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2022 Elections

How the Election will work this year

This year the NAIGC 2022 Board and Regional Representative Election will use a ranked choice ballot. Each eligible member club will receive one ballot to the email registered with the NAIGC (typically a club specific email address or the president’s email address). If your club did not receive an email or are unsure which email you ballot was sent to, please email info@naigc.org

There are 7 available positions for the Board this year .

Member clubs from each of the 7 regions will vote for their elected Regional Representative.

If you have any other election based questions, please email info@naigc.org.

Rank choice explained

A ranked-choice voting system (RCV) is an electoral system in which voters rank candidates by preference on their ballots. If a candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, they are declared the winner.

If no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated. First-preference votes cast for the failed candidate are eliminated, lifting the second-preference choices indicated on those ballots. A new tally is conducted to determine whether any candidate has won a majority of the adjusted votes. The process is repeated until a candidate wins an outright majority. (Ballotpedia)

A quick video explaining how instant runoff ranked choice voting can be found on Youtube.

Voting recommendation for Board candidates

Endorsement presented by the Nomination Committee

For more information about each candidate, feel free to click on their name to see their full application. The full candidate Q&A can be viewed here or below.

Tier 1 Ilana Shushansky

Heather Shappell

Tier 2 Grace Ann Hansen

Michael Buenaventura

Tier 3 Michelle Ikoma

Kyle Sandberg

Olivia Ragoowansi

Board Candidate Tiers

Tier 1 candidates were endorsed by the Nomination Committee as the strongest and most qualified candidates running for the Board, and are well suited to serve in an Officer Role.

We highly suggest that clubs rank both or either of these candidates first (and/or second) on their ballot. These candidates possess the following qualifications and/or skills:

– Leadership experience

– Non-profit experience

– Board skills

– Strategic planning skills

– Strong work ethic

– Policy experience (preferred)

Name Comments
ILANA SHUSHANSKY

1-year term

 

Committee interest:

Policy 

Ilana served as NAIGC President from 2013 – 2016, a board member from 2010 – 2020 and filled the role of Nationals Coordinator for many years. She also brings an outside wealth of nonprofit and leadership experience to the board. She co-founded a non-profit, Voice4Girls, writing their governance documents and structure from scratch, serves on multiple other nonprofit boards, and works on the leadership team of a management consulting firm. As a past member of the NAIGC policy committee, she authored many policies during the organizational restructure that took place over the 2019-2020 year.

 

This candidate is recommended for election in Tier 1, as someone who brings a combination of skills and experience seen as critical for effective Board governance.

HEATHER SHAPPELL

2-year term

Committee interest:

Development / Finance 

 

Heather holds a Ph.D in Biostatistics and currently serves on the faculty at Wake Forest University. While in graduate school, Heather founded the first ever student chapter of the American Statistical Association, a nonprofit which she grew to over 100 members. Heather brings many years of experience in recruitment, management of medical studies, and teaching. While Heather is new to the NAIGC, she hopes to lead efforts in making the organization’s strategic planning process better driven by data and analytics.

 

 

This candidate is recommended for election in Tier 1, as someone who brings a combination of skills and experience seen as critical for effective Board governance.

Tier 2 candidates were endorsed by the Nomination Committee as the second strongest and most qualified candidates running for the Board, and are well suited to serve as a Committee Chair.

We highly suggest that clubs rank these candidates between 3rd and 4th on their ballot. These candidates possess the following qualifications and/or skills:

– Either Policy or Development  experience 

– Leadership experience 

– Non-profit experience 

– Board skills 

– Strong work ethic 

Name Comments
GRACE ANN HANSEN

2-year term

Committee interest:

Development / Finance / Policy 

Grace has served on a variety of non-profit boards with experience on recruitment and finance committees that will transfer directly to the NAIGC. She is a current board member of the Transformation project, a non-profit dedicated to supporting transgender youth in South Dakota. Grace also holds an accounting degree, is currently a USAG certified coach, a database administrator, and has 15 years of experience running a business. While Grace will be new to the NAIGC, her wealth of experiences will be a strong asset.

 

 

This candidate is recommended for election in Tier 2, as someone who brings a combination of skills and experience seen as a strong asset to board governance

MICHAEL BUENAVENTURA

2-year term

Committee interest:

Development / Finance

 

Michael has previous non-profit and leadership experience as an executive officer in the Louisiana National Guard and as a mental health professional. He additionally has a strong background in finance having worked in asset management for 8 years. Though he will be a first time board member, Michael has been an NAIGC participant and coach for 20 years and understands the values and needs of the organization.

 

 

This candidate is recommended for election in Tier 2, as someone who brings a combination of skills and experience seen as a strong asset to board governance

Tier 3 – Candidates suited for general board positions:  

Tier 3 candidates were endorsed by the Nomination Committee as the third strongest and most qualified candidates running for the Board. These candidates are well suited to serve as a general Board Member.

We highly suggest that clubs rank these candidates between 5th – 7th on their ballot. These candidates possess the following qualifications and/or skills:

– Non-profit experience 

– Board skills 

– Strong work ethic

Name Comments
MICHELLE IKOMA

1-year term

Committee interest:

Finance / Policy 

Michelle’s previous leadership work has been in advancing equitable access to medical care and treatment on her graduate school campus. Her advocacy included developing campus wide policies to help students experiencing trauma. Michelle also brings experience from a variety of financial and analytical roles that will be an asset to the finance committee.

 

This candidate is recommended for election in Tier 3, as someone who brings a combination of skills and experience to round out overall Board composition.

KYLE SANDBERG

1-year term

Committee interest:

Finance / Policy

 

Kyle was an advisor to the board from 2018 – 2020. Over this time, he gained a strong working knowledge of the organization’s policies and authored several new policies for the organizational restructure. Additionally in his job as a civil engineer, Kyle has experience writing grants which will be a helpful skill for the finance committee.

 

This candidate is recommended for election in Tier 3, as someone who brings a combination of skills and experience to round out the overall Board composition.

OLIVIA RAGOOWANSI

1 year term

Committee Interest:

Development / Policy 

 

Olivia has served on the NAIGC board for the past four years and has been in the role of Nationals Coordinator for the past three. For the upcoming year, she hopes to ensure our policies are aligned with the practical considerations of the events department as well as serve as a communication channel between the board and events department. Additionally, Olivia is completing her law degree and her attention to detail is another asset to the Policy committee.

 

 

This candidate is recommended for election in Tier 3, as someone who brings a combination of skills and experience to round out overall Board composition.

Remaining Candidates

These candidates were not endorsed by the Nomination Committee but are still eligible to be elected to the Board. Their names will appear on the 2022 Election ballot alongside the endorsed candidates.

Name Comments
ALICE SNYDER

1-year term

 

Committee interest:

Development / Policy 

Alice served on the NAIGC board in 2018-2019 and again 2020-2022. She served on the Policy Committee for the last two years, is currently serving as the Communications Team Lead, and was part of the inaugural Development Committee in 2020-2022, where she has been serving as the Committee chair for the last year. Alice was involved in the BIPOC Initiatives Taskforce and the formation of long-term goals for the NAIGC. She has been involved in She is currently involved with the club team at UC Berkeley, and was previously involved with The Ohio State University gymnastics club.
RYAN BRADLEY

2-year term

Committee interest:

Development / Policy 

 

Ryan was one of the founding members of the NAIGC, founded and serves on the Board for another gymnastics-related 501(c)(3), and has experience with other non-profits including GYSA, THG, NC Folk Festival, and Amateur Radio Emergency Services. Within the NAIGC, he served as Vice President for 2007-2008, was a member of Policy for 11 years, was Nationals Coordinator for 4 years, served as Tech Chair for several years and was a member of Tech for 11 years, and served on Scholarship for 2 years. On the board, he would like to formalize the goals and metrics of the organization and improve our recruitment of Volunteers, Advisors, and future Board Members.
ELIZA DERMOTT

1-year term

Committee interest:

Finance / Policy 

In recent years, Eliza has served as an Advisor on the Finance and Policy committee, interim Membership Department Head, Scholarship Team Lead, and a member of the Fundraising Team, and was involved in the restructure in 2019. She would like to see the NAIGC continue expanding on its value of Radical Opportunity, especially through expanding the UAS Award and working with HBCUs. 
SERGIO RESTREPO TABORDA

2-year term

Committee interest:

Development / Policy 

Sergio has worked as a coach for 15 years, coaching dancing, gymnastics, and tumbling, and owns an LLC RT Acrobatics.

Regional Representative Candidate Applications

The full applications of all candidates can be found below: