Donald Simonson is Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Division at Iowa State University. There he teaches applied voice, voice pedagogy, acoustics, and directs music theater. He has served NATS at all levels, first as chapter auditions chair, secretary/treasurer, district governor, and regional governor. In 1998 he conceived and coordinated the first ever Call for Papers for a NATS Conference. He continued in that role until he assumed the position of Vice President for NATSAA in 2006. Also in 2006 he was named a Master Teacher for the NATS Intern Program. In 2008 he was elected to the position of President Elect and serves now as President. In addition to his NATS activity and teaching, Simonson also maintains an active acoustics lab. The results of his efforts have been published in scientific journals and presented at conferences and symposia both here and abroad.