Board of Directors

Scott Swaldo, President

Scott has a long history with the Bluecoats, dating back to 1981 season, when he began his involvement as a marching member. After a season as a member of the snare line (1981) and two seasons as Drum Major (1984-5), he joined the staff as a ... | Read More

Ted Swaldo, Director Emeritus

In 1984, Ted took over the Bluecoats as Executive Director, a volunteer position he held until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure, Ted’s management abilities, and enthusiasm became the catalyst, which not only propelled the Bluecoats into national recognition as a competitive unit, but ... | Read More

Derrick Mergen, Vice President

Derrick Mergen has served as a member of the Bluecoats Board of Directors since 2001. Derrick’s Drum Corps roots date back to the early 1960’s when, at the age of eight, he began his marching career with the Cambria Cadets Jr. Drum & Bugle ... | Read More

Dan Kloha, Treasurer

Dan Kloha is a 415 Group partner with expertise in both accounting and information technology.

Dan’s responsibilities include tax, audit, compilation, reviews and pension audits. He also consults for small to medium-sized companies in the manufacturing, wholesale, retail service, non-profit and construction ... | Read More

Joanna James, Secretary

Joanna has been a fan of the Bluecoats for many years with her introduction being at the Hall of Fame Festival’s Drum Corps International Competition.   She began serving on the Board of Directors in November 2010.

Joanna is a graduate of The ... | Read More

Chris Groves, Director

Chris Groves is the Director of Digital Marketing for Call Management Resources, a call center solutions company based in Columbus, OH. Chris has over 12 years experience in nonprofit digital marketing and has developed an accredited college curriculum on social media marketing for Charter College. ... | Read More

Brad Bennett, Director

Brad’s involvement with the Bluecoats began in 2016. The corps was housed at Newark High School where he has served as band booster treasurer for the last five years. After grilling for 150 gracious and grateful kids, performing a few prop repairs, and watching the ... | Read More

Kayleigh Kriss, Director

Kayleigh Kriss is the midday personality at Mix 94.1 WHBC-FM in Canton, Ohio. She has been at the station since 1992 and has served as Promotions and Public Affairs Director and Music Director over the years. Currently she hosts a variety of events throughout Stark County. ... | Read More

Randall Lamb, Director

Randall Lamb retired as the Director of Bands at Newark High School (Ohio) in 2008. He has Music Education degrees from the University of Dayton (BM) and Morehead State University (MM). During his years at NHS the bands received over 40 superior ratings in State Finals ... | Read More

Larry Rebillot, Director

Larry Rebillot brings 40 years of experience to the Bluecoat Board of Directors as a designer, teacher & performer in the arts. Presently Self-employed as a freelance color guard choreographer & visual consultant for many pageantry organizations around the world including the five-time World Association ... | Read More

Roger Walker, Director

Roger Walker began his service with the Bluecoats as a volunteer parent in 1996 when his daughter Teresa joined the Bluecoats’ Color Guard. Teresa marched 4 years in the Bluecoats, but Roger continued his involvement and currently is in his 17th year with the organization.

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