Rebba Raine Teller, Co-Chair
At the end of her 50 year successful public school teaching/administration career, Rebba Raine was ordained as a Maggid (ordained spiritual storyteller) by Yitzhak Buxbaum of blessed memory of The Maggid Training Program (Brooklyn, NY). She was already an ordained interfaith minister and post-denominational rabbi. She has served as both president of TSA and her local guild, Central Storyteller’s Guild. She often uses story from her pulpit as Rabbi of Temple Israel in Schulenberg, TX as well as her cyber-synagogue, HaShem’s House International 

Rick Davis, Co-Chair, escaped Woodville in Southeast Texas, and arrived in Austin where he earned degrees, worked for the state, and now welcomes storytelling as a friendly alternative to “truth.” Admiring recordings and writings of Doc Moore, Rick performs many of Doc’s favorites, from chilling ghost stories to humor-filled Jack Tales.  

Dean Keith, Conference Technology Specialist, is an active storyteller and member of the North40 Storytellers Guild. He has performed in several roles at Lakeside Community Theater but now limits (sometimes) his non-storytelling performance activity to teaching technology to senior citizens at Dallas College. Dean is excited that Zoom has allowed the Tejas Storytelling Association Festival to be seen all over the world.

Brooks Myers is a fifth generation Texan who has been a fan of storytelling ever since attending the 10th anniversary of the national storytelling festival in Jonesboro Tennessee and seeing Elizabeth Ellis and Gail Ross tell stories.

David Thompson is an internationally known storyteller. His historical programs have been hailed throughout higher education. Telling for some 45+ years, he delights in bringing history to life, making it accessible to all people.   

Kim Lehman, of Smithville, is an educator, storyteller, musician, workshop presenter, and author. Currently on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, Kim has performed at hundreds of festivals, schools, libraries, and museums. Kim is in demand throughout Texas as an effective workshop presenter with practical, inexpensive program ideas for librarians, teachers and parents. Kim is honored to be last year’s recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award.   

Lorene McHutcheon Stilwell was raised in a matriarchal lineage of Scots Seanachaen (traditional storytellers) on the West Coast of Scotland surrounded by stories. Lorene has deepened her sense of story through the lifelong study of mythology, literature, music and poetry of the Celtic peoples.  

Sue Kuentz is a retired educator and active storyteller in the schools, festivals and virtual Zoom storytelling sessions. She excites youth audiences with her folktales/fairytales from around the world and is on the Texas Commission on the Arts Roster.