Meet the Home Office Staff
Dana Schirmer, Executive Director
Dana Schirmer serves as the Executive Director of CALLERLAB and manages the CALLERLAB Home Office in Topeka, Kansas. One of his many duties is to plan and run the annual Convention. Dana started dancing in 1968 and began calling in 1978. He has served two terms on the Board of Governors and has served on staff at Kirkwood Lodge providing dance entertainment to non square dance families vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks. Dana also conducts caller training sessions for newer callers and was the Business Chairman for the 57th National Square Dance Convention held in Wichita, Kansas in 2008.
Dana met his wife Donna through square dancing and they were married in 1994. After retiring from the Santa Fe Railway in 1996 as Manager of Financial Reporting and Budgets, he then went to work for Heartland China, Inc. as Office Administrator and Controller. In 2000 he and Donna bought the company and operated it for four years. He became the Executive Director in 2009 after serving 4 years as the Assistant Executive Director.
Royce Dent, Administrative Support - Coordinator
Royce was born in Topeka, KS and was raised in a small rural town nearby. She began square dancing over 30 years ago in her hometown and soon joined a Topeka club whose caller was CALLERLAB’s own Dana Schirmer. Her love for square dancing has given her the opportunity to travel, meet many new friends, and now to support the CALLERLAB Home Office doing editing, convention planning, and other activities. She also assisted Dana and Donna with the business portion of the 57th National Convention held in Wichita, KS. She now resides in Topeka, KS. . Her extensive nursing experience serves her well as the Credentialing Manager for a Topeka managed care health plan. She is very proud of her two sons, Brian and Billy.