New Members Join the Board of Directors | HI USA News

The Votes Are In!

16 February 2017

HI USA has recently conducted two elections to fill important positions on our Board of Directors. We are very excited to share the results of these elections.


  HI USA looked to its members for nominations to fill 2 At-Large Director seats. 14 outstanding candidates lined the docket, and our members have cast their votes. We are pleased to announce the At-Large Directors who will be joining HI USA’s Board of Directors as direct representatives of our membership. Each will have a three-year term.


Erika Byrnison Board Member

  Previously serving on the Board of the Girl Scout Council of Bergen County, Erika Byrnison values being an important voice for members. In her job as an Advertising and Promotions Manager for a community and cultural organization, she has build strong critical thinking skills, is able to cultivate great relationships with sponsors, and has experience managing partnerships, all which will be a key asset to the HI USA Board.

JOSEPH CHESLER, Hendersonville, NC

Joe Chesler Board Member

  Having been an AYH Member and HI USA Life Member since 1963, Joseph Chesler has participated at all levels of the organization (tripper, trip leader, council president) and has served to govern HI USA as regional vice president and national board member. Having most recently served as a member of the HI USA Transition Board and as co-chair of the Successor Board Nominating Committee, he is excited to play a part in the expansion of HI USA’s role as leaders in promoting world peace through hostelling.

  HI USA is pleased to share the official certification of election results. Special thanks to Vote-Now LLC for their independent administration of this election.


  In addition to the two newly-elected At-Large Directors, on December 11, 2016, HI USA’s Board of Directors elected four individuals to serve on the Board. Glenn Azuma, Nick Andrade, and Roseanne Landay were re-elected to the Board for a three-year term. The Board also selected Makeba Clay as a new addition to HI USA’s Board of Directors for a three-year term:

MAKEBA CLAY, Rockville, MD

Makeba Clay Board Member

  Makeba Clay is President of Innovative Global Solutions Consulting Group LLC and has over 20 years of progressive experience in higher education focused on creating pathways for students to engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue and action. Most recently, she served as Chief Diversity Consultant to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Makeba holds a master of art degree from Bowling Green State University.

  The newly elected Board Members’ terms will officially begin at the next Board Meeting to be held March 18-19, 2017. These members will bring a range of perspectives, experiences, and leadership styles, along with a passion and commitment to growing HI USA.