19).

The Board is governed by by-laws and a conflict of interest policy, and by the laws applicable to not-for-profit corporations in New York State. In particular, Directors may not receive assistance from Con or Bust while serving on the Board or for one year after their service ends. Directors also receive no salary or compensation for their service.

How many open seats will there be?

Four seats, even though only two Directors’ terms are expiring. Under the by-laws, the Board can have between three and seven members, and at each annual meeting, the Board holds an election for the maximum number of empty seats.

How are Directors elected?

A candidate is elected if they receive a majority vote of the Directors whose terms haven’t expired.

How long do Directors serve for?

The default term is three years. A Director can agree to a shorter term, in order to stagger when Directors’ terms expire.

I’m interested. How do I become a candidate?

Great! Please send an email to that says who you are, why you want to serve on Con or Bust’s Board, and what you’ll bring to the Board if elected. Also include a statement under the conflict of interest policy after reviewing the list of entities with which Con or Bust currently has, or has had, commercial relationships with. Please submit this by March 3, 2017.

Please note that while the public does not elect Directors, Con or Bust is committed to transparency, and therefore candidates’ statements will be made public before the Board’s meeting.

The Board may ask candidates follow-up questions in writing before the Board meeting, or may ask candidates to attend the Board meeting (held via Skype, date forthcoming).

I have another question.

Please leave a comment or email

Thanks for reading, and please spread the word widely!


reminder: request assistance February 15-25, 2017

Reminder to fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance from Con or Bust to attend upcoming SFF cons four times a year, and the next time is February 15-25, 2017. Please check out the Request Assistance page to see how the process works. There are also free memberships available at the Upcoming Cons page, but you can request assistance to any upcoming SFF con, not just the ones listed there! Thanks, and please spread the word.


Arisa Bake Sale: Saturday Jan. 14

I will be running the Arisia Bake Sale this year on Saturday, January 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or whenever we run out of food), to benefit both Con or Bust and the Tiptree Award.

If you’re coming to Arisia, please stop by—to buy something, to bring food, or both! All non-refrigerated foods are welcome (particularly those that also suit dietary restrictions). If you are thinking of bringing something, I’d appreciate it if you’d drop a line to (or comment here). You can also drop food off ahead of time at the Arisia Team HQ (Quincy), if you won’t be around Saturday morning.

Let me know if you have any questions, and hope to see you there!