IJA Board Elections

IJA Board of Directors Candidates

Meet the IJA Board of Directors Candidates! The names of nominated IJA Board candidates are shown below, in the order nominated. Click on a name to go to the nominee’s candidacy statement, or scroll down the page to see all the statements.

Vote for up to four candidates in 2022.

Nominated Board Candidates and Their Candidacy Statements

The names and candidacy statements of nominated IJA Board candidates are shown below, in the order nominated. After reading the statements, please see the Voting Directions.

Hello! My name is Benjamin Domask-Ruh. I have just completed my first year as a board member for the IJA. During this time, I have learned the ins-and-outs, ups-and-downs, sides-to-sides of how the IJA operates! We are all a part of a complex system that truly provides our fellow jugglers with opportunities. I have had the privilege to work with the board and discuss/implement a number of IJA topics such as the IRC competitions, the annual festival, and our amazing social media engagement! And, after being inspired by my fellow board members, I applied and was excited to become our new Director of the Youth Juggling Academy. As a board member, I feel there is much left to learn. With your help, I would like the opportunity to continue serving the IJA as a member of our board and facilitate our mission of 'Rendering Assistance to Fellow Jugglers.' With your vote, I will continue serving the IJA through our shared passion for juggling. Thank you so much!
I'm Sofia Noethe and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for serving another term on the IJA Board of Directors. I previously served in this role from July 2018-2020, and am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the organization again in this capacity. As a lifelong juggler, I have benefitted from and appreciate that the IJA does for jugglers around the world and hope to lend my skills again alongside the other leaders here on the board to give back to the community.
My name is Ross Berenson, I have been an active IJA member for over 10 years. I have helped run four IJA festivals, including acting as the Festival Director for the 2021 Festival. Outside of the IJA, I have produced two NYC Juggle This! Festivals. In my daily life, I run my own web design and development business. I would like to bring these talents to the IJA board and help ensure the IJA is working with better tech to make the organization run a bit more efficiently. In addition, I would like to try and help the IJA becomes more self-sustaining.

John Doe

I want to help the IJA….

I have been juggling since 1998, for the first decade as a student at the kid’s circus in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), attending as many juggling festivals as I possibly could. Since 2008 I am a professional juggler. My juggling has taken me to all seven continents. I have met many jugglers from different countries on those travels and performed in a wide range of shows. Through these travels and experiences, I have accumulated a unique skill set and professional network. As a board member, I would like to help the IJA get more members and revenue in the upcoming term.

Some of the different areas I could contribute are the organizational and marketing skills I acquired as the assistant theater and marketing manager of a 600-seat theater in Ohio.

– Through working with Karl-Heinz Ziethen, I published 14 books on the history of juggling, learning a lot about our art and sports background. I have received a better understanding of theatrical and technical juggling through the coaching I have received from Daniel Holzman, Viktor Kee, Freddy Kenton, Michael Davis, and Albert Lucas (all IJA Honorary Award winners).

– I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, which helped me find NDjuggling.com, bring back Tommy Curtin’s bottle club, design my shaker cups, and produce juggling equipment.

– I think teaching a future generation of jugglers is essential. I speak three languages. My juggling YouTube tutorials do very well. Also, I have been a juggling teacher at three professional circus schools. I would love to bring that experience to help the Youth Program and help produce educational video content.

I feel I am at the perfect crossroad in the juggling world to represent and understand various corners of the juggling landscape: hobby and
professional, theatrical and technical juggling. At the IJA, I have served as the European Representative prior, and I would love to get the honor and chance to be a board member next.