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Election Candidates 2020

Here is the compiled information on every candidate running to be a NAIGC Board Member in 2020-2021. Each candidate profile include their application, their nominations if any, their record as an NAIGC Board Member if they have served as one this past year, and their internal board evaluations if they have served as a director or advisor in the past. If you have any questions on the election process, you can look at our election page or email info@naigc.org.

Voting member clubs will have received an email with a specific username and password that will allow them to vote. You may use your login to submit your ballot through electionbuddy anytime before the voting deadline. The voting deadline is midnight, May 12, 2020. Candidates present at Nationals will also be giving speeches at the virtual meeting on May 4th at 9:00 PM EDT. If you believe you are a voting club but did not receive an email, please contact info@naigc.org.

Elections for regional representatives will occur in the same timeline. You will only vote for the regional representative in your region.

Board Member Candidates

Krista Lynn Bartolomucci

Candidate Profile: Krista Lynn Bartolomucci
Student Status: Non Student
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development
Campaign Video

Krista served as our legal counsel this year. During the decision to cancel Nationals, she provided insights into our contracts and worked alongside Olivia and our crisis management task force to ensure we did what was best for our members while minimizing risk to the organization. Krista is highly professional and her legal expertise is an invaluable asset to the organization. - Tim Michaels

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 1 3 1 1 5
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 1 4 1.8 5
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 1 4 1.8 5
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 1 4 0 0.8 5
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 1 4 1.8 5
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 1 4 1.8 5
Totals 0 0 2 11 17 1.5

Strengths:

  • This year with COVID-19 and convention center contracts, we needed legal council advice more than ever. Krista stepped up to the plate, made herself available on short notice, and rose to the occasion. Her expertise and skillset are invaluable to the board. She is also respectful, honest, and easy to work with. I am very excited to have her on the board, and I hope that she continues to serve in this capacity.
  • Krista is extremely professional as our legal counsel, and works professionally as an attorney in the Army. She is responsive and has good advice during our contract reviews. During our negotiations with the convention center and hotels for Nationals she brought her experience to bear and gave us sound guidance and legal perspective as we worked through the consequences of cancelling Nationals. Her skill set is very valuable to the organization, and I'm really excited she got involved!
  • Krista has provided to be a phenomenal asset to the board as out legal counsel. During the COVID crisis response, she provided legal aid and assistance with contracts and communication with the hotels, convention center, and other involved parties.
  • Krista responded in a timely and professional manner to our legal questions.
  • Been a great help to us this year!
  • Thank you so much for your commitment to helping the organization during this unusual and stressful year. I really appreciate the legal aid you were able to provide.
  • Krista was really helpful as our Legal Counsel. Her input was vital in guiding the Board during the COVID crisis, and making sure we could cancel for the safety of our members and not go bankrupt. She was always engaged we asked to review contracts and is great to work with.

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Other:

  • I think Krista could be great at taking on some of the strategic planning work in the new board if she is interested in getting involved in other areas. She is very level headed and thinks critically, and it would be great to have a fresh perspective.
  • She did a great job as legal counsel and I hope she continues!
  • Thank you for all your help this year!
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH for your advice surrounding the cancellation of nationals.
Sean Chilelli

Candidate Profile: Sean Chilelli
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: The Ohio State University
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Finance
Campaign Video

Sean is also a former club president, and he has been involved in the NAIGC as an advisor for many years. He has put a lot of energy into making gymnastics accessible to beginners, which has helped the organization grow. Sean's journey as a JO athlete, NAIGC athlete, coach, and judge gives him a holistic view of the sport, as he understands each perspective from first-hand experience. When I've asked him for potential solutions to my university's liability and risk concerns, Sean has demonstrated a rare ability to brainstorm impressively well-developed solutions in a matter of minutes. He understands problems at their root, allowing him to think of effective answers. I admire Sean's professionalism, creative problem solving abilities, and passion for the sport. Sean brings so much to the table, and the NAIGC would be lucky to have more leaders like him. - Tony Petelo

Sean has been involved with the board for many years as an advisor. Sean was instrumental in the creation of the beginners guide, and is still involved with clubs on the west coast and in the mid-east. Sean is a recent graduate and has consistently been engaged with clubs. He was excited when called upon to help with NAIGCFit since he is passionate about improving the membership experience. Sean is also an NGJA certified judge and has coached for many years. Sean has experience in finance, an eye for details, and a technical mind well-suited to governance. Sean’s expertise and passion for the NAIGC would provide many valuable assets to the governance board. - Mason Marek

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
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Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 1 2 0 1 0.25 4
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 2 2 1.5 4
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 1 2 1.25 4
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 1 2 1 1 4
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 2 2 1.5 4
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 1 3 1.75 4
Totals 0 1 4 8 11 1.21

Strengths:

  • -Great knowledge of the code of points
    -Great coaching knowledge, especially for helping beginners
  • You were great with helping answer NAIGC emails which was much appreciated.
  • Sean created an amazing beginner's guide to MAG gymnastics, with flexibility, strength, skill, and routine progressions. When he was able to participate in MAG Rules meetings, he was a valuable participant.
  • Great ideas, and opinions! Has a lot to offer the NAIGC.

Weaknesses:

  • Sean started a new job part way through the year and was no longer able to participate much in MAG Rules, which was unfortunate for us because he was a very valuable member. I hope that he's able to find more time next year to help continue developing resources for MAG Rules.
  • Come do more! We like having you.
  • Sean's engagement levels are up and down. He has good ideas and knowledge, and he would have a great impact if he took on a few concrete projects and saw them through.
  • I'd like to see Sean follow through on his ideas. He created a great guide for beginners, but then passed it off to others to follow through. He has so much knowledge the offer, especially for beginners, so I'd love to see him find the time to contribute more in the future.

Other:

  • Sean put together a pretty thorough training and gymnastics development guide for intro MAG gymnasts. It was a great resource, but as the committee started digging into it he didn't consistently show up to discuss it and push it over the finish line into a nice product that the members could use.
Da'el Leah Clapperton

Candidate Profile: Da’el Leah Clapperton
Club Affiliation: Towson University
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development

Hannah DeRoche

Candidate Profile: Hannah DeRoche
Club Affiliation: Brandeis University
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Development, Finance

Of all the people I know, Hannah has shown some of the greatest commitment to gymnastics as a sport. After four years of leadership at Brandeis Gymnastics, she is graduating with a Masters in International Economics and Finance. In her time at Brandeis she has demonstrated incredible organization skills and professionalism. As a recent graduate, Hannah is closely connected with current NAIGC membership and can provide needed insight on the governance side of the board. In addition, with her strong experience in non-profit management, Hannah will serve the board well in guiding the long-term strategies for finance and development that can continue to grow and improve on our current programs. Her expansive network in non-profits will help her bring critical expertise to the board’s decision-making processes. I recommend voting for Hannah without any reservations. - Caleb Dafilou

Sydney Diekmann

Candidate Profile: Sydney Diekmann
Club Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Development, Finance
Campaign Video

During Sydney's first year as a Board Member she took a leadership role over several growth and outreach initiatives. She demonstrated an ability to communicate professionally with our members, and offer support to clubs looking to start out. Sydney has expressed her desire to continue taking on leadership roles in the NAIGC and I think she has shown she's up to the task, and can deliver to the membership. - Billy Suta

As her first year as a Board Member, Sydney has been a strong leader of the NAIGC Growth and Outreach initiatives. Sydney has demonstrated short term progress (for example the new Nationals Financial Aid for new clubs) in addition to setting a long term vision. I think as a board member Sydney has a lot to contribute towards strategic goal setting and creating metrics to evaluate our organization's success. - Kyle Thackston

Nomination Seconded by Mason Marek.

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2019-2020 Board:

Attended 12/12 Full Board meetings

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 43/43 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 1 0 5 1.67 6
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 1 0 0 1 4 1.17 6
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 1 4 1.5 6
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 1 0 1 4 1.33 6
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 1 0 2 3 1.17 6
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 1 0 3 2 1 6
Totals 1 3 2 8 22 1.31

Strengths:

  • Fantastic initiative - there were many new projects and measurable achievements this year that happened because of you. You actually put big ideas into action by organizing your resources, delegating tasks, and dedicating many hours to your work. You are articulate, organized and systematic, and responsible. You have a noticeable energy and excitement for making sure the NAIGC continues to grow and function.
  • Sydney attacked her role as a director on the Board even though it was her first year. She was very involved and did a great job in her assignments, including the development of the New Club Starter Kit and Chellsie Memmels interaction with NAIGC. She stepped up to lead the G&O committee part way through the year and was engaging as well as organized.
  • Seemed to take on tasks and complete them successfully.
  • Sydney has put a great amount of energy into increasing our growth and outreach efforts. These initiatives seem to be very successful so far and I'm excited to see her other plans moving forward.
  • Sydney has been a tremendous asset to the board this year. Her work ethic and leadership are unparalleled by any first year board member I have ever worked with. Sydney played an integral role this year in drafting the New Club Starter kit for Growth & Outreach and serving as the primary contact for new clubs. She responds quickly to emails and is always well-articulated, professional, and friendly. In Growth & Outreach meetings, she is consistently engaged and contributes thoughtful ideas to our discussion. Sydney has a very analytical mind, and her methodical approach to work has helped guide the strategic vision and workflow of the G&O committee.

    This year, Sydney also played critical roles in:
    -Developing the New Club Financial Aid program
    -Composing posts for the "My NAIGC Story" feature in our fundraising campaign
    -Establishing a partnership with Chellsie Memmel for a Meet & Greet event at Nationals
    -Taking over as interim Chair of Growth and Outreach while Kaitlyn was studying for medical board exams

    Overall, Sydney has taken on more than her fair share of work this year and has excelled in everything she takes on. Her work is invaluable to the board, and I hope that she continues to serve for many years to come.

  • Sydney did a very good job as a first year director. She took on multiple tasks and did a great job with them. She also stepped up into a leadership role when Kaitlyn had to take some time off. Sydney is a good critical thinker who isn't afraid to speak up during meetings.
  • Sydney took a lot of initiative this year taking over several growth initiatives. She also spearheaded the effort to have Chelsie Memmel attend Nationals (which unfortunately was cancelled). She shows a lot of professionalism and diligence in her work.
  • Sydney worked on Growth and Outreach and stepped up to fill the chair/leadership roll when our standing char step down for some time. She did a great job keeping us in contact with each other and actively engaging the committee. She did a great job balancing that with her own tasks such as the New Club Starter Kit and Chellsie Memmels to-be involvement.
  • Sydney is extremely professional and organized. She was very studious about her duties as a Director, doing due diligence on all of the board decisions and not afraid to speak up when she felt strongly about a direction we were taking. But she also strove to find compromise. Sydney would be a huge asset to the governance side in the new board if she chooses to run.
  • Sydney provides excellent execution to the board. Follow through is difficult, especially in NAIGC, but she is able to do so, best exemplified with her work in getting Chelsea Memmel to nationals.
  • Sydney really did a fantastic job with G&O. Sydney revamped the new club starter kit and was incredibly engaged with getting new clubs up and running. Sydney additionally spearheaded communications with Chelsie Memmel , which really helps gain support for adult gymnastics, especially within the NAIGC. Sydney can do great things, I would love to see her continue down the path she started down!

Weaknesses:

  • I think Sydney has a ton of initiative, but she doesn't always ask for help when she needs it. Becoming more comfortable reaching out and delegating is a skill that Sydney will do well to develop.
  • Keep up the great work and don't be shy to speak up more in meetings, you're thoughtful and have great ideas!
  • One of Sydney's greatest strengths is that she is never afraid to speak up and share her voice in meetings. This is rare for new board members, who are often more reserved and quiet initially. Sydney is a shining example of the success we can have when new board members bring their ideas to the table. I hope she can use her position as a relatively new board member to encourage other new board members to speak up with more confidence.
  • I would like to see Sydney take on a leadership role, potentially on the Officer team. I think she has the ability to excel with more responsibility.
  • Sydney is fantastic under stable conditions but did not handle stressful situations well. She struggled to maintain level-headed during the COVID crisis and provided the task force with additional strain. While her worries were valid, the avenues she took to express these concerns created more chaos. If situations like these were to arise again, I would like to see Sydney communicate directly with the involved parties rather than express her concern to the entire board as some preferred to not be involved so they could focus on their projects.

Other:

  • Sydney took great initiative on getting Chellsie Memmel as a special guest for Nationals from start to finish. After a single suggestion, she jumped on the whole process by reaching out to Chellsie in a professional way, pushing us to create a fair contract, and keeping the board informed in a concise and transparent way.
  • She had a great first year - hope she stays involved.
Karen Heilman

Candidate Profile: Karen Heilman
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni, Purdue University
Applying for Two terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development
Campaign Video

Karen has been a member of the NAIGC Board since its founding. Her critical eye for detail in policies and contracts in an invaluable asset. She has been a great board member in the past and a strong mentor for future leadership. - Kyle Thackston

Karen has been involved with the NAIGC for a long time, and has served in various leadership roles. Specifically she has spent time as the Policy committee chair and I believe detailed analysis and debate around policies to be one of her strong suits.  - Ian MacDonald

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 0 1 3 1.75 4
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 1 3 1.75 4
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 1 3 1.75 4
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 1 2 1 1 4
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 1 3 1.75 4
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 0 4 2 4
Totals 0 0 1 6 17 1.67

Strengths:

  • -Karen excels at diving deep into details of policies and making sure that all aspects are well considered and in line with our core values
    -Karen's historical knowledge of the organization is a critical asset
  • Lots of knowledge!

    Good experience!

  • Karen is a great critical thinker, has a keen eye for contracts and details, and a great amount of historical knowledge of the NAIGC. She's a great member of the organization.
  • Karen is great at reading policies and making edits for professionalism.
  • Karen has a lot of experience in managing her own business and working with employees. She shares her experience with the Policy Committee and it leads to better discussions and outcomes for the NAIGC. Karen has a lot of knowledge about where the NAIGC has been, and this helps inform the board about what we should do in the future.
  • Karen is a key asset to the strategic vision of this board. Her experience on the board as well as her experience as a leader within the workplace is a major asset to the board.

    Karen consistently shows up and provides useful and import insight to whatever conversation is at hand.

  • Extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented. Karen is a COO of a small business and she manages over 100 employees. Karen is highly logical and always thinks about all possible consequences of decisions. This makes her a strong voice in the Policy and restructuring conversations, and she often catches important details in contract review. Karen also led the group that wrote the new Community/Collegiate awards policy in 2019.
  • Karen continues to lend a sharpe eye and keen mind to document and policy review, and often has valuable insights in broader board discussions as well.

Weaknesses:

  • Karen has strong opinions and many years of experience on the board, however she does not entertain ideas that differ from hers well. She can come off as condescending at times, even though she is not. At times, her attitude can be counterproductive, for instance it almost feels that unless you are a senior board member she chooses to not see much value in your contributions. I would love to see Karen make an attempt at valuing the radical thoughts of others more, in addition to encouraging younger members!
  • would be good to have you come to more stuff

Other:

  • The organization needs people generating innovative ideas, but it also needs people like Karen who are risk averse, provide objective perspective, and can see all sides of a decision. Some people find this off putting, but her depth of experience and attention to detail have guided the organization to many correct decisions. Karen is an invaluable asset to the NAIGC.
  • I hope Karen strongly considers taking on additional roles within the board.
  • Karen is a pleasure to work with. I hope she stays involved with the Board forever.
  • Please stay with us forever.
  • I've really enjoyed working with Karen. She stays positive, has good ideas, asks good questions, and knows when to push back and when to stand by decisions the group makes,
  • You only joined Board meetings that involved restructuring or COVID-19
Andrew Hutcheson

Candidate Profile: Andrew Hutcheson
Club Affiliation: University of Texas
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development
Campaign Video

  • Andrew loves this sport and this organization; he is a hard worker, though he can be controversial. He has many years of experience on the Board and as a Regional Coordinator. Unfortunately, his region has yet to host a Regional Championships, but he fulfills all of the other duties exceedingly well. He has always argued passionately for what he believes the membership wants, even if it does not align with his personal desires or the best interests of the organization. Andrew is constantly looking for the perfect solution which is best for everyone, which can make him difficult to work with because he is not satisfied with the solution that is best for "most" people. This uncompromising attitude has led to many hours of discussion (perhaps more hours than needed) and to flared tempers, but it has ultimately been productive in leading to policy improvements over the years. I believe that under the new structure Andrew could provide strong strategic vision without as much negative impact on the day-to-day operations due to his constant search for perfect solutions, sometimes referred to as FOBO (Fear of a Better Option). - Ryan Bradley

Andrew was a Director previously. 

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Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 2 1 5 1.38 8
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 1 3 3 1 0.5 8
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 2 0 5 1 0.63 8
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 2 2 3 0 1 -0.5 8
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 1 2 3 2 0.75 8
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 1 1 3 3 1 8
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Totals 2 7 12 16 13 0.62

Strengths:

  • 1. Depth of knowledge concerning NAIGC history and foundations.
    2. Willingness to speak his mind.
    3. Consistent involvement in the NAIGC community.
    4. Strong work ethic (on every committee).
    5. Has NAIGC values at the root of every decision.
    6. Blunt, straightforward approach to communicating.
    7. During decision making, he is able to delineate between personal preference and the preferences of the members who he represents.
  • There is no doubt that Andrew has put a lot of time and effort into various projects with NAIGC.
  • Andrew is more dedicated to the NAIGC than anyone else I've met. He raises unpopular but important points regardless of the potential backlash, and is constantly fighting for the rights and viewpoints of the members he represents. He's a key technical resource on the tech committee and provides valuable insights on all the committees he's on (which is all of them?). The board would be worse without him.
  • Andrew has his hand in everything. If you have a question, he can either answer it or point you in the right direction. He has also done a lot of work with the website and made items easier throughout the years for the reg team.
  • Andrew does a good job bringing up counter arguments that others may not think of.
  • Gets involved in every committee so knows about all projects and tasks; is a key member of the tech team and plays a big role in maintaining and updating the NAIGC website and database
  • Always engaged and has a lot of knowledge not just of Tech but the board as a whole. Has some unpopular opinions but still expresses them to get board members to think differently.
  • Many years of experience and advanced knowledge of the inner-workings of the board, especially on the Tech committee.
  • Seems to have good communication with his region.
  • Is involved in every committee so has good understanding of all projects and tasks; key member of tech committee for maintaining the NAIGC website and database
  • I cannot begin to explain how important Andrew is to this organization. I truly believe -- despite what anyone may say-- Andrew is crucial to this group. Andrew is constantly criticized for his opinions. I'm very sure this will be the main review he gets. However, I must say that this is incredibly mis-informed. While working with the board I've found that this group is alarmly unwilling to tolerate differing opinions. Many of this group, like Andrew, have ideas or opinions that some of the others may not agree with. However, I'm am appalled at how, as a professional organization, we do not value (nor professionally handle) someone's differing opinion. As an organization we should find critical those that challenge our thoughts. This is what keeps us properly evaluating the decisions we make.I must also say that Andrew is incredibly professional when he presents his differing opinions, and is always more than willing to discuss compromises. Without Andrew, I believe few would be comfortable stating their thoughts.

    Andrew is also one of the only board members that reached out to me as a new board member. He has been wonderful as showing me the ropes along the way-- as well as constantly helping me be proactive in putting my dreams for contributions to the organization in action. He has gone out of his way to hear what I have to say, and -- whether or not he agrees-- help me make these thoughts and ideas become something.

    I should also disclaimer that I don't always agree with Andrew's thoughts;however I find them valuable to hear.

  • Andrew is a great voice for the membership. I think he may be one of the few members of the board that thinks of the membership with 100% of his decisions.
  • Andrew probably knows more about the NAIGC than anyone else on the board. He is extremely dedicated and sits on EVERY committee. Andrew is also really good at looking at a problem from many perspectives. Andrew also cares deeply about the opinions of the membership and would like to increase communication with members so that we can make more informed decisions.
  • Has most of our website expertise. Helps facilitate communication between committees.
  • Knows what's happening in every committee on the board.
  • Does a great job maintaining the current website, which is not a trivial task. He is very responsive and has great meeting attendance.
  • Knowledgeable about the organization
  • Andrew contributes a lot of effort to the organization. He tries to get directors and advisors to understand our operations and policies. He has a lot of knowledge of the current website.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Andrew tends to be very confrontational and ruffle some feathers fairly commonly. Despite him playing the needed devils advocate role, he will often play it when not needed.
  • Does not promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is unable to move forward constructively following board decisions if they do not align with his own opinion; often plays devils advocate unnecessarily or tries to institute polices/rules for scenarios that will never happen; argumentative to the point that he disagrees even if the consensus shares his perspective; openly does not agree with or support the NAIGC Executive Team or the strategic direction of the NAIGC, so it is hard to understand why he continues to be part of the organization.
  • Andrew will twist a situation to claim that the Board has ulterior motives or agendas, when in fact all members of this Board (Advisors & Directors) are volunteering our time outside of busy lives and long days of work or school for the Love of the Sport and the benefit of the organization. Our decisions are made in a very fair manner which take many opinions into consideration. But at the end of the day decisions must be made and pages must be turned. When the majority of members vote on a proposal that was not Andrews idea, or in his favor of opinion, he will throw a tantrum and completely throw off Board progress. He becomes fixated on past events with an inability to move on.
  • Sometimes a little difficult.
  • Very one-sided. Often refuses to meet a compromise. Has worked against the executive team in many cases
  • Does not seem to be on the same page as the rest of the BOD on many items, and often doesn't seem to have the boards best interests in mind.
  • His written communication would be better if he could state his point more succinctly. Plays devil's advocate a bit too much. It seems Andrew is not always aligned with the rest of the board. After the board has made a decision, it can be hard for him to move forward. He routinely brings up old grudges. Sometimes inserts himself into situations and into tasks that were not assigned to him - oversteps his bounds.
  • He has his hands in everything. At times this can be disruptive and slow things down.
  • Does not promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is unable to move forward constructively following board decisions if they do not align with his own opinion; play devils advocate during conversations unnecessarily; is argumentative to the point where he continues to argue even when the consensus is on his side; openly disagrees with and does not support the NAIGC Executive Team or the strategic direction of the organization, so it is hard to understand why he continues to be involved.
  • Andrew has been very focused on getting the board to better define their guiding principles so that we can use those to drive decisions. Sometimes this, along with wanting to wait to survey membership, gets in the way of making decisions when we have deadlines to meet.
  • Sometimes unwilling to compromise.
  • Not always professional. Andrew often thinks he is singled out because of his opinions, but I believe the NAIGC welcomes opposing viewpoints and arguments when delivered in a constructive manner.
  • 1. Diplomacy
  • Often extremely opinionated and unwilling to listen to other people's thoughts and ideas
  • Andrew doesn't know how to disagree productively. He often disagrees or complains with no suggestion of how to move forward. He also doesn't agree with the direction the organization is heading
  • Sometimes gets caught up in details or topics that are not relevant to the task/goal at hand.

Other:

  • I think it was a mistake not to elect Andrew to the board last year. He is extremely committed to the organization and works harder than anyone else to do what is best for the membership based on what they say and not what we think they want.
  • Does not communicate his work well to the rest of the board, often leading to confusion and making planning difficult.
  • Andrew has been a great mind for the NAIGC and is always willing to provide a voice on anything. He should be retained on the board.
  • Andrew needs to determine if he agrees with the vision, mission and values of the NAIGC, or if he is fighting against the organization and for something it is not. The first step of serving on a non-profit Board is to agree with the mission, vision and values and to move forward with the decisions made as a whole to support the organization. I do not feel that this criteria has been met with Andrew, so I would strongly caution against him serving in a leadership role with NAIGC (director, advisor, regional coordinator, etc). I do not know why he continues to fight against everyone and make false accusations against both individuals and the Board as a whole. It exhausts everyone and created a negative environment. I also think he confuses his role with NAIGC as either his full-time job or hobby, of which it should be neither.
  • You should not go to every meeting you can. stick with the committees you can actually commit to. Coming in and criticizing is usually unhelpful. better to send suggestions to people individually
  • Andrew has mostly good ideas but he doesn't know how to work productively with people. He will take over the work of others if he doesn't agree with where it is going.

Director Response:
I will admit I gave been frustrated with the NAIGC board. But I think that the job of the board is to both continually question it's own direction, values and mission and that these things are in fact healthy to do. I think that the most important job of each individual board member is to actively participate and communicate with the organizations members so that they can be represented and can inform our decisions. Moving forward I will be cognizant about keeping discussions more succinct to help stay within time considerations.

Ian MacDonald

Candidate Profile: Ian MacDonald
Club Affiliation: University of Minnesota Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Development, Finance
Campaign Video

Ian has been Vice President for two years and on the NAIGC Board for 6 years. Ian is a highly skilled organizer and rational decision maker. I have great respect for his judgement and his values, and believe he would continue being a valuable board member in future years. - Kyle Thackston

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2019-2020 Board:

Attended 12/12 Full Board meetings

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 43/43 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 1 12 6 1.26 19
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 1 5 6 7 1 19
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 1 9 11 1.48 21
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 10 11 1.52 21
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 6 15 1.71 21
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 5 6 10 1.24 21
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 1 9 11 1.48 21
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 2 11 7 1.25 20
Totals 0 1 15 69 78 1.37

Strengths:

  • Ian is a decisive decision maker and readily contributes his input.
  • -Ian is extremely organized and has done a great job adding structure to current practices.
  • Always mediates calmly and avoids escalation. Highly organized.
  • Ian has done a good job at taking over the administrative tasks of leading the NAIGC. This has enabled Tim and others to be more available to do high level strategic planning. His conduct during the virus outbreak showed a lot of professionalism and pragmatism that helped guide the Org in the right direction.
  • level-headed and easy to work with.
  • Ian has been a pleasure to work with, always polite and friendly, and jumping in every now and then to pull a conversation back on track.
  • Ian has been a very effective Vice President for the NAIGC. He's a great administrator of the annual NAIGC In Person meeting in October. Ian has repeatedly shown himself to be an effective leader and mentor to many in the organization. He's a great asset to the Board of Directors.
  • Always a level head in decision making. Does a great job at generating useful conversation.
  • Communicates effectively. Gives thoughtful answers. Helps keep conversations going in the right direction.
  • Ian has been incredibly involved with the board as the VP. This year, Ian continued to manage the committee chairs and tasks forces well. Ian also excels at managing crisis situations, and was an integral part of the crisis management task force.
  • Great job as VP.
  • One of the best leaders on the board in terms of keeping meetings focused on the topic at hand, providing thoughtful input to decisions based on a lot of experience, and providing operational guidance to chairs and all board members. Really great overall in a management/guidance position, so I think the Director (Board Member) role would suit you well.
  • Ian is a good people manager. He helped keep all the committee chairs on task and communicating throughout the year. He is very organized and one of his larger projects as VP is to organize our internal planning for our In Person meeting and scheduling for board members at Nationals. This takes a lot of balancing, planning and diplomacy. It was also great to have his input on the restructuring committee as he has been around awhile and seen the organization evolve.
  • Ian is respectful, hard-working, and very easy to get along with. His leadership as an officer has been an invaluable service to the board.
  • Ian is a great wealth of knowledge, and is able to make himself very approachable to share this knowledge. He does a great job of identifying needs and spear heading efforts too. Ian fulfills the VP role exactly as I believe it needs to be filled.

Weaknesses:

  • As an officer of the organization, you could work on promoting an enthusiastic and harmonious work environment within the Board. Hearing from the officers that you are doing a good job goes a LONG way for keeping positive motivation.
  • Voice was kind of hidden behind Tim's. Would have been nice to hear more of his own opinions.
  • As much as you are great at leading/guiding discussion, I've noticed a gap in terms of executing tasks. Your focus was definitely more on helping to develop the guiding structure of the organization or facilitate committees in getting their work done, which is great for a VP. In that case I'd recommend not volunteering for "on the ground" tasks. Again this is why I think you'd make a really strong director (vs. ops specialist) for the Board in future years.
  • Ian is a great leader and strong communicator, but I would like to see Ian be more invested in training a predecessor to fill his role once he steps away.
  • While handling the typical roles of VP well, he didn't implement any additional initiatives while VP. I would have liked to see Ian use his skills to achieve some tangible goal for the NAIGC other than just getting us through the year.

Other:

  • As an officer, I feel like you lacked the leadership skill of helping guide interested individuals for roles they wish to be a part of. Instead, it seemed like you picked a couple favorites and worked exclusively with them. There are lots of people in the organization that are very interested in moving up the leadership ladder but are often getting pushed to the wayside. It seems as if you are unwilling to help train people for positions you do not think they are fit for. There needs to be an educational transition for leadership positions; however, those who are interested and trying to develop these skills are often getting shrugged off.
  • Would love to see him continue in this role or another role like it.
  • Ian's a great leader on the Board, and I think his institutional knowledge will be a huge benefit in the coming years.
  • Ian is a great asset to the organization. There are many positions he would be good at moving forward, as a board member or operations person.
  • I think Ian would be great doing the governance roles as a director next year. He is able to think strategically.
Mason Marek

Candidate Profile: Mason Marek
Club Affiliation: Eastern Michigan University / NAIGC Alumni
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development
Campaign Video

I’ve known Mason for the past ~3 years and he has been nothing but completely dedicated to making the NAIGC a better place for gymnasts of all kinds! He has the NAIGC’s best interest at heart and is willing to voice his opinion if he thinks there is a better option. That is why I think he would excel in governance. Mason was on the Policy committee this year and was heavily involved in the creation and refining of the NAIGC internal restructure. I fully endorse Mason Marek and second his nomination.  - Alice Snyder

Mason is a motivated athlete and leader. When our university was concerned about the safety of Nationals and wanted to speak to a rep from HR, he graciously explained to our Sports Club Director the precautions that the NAIGC takes to keep its members safe. His professional interaction represented the NAIGC well, and put our university's worries at ease. Mason's knowledge and experience make him a fantastic candidate for an NAIGC Board Member. - Tony Petelo
In the past year Mason has created multiple new policies and has also led the new HR committee. I think he has shown a great ability to get things done and would be a good strategic voice to add to the Board. - Ian MacDonald

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2019-2020 Board:

Attended 12/12 Full Board meetings

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 43/43 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 1 2 2 1.2 5
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 5 0 1 5
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 3 1 1 5
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 1 1 3 1.4 5
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 3 2 0 0.4 5
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 3 1 1 0.6 5
Totals 0 0 10 15 7 0.91

Strengths:

  • Mason has done an excellent job as social media Director this year. He has been professional, easy to work with, and always follows through on his commitments. It is a pleasure to have him on the board, and I hope he will continue to serve for many years to come.
  • Mason took on a variety of different projects this year, serving as the social media coordinator, helping with onboarding new advisors, and drafting internal and external grievance policies. He participated in the restructuring subcommittee discussions regularly. He has a lot of energy and desire to learn about different aspect of the organization.
  • Has not been afraid to speak up when his position was not being utilized correctly.
  • Mason has taken on multiple roles this year and has done a good job. He consistently shows up when he needs to, and is always easy to get into contact with.
  • Mason took a lot of initiative with developing the Human Resources Committee this year, and laying the groundwork for several policies that will continue to be developed over the next few seasons. He has good thoughts on how the NAIGC should be supporting it's members and always seems to have their best interests as his top priority.
  • Really stepped up our social media and engagement with the membership.
  • Mason has contributed consistently and helpfully in MAG Rules meetings, and seems to be doing a great job in his HR and Social Media roles.
  • Mason is very well organized and can be easily relied upon. I feel confident that he will consistently get an assignment accomplished on time and doing a good job in the process. That level of reliability is an excellent asset, and I hope that he continues to be a part of the board in the future.
  • He's easy to talk to and was very welcoming.
  • Very helpful and shows tons of enthusiasm toward each task and job.
  • You are wonderfully energetic, and do a great job of motivating others -- which has been crucial during this hard year. You did a great job at helping handle NAIGC urgencies and at helping with crisis control. You are always an incredibly supportive person to work with. You bring others together very naturally -- which is very important to keeping good productivity within the NAIGC.

    The social media looked incredible this year. So many of us came up with new social media projects this year, and you took all of them on despite their huge workloads. You have done a great job using social media to connect our community, and offered so many new things to the membership.

Weaknesses:

  • Organization -- often seems stressed with his NAIGC work load.
  • I haven't seen any areas for improvement.
  • Doesn't always understand the nuances of policies.
  • Mason can get defensive about projects he has personally worked on. He doesn't always analyse them objectively or respond well to critiques. This can lead him to not seeing all sides of an argument. He should work on taking things less personally.
  • Mason would occasionally hold up discussions to discuss a point that the majority already had a consensus on, sometimes derailing a meeting to do so. I think it's great that Mason wants certain things to be fully fleshed out, but in these instances it was counterproductive.

Other:

  • With Mason's passion for membership, he'd be a good fit as an operations specialist.
  • Would make a good addition to the NAIGC operations team next year
  • Be confident with your ability to take on leadership roles!
  • I look forward to working with you every time I get a chance!
  • Love Mason's enthusiasm, and that he branched out in several directions this year. He could work on running more focused and efficient meetings, but that will come with practice. Also, some Facebook messages never got answered.
  • Mason's work on HR has been so valuable to the organization. He has also been very active on the communications committee working to improve how we get information to our membership, which the organization has been working to improve on for years but still has a lot of work to go.
Tim Michaels

Candidate Profile: Tim Michaels
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni, University of Tennessee
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Development, Finance
Campaign Video

This has been Tim's fourth year as President of the NAIGCTim is a strategic leader with great long term goals for the organization. He works well with other organizations in the gymnastics community to promote and advance the NAIGC mission. As a board member, I strongly value Tim's ability to prioritize long term goals and organizational strategy instead of being bogged down with shorter term compromises. --Kyle Thackston

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2019-2020 Board:

Attended 12/12 Full Board meetings

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 43/43 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 4 10 6 1.1 20
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 1 2 8 9 1.25 20
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 2 4 14 1.6 20
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 4 5 11 1.35 20
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 3 7 10 1.35 20
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 2 5 13 1.55 20
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 4 3 13 1.45 20
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 8 11 1.5 20
Totals 0 1 22 50 87 1.39

Strengths:

  • He is really good at calming people down if they are stressed out and is also very hard working and on top of everything.
  • Tim has done an excellent job improving transparency within the Board. The restructuring team worked tirelessly this year, and Tim helped communicate their work to the board through weekly updates and discussion topics. He also made himself available for individual phone calls to answer restructuring questions and discuss the future of the NAIGC.
  • Well suited to leading an organization like this. Able to mediate disputes with a calm attitude and more than once has displayed much more patience that I can think of anyone else on the board having.
  • Lot of NAIGC knowledge. Cares immensely about the NAIGC. Very patient.
  • Allows conversation and opposing views.
  • You have a lot of potential to be a great President, just need to reevaluate priorities.
    You are level-headed and logical especially in crisis situations.
  • Much improved administration in terms of sending agendas earlier and keeping meetings on track. Put in a ton of hours to research non-profit best practices and help develop the new board structure, which was much needed this year. Continually leverages knowledge about and connections within the gymnastics community to advance the values and goals of the NAIGC. One of our best leaders and advocates for always keeping our mission and core values in mind when making decisions.
  • Tim is a great leader for this organization. This year, he has stepped back a bit from the day-to-day operation of the organization so that he can focus more on strategic efforts, and I think this was a great move. He's been super involved in improving the structure of the board, promoting scholarship, and building relationships with strategic partners.
  • Tim did a great job leading the restructuring effort.
  • Tim truly cares about the organization and those who serve on the Board. When he is able to contribute to the individual committees, his knowledge and insight of a wide breath of topics is extremely valuable.
  • Tim has a lot of strengths and this year has really shown his strong strategic and critical thinking abilities when it comes to leading this board. Tim is a very strong asset to this board and I hope he continues doing good work for a long time.
  • Tim is a forward thinking leader and a great asset to the NAIGC. This year he committed year long towards devising the internal NAIGC restructuring, which I think has been a great investment in the future of the NAIGC and its sustainability. I hope Tim remains the NAIGC president for as long as he is eligible.
  • Tim is bringing changes to the Board that are long overdue. The Restructuring effort took a lot of initiative to get moving, and Tim's leadership motivated others to take the large strides needed to get new Policies reviewed and approved. While Nationals didn't happen as planned this year, Tim is making changes to the NAIGC that will benefit it hugely in the coming years.
  • I have been incredibly impressed with Tim's performance as President this year. From spearheading the restructuring (which I think is a hugely positive step for the organization) to shepherding the organization carefully and successfully through the beginning stages of a pandemic, Tim has done an amazing job. Despite what I can only imagine are an incredible number of responsibilities and time commitments, he still pops in to MAG Rules email conversations, and was a regular at our biweekly video meetings in the first half of the year before he stepped back to focus on his other committees/responsibilities.
  • Tim has gotten better at communicating this year and has taken steps to be more involved and invested in the projects of others.Tim is incredibly connected with the other gymnastics organizations and is very knowledgable.

Weaknesses:

  • You do a great job of listening to and balancing different/conflicting opinions, but I've noticed you share your personal opinion early when we're discussing potentially contentious votes. It's debatable whether this is a pro or a con, but I think it would be useful to let us discuss for a bit before indicating your preference, as I think it might sway some other opinions. We all obviously trust your judgement and it is never truly misguided, and depending on the situation we may need initial guidance from you and the officers, but I think we could have more authentic discussion if you reserved you and the officers' opinions for slightly later in the process.
  • Tim has made a lot of progress as a leader. That being said there is always room to improve. Tim often has many strong opinions on topics and will hear others with differing thoughts out, but at times it feels that he isn't completely listening. If a person has a viewpoint that disagrees with his, it often results in the opposing viewpoint being given less attention than it might need. This can reduce board capture and make it hard for individuals who are motivated to maintain that energy.
    Tim does a great job managing the team, but at times could be more encouraging to the team. People often lose motivation on tasks and if Tim could find ways to improve workplace synergy this could change.
  • I haven't experienced this personally but have heard from others that Tim sometimes will give more consideration for ideas from certain people. I think it will be helpful for him to either take a step back when people offer ideas and try to separate his evaluation from his opinion of the person or perhaps come up with an anonymous way for people to submit ideas.
  • This year, I felt like you spent a majority of your time working on the restructuring policy and not on creating an enthusiastic and harmonious work environment for the whole Board. As President, you role should incorporate motivating the Board to be fully engaged and proud of the work they are doing. Your priorities are more focused on policy than on overall Board functioning.
  • Could do a much better job at encouraging directors and advisors. This would vastly improve upon the workflow for volunteers.

    Could be better about mentoring new leadership.

  • Tim could have worked to bring the Restructuring efforts to the Full Board sooner, it seemed like many directors were caught of guard. Sometimes it's easy to work on things in isolation, but bringing this to everyone sooner would have helped the Board grasp the desired goals and outcomes. Granted once Tim was made away of the Boards concerns he immediate put the time in to fix it and improve communications.

Other:

  • With the restructuring of the board coming, there was a lot of confusion and chaos as to where certain individuals will be best. We have many strong directors and advisors that are hoping to grow and move into leadership positions and during this time there has been a lack of mentorship for these individuals. As the President, mentoring and training successors is a crucial part of this role. During these discussions, it felt as if people were being steered towards positions he wanted them in, rather than allowing people to make that decision for themselves.
  • Tim has given a huge amount to this organization, and has helped immeasurably to grow and improve the organization. I hope he continues to contribute in the coming years.
  • THANK YOU for all your hard work with restructuring!
  • I notice that sometimes we get off track during full board meetings, it is hard to control everyone but I do think you could help us do a better job.
  • Tim is amazing - he's done a great job as President and I would support him continuing in that role. He should definitely be elected as a board member for next year.
  • Would love to see him continue in this role or one similar to it.
  • As an officer, I feel like you lacked the leadership skill of helping guide interested individuals for roles they wish to be a part of. Instead, it seemed like you picked a couple favorites and worked exclusively with them. There are lots of people in the organization that are very interested in moving up the leadership ladder but are often getting pushed to the wayside. It seems as if you are unwilling to help train people for positions you do not think they are fit for. There needs to be an educational transition for leadership positions; however, those who are interested and trying to develop these skills are often getting shrugged off.
  • I was really impressed with Tim's direct outreach to individual Board members this year. When I was personally struggling to balance my Board commitments with life obligations, he reached out to me with words of encouragement and support. He was thoughtful and sincere, and his words are truly what kept me going. It's been a pleasure to watch Tim grow as a leader over the past few years.
  • Tim made big improvements this year in time management during meetings, and guiding conversations to stay productive.
  • Has improved on the things mentioned in "growth opportunities", but should still focus on it more.
Tony Petelo

Candidate Profile: Tony Petelo
Club Affiliation: University of California – Berkeley
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Finance
Campaign Video

I've had the pleasure of working with Tony over the past four years and he has never failed to impress me. He has worked immensely hard as president of UC Berkeley for two years during a very difficult time. UC Berkeley gymnastics club has been fighting to keep their club running during a time of major university changes and has worked tirelessly with the sports club administration, executive board, and chancellor to keep the Cal Gymnastics Club alive. Tony has incredible leadership skills, and work ethic. He is skilled in policy construction and would be a huge asset to NAIGC governance. Tony has also shown extreme professionalism in working with the university liability teams and has used his creative skills to continue to construct solutions that best fit both the university and the club. Tony cares very much about the long-term existence of club gymnastics, as well as the involvement of students and alumni/adults in the gymnastics community; he has worked tirelessly for Cal, and I am confidence he will do the same for the NAIGC. I highly recommend Tony as a board member. -- Julie Rolla

 

I’ve have known Tony for 4 years as an officer and current president of the UC Berkeley club. This past year he served on the UC Berkeley Sport Club Association Executive Board and was tasked with developing new policies and strategies for the entire sport club department. He worked closely with the administration and honed interpersonal relationship skills that have made him extremely adaptable to any work environment. He is very logical and creative when it comes to working up solutions. I believe that his experience on the Executive Board and as the president of UC Berkeley’s club are perfect qualifications for a board member position. I full heartily endorse Tony Petelo. --Allie Snyder

 

 

Olivia Ragoowansi

Candidate Profile: Olivia Ragoowansi
Club Affiliation: Emory University
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development

I would like to nominate Olivia Ragoowansi to the NAIGC Board of Directors. This was Oivia's first year on the Board as an adviser and she has been an incredible asset. Her work on developing and evaluating surveys has and will continue to improve the communication and the involvement of the NAIGC membership in board-level decision making. Olivia has also helped review contracts for the board, which is a skill that is much needed. Her current and future experience with law holds high value to the Board. Olivia is a pleasure to work with and would make an excellent director. --Caleb Dafilou

 

Olivia stepped into the role of Nationals Coordinator this year, a huge undertaking which involves managing relationships with our Nationals convention center, hotels, and equipment supplier. Last month while the Board was considering whether to cancel Nationals, Olivia was in daily contact with the Rhode Island hotels and convention center, advocating on behalf of the NAIGC and ensuring we withdrew from our contracts without creating financial liability to the organization. She also works with NTS on researching future Nationals locations and bringing a few exciting options to the board to vote on.--Tim Michaels

 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Olivia for the past couple years within the communication committee. She has always been extremely diligent in her work (both within the comms committee and as national coordinator) and dedicated to ensuring the success of the NAIGC. Her work as nationals coordinator was a completed success (especially as the liaison with the convention center) and evidence of her professional communication skills. I believe that she would be great as a board member and bring a new level of excellence to this organization. --Allie Snyder

 

Nomination seconded by Mason Marek

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 0 0 6 2 6
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 1 5 1.83 6
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 0 6 2 6
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 0 6 2 6
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 1 5 1.83 6
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 1 5 1.83 6
Totals 0 0 0 3 33 1.92

Strengths:

  • An excellent communicator and quick to respond to multiple emails. Able to effectively balance multiple demanding roles. Proactive rather than reactive (accomplishes tasks or thinks through problem solving early, before the problem grows too big).
  • Awesome job stepping up to be National's coordinator. Too bad we'll have to wait until next year to see her first run Nationals.
  • Olivia took on a huge amount of work this year as the new Nationals Coordinator and did an amazing job! In the beginning she knew what questions to ask, when to reach out and ask for help, and therefore learned the role quickly! She stayed on top of communication with all vendors and contractors, negotiated professionally, met all deadlines, kept the rest of the board informed as to the status of things, and always had the best interests of the NAIGC and its members in mind. On top of that she had to deal with an unprecedented situation of COVID-19's impact on Nationals and could not have dealt with things better...communicating regularly with all necessary parties and clearly laying out options and their implications.
  • Olivia did an amazing job taking over as Nationals Coordinator this year. She was very responsive to both internal and external questions. She worked very well with our many external partners, and was willing to get creative with them on things like banquet setup and equipment setup/tear down. When things began to look grim due to covid-19 she stepped up and worked very hard to ensure we were able to get out of all of our contracts without financial penalties.
  • Very hard worker and is always one step ahead of what needs to be done. Thanks for your dedication and giving you constant attention to everything nationals related during this crisis!
  • Olivia had some very big shoes to fill in her first year as Nationals Coordinator, and she has truly risen to the occasion (and then some). Not only did she do an excellent job planning early on in the year, but she also worked unbelievably hard to find answers and solutions during the rapidly evolving COVID crisis. She and the Crisis Management team worked tirelessly to collect data and answers in a very short time, and communicate this to the board and membership in a timely fashion. I can't thank you enough for your service and dedication--you're a superstar, and I hope you continue to serve on the board for many years to come.
  • If I had to choose one person for most impressive Board Member, it would be you. Being as this is your first year as Nationals Coordinator, you hit it out of the park, especially under such extreme circumstances! You are extremely professional and a quick learner. Both great attributes for a public facing member of the Board.
    As for your role within the committees, you always stepped up to offer your assistance and were promptly responsive to messages.
  • Olivia has done an excellent job as Nationals Coordinator this year! She did a great job taking over an important role.
  • Seemed to do a good job as Nationals coordinator.
  • Olivia took on one of the hardest roles this year and did a phenomenal job. As an advisor, she contributed to the organization in an immense way, even taking part in strategic planning for the organization. Beyond the regular challenges of having to host nationals, Olivia successfully was a part of the team that addressed canceling nationals and worked diligently with our legal counsel to see that the NAIGC contractually wouldn’t be harmed due to the cancelation of Nationals 2020. Olivia is through, timely, and extremely good at communicating.
  • -Incredibly organized
    -Easy to contact and quick to respond
    -Communicates large amounts of information in an easily digestible manner
  • Olivia has done an amazing job in her first year as Nationals Coordinator, especially given that Nationals ended up getting canceled. Olivia handled the cancellation and everything leading up to it with incredible professionalism, and I can't think of anything she could or should have done differently.
  • Olivia was awesome as the Nationals Coordinator this year. She effectively took over conversations with the Convention Center and National Travel Systems, getting us 90% ready to host a great Nationals. When we had to start planning for cancelling due to the virus outbreak, Olivia was quick to respond, and quick to resolve things with the hotels and convention center.
  • Olivia was on the front lines with the hotel and convention center negotiations during our cancellation process. She was incredibly professional, responsive, and transparent, and she went to bat as a negotiator for the NAIGC. She is also on top of planning for Nationals 2021 and 2022 and proactively makes sure we are aware of needs and timelines for those cities. Her professional experience as a paralegal is also a strong plus
  • Good communicator and writer. Very on top of things.
  • You have done an absolutely excellent job. I can't believe how much you've learned this year, and how incredibly fast you've managed to perfect your job. You are a crucial part of the NAIGC, and I hope you stick around.

    Maybe someday consider trying for ED position?

Weaknesses:

  • Continue building your resources and skills in negotiating with our contracted partners. You did a fantastic job as Nationals Coordinator for the first time ever, and as you gain more experience I hope you continue to build confidence in vouching for the needs of our organization, even if it means taking a firm stance or being more direct with our partners.
  • None

Other:

  • You should have been a voting director this year; you deserved to have a vote!
  • Olivia did an incredible job taking over one of the most important roles in the organization in one of the most difficult years in our history. As Nationals coordinator, Olivia had a huge amount of responsibility and she handled it flawlessly. When it became clear that COVID would be affecting Nationals, Olivia was in daily contact with the hotels and convention center to get us the most up-to-date information relevant for making the decision of whether or not to cancel Nationals.
  • Amazing job transitioning a difficult role this year.
  • I hope she's willing to head up Nationals organization again next year as an operations specialist.
  • Olivia did a great job, and I'm excited to see how things go in Albuquerque!
  • Olivia would make a fantastic Director.
  • I was very impressed with Olivia. I really hope she continues in the Nationals Coordinator role. Having this year be the first year in that role is not very rewarding! She deserves to oversee a few really successful Nationals
  • I'm excited to see Olivia continue in her current role, I think she's done an excellent job and is a very valuable asset to the NAIGC.
  • I hope you continue in this role next year!
Ashley Ross

Candidate Profile: Ashley Ross
Club Affiliation: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Finance

Ashley has also served as the chair of the Policy committee and has shown herself to be a strong leader and strategic thinker, which I believe makes her a great candidate for the Board. -- Ian MacDonald

Ashley has most recently served as the NAIGC Policy committee chair and was instrumental in organizing the board restructuring, which in my opinion has been the most ambitious and comprehensive institutional change to the NAIGC since 2006. Ashley makes her decisions with a great degree of integrity and fairness and would serve as a great Board member.--Kyle Thackston

Nomination seconded by Mason Marek

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2019-2020 Board:

Attended 12/12 Full Board meetings

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 43/43 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 2 3 1.6 5
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 1 1 3 1.4 5
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 0 2 8 1.8 10
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 1 0 9 1.8 10
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 2 7 1.6 10
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 2 3 5 1.3 10
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 1 9 1.9 10
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 3 7 1.7 10
Totals 0 0 5 14 51 1.66

Strengths:

  • Extremely knowledgeable
    Great at running meetings and administration
  • -Ashley is able to leverage her organizational knowledge to dig deep into the nitty gritty of policies to ensure that we have considered all contingencies
  • Ashley led the Policy committee this year and absolutely crushed it. We kept up a blistering pace of policy review and churned out several needed policies such as internal and external grievance policies and a rewrite to our club membership policy. All in addition to the restructuring subcommittee completely overhauling our governing documents. She was a level headed moderator able to keep meetings results focused and discussions on track, which is very challenging with a dozen strong personalities hashing out hard decisions.
  • Ashley did a fantastic job this year leading Policy. She was very prepared for each meeting and policy had the added task of restructuring this year which did not make for an easy time, but she really managed the team well!
  • Ashley has done a great job leading policy. She is a very effective meeting leader, and is very good at keeping things on track and striving for a concrete goal.
  • Ashley has been great at balancing the Policy Committee's goals and the goals of the Board Restructuring efforts. There's a lot of overlap between these goals and it took a great deal of coordination and flexibility to deliver on both.
  • You are great at keeping the discussion on topic and making sure that the meeting makes progress.
    You provide a good insight and often bring up perspectives that had not yet been addressed.
  • Not afraid to speak up, and is responsible at completing tasks.

    You took on some big things this year with policy and did a fantastic job at leading them.

  • Ashley did a great job leading the policy committee and does a lot of tech coding and quality checking.
  • Ashley was chair of the policy committee this year. She did a very good job of balancing the policy committee with the restructuring task force. Ashley has an eye for detail, is a good strategic thinker, and an effective administrator. Ashley is a valuable Director.
  • Keeps the policy committee productive and on-target to reach its goals each year

Weaknesses:

Other:

  • It was my first year involved with the Policy Committee and I cannot express how well Ashley ran it.
  • Ashley would be a great addition as an elect Board member over NAIGC governance and strategy so that she can continue in her role as policy chair!
  • -Ashley has made a bunch of mini-scripts that have been extremely helpful to me while helping with reg and in other activities. She is almost always able to produce extremely quick results. This is a small thing in the grand scheme of the board but has been super critical for helping us operate more efficiently.
  • I made a comment on the mid term evaluations that Ashley could unintentionally come across as dismissive over remote meetings. I wanted to say I noticed a marked difference after that, and she addressed this directly and made a change. Thank you!
  • If Ashley runs for a board member position, vote for her.
Kyle Sandberg

Candidate Profile: Kyle Sandberg
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Finance

Kyle has served as an advisor (now operations team member) for two years  and has been crucial in helping me manage Nationals Registration, showing a quick ability to learn Board processes and strong communication skills. More importantly, Kyle has taken on a vocal role in the Policy committee and shows that he is capable of addressing complicated policy issues and thinking critically. --Billy Suta

 

Nomination seconded by Mason Marek

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 0 0 6 2 6
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 0 6 2 6
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 1 5 1.83 6
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 2 4 1.67 6
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 1 5 1.83 6
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 2 4 1.67 6
Totals 0 0 0 6 30 1.83

Strengths:

  • Kyle has done a great job this year. He helped lead coordination of nationals registration which is no small task. He's also a very active member of the policy committee. A strength of his is looking at policies in a different way than others, and finding questions that no one else is thinking of.
  • Kyle is a pleasure to work with, and really quick to volunteer for tasks and contribute where he can. It's impressive how quickly he's learned our policies and became a strong contributor to the Policy Committee. He also handles all of the Nationals@ emails and did a great job this year communicating all things Registration to our members.
  • Energetic and encouraging.

    You have been good about creating a support network for others during the difficulties of cancelling nationals!

    I think keeping moral up is very important, and you've been great at helping keep people hopeful!

  • Kyle is highly logical and organized. He contributes a lot to the Policy committee by writing and amending policies. Kyle also oversees clubs' Nationals registrations and answers their questions which is a very time consuming and often thankless job.
  • You are very engaged in making this organization better both professionally and interpersonally. You offered well thought out insight to policy meetings and were very easy to work with.
  • Added a valuable perspective and voice to the policy committee, which is challenging to do as a newer board member
  • Kyle asks really good questions in the policy committee and does a great job helping members with registration questions.
  • Kyle's initiative in helping make website updates has been very helpful. He's very organized, responsive, and friendly to work with.
  • Kind, positive, and good communicator, hard working.
  • Kyles administration skills are fantastic, he would excel stepping into a leadership role within the Policy committee.

Weaknesses:

  • It would be great to see you get involved with more groups within the NAIGC. You are awesome at what you do!
  • None
  • I'd like to see Kyle more actively engage with other people working on registration. It wasn't always clear when we should be doing what or whether more help was needed in certain areas.
  • N/A

Other:

  • I hope Kyle continues the great work!
  • If Kyle runs for a board member position, vote for him.
  • It took Kyle a while to start speaking up in the Policy meetings, but now that he has, he adds really great and fresh perspective and points out things no one else is thinking about. He also has been organizing movie nights for the NAIGC board during lockdown. I think this is a really nice gesture.
  • I've worked with Kyle on registration. It's a very high stress job, yet he always remains positive and is quick to respond to questions even when he's super swamped.
  • I think Kyle is a major asset to this board and I hope considers taking on additional responsibility in the future.
Sarah Shanahan

Candidate Profile: Sarah Shanahan
Club Affiliation: Celtic Phoenix, UC Berkeley
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development
Campaign Video

I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah Shanahan as both (1) coaches of the same gym, and (2) NAIGC athletes in the same club. Sarah is highly experience with both artistic gymnastics, AND tumbling and trampoline. She has been active in helping get more people involved with tumbling and trampoline -- as well as the NAIGC -- and has managed to promote the organization among some of her home gyms in Ireland. Sarah is very responsible and knowledgable as a coach, athlete, and a mecial professional. I believe Sarah would be a great asset to NAIGC governance, as she has always been enthusiastic about improving orgainzation structure and assisting with long-term planning. I also believe she will bring a valuable viewpoint as a T&T and artistic athlete. I highly reccomend Sarah for a board member position. - Julie Rolla

Sarah offers a unique perspective in that she is both a TNT, WAG and UAG athlete. Her experience with all three enable her to provide insight to the board as two of these disciplines are brand new and ripe for expansion. I believe that she will help in tailoring new policies that help develop the TNT and UAG disciplines. Sarah will make a great addition to the governance of the NAIGC. - Allie Snyder

Ilana Shushansky

Candidate Profile: Ilana Shushansky
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Finance

Ilana has served as Nationals Coordinator and as NAIGC President in the past. She is great at developing relationships with business partners and has a strong strategic vision for the organization. Ilana brings a lot of practical experience to discussions and I think she is a prime example of what the current Board envisioned for a Governance focused Board Member. --Billy Suta

Ilana has been a longtime board member, previous NAIGC President, and Nationals Coordinator. She has a professional background in non-profit organization management and brings this essential skillset to policy discussions. I greatly value her ability to promote professionalism and critical debate and believe she is an amazing asset to the NAIGC.--Kyle Thackston

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 0 0 0 NAN 0
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 1 0 1 0 3 0.8 5
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 0 3 2 1.4 5
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 2 3 1.6 5
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 1 0 2 2 1 5
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 2 3 1.6 5
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 2 3 1.6 5
Totals 1 1 1 11 16 1.33

Strengths:

  • Ilana was great at transitioning the Nationals Coordinator role to Olivia this year. It was great having her input this year and she was able to make sure we stayed on track. During her other roles on the Board she was very engaged and offered a lot of professional expertise that can be rare to find within the NAIGC.
  • Ilana thinks critically about the long term consequences of decisions. She brought a lot of great insights to the restructuring conversation and was engaged with creating buy in with the board by answering questions and creating visuals. She has good perspective when thinking about how the NAIGC is positioning itself within the gymnastics community more broadly. She is also an Microsoft Excel and Google Drive guru and master negotiator.
  • Ilana is a great critical thinker and brings a strong professional skill set to our organization. Her arguments are always concise and well thought out. She is a very valuable member of the organization and should be strongly considered as Director.
  • Very good knowledge, and has good judgement!

    The NAIGC is very lucky to have you!

  • Ilana is an expert at critically analyzing issues that come up. She is able to see all sides of an argument, and when she comes to a decision she does a good job of articulating her point of view. Ilana has a lot of valuable experience to share from her long tenure on the board, specifically from her time as President and Nationals Coordinator.

Weaknesses:

  • It would be nice to have you attend more meetings so we can hear from you more. You have a lot of great things to say!

Other:

  • I always look forward to working with Ilana. I hope she decides to return to a leadership position on the board.
  • Please stay with us forever.
  • Ilana has a skillset that would be beneficial as a board member or an operations leader (Executive Director or Department Head).
  • Ilana is a good mentor and transitioned the very hard Nationals Coordinator role successfully to Olivia. She is also just generally a good advice giver
  • You only showed up to board meetings that involved the restructuring or the Covid-19/ nationals crisis
Allie Snyder

Candidate Profile: Allie Snyder
Club Affiliation: University of California- Berkeley, The Ohio State University
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Development
Campaign Video

Alice has been on the board of directors for two years now and has played a crucial role in improving membership outreach. This past year she served as the Communications Committee Chair, assisted with the newly developed HR Committee, and became involved in the restructuring sub-committee. Like many of our athletes, Alice started gymnastics in college. Her perspective is incredibly important to make sure our beginner athletes can be represented. As a student herself, Alice places significant value on what the membership opinion is, and under the new structure would likely ensure that membership opinions are heard. - Mason Marek

Allie is a former club president, regional coordinator, and NAIGC Board Member who is very committed to the growth and prosperity of the sport of gymnastics. In addition to her love for the gymnastics community as a whole, she cares about athletes as individuals, as shown by her contributions to the new HR Committee. Allie has been a crucial source of advice as I've been running my club, and her guidance has helped pull Cal through a very difficult period in our club's history. Allie would be a valuable asset to the Board in governing the NAIGC. - Tony Petelo

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 1 2 1 1 4
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 0 1 1 2 1.25 4
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 0 4 4 1.5 8
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 2 1 3 2 0.63 8
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 1 0 1 2 4 1 8
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 4 4 1.5 8
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 2 1 2 3 0.75 8
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 3 3 2 0.88 8
Totals 1 4 8 21 22 1.05

Strengths:

  • Alice led the communications committee and continued some of the initiatives started last year such as officer hours and town halls. From the outside, it seems that they were generally well received.
  • Alice has done a phenomenal job chairing Comms this year. Not only has she restructured the subcommittees to create very efficient groups, but she has put a lot into developing consistency for office hours. Alice has also taken initiative outside of the communications committee and become involved with the restructuring discussion.
  • Allie makes a constant effort to voice the opinions of those that may be unwilling to speak for themselves. In my opinion, this shows a considerable amount of courage and self-assurance to be willing to do this. She has worked well as the communication’s chair this year and transitioned into the position smoothly.
  • Willing to take initiative to make the communications committee run smoothly. Very helpful as well.
  • Allie took over Communications and kept most of major initiatives like Office Hours and town halls moving, which helped with communication to our members.
  • You are incredible professional, and have had a strong voice this year. It's a shame you didn't have a director position and were not able to vote. Nonetheless, you still managed to put in a ton of energy at evaluating and improving upon all of the voting items, and have stood a strong ground.

    You should definitely consider a leader position next year. You are a great voice for the membership, and the directors whom are less willing to speak up.

  • -Allie always asks very thoughtful and useful questions that help spark productive discussions.
    -Allie is super engaged and quick to lend a hand whenever needed
  • The most involved advisor I know of. Stepped up to lead the Comms committee. Cares a lot about the opinion of members. She wasn't afraid of speaking in meetings and gave valuable input to the discussion. She should continue to take leadership roles in the NAIGC.

Weaknesses:

  • -Allie will often ask questions where you get a hint of what her opinions are, but I would love to hear her speak out more and share her views
  • Would love to see you brainstorm with the comms committee about more tasks that can be done, committee members will help come up with them as well!
  • Can work on trusting others to do their work without micromanaging or being involved in everything.

    Can work on seeing the bigger picture and not getting completely bogged down in small issues.

    Can work on better self evaluating when projects are successful or not. Seems to invest a lot of effort in things that provide little benefit to the org.

  • Often does not have a firm understanding of what is being discussed and/or does not think about past pros, cons and implications of certain decisions when joining a conversation and therefore can derail conversation.
  • Alice joined the restructuring conversation midway through, but I didn't get the impression she prepared for meetings beforehand. It was good to hear her input, but she should try to be more compromise minded. She dug in her heels when disagreements arose which stalled progress.
  • Take control of your role as a leader.
  • Allie can sometimes get stuck on a single discussion point during meetings, and derail a conversation by pulling us back to a topic when the meetings has moved forward. I think by engaging more actively in meetings this could be avoided.
  • Joined for a few policy mtgs, but didn't seem to understand the complexities of the conversations.

Other:

  • I don't believe Office Hours are a good way for Board members to spend time. There is low attendance, and all questions that are asked can easily be address via email/facebook (we answer every email we get). I'd like to see Comms pivot more towards Town Halls, Surveying members, and increasing Regional Communications.
  • I would like to see the communications committee be more metric driven. What are we trying to measure with the office hours, town halls, and social media posts, and how can we work to improve them?
  • Would be better suited for the NAIGC operations team than a holding an elected Board position and contributing to governance and strategy
  • With her experience in communications would be suited for an Operations Specialist role.
  • You have stepped into your role as a committee chair very well, continue the great work!
  • Allie is the head of the communications committee and has done a really great job continuing town halls and offices hours started last year and improving upon them.
  • Thanks for being a great example by speaking your mind.
Billy Suta

Candidate Profile: Billy Suta
Club Affiliation: University of Minnesota Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Finance
Campaign Video

Billy is our organization's Treasurer and has done great work increasing our financial transparency and improving the board's financial decision making. Like Ian, I think Billy is a great decision maker and critical thinker and would continue to serve the NAIGC well as a Board Member. -Kyle Thackston

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2019-2020 Board:

Attended 12/12 Full Board meetings

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 43/43 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

 

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 0 5 15 1.75 20
Thoughtfully plans and runs meetings; communicates long-term goals and objectives; effectively uses the leadership powers of his/her position; utilizes strengths of directors / advisors. 0 1 4 7 8 1.1 20
Attends meetings; is well-prepared / does homework; actively participates / fully present and not distracted; understands and is knowledgeable about Board happenings; follows through on commitments. 0 0 2 5 13 1.55 20
Welcomes information and advice; arrives at individual decisions based on his/her own judgement; is able to articulate a coherent rationale for his/her decisions. 0 0 2 6 13 1.52 21
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 6 14 1.62 21
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 1 1 8 10 1.35 20
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 3 9 9 1.29 21
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 9 12 1.57 21
Totals 0 2 13 55 94 1.47

Strengths:

  • Highly organized.
    Presents a calm, professional manner constantly.
  • Great job as treasurer.
  • Billy is easy and pleasant to work with. He does a good job of pulling in the right people for various problems, and is able to communicate the technical part of his problems, while keeping it simple enough to follow.
  • Billy has been a great Treasurer who has worked hard to increase financial awareness on the board and improve our decision making process. I hope Billy continues as a director on the Board.
  • Billy has done an excellent job as treasurer. He's managed out finances from a strategic point of view (budget/planning) as well as an operations point of view (writing checks, following up with contracts to ensure payments). He also does a significant amount of work in other areas. Wherever he sees a job that he can do he will take it on, and he always delivers great results.
  • Billy is extremely committed to the organization and devotes an incredible amount of time to his work both on reg and as the treasurer.
  • Billy raises the bar for initiative, efficiency, and professionalism. He has streamlined many processes in the Treasurer role, which is one of the hardest and most important jobs on the board. He knows what needs to be done and communicates his work in a transparent and concise way. He is a good people manager setting clear expectations and knowing when and how to delegate work.
  • You were an amazing Treasurer this year. I know that that job can be very demanding and overwhelming and I think you did great handling that workload.
    You were open to hearing different opinions and suggestions for budget/ reimbursement policies that that really speaks a lot to your judgement.
  • good communicator, very kind.
  • -Organized, responsible, strategic long-term thinker, trustworthy
    -Fulfilled all roles and responsibilities of his position
    -Always easy to get in touch with and responsive to ever changing priorities
  • Billy is always efficient and timely with his projects and always gets projects done!
  • Billy has done an excellent job as treasurer. I've been really impressed with the level of organization, and the clarity of his updates to the board.
  • Billy has been a phenomenal treasurer, and I really can't say enough good things about him. He works unbelievably hard and always responds quickly to emails and requests. He is kind and respectful to everyone he encounters, and he makes everyone feel welcomed and supported.
  • Extremely organized and answers everything quickly

Weaknesses:

  • As an officer of the organization, you could work on promoting an enthusiastic and harmonious work environment within the Board. Hearing from the officers that you are doing a good job goes a LONG way for keeping positive motivation.
  • During busy times of year, it seems that Billy's emails lack a level of attention to detail. It's completely understandable given his work load - and this seems to be a symptom of our current board structure more than anything. Delegating more tasks seems like it would be helpful to avoid this.

Other:

  • I hope Billy will consider continuing on the governance side. If he chooses to run for the board, his strong strategic planning skills will be a big boost to the board.
  • Would love to see him continue in this role or any other that interests him.
  • Billy is a great asset to the organization. He would be good as a future board member or Operations Specialist.
  • As an officer, I feel like you lacked the leadership skill of helping guide interested individuals for roles they wish to be a part of. There are lots of people in the organization that are very interested in moving up the leadership ladder but are often pushed to the wayside. There needs to be an educational transition for leadership positions; however, those who are interested and trying to develop these skills are often getting shrugged off.
  • #someoneisbilly
  • I hope Billy continues to be involved with the NAIGC, either on the Operations or Governance side of things!
  • I hope Billy decides to stick around in some capacity. He's a valuable resource to this board.

Northeast Regional Representative Candidates

Hannah DeRoche

Candidate Profile: Hannah DeRoche
Student Status: Student
Region: Northeast
Club Affiliation: Brandeis University

Kelli Doorley

Candidate Profile: Kelli Doorley
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Northeast
Club Affiliation: University of Rhode Island

Cassy Smithies

Candidate Profile: Cassy Smithies
Student Status:
Student
Region: Northeast
Club Affiliation:
Rochester Institute of Technology

Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative Candidates

Rachel Ehrenberg

Candidate Profile: Rachel Ehrenberg
Student Status:
Non Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: Rutgers University

Lucinda Eisenstein

Candidate Profile: Lucinda Eisenstein
Student Status:
Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: University of Delaware
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Marion Richard

Candidate Profile: Marion Richard
Student Status:
Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: Virginia Tech

Southeast Regional Representative Candidates

Rachel Pfeiffer

Candidate Profile: Rachel Pfeiffer
Student Status: Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: University of Florida
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Mideast Regional Representative Candidates

Bailey Alexander

Candidate Profile: Bailey Alexander
Student Status: Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: Wright State University

Midwest Regional Representative Candidates

Allison Anderson

Candidate Profile: Allison Anderson
Student Status: Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: University of Wisconsin

Alli Weske

Candidate Profile: Alli Weske
Student Status: Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: Washington University

John Retzlaff

Candidate Profile: John Retzlaff
Student Status: Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: University of Minnesota

South Central Regional Representative Candidates

Andrew Hutcheson

Candidate Profile: Andrew Hutcheson
Student Status: Non Student
Region: South Central
Club Affiliation: University of Texas

West Regional Representative Candidates

Kate Malone

Candidate Profile: Kate Malone
Student Status: Student
Region: West
Club Affiliation: University of California – Berkeley