Oinkari Board of Directors

The Oinkari Board of Directors is composed of nine current Oinkari dancers. Terms last one year, with elections held each summer.  Like every Oinkari dancer, the Board members are all volunteers, and spend their evenings and weekends planning Oinkari rehearsals and social events, booking performances, writing grants and other fundraising, and all other behind-the-scenes work. 

Marie MonasterioPresident
As President, Marie is responsible for the administration of Oinkari business affairs, booking performances, arranging travel, and maintaining community relations.  She conducts board meetings, serves as official representative and first point of contact for Oinkari, and is one of the group's two NABO delegates.  Outside of Oinkari, Marie works as a receptionist at Idaho Arthritis Center.  This is her eighth year in the group, and she has previously served on the Board as Public Relations Chair and Social Liason.  She enjoys the outdoors, most notably hiking and skiing.  Besides Oinkari family, she also enjoys spending time with her new husband and family.
Favorite Dance:  Zinta


                                  Alex Wray, Vice-President

As VP, Alex is responsible for all financial aspects of Oinkari. He maintains banking information and coordinates donations to the group, heads up Oinkari fundraising events, and ensures each event is well-attended by the current dancers. Alex also reserves travel and hotel accommodations for Oinkari trips and serves as one of the group's two N.A.B.O. delegates.  Outside of Oinkari Alex enjoys playing pandero (tambourine) in Txantxangorriak as well as serving as an assistant rugby coach at Capital High School.  Alex graduated from the University of Notre Dame and is currently employed in the business development division of The J.R. Simplot Co. AgriBusiness Group.

 Favorite Dantza: Lesaka

Madalen Bieter Lete, Secretary
As Secretary of Oinkari, Madalen is responsible of keeping track of the attendance of the group members at Oinkari functions as well as taking notes and minutes at meetings. She is also in charge of keeping the membership's contact information up to date. Madalen has been in the group for almost 8 years and had previously acted on the board as a Social Liason. She studies Basque, Spanish, and Exercise Science at Boise State University and will be graduating next fall.
Favorite Dance: Zinta

Teresa Franzoia, Women's Dance Director
As Women’s Dance Director, Teresa is responsible for teaching and maintaining historically accurate dances and steps.  In cooperation with the Men’s Dance Director, Teresa is in charge of planning practices, assisting with drills and organizing dancers for each performance.  Teresa is also responsible for women’s costumes which include proper fittings and instructions for correct assembly.   This is Teresa's seventh year in Oinkaris, and her third year on the Board.  Apart from dancing, Teresa is a musician for Oinkari, Txantxangorriak and Boiseko Gazteak. She also helps teach the Nagusiak group of Boiseko.
Favorite Dance:  Xiberoko Maskarada 

Ben Monasterio, Men's Dance Director
As Men’s Dance Director, Ben is responsible for teaching steps and dances.  He is in charge of upholding the historical accuracy of all Oinkari dances.  Along with the Women’s Dance Director, Ben is in charge of planning practices, leading drills and organizing dancers for every performance.  Ben is also responsible for fitting and acquiring men’s costumes.  He has been in Oinkaris for eleven years, and has previously served as Sergeant-at-arms and Secretary.  Outside of Oinkari, Ben works as a diesel technician at Heritage Auto Repair and enjoys spending time with his family.
Favorite Dance: Belauntxingoa

Josu Bieter Lete, Sergeant-at-arms
Josu is the strongest Oinkari, and therefore the Sergeant-at-arms.  He is the best at carrying things long distances, fixing things that are broken, and getting new things when we break too much of the old stuff.  His strength comes from excelling at sports games, dancing like no one is watching, and being pretty.  He has been in the group for five years, and served on the Board last year as Social Liason.  He is a student at the university in Boise. 
Favorite Dance: Matelota

Jaclyn Lasuen, Public Relations
As PR Chair, Jaclyn manages the Oinkari website, compiles the annual photobook, sends out all recognitions and thank yous, runs all the group’s social media accounts, creates promotional materials, and is the first contact for communication between Oinkaris and the public, including our Alumni.  Jaclyn has been in Oinkaris for nine years, and has previously served on the Board as Social Liason.  She is a Board Member of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center and teaches the Nagusiak group of Boiseko Gazteak.  She graduated from the University of Idaho, and now teaches high school Spanish.
Favorite Dance: Jota Barri

 Andoni Bieter Lete and Andoni Odencrantz, Social Liasons
The Andoniak have been best friends since they were babies, and joined Oinkaris together two years ago.  They are excited to be on the Board as Social Liasons to make the connection between the members and our "New Kids."  They are also responsible for planning social affairs, most notably the Halloween and Christmas parties, as well as the Winter and Spring Dancing Tours and their subsequent socials in addition to any other events that they create.  Andoni B. is a junior at Boise High and plays basketball and baseball.  Andoni O. is a junior at Bishop Kelly High School and plays lacrosse.
Favorite Dance:  Sagar