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Election Candidates

Here is the compiled information on every candidate running for the 2019-2020 NAIGC Board of Directors. Each candidate profile include their application, their nominations if any, their record as an NAIGC director 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 FAQ 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. These usernames and passwords will also be available at the annual meeting for attending clubs. You may use your login to submit your ballot through electionbuddy anytime before the voting deadline. The voting deadline is midnight, Apr 21 2019  Pacific Time (US & Canada). Candidates present at Nationals will also be giving speeches at the annual meeting in Daytona Beach on April 13th in Convention Center Ballroom ABC (8:30-10:30 AM). If you believe you are a voting club but did not receive an email, please contact info@naigc.org.

Elections for regional coordinators will occur in the same timeline. You will only vote for the regional coordinator in your region.

Director Candidates

Kirsten Babinski

Candidate Profile: Kirsten Babinski
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Event Management

My name is Kirsten Babinski and I am a member of the Alumni team. I would be a good choice for a board member not only because of my previous gymnastics leadership but because of my professional career as well. I served as the MSU Treasurer for one year and the MSU Vice President for one year as well. After graduation I began practicing with SVSU and opened them up to the world of NAIGC competition. I served as their Meet Coordinator and Club Advisor from 2016 to present. In my professional career, I coordinate logistics for meetings and events. These primarily take place in large convention center around the country. My skills from my previous and current experiences would make me a strong candidate for the Event Management Committee on the Board of Directors. Thank you!

Kirsten was the Treasurer and VP of the Michigan State University club team and an Advisor of the Saginaw Valley State University team after she graduated. I've had the pleasure competing and working alongside her for many years. She helped the SVSU team get on their feet and start competing in their first season with the NAIGC. Kirsten is approachable and very easy to work with as she always takes the initiative to help as much as possible. I believe she will make a great director as well. -- Suzie Wilson

Shannon Balabuch-Kerns

Candidate Profile: Shannon Balabuch-Kerns
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Communications, Women’s Rules

This is my 10th year competing with the NAIGC and also my 10th year being either on the board OR an advisor to the EMU Gymnastics club. I absolutely enjoy all of the work I've been able to do with the EMU Gymnastics club and want to expand that to a larger level with the NAIGC as a whole. I have been a Team Leader at Quicken Loans for two and a half years now and know what it means to be a servant leader. I strongly believe in making decisions that align with the NAIGC vision statement to continue improving our organization to ultimately benefit it's members. I am interested in getting more involved with women's rules and communications. I would love to see more outreach to high schools and clubs to spread the word about our home for adult gymnastics. I want the NAIGC members to also be in the know of what amazing things are being done by the directors. For that I would like to be elected as a Director.

Shannon has been a standout member of the EMU gymnastics club for many years and is a diligent and passionate worker. Some qualities about Shannon that would make her a phenomenal board member are that she is incredibly knowledgeable in regards to women’s rules, she has many connections within the state of Michigan, and that she is a very organized and productive worker.

Most importantly Shannon always has the larger picture in mind, she holds herself to a very professional standard, and always presents herself in a calm and composed manor. I feel that Shannon would be a fantastic addition to the NAIGC board of directors. -- Mason Marek

Shannon has been an active advisor for the Eastern Michigan University team for the many years I've known her. She is one of the most hard working, respected, and passionate people I have ever met. She always wants the best for those around her and is ready to take on any challenge she may face. She is supportive and open to new ideas. I know she will be an excellent asset on the board. -- Suzie Wilson

Anna Belovic

Candidate Profile: Anna Belovic
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: Purdue University 2013-2017
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Fundraising, Event Management, Merchandise, Communications

I am a graduate of Purdue & have consistently been involved in gymnastics for 15 years, both club & PU Club. I have a strong passion/urge to continue within the gymnastics community. Without NAIGC my gymnastics career would’ve ended my senior year of high school however the program allowed me to continue with the sport I love. With 8+ years of experience in planning events, fundraising, communications and merchandise design as the Membership VP of my sorority, the VP of FFA during my high school career & current IWEA Young Professionals Student Relations Contact, I would be a strong addition to one of the three committees. I am retired from the sport of gymnastics physically but i will always remain involved. I coach 4 days a week at my club gym currently & I would love to further my involvement in the gymnastics community by becoming a Director of the NAIGC community, which helped me remain in the sport I love.

Kimberly Decker

Candidate Profile: Kimberly Decker
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Event Management, Merchandise

My name is Kim Decker and I am a "senior" gymnast with experience in competitive gymnastics dating back to the mid 1990's. I have always had a passion for this sport, but it was not until recently that I discovered an active community of gymnasts competing after college. I started competing with NAIGC Alumni teams this year, and it has re-ignited my passion for the sport. It is my personal intent to give back to the sport of gymnastics, and NAIGC in particular, so that others may continue to have the opportunities that I have enjoyed so much. I truly believe in the motto "For the love of the sport" and could not think of a better way to summarize my motivations for wanting to become an NAIGC director.
I have 16 years of leadership experience in the healthcare field. I feel that the interpersonal and business skills that I have developed in my professional life can be used to advance the sport of gymnastics and provide leadership for the NAIGC organization. 

Sydney Diekmann

Candidate Profile: Sydney Diekmann
Student Status: Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Event Management
Campaign Video

As a lifelong gymnast and an executive board member of the University of Minnesota Gymnastics Club for the past three years, where I currently serve as President, I possess not only the organizational and leadership skills but also the passion necessary to be a successful Director. As President, I am responsible for synergizing the efforts of the club's executive board; dissecting decisions and issues from multiple viewpoints; developing new initiatives to improve the club's function; managing member relationships and feedback; and tracking the club's financial performance. While these skills would make me well-equipped to serve as Director, my passion for gymnastics and strong desire to give back to NAIGC primarily drives my interest in this position. Outside of gymnastics, I engage in health policy research at the UMN and (will soon) have a degree in neuroscience. I would be honored to represent the growing student membership of the NAIGC and hope to provide a fresh perspective.

Sydney Diekman is the current president of the U Minnesota club, and has turned the club into a well-oiled machine. Sydney is an organized, professional, and fierce leader and I'm confident she could accomplish a lot in the ways of communication and event management. She would make a great candidate for a student director position and help ensure that we are keeping our membership represented on the Board. -- Billy Suta

Jenna DiStefano

Candidate Profile: Jenna DiStefano
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Fundraising, Merchandise

I have been a member of the NAIGC Board of Directors for the past 2 years, in that time I have served as Regional Coordinator and the Co-Chair of the Merchandise Committee. If elected as a Director, I intend to maintain and expand upon these roles. I have organized the Mid Atlantic Regional Championship for the past 2 years - which has raised over $2,000 for the NAIGC Scholarship fund and have launched 2 new merchandise items. If elected I plan to join the fundraising committee to leverage the successes in both donation fundraising and event fundraising. I also intend to join the new club startup task force- having founded my University's team I understand the struggles of being a new team and will help expand the reach of the NAIGC by assisting new programs get off the ground. Volunteering for the NAIGC is one of the most fulfilling parts of my day - I look forward to continuing to serve this amazing organization and hope you see the value I can continue to contribute as a director.

I have worked closely with Jenna this year as a Regional Coordinator and she has done an amazing job. Jenna helped coordinate an absolutely amazing Regional Championship meet for the Mid-Atlantic region with all the details planned out way ahead of time. Jenna is very well-organized and makes sure all of her region's clubs are up to date with our latest policies and procedures. Just from her success as a Regional Coordinator, I know she would make an excellent addition to our Board of Directors.

Jenna also co-chairs the Merch committee where she helps make sure we all have amazing items to help represent our favorite gymnastic organization. She is in charge of our storage and helps make sure our inventory is accurate in order to to have adequate stock of your favorite NAIGC gear.

Jenna's work has helped the NAIGC grow on both a regional and national level. Jenna's contributions will only continue to grow as an addition to the Board of Directors. -- Matt Power

This year Jenna has served as both Mid-Atlantic coordinator and Merchandise committee Co-Chair and has been very professional and responsive in both those roles. I think Jenna would be a strong candidate for the board. -- Kyle Thackston

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
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 2 0 0 0 2
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 5 1 1.17 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 1 4 1 1 6
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 1 0 0 5 0 0.5 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 5 1 1.17 6
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 4 1 1 6
Totals 1 0 6 25 8 0.98

Strengths:

  • Jenna is easy to work with, has excellent follow through on tasks, and shows initiative on projects.
  • Can perform a variety of duties, handles many situations with ease, is comfortable with change
  • Vision and strong ideas. Works hard to promote the NAIGC brand.
  • I'm impressed with Jenna's contributions as an advisor and am looking forward to see what she can contribute in the future.
  • Jenna is engaged and organized. She ran a smooth regionals at IGC and has been helpful on the Merch committee.
  • Has done a great job with the march this year.
  • Did a lot of work with the Mid-Atlantic Regionals at IGC that went really well. Strong contributor to the Merch committee as Co-Chair.
  • Did a good job handling the storage unit!
  • Jenna is very competent at what she does, any task she takes on she does it well.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Jenna could work on being more professional while at BOD events and while in communication with other board members. Directors should be professional both in attitude and behavior both when representing the NAIGC, at NAIGC events, and when in communication with BOD.
  • I'd like to see a little more organization during meetings.
  • She seemed to struggle with fulfilling Merch orders, but this is hard to keep up with and we need a better solution.

Other:

  • Good contribution as an advisor.
  • High energy, keeps meetings light hearted and fun!
  • Jenna was recently nominated as a director for the 2019-2020 year. She has a good work ethic and works hard to complete tasks. However, Jenna lacks professionalism.
Heather Frederick

Candidate Profile: Heather Frederick
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: UNC Chapel Hill, NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Event Management, Merchandise, Women’s Rules
Campaign Video

I’ve been in gymnastics for most of my life, whether as a competitor or a coach. My leadership experience comes from serving as fundraising chair and president of my college club and 4 years on the NAIGC board, including 3 years serving as merchandising committee chair and regional coordinator. Some of my projects this year included facilitating the registration process and leading the merch committee to take great strides, including standardizing our branding guidelines and launching a new online store.

If re-elected as director, I will use my resources as an RC to ensure that my votes align with the best interests of the membership by keeping the communication open and promoting transparency in board decisions. My goals for the season are to continue the growth of gymnastics opportunities (starting new clubs and helping existing clubs grow), to increase revenue from our store in order to create a more awesome nationals experience, and to increase board professionalism. Thank you! 

I've had the pleasure of working with Heather for the past four years. Heather is widely involved with membership -- as she assisted in the start of three new clubs this year. Heather has been essential to the Merchandise Committee, and has acted in the role of both a leader and a team member, organizing a Merchandise Committee of largely new members, and working toward implementing a new store system. Heather is passionate, easy to work with, and fantastic with communication. No matter what she works on, Heather's contribution greatly betters what we as the NAIGC has to offer. -- Julie Rolla

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 38/38 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 1 0 0 0 -1 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 0 2 3 1.6 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 2 2 1.2 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 1 1 3 1.4 5
Totals 0 1 2 9 20 1.5

Strengths:

  • Heather has continued to successfully manage and improve the merchandise committee and has been a good addition to the board of directors.
  • Extremely responsive and has been very involved and responsible with her tasks as an RC. Takes on several important leadership roles and does a great job balancing them all. Very thoughtful, level-headed, and a great problem-solver.
  • Heather does a great job leading the merch committee. There are a lot of moving parts involved and she has managed to stay on top of all of them.
  • Heather did a lot as a regional coordinator this year as well as took on a lot of the responsibility for the march committee. She was instrumental in making sure that regional competitions and other sanctioned meets got their NAIGC medals. She helped mesh the new website with the available merch.
  • Great chair for the merch committee. This group has done super well this year and Heather has been a great leader. She is also very competent in her role as a Regional Coordinator to the SE.
  • Heather has been a great chair of the Merch committee the past few years. She has set a lot of goals and helped keep her committee accountable. I feel that Merch has more of a long term strategy than it did in the past.
  • Has a systematic method, gets the job done, highly organized, excels at planning, can distinguish between productive and nonproductive tasks.
  • Heather has done an excellent job this year balancing various leadership roles and commitments. Even when things didn't go according to plan, Heather always made it work out somehow.
  • Heather has always worked endlessly hard for the organization (sometimes on less glorious, and very hard labored work, in my opinion). No matter what she works on, the product of her productivity is phenomenal, and greatly betters what we as the NAIGC have to offer.

Growth Opportunities:

  • I'd love to see Heather speak up more in Board meetings. Her opinions are valued and welcome.

Other:

  • Heather kept the steam rolling for the merchandise committee this year and seemed pretty engaged. Good participation in Board Meetings and votes.
  • Nice job on the Nationals T-shirt design!
  • I think Heather has more to contribute to the board in terms of ideas and discussion and I hope she engages more in full board discussion in the future.
Tom Gibbs

Candidate Profile: Tom Gibbs
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: Flippin Illini (University of Illinois)
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Communications, Men’s Rules
Campaign Video

Having competed at various levels within gymnastics (Junior International for Great Britain, Division 1 NCAA for Illinois, and NAIGC for Flippin Illini), my broad background and experience give me great knowledge of the different systems, and would make me a valuable addition to the Board of Directors. As an organization continuously striving to grow (through measures such as introducing new disciplines at Nationals this year), new ideas and perspectives will be welcomed, and I believe I can be the one to provide these and push them forward. As the current President of Flippin Illini I have demonstrated strong leadership through contributions such as introducing a new Executive Board position to market the club and increasing recruitment, as well as leading my Men's Team to a currently unbeaten NAIGC season. On this Board, I would love to help run and organize events, as well as continue to expand and reach out to new members to get involved, something I could excel in.

Nathan Graham

Candidate Profile: Nathan Graham
Student Status: Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: Penn State Club Gymnastics
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Communications, Men’s Rules
Campaign Video

I am and will always be a lifelong gymnast. Being a gymnast across 5 states which 4 different NAIGC regions embrace I have connections that reach across the country. I hope to use these to expand NAIGC. This year I was VP for the PSU Club Gymnastics team. I also served as a liaison to the largest student run philanthropic work in the nation, THON. I have created and organized fundraisers, designed and marketed merchandise, and brought our large team together through many events. I also rewrote our Constitution to better fit the club we have evolved into since 2004. I’ve served as Men’s team captain for the last 3 years because of my hard work and determination and helped spearhead our Men’s team’s growth by 100%. We have the widest variety of gymnastics being done now more than ever before. Being a student these last four years I believe I could bring a unique and fresh point of view to the policies NAIGC runs by and creates as well as the rules which define each competition.

Tyler Green

Candidate Profile: Tyler Green
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: Kennesaw State University
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Scholarship, Fundraising, Men’s Rules

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 6/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 1 announced absence
  • Had 1 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 29/38 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 1 0 0 0 -1 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 1 0 0 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 3 3 1.29 7
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 3 4 0 0.57 7
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 3 3 1 0.71 7
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 1 6 1.86 7
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 3 3 1 0.71 7
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 2 5 1.71 7
Totals 0 2 10 16 16 1.05

Strengths:

  • Tyler is extremely enthusiastic about gymnastics and the NAIGC. As a judge, he is able to provide really great input on rules. He also has done really great work bring in sponsors and attracting attention to the NAIGC on social media.
  • Infectious enthusiasm. Tyler directs our social media accounts. He also brings in $10,000+ of sponsorships each year by working with various gymnastics companies. He is the driver behind the scholarship program and has recently focused his efforts on redoing our marketing materials for events hosted by USAG, AAU, High School, etc. He is well connected in the men's gymnastics community and is able to leverage that for the benefit of the NAIGC and our members.
  • Enthusiasm like no other.
  • Tyler has done a great job expanding the fundraising committee. He is single-handedly responsible for bringing in a significant amount of money into our organization. He always jumps to take on more roles and responsibilities if he thinks it will benefit the organization.
  • Passionate and has many connections with other companies revolving around gymnastics.
  • Takes initiative.
  • Great personality
    good ideas: nationals world record!
  • Lots of great work for fundraising. Tyler has a lot of good connections to the gymnastics world and has been able to acquire some great sponsors for the NAIGC.
  • Tyler's energy on the board is always appreciated. He remains our all star fundraiser and has worked tremendously to expand our list of sponsors. He is also a qualified judge and connected in the gymnastics community.

Weaknesses:

  • Could be more organized and develop formal processes for dealing with sponsors and fundraising in general
  • Often works on his own and doesn't let others know what he's doing or document his work.
  • Tyler takes a lot of initiative to reach out to sponsors, but doesn't always follow up with the committees and task forces that are affected by his conversations. This leads to confusion, but could be remedied with better communication in the future.
  • Needs to harness that enthusiasm and apply logic to it before falling headfirst into a project.
    Please be more timely with responding to emails.
    Would like to see more transparency on the process behind fundraising and scholarship decisions, especially when they affect or overlap with other committees.
  • Organization and communicating out progressions of various projects.
  • While Tyler has great things to offer in terms of our fundraising and scholarship, I think we have a lot of room to grow in terms of utilizing other board members to contribute to those committees. Tyler is a great fundraiser, but I think we need more of a project manager in the chair position.
  • Consider if decisions are aligned with our mission, vision, and values as an organization.
  • Tyler's spontaneity can be a fault. Sometimes he wants to do things because they are really cool in the moment without developing a long term strategy. He also tends to go it alone when I think the board would benefit from more people being able to contribute on the fundraising committee
  • Tyler's organizational skills need improvement. When other people have slides prepared, he has notes on his phone. He manages to keep track of a bunch of things at once, but it would be great to see it all documented better.

Other:

  • Tyler brings a lot of things to the board that no one else brings in terms of bringing in sponsorship and donation money.
  • The mastermind behind our world records!
  • Tyler is a great generative thinker for the organization.
  • The organization needs to continue to improve in determining how best to work with Tyler. Tyler has a skill set the rest of us don't - he has BIG ideas, he's persuasive and energetic. He brought life to the scholarship and fundraising committees, which before him were ideas, with no concrete actions or accomplishments. He is passionate about areas where others are not. Tyler filled a gap within the organization when he took on the fundraising role and again with scholarships - if he weren't on the board, those gaps would return.
Karen Heilman

Candidate Profile: Karen Heilman
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni, Purdue University
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Women’s Rules

At Purdue University, I served as President, Treasurer and Women's Captain. I have been on the board for the 13 years, serving as NAIGC Vice President, Treasurer, Rules Spokesperson and chairing multiple committees. I have coached preschool through elite gymnasts and have judged through level 10. I have an Industrial Engineering degree, a professional engineering license and Six Sigma Black Belt certification (related to process quality and efficiency). I work as COO of an art fundraising company. I have a wide variety of experiences working in large corporations, working with and for nonprofits, and in small businesses. I would like to continue serving on the policy committee and women’s rules committee and reviewing contracts. I would also like to continue passing along information to new officers and new board members. NAIGC has provided me great memories and has allowed me to meet hundreds of wonderful people. I love being able to provide similar experiences to other young adults.

Karen is the only Director who has been on the board since its inception. She has a host of historical knowledge and a keen eye for detail. She ensures we are adhering to our polices and is also very helpful pointing out details in contract and policy review. Since she has been around a long time, she is a great source of perspective when challenging decisions need to be made. -- Tim Michaels

In addition to having an insane amount of historical knowledge, Karen is extremely thoughtful and a great critical thinker. Having people like Karen on the board is crucial. -- Julia Sharpe

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 6/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 2 announced absences
  • Had 0 unannounced absences

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 32/38 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 0 2 4 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. 0 0 0 2 4 1.67 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 4 2 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 0 0 0 6 2 6
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 0 6 2 6
Totals 0 0 0 9 27 1.75

Strengths:

  • Her experience is unparalleled and so valuable to us as a board. Always provides back up and reasoning for her positions, which is a level of professionalism more of us should adhere to.
  • Karen is always a pleasure to work with, and her encyclopedic knowledge of the sport and the organization is invaluable to the board.
  • Incredibly knowledgable
  • Great attention to detail and knowledge of what needs to be done in the organization. Karen never lets anything fall through the cracks. She also is very active on the Rules and policy committees and was a great leader for the team which developed the new competition eligibility structures we adopted.
  • Karen always has great input to any discussion. She is able to look at issues objectively and provide insightful comments. I hope Karen sticks around and continues her work for the board.
  • Karen is the only director who has been on the NAIGC board since it’s incorporation. Her historical knowledge cannot be understated. In addition, I think she’s a great driving force in improving the professionalism of the board. She’s highly skilled in evaluating contracts policies.
  • Meets deadlines, is responsible, and is reliable
  • Engaged. Good attendance at Board meetings and participation in votes. Helps to think through a variety of implications for decisions.
  • Karen knows SO much about the history of NAIGC decisions and gymnastics in general. Karen is an excellent critical thinker and always has extremely useful feedback. She is also extremely organized and a great leader.
  • Karen is the most knowledgeable NAIGC member I have worked with. She knows more about the NAIGC policies than everyone else and always have a lot of insight into how changes may impact the NAIGC in the future.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Sometimes Karen can seem stuck in her ways. She should try and be more receptive of new ideas
  • Sometimes Karen seems overly interested validating other Board members based on their personal jobs, as though their job title validates them and defines what they can contribute as an individual. Since our organization can benefit from having a diverse set of opinions and experiences, I feel this can limit our development.
  • I believe that Karen should be an advisor rather than a director. While Karen has been on the board since its fruition (and therefore is very knowledgable), I think she lacks the connection between membership and BOD that is necessary as a director. Normally in a non-profit, people who have served as a director for a while move to become an established and respected advisor to the director.s.
  • Karen is very skeptical of new ideas and changes being made. Karen’s hesitation for change can be challenging to get new ideas supported, sometimes to the point where it discourages other directors/advisors from speaking up. Karen has been around since the inception of the board which is great, however I feel that sometimes she takes proposed changes personally as she’s personally attached to a lot of policies. I’d love to see Karen be more receptive to changes within the NAIGC and see her trust her fellow directors who wish to make changes.
  • I don't know where I think you can grow as a board member, but I would love to learn more from you!
  • It would be great if Karen were on more of the communication tools that the rest of the team is using.
  • Could take initiative to teach new people and share her knowledge

Other:

  • Karen is a critical member of the board and super easy to work with. I highly recommend her for a director position.
  • Karen is very familiar with our policies and helps to ensure they are regularly updated and tracked so that we can view how they evolve over time.
  • Karen tends to be risk-averse. This is often what is best for the organization, but it can lead to a perception that she is not welcoming of new ideas.
  • I love having you on the board! I've used you as a role model and a standard for the quality of work as long as I've been working with you.
  • We are lucky to still have Karen as a director. She takes every vote, from large policies to meeting minutes, seriously and is a role model of what being a director should really mean.
  • Karen is a great addition. She has a lot of knowledge, but could be better at leading new people in the group to understand what she knows. Would be nice if she were an advisor as she is not involved with a club. Board gets votes that represent membership direction. Advising may be the greatest use of her abilities.

Director Response:

  • Thanks for the feedback and good scores. I'm happy to hear that people enjoy working with me and learning from me and that my colleagues believe I am a good leader and have increased professionalism on the board. It's true that I am risk adverse and I try to put myself in positions where this is an asset (reviewing contracts and protecting the organization from risk).
Andrew Hutcheson

Candidate Profile: Andrew Hutcheson
Student Status: Non Student
Region: South Central
Club Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Policy, Event Management, Communications, Men’s Rules, Women’s Rules

I have volunteered with various organizations since 2009 when I first served as the president of my club. I have always loved what the sport has brought me and have worked hard the past several years to ensure others have the same lifetime memories that I’ve been privileged with.

My experience includes serving as a board member in my regional conference for the past 7 years, as well as 6 years as an NAIGC director and advisor. In my time with the NAIGC I have gained a broad understanding of the organization, serving in each committee, chairing committees, and as secretary.

My club has become my family, and as a participant I believe I understand the challenges and opportunities in the future of our sport. I love attending all the meets in my region and happily run scoring if nobody is available. When I am not working out with my club I continue to serve as a board member of my regional org as well as working with the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) to develop new NCAA programs.

I think it goes without saying that Andrew has done so much for this organization. He has so much knowledge about the NAIGC and knows a lot of the history due to being involved with the organization for so many years. Not only has he been a huge part of the NAIGC Board, but he is also plays a major role in the Texas Gymnastics Conference (TGC). This is an area where we need a lot of help with communicating with our larger teams that make up a big part of our Nationals competition. He has been a consistent point of contact for all teams in our region for many years. With his experience of serving on the TGC Board and the NAIGC Board, competing for many years, and his general knowledge of rules, regulations, and both organizations, I believe Andrew is a major asset to the NAIGC Board of Directors. Also I would like to nominate Andrew for the South Central Regional Coordinator position. Like I said before, he has already had so much experience communicating with our region and has gotten to know each team throughout the years. He is extremely passionate about helping teams compete, especially at Nationals, so he will easily be able to handle the job of RC for the South Central region. I have gone to him so many times with questions from helping register teams to how to send a mass email. No matter how big or small the task he is always there to help me. That goes to show that he knows how to do this job already due to his experience and that he will drop whatever he's doing to help anyone with any task. So I believe Andrew would be the best to take my place as South Central RC. -- Morgan Moore

 

**Andrew was not a member of the 2018-2019 Board. This is instead his 2017-2018 evaluation. Any response was made this year.**

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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:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Seems to have good communication with his region.
  • Andrew does a good job bringing up counter arguments that others may not think of.
  • 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.
  • Does a great job maintaining the current website, which is not a trivial task. He is very responsive and has great meeting attendance.
  • Many years of experience and advanced knowledge of the inner-workings of the board, especially on the Tech committee.
  • 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.
  • There is no doubt that Andrew has put a lot of time and effort into various projects with NAIGC.
  • Has most of our website expertise. Helps facilitate communication between committees.
  • Knowledgeable about the organization
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knows what's happening in every committee on the board.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a little difficult.
  • 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.
  • 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; 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.
  • Sometimes unwilling to compromise.
  • 1. Diplomacy
  • 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.
  • Often extremely opinionated and unwilling to listen to other people's thoughts and ideas
  • Sometimes gets caught up in details or topics that are not relevant to the task/goal at hand.
  • Very one-sided. Often refuses to meet a compromise. Has worked against the executive team in many cases

Other:

  • Does not communicate his work well to the rest of the board, often leading to confusion and making planning difficult.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Response:

I will admit I have 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.

Dane Lee

Candidate Profile: Dane Lee
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: Kent State University, NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Communications

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 35/38 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 0 2 1 1.33 3
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 1 1 1 3
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 2 1 1.33 3
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 1 2 1.67 3
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 2 1 0 0.33 3
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 2 0 0.67 3
Totals 0 0 4 9 5 1.06

Strengths:

  • Dane shows great initiative as a board member. He has been a great addition to the communications committee, and has continued to bring fresh new ideas to the group. He has always been supportive and positive with other board members and advisors, and is a fantastic addition to NAIGC.
  • Seems to think critically about the work he does and how he can serve any needs the organization is lacking.
  • You are a joy to work with.
    You always have a positive attitude, even when you are frustrated. You are professional while concurrently empathic.
  • Good at listening and providing valuable insight. Good at getting tasks done and taking initiative
  • Dane came up with and implemented town halls to get member feedback on our rules changes. Dane has ideas on improvements on these for the future.
  • Dane ran the town hall we had this year and it went very well. He was very involved in the communications committee and from what I've heard has done good work with that.

Weaknesses:

  • Tends to look to others for guidance too often, aim to take more ownership of your projects. Can be slow to respond to emails at times.
  • Dane could be more receptive to feedback

Other:

  • Dane appears to be most focused on very specific projects but less engaged on a broad level. Being involved in specific tasks is important, but I would like for Dane to engage more in the strategy behind decisions and how the Board operates as a whole to support the organization.
  • Dane has done a lot of work on the Strength and Conditioning blog, but he needs to do a better job of promoting it so that it is useful to clubs.
Krista Lynn Bartolomucci

Candidate Profile: Krista Lynn Bartolomucci
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Fundraising, Policy, Event Management

Hi my name is Krista. I have had a passion for the sport of gymnastics ever since I was a young child and this passion has never waned over the years. Its been such a joy to not only discover the Just Like Fine Wine Adult Gymnastics FB Group, but also to learn about competition opportunities with NAIGC. To get back on the competition floor and feel like part of a team after a 20 year hiatus has been such a surreal experience, and I want nothing more than to give back to an organization that allows people to pursue their passions regardless of their age. As far as my professional experiences outside the gym, I have been an active duty Army officer for the past 15 years, first as a human resources officer and now as an attorney. Being active duty has blessed me with the opportunity to travel and gain unique experiences. I've also been exposed to numerous leadership opportunities over the years and take this responsibility extremely seriously. Thank you for your consideration.

Ian MacDonald

Candidate Profile: Ian MacDonald
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Event Management

I have been involved with the board for the past five years, and this is my third year as a director. This past year was the first year I served as the Vice President, and on top of that I have been the chair of the Event Management committee for the past 3 years. During my undergrad I attended the University of Minnesota where I served as the men's team captain as well as the president of the club. In my limited free time I also judge JO boy's gymnastics.

I hope to continue in my role as chair of the event management committee in this coming year. A few key goals of mine are to work with clubs to improve both regular season meets and regional championships as well as continually improving the Nationals experience of all of our members. 

Ian served as Vice President for the first time this year and chair of the Event Management committee. He was instrumental in a lot of the administrative tasks of the executive officer team, and he continued to grow the impact of the EM committee. [He has a] very strong strategic vision and has been very helpful to discussions and decisions on the executive officer team. -- Tim Michaels

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 37/38 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 11 7 1.32 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 0 4 11 3 0.94 18
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 6 10 1.44 18
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 9 7 1.28 18
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 10 8 1.37 19
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 3 13 3 1 19
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 3 7 8 1.28 18
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 11 6 1.28 18
Totals 0 0 17 78 52 1.24

Strengths:

  • Ian, you've been a phenomenal VP to the organization. You have continued to stay involved with the board and committees individually-- while still juggling work as an office. You have also been a great administrator, and have made a wonderfully positive impact on the inner-workings of the board. You've also been wonderful with conflict resolution and problem solving, and I am happy to see you joining the HR task force.
  • I think you are doing an amazing job on the BOD. You do a good job making sure everyone's opinions are heard.
  • Ian took on the role of Vice President this year and managed well. He is very engaged and communicates well.
  • Ian has been a great asset as leader of the event management committee. Putting on Nationals is a huge endeavor and he's started working on implementing tools to use each year at Nationals so that we don't have to reinvent the wheel every year.
  • Great at organizing Event Management. Taken on the role of VP this year successfully and definitely rising to the occasion on all accounts.
  • Has a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to share it; does a great job balancing multiple demanding positions within the board.
  • I've only heard good things about his leadership of the Event Management committee.
  • Very responsive and organized. Ian is a good leader for the event management committee and has expanded their productivity over the past few years. As VP, he helps with a lot of the board scheduling, organizing task forces and offers valuable opinions to officer discussions.
  • Great leader of EM, taking on many of the logistics and planning of Nationals making the job of the Nationals Cooridnator much easier.
  • As events chair, Ian has been very effective at harnessing large amounts of volunteers for a diverse range of projects. He’s a good vice president and I hope he continues to serve in an officer role in the future.

Growth Opportunities:

  • I'd like to hear more from Ian as VP about his vision for the organization and long term goals.
  • I think it will be important for the executive officer team to steer our Board into more standardized non-profit best practices over the next few years. If Ian continues in the role, I hope that he can work to think about the big picture and long term, while delegating some smaller tasks to others.
  • Very good at keeping status quo for VP work, would like to see more initiative outside of his typical roles.
  • I think you could reach out to the rest of the BOD a little more often to check in with how people are doing. It is good to let people know you care.

Other:

  • I hope that Ian will also take on the role of VP next year so that he can continue to develop in the role.
  • Ian stepped into a big position as VP this year and did a great job. I hope he continues to contribute to the NAIGC for many years!
  • Great job organizing the EM committee again!
  • Ian is a great asset to the board and I hope he has the opportunity to continue serving
  • I didn't work with Ian as much this year as I did last year, but when I did work with him it was a great experience and I believe he is a great asset to the board.
Mason Marek

Candidate Profile: Mason Marek
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: Eastern Michigan University, NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Event Management, Communications, Men’s Rules

This was my first year serving as a director for the NAIGC. Previously, I served as the VP and President of the EMU gymnastics club. As a director I worked on MAG rules, Event Management, and the Communications. Most notably I created “Office Hours” to improve transparency and external communication. Additionally, I developed an internal HR task-force to strengthen communication, professionalism, and workflow within the NAIGC. With an additional year as a director, I would like to further develop these, adapting them to best serve membership. I hope to take on a leadership position to best serve the needs of our member clubs and create a transparent environment from the board of directors to everybody within the NAIGC.

I am a strong advocate for developing all levels of gymnastics, and want to ensure that all members have equal opportunities for success within the NAIGC. Thank you for reading and being involved with the NAIGC, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our membership!

Mason is new to the BoD; however, he came with a clear, and unique vision on his first day. Mason has been instrumental in initiating the human relations task force. His vision for a harmonious organization seeks to strengthen the NAIGC -- both at the board level and throughout the entire community. Mason has been proactive in membership communication, and has been active in implementing the Communications Committee's Office Hours division -- creating a better connection and transparency between the NAIGC community and the BoD. Mason is always a pleasure to work alongside. His amiable personality fosters a productive work environment that encourages others around him to match his passion, and his creativity exceeds all expectations! -- Julie Rolla

Mason served on the board for the first time this year and has gone above and beyond with every challenge he has taken on. He is very well organized, responsive, and passionate. He has been a huge support in implementing office hours and has so many more great ideas on how we can continue improving communication with our members. He is open minded and always brings a fresh new outlook to issues we are facing. He has the members best interest in mind when making any decision and I believe he will make many positive changes in the future for NAIGC.  -- Suzie Wilson

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 37/38 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 0 3 2 1.4 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 4 1 1.2 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 0 0 1 4 1.8 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 4 1 1.2 5
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 4 1 1.2 5
Totals 0 0 0 18 12 1.4

Strengths:

  • Mason has taken on a lot of responsibility as a first year director. Along with various committee level tasks he started and now leads the HR taskforce. I hope Mason runs for the board again this year, and he should strongly consider taking on a leadership role.
  • Mason has a lot of valuable insight. Personable and easy to work with
  • Mason as super friendly, easy to work with, and passionate. I'm excited to see what he can do with the HR task force and hope that he continues in this role next year.
  • Mason is wonderful to work with. His amiable personality is infectious.
    I really believe in his HR taskforce and its potential to create a better working environment within the NAIGC BOD.
  • Brought great energy to enthusiasm to comms.
    Worked very hard to implement and run Office Hours.
  • Mason, you have come in strong as a new director. You have done a great job at taking initiative, and tackling tasks. Your work ethic is phenomenal, and you have continued to be great support for the membership --which is incredibly important as a board member. You are fantastic with communication, and are always easy to get in contact with. You've been approachable, and passionate. It's great to have you!
  • Responsive and engaged. Mason successfully took on some initiatives on the communications committee which has historically struggled.
  • Mason had a strong first year on the Board. He is very responsive, professional, and takes a lot of initiative.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Mason should feel free to speak up more. I think he has good opinions, but he tends to stay quiet.
  • Be patient; every frustrating moment will get better. That's what we work for. Don't ever get discouraged. You're an incredible addition to the team!

Other:

  • I hope with the experience of one year behind him that Mason has the opportunity to keep serving the Board.
  • Mason engaged well as a Director and I imagine he would be a solid contribution to the Board in years to come.
  • Mason made good contributions as a first year director taking charge of the office hours for members and leading an internal HR task force. I hope he continues on the board to expand his impact!

Director Response:

  • Thank you to everybody who gave me feedback, I really appreciate all of the input! Being my first year on the board, I wanted to go in strong and I now feel that I succeeded after seeing these evaluations.At times I remained quiet, as I felt like I still needed to learn more, other times I didn’t feel assertive enough to interject myself in a conversation as a newer board member. I’ve made note of this and have already began to speak up more and embrace my voice, even if it goes against the grain. As a director, one off my main roles is to speak for the membership; and by remaining quiet, I was not fulfilling that to the fullest of my abilities. Looking back, this year of experience has made me much more confident in myself and I can assure you that I will be more vocal in the future.

    Moving forward, I hope to take on a leadership position. Additionally I’d love to continue developing the tasks I’ve started, mainly office hours and the HR task force. While great work has been done on both fronts, I feel the two still need further development and I would love to have the opportunity to serve another year on the board and make an even larger impact.

Jake Melvin

Candidate Profile: Jake Melvin
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni, University of Wisconsin
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Event Management, Technology, Communications

This past year I served as an advisor to the board. I previously served as the President of the Wisconsin Gymnastics Club where I coordinated our hosting of the first Midwest Regionals. I've been actively involved in the sport since I was 6 years old - originally out in CT / MA during my USAG years (shoutout Region 6!)

As an advisor, I've been involved in the EM committee, primarily focused on developing our Nationals task list and coordinating club volunteers. I've also been involved in tech Tech committee and am in the middle of a project to improve the usability of our website. This is primarily focused on improving tasks such as meet registration, meet creation, and all things MyNAIGC. The ultimate goal is to transform it into a reliable resource for our members. As a director, I would like to increase my involvement with EM and Tech, and become involved with our outreach to help expand NAIGC, an organization that has become an important part of my life over the past five years.

Served on the Board as an advisor this past year and has been a strong contributor in the Event Management committee. He is competent at completing tasks, tech savvy, and a great problem solver. I think as a director he would be able to expand his role and be a great asset to our members. -- Billy Suta

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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 0 0.75 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 3 0 1 3
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 2 2 1.5 4
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 2 0 2 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 3 0 1 3
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 2 1 1 4
Totals 0 0 4 13 5 1.05

Strengths:

  • Seems interested in helping improve our UX system.
  • Jake has shown he's very willing to help out wherever needed. He's been able to make a solid impact this year.
  • Jake is great at completing tasks and staying organized. He helped a lot in the Event Management committee

Growth Opportunities:

  • Could be a bit more present on the tech committee, would appreciate it if he would reach out if he feels like he's lacking direction as it's difficult for us to monitor our members all the time.
  • I would like to see Jake take on more leadership roles on the Board if he continues to serve as an advisor or hopefully director.
Tim Michaels

Candidate Profile: Tim Michaels
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: University of Tennessee / NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Fundraising, Policy, Scholarship, Men’s Rules
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This year marks my 8th on the NAIGC Board of Directors, and I am the currently serving at the President. In this position, I represent the NAIGC in official capacity to other organizations in the gymnastics ecosystem and I work with them to develop initiatives which benefit our members. I also help set the board’s strategic goals for the year and keep people engaged, accountable, and productive. This year we had over 50 Directors, Advisors, and Regional Coordinators and we continue to expand what we are able to achieve. This role also includes weighing in on tough decisions about the direction of our rules, finances, technical resources, governance, etc and resolving interpersonal conflicts.

Outside of the NAIGC I have a Ph.D. in mathematics and the company I work for has donated over $8000 to the NAIGC this year in matching volunteer hours and board service grants. I am also an internationally certified FIG judge and have judged multiple national and international meets.

Tim Michaels has served as president for the past few years and has overseen a lot of growth of the organization. He has clear strategic vision of what the organization should look like going forward, and actively works to implement that vision. Tim also actively works with outside organizations to strategically advance the goals of the NAIGC. -- Ian MacDonald

Tim is incredibly committed to the NAIGC. He has a strategic vision for the the organization and has put a lot of energy into familiarizing the rest of the gymnastics community with the NAIGC and expanding our outreach in order to increase our membership. -- Julia Sharpe

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absences
  • Had 0 unannounced absences

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 38/38 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 2 4 8 7 0.95 21
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 3 3 5 10 1.05 21
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 6 13 1.52 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 2 4 4 11 1.14 21
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 1 2 6 12 1.38 21
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 4 8 9 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 3 7 11 1.38 21
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 5 15 1.67 21
Totals 0 8 23 49 88 1.29

Strengths:

  • An incredibly thoughtful, patient, diligent leader. Extremely well-connected in the gymnastics community. Provides efficient and level-headed guidance when meetings can get off-track.
  • I don't know where Tim finds the time, but he seems productively engaged in every capacity I've ever interacted with him on. I wouldn't be on the board if it weren't for him convincing me to join in the first place, and I think the organization has improved tremendously under his stewardship the last couple of years.
  • Tim has a great skill set which suits the position of Board President.
  • Tim is uniquely qualified to be the NAIGC president because of his connections in the gymnastics community and motivation to pursue long term strategies for the organization.
  • Tim has a vision for the NAIGC, and he's working really hard as president to help move us in that direction. He helps us best embody our core value of radical inclusivity, which is especially important to me. He is working really hard to make connections between NAIGC and the greater gymnastics community so that we can expand opportunities for membership.
  • Tim is great with conflict resolution, and has been very responsive to any ideas, requests, or comments I've had while working with him. He is always incredibly responsive, and is good at managing the group. Tim has done a good job helping this organization!
  • Tim is very smart, intellectually and emotionally. He is an exceptional leader because he'd good at listening to many viewpoints, thinking of unintended consequences, explaining his rationale, and changing his mind when presented with new compelling information.
  • Tim is a great leader for the NAIGC, he works to understand and develop our role in the greater gymnastics community, and also does so with the benefit of our members in mind. He is a great strategic thinker and inspires the best out of those working under him.
  • The best person to be leading the NAIGC right now and should continue in the role. Will only get even more effective with time and more experience.
  • Tim did a great job this year as president. He consistently demonstrates that he will make a decision based on what is best for the organization. There are a lot of tough calls to make throughout the year and I think Tim does a really good job navigating that. Tim doesn't make snap judgement and always investigates all possibilities before making a decision one way or another. I hope Tim continues in his role as president.
  • I really liked that he addressed his midyear reviews during a board meeting and took steps toward fixing it. Some people had asked for more officer transparency, and so he began including a recap of what the officers have done to the beginning of the board/committee chair meetings. Thanks, Tim!
  • Tim is incredibly knowledgeable and has a lot of important connections within the gymnastics community. Tim has a lot of experience with the NAIGC, and is a great resource for the men’s rule committee!

Growth Opportunities:

  • Tim has been on the board for a very long time, which is both good and bad. Knowing the history of past decisions is huge, but sometimes it would be nice if he was a little more willing to consider major changes.
  • If possibly with a busy schedule, it would be neat to see you more often than monthly board meetings. Maybe check in with each committee at least once per year so we can all get feedback in a setting more specific to our committee and its goals.
  • Tim has a lot of incredible strengths. It would be great, however, to see him work on being a better leader for the internal working of the organization --Specifically, making the other board members feel supported with their new ideas, and by guiding them. Touching base with the directors more often may help people's morale be higher-- as they'd have an outlet to discuss their concerns and aspirations, and would feel more validated (ie he could lead a better start to the flow of communication).
  • I believe Tim is a poor leader because he does not properly encourage the board to work in harmony when an opportunity arises.
    I am disappointed because Tim has the means to create better communication between BOD members and handle minor conflict resolution, but choses not to. His means are to discourage people who do not mesh well with him and his agenda to the point that they just go away. Instead Tim needs to learn to work with different personalities and create harmony/ communication among his peers.
    I am fairly new to the BOD, and Tim should work on reaching out to his other board members.
    The officers as a whole need to be more inclusive with the BOD, often times they acted in ways that appeared to be cliquey. I believe that this un-inclusive nature hindered our ability to be as productive as we could as been this year. It seems that Tim favored comments from certain directors, leaving out those who did not see eye to eye with his opinions. This made being on the BOD socially exhausting and gave the impression that not all opinions were respected or welcome.
  • Sometimes Tim can seems to have tunnel vision, especially if he made his mind up on a Board discussion. This can make the conversation seem rushed and as though the Board should just vote in his favor. Moderating complex discussions is challenging, and overall he does it very well.
  • Is not always open to new ideas or input. I would like him to engage newer board members and be receptive of their unique ideas.
  • At times it felt like Tim has played favorites and looked over the thoughts/concerns of others if it doesn’t align with his personal view. There was one instance this year where Tim sent an email out to a select few directors asking for their input on a policy, leaving some directors in the dark. I’d love to see Tim be more inclusive with all directors and be more concerned with what membership wants out of the organization than his own desires.
  • At times the Board can seem self serving, and I would like to see more effort and discussion involved in addressing this. Whether its alumni superteams, or our competition structure I don't think we've reached a final solution and would like to see Tim pave the way for working on this.

Other:

  • The board needs Tim. He is respectful and listens to others ideas. He innovative. And he has a passion for NAIGC and gymnastics as a whole.
  • Great face for the NAIGC
  • I definitely couldn't have done this year without your support. You've showed me that I can reach out to you, and it has made my job all the less intimidating. Thank you, Tim!
  • Has always been very approachable and enthusiastic to new projects. Great at giving people the resources they need to get started.
  • We are lucky to have Tim! He has a large network of connections in the gymnastics community. He is a strategic thinker that thinks about where he'd like to see the organization many years into the future. He is a good listener and moderator. He also makes sure meetings stay on task. He has been a great President. I hope he stays around for many years.
  • Tim helps keep the organization on track and thinking about the bigger picture. Any of his weaknesses are filled in well by others on the executive team. He is willing to delegate tasks and focus on his work which keeps the organization moving forward.
Olivia Ragoowansi

Candidate Profile: Olivia Ragoowansi
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: Emory University
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Event Management, Communications

As a gymnast for 20 years and a member of NAIGC for 5, I am excited to use my skills and experience as a Director. I was a member of Emory's team for four years and their President for two. As an adviser, I was on the Communications and Events committees and involved with Growth and Outreach and Registration. After this year, I feel as though I can contribute even more now. I want to ensure that the members feel there is open, honest and easy communication with the Board. Growing our membership is also a goal of mine and I would like to be able to ensure that all students who want to start a team have that ability. Lastly, I believe my work as a paralegal is beneficial to ensuring that contracts and other tedious policies continue to be drafted accurately. Gymnastics has always been a big part of my life and I am so glad the NAIGC gives me the opportunity to continue with this sport. I look forward to continuing my work with the NAIGC and hope to do that as a member of the Board!

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

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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 0 0.75 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 3 1 1.25 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 0 2 2 1.5 4
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 1 2 1 1 4
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 2 1 1 4
Totals 0 0 3 13 8 1.21

Strengths:

  • Olivia, you've been a pleasure to work with. I would love to have spent more time working closer with you. You've been consistent, and reliable. It's been enjoyable.
  • Olivia helped out on a variety of tasks on the communications committee, Outreach Task Force and reg team. She was timely and responsive. She is also a practicing paralegal and has a good eye for contracts which is a much needed skill for the board.
  • Helped out a lot with registering our members for Nationals. Olivia took a lot of initiative for her first year on the Board and was great to work with.
  • Really appreciate her helping out on the reg ream! Also seems pretty engaged in the growth taskforce and the communications committee.
  • Olivia is easy to work with, has excellent ideas and contributions, and good follow through on assigned tasks. She is a hard worker and would make an excellent Director, if she has the time.
  • Olivia is very good about always attending meetings. For her first year involved with the board she took on some projects and was able to make an impact.

Growth Opportunities:

  • I would love to see you get more involved. It's great to have you!
  • I'd like to see Olivia speak up more at meetings. Now that she has her bearings after a year on the board I'd love to see her take on some projects of her own next year.

Other:

  • Olivia would be a great candidate for a director.
  • Olivia is a paralegal and could be a great asset to the Board when reviewing contracts in the future.
  • I've only worked with Olivia for a couple of months now, but I've been very impressed with her contributions and work ethic. I think she would make an excellent Director if she has the time, and I look forward to working with her more in the future!
  • Olivia did good quality work and would make a good Director if she is looking to expand her impact and has time to commit.
Julie Rolla

Candidate Profile: Julie Rolla
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: UC Berkeley, Ohio State University
Applying for TWO terms
Committees of Interest: Fundraising, Communications, Women’s Rules
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2015-present NAIGC Board of Directors (Currently Chair of Communications)
2008-present Officer of Cal Gym Club
2017-present VP of Ohio State Club Gym & Physics Ph.D. candidate
2008-2016 XCEL & JO coach

As directors it is our privilege to vote on the future of the NAIGC, which means optimizing membership communication is crucial. This year, I’ve lead the Comms Committee to improve forms of contact with membership by establishing Office Hours & Town Halls. The goal was to ensure that membership directly influenced board decisions/NAIGC policies. The Communications team also created surveys during the process of voting on yearly structure, allowing decisions to be based on your opinions (ie survey on offering WAG L7 vs L6). I believe it is the duty of directors to stay educated on your opinions, as the NAIGC is meant to serve you! My mission is to make it easy for you to guide the NAIGC direction throughout the year. If there are any questions, happily email me at julie.rolla@naigc.org.

In my experience, Julie has been an excellent Chair for the Communications Committee. Over the past two years: she has been crucial in implementing the Mentorship Program for newly appointed Directors and Advisors, establishing an all-inclusive informative resource for board members, and has been an advocate for member outreach by contributing to the formation and execution of Town Halls and Office Hours.

I strongly believe that her work has been valuable at both the board and member level. Her future contribution will help to continue moving the NAIGC in a positive and productive direction. -- Dane Lee

Julie is an amazing asset to the board. She is more passionate than anyone else about listening to the membership and really trying to deliver what people want. She has really great ideas, is never afraid to speak up, and has endless energy -- Julia Sharpe

One of the main purposes of the board is to represent the membership and serve in their best interest. This involves being knowledgable of clubs' and individual member's opinions or ideas and understanding how to communicate with those members so that their voices are heard. 
In my experience, Julie Rolla is a strong advocate of transparency and communication amongst the NAIGC's membership and within the board of director's itself. She has reached out to many clubs and individuals to make sure that their opinions are heard. She is passionate about helping clubs succeed, even ones she is not actively competing for. She has helped new clubs grow with one-on-one brainstorming sessions, and established clubs thrive when they needed an extra hand. 
As a new board member myself, Julie has been an invaluable asset to help guide and teach me the intricacies of what it means to be a board member for the NAIGC. She has helped guide other new board members towards finding their purpose/ niche within the organization. 
Julie has also been instrumental in initiating Tumbling and Trampoline meets in the Mid-East. She has put in a lot of work promoting T&T at her local gym and throughout the region as well as making sure that all meets hosted in her local gym offer T&T. I believe that having board members that are willing to support Caleb in expanding T&T (more than just a vote) is important. 
I highly recommend Julie Rolla continue to assist the NAIGC as a board member due to her strong committment in representing clubs' interests and her dedication to making the NAIGC a place that embodies "For the Love of the Sport".  -- Alice Snyder
Julie was a big help for me as a newer director, she was very involved with on-boarding me the BOD, and always was there to answer any questions or lend a hand when I needed help with a project. Julie is incredibly passionate about the NAIGC and is one of the most helpful individuals I have worked with. Julie will go out of her way to give membership what they want out of the NAIGC. -- Mason Marek

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 29/38 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 3 1.5 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 0 1 3 1.75 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 5 1.56 9
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 2 1 4 0.78 9
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 4 2 3 0.89 9
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 1 3 5 1.44 9
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 4 1.11 9
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 2 3 4 1.22 9
Totals 0 2 13 16 31 1.23

Strengths:

  • Lots of initiative to do things in Comms and get the group working.
  • Has a lot of energy to put into the board and wants to improve the organization.
  • Great initiative with comm's this year and implementing the town hall and office hours - the new ideas and creative thinking is really appreciated.
  • Although everyone on the Board is friendly, Julie stands out to me as someone who will go out of her way to make others feel supported and encouraged. She is good for morale, and also very passionate about serving as a voice for the membership.
  • Julie is always willing to help out this organization in any way she can. She has done a great job getting the communications committee to the state it is now, and should be proud of her work.
  • To me Julie is one of the most valuable Directors on the Board. Sometimes it seems the Board just agrees with whatever the first person says and ignores or shuts out anyone else's opinions. I think the fact that Julie speaks up when she has an opinion is valuable and more board members should do it. Julie has a good relationship with lots of clubs and members and gives a valuable voice to members. Her reasoning and logic are intelligent and well thought out. An extra fifteen minutes staying on a meeting should be worth it to everyone to make sure opinions are heard. Furthermore, I think Julie is extremely constructive when you approach her with any concerns.
  • Julie has done incredible work as the chair of the communications committee this year. I think that one thing the NAIGC has struggled with in the past is transparency, and Julie and the comms committee have implemented 2 great new options for NAIGC members to stay informed this year: town halls and office hours, which were both advertised through both email and facebook. Julie is very passionate about the NAIGC and gymnastics and she puts so much energy into making everyone's experience amazing.
  • Julie has been a wonderful Director, and keeps the memberships best interest in mind at all times. Julie was a crucial component with on-boarding new directors this year, which made the transition onto the board seamless. She advocated for new directors and supported them when they showed interest in a project or they felt their voice was lost. Additionally Julie worked rigorously towards making forward-facing communication with the membership a large priority within the communications committee, through the creation of town halls and office hours. Julie will often times use past or personal experiences to make informed suggestions to the board and provide options others might not have thought of.
    Julie’s work towards constantly improving the NAIGC shows just how much she loves this organization and it’s membership. Julie is a crucial part of the organization and I can say with confidence that she would continue to strive for the best NAIGC possible.
  • Engaged and willing to pick-up tasks when needed.
  • Julie Rolla is one of the most dedicated members on the NAIGC Board of Directors. She has been an invaluable asset to both the Communications Committee and the NAIGC overall. Although she will be the first to tell you that she still makes an effort to continue learning, her knowledge of board operations across multiple committee domains makes her exceptionally well-suited as a committee chair.
    As a leader, she has the ability to find in other members the task which is best suited to their particular interests and strengths. She makes it a point to encourage their continued growth with ever-challenging and engaging projects. However, she has simultaneously undertaken numerous tasks for other board members when they were struggling to make deadlines. Even more than that though, she then goes out of her way to never accept credit for the work. The amount of support that she selflessly offers to board members, clubs, and members in general can not be overlooked or understated.
    She is powerfully grounded in her strong convictions for what she believes is best for the NAIGC, and is one of the few members willing to voice her opinions amidst certain opposition from other members of the board. She has been an avid voice for the clubs and membership. She is constantly seeking ways to engage further growth, promote greater transparency, and increase continued involvement.
  • Julie is very professional and amazing as Communication Committee chair. She is always willing to hear new ideas and help get those ideas into action.
    Julie has been on the BOD for a few years now and is still in constant communication with member clubs and individuals. She has connections with members from the Mid East and Western regions. I believe that understanding the opinions of membership is invaluable as a director. Because directors have the power to vote in new policies, understanding and actively representing the wants and wishes of membership is vital.Overall, Julie is a pleasure to work with. She is scrupulous in making sure that progress is made on tasks while at the same time empathic in nature. She is an exceptional leader because she knows how to motivate her committee members by making them feel like they are valued and appreciated.
  • Julie was a good leader for the communications committee. She really advocates on behalf of the members and she is a strong voice particularly for the lower level participants in the organization.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Julie lead the Communications committee and while they did a lot of things this year, not a whole lot of those things actually impacted our members or Nationals. The few goals that we've always stressed for Comms got pushed to the side for all this side projects which was frustrating.
  • Sometimes makes meetings go off on unproductive tangents or roots opinions in very personal anecdotes as oppose to data that is reflective of the entire membership
  • Some projects within the communications committee, which Julie chaired, seemed to go way beyond the scope of what the committee should reasonably be focused on. I think it would be helpful if the communications committee was encouraged to narrow the scope, so that other Board members can more easily follow the goals and intentions.
  • I would love to see Julie speak up more in Board meetings. Her input is valued and appreciated, even (and especially when) it challenges the status quo. Don't ever be afraid to have a voice!
  • Collaboration - sometimes talks over people rather than listening.
  • Julie sometimes seems out of sync with the rest of the board. While she has certainly improved the communications committee as chair, it’s surprising how often she does not know what information to be communicating. I’m glad the committee is getting better at completing projects, but I’m not sure they are effective at prioritizing high impact projects.
  • Julie can sometimes jump to conclusions or give the impression she isn't always listening to what you are saying.
  • I think Julie often takes things personally when someone has a different perspective or disagrees with her. She sometimes derails discussions with long tangents or things that are off topic during meetings.
  • I’ve worked with Julie heavily this year and I haven’t had any negative experiences with her. I believe those who feel she takes things personally have a different way of thinking than she does and they should work on improving their communication between one another.

Other:

  • Julie did a very good job making sure that everyone on the board felt like they did a good job and that the work they put in is valued and appreciated.
    She is excellent with helping new directors or advisors get situated on the BOD, not just in teaching them how the BOD is run but helping whatever their creative idea that brought them to the BOD happens.
  • Julie chaired the communications committee this year and led them to their most productive year ever. She helped implement town halls, office hours and member surveys. She was in regular communication with the executive officer team and brought a lot of board concerns to our attention we may not have been aware of otherwise.
  • I think Comms did an excellent job this year. I see one of the biggest challenges the NAIGC faces is proper communication with the membership. This year they seemed to try many new things to reach out to the membership. They can build off of this year and evolve what they have done in the future based on what worked best.
  • Has a tendency to disrupt meetings with tangent conversation.
  • While office hours took a lot of initiative and hard work to host I think the idea is a large waste of time when the Board already offers info@, a phone number, facebook pages etc. Those man hours could be spent much wiser on other tasks. If members feel otherwise I would be happy to be wrong.
  • I highly endorse Julie as a director this year. She brings so much passion and energy that the organization needs.
  • I appreciate that Julie strives to be welcoming of all Board members and volunteers, but I think there are some moments of crossing professional boundaries in order to create or keep alliances with people who are not acting in line with their duties as a Director or Board Member.

Director Response:

  • First, I must state that I am so inspired to see such passionate responses from my colleagues in both the strengths and weaknesses. It shows how deeply our board and advisors care about this organization. THIS is what makes the NAIGC so incredible. Your time, efforts, and opinions will never go unnoticed. I am blessed to be a part of such an inspirational team people.The time everyone spent giving me pointers and encouragement is greatly appreciated and always welcome. It's so important that those I work with feel comfortable giving me feedback both on my strengths, as well as my weaknesses; this is how I will learn to grow and better work with those around me. If ever the desire, I welcome advice, comments, and input on the work I do at any time (not just in evaluations). I have a deep passion for public service, and care immensely about optimizing the job I do.

    Next, I would like the thank the entire Communications Committee team for all of their hard work and countless hours this year — as well as the officers of the NAIGC for giving such incredible guidance. We had some big goals, and this committee worked endlessly to make them happen. Without each of you, this wouldn’t have been possible.

    Finally, I promise to all of my NAIGC team that I will continue to work to improve on these weaknesses, and to maximize my ability to cultivate a positive (and productive) working environment. It has been an honor to be a part of such an amazing organization, and I have truly enjoyed serving it.

Ashley Ross

Candidate Profile: Ashley Ross
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: UNC – Chapel Hill
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Technology, Women’s Rules

This is my 14th year of NAIGC gymnastics, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve as a director. Most recently, I have served as a director during the 2018-19 year, and have been the chair of the policy committee as well as a member of the women's rules committee. We have worked toward organization, clarity, and transparency of all our policies, and I plan to contribute to our continued improvements. Additionally, I have been a member of the tech committee, focusing specifically on database design, data accuracy, and process improvement.

Previously, I served as an adviser during the 2017-2018 year, and as a director from 2007-2010 (Nationals committee chair from 2008-2010). I double majored in mathematics and english, and have career experience in accounting and IT. I was also treasurer (2006-2008) and co-president (2008-2009) of the UNC club.

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 38/38 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 2 3 0 0.6 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 2 2 1 0.8 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 2 7 1 0.9 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 0 6 4 1.4 10
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 9 1 1.1 10
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 2 7 1 0.9 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 5 5 1.5 10
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 5 4 1.3 10
Totals 0 0 9 44 17 1.11

Strengths:

  • Ashley has a lot of historical knowledge of the board that is very valuable when consulting policy questions.
  • Ashley did a good job as the policy chair this year.
  • Ashley took on the task of being policy chair this year. She understands the policies well and thinks through all perspectives and potential downsides before making policy decisions. She is smart and uses solid rationale to make the best decisions for the organization.
  • Ashley is another example of a good role model as a director, in that she takes her vote seriously and critically evaluates every decision.
  • Ashley was a good moderator for the Policy committee and kept us on task during meetings. She also is a good critical thinker and takes her voting responsibilities as a Director seriously.

Growth Opportunities:

  • I think she could work on planning ahead a little bit more. Sometimes, details surrounding policy meetings are decided last minute which can make it hard to have informed discussion.
  • Ashley was chair of the policy committee, and could have been more engaged in structuring the committee and moving along the policy review process.
  • She struggled sometimes with the administrative parts of being committee chair.

Other:

  • Great critical thinker. Able to state her opinion in a concise manner. Keeps conversations on point. I hope she continues in the policy chair role because I think she has more she could contribute with an additional year.
  • Ashley became busy with other life events and the Policy committee fell behind for a few months, but we eventually caught up.
Nate Sharpe

Candidate Profile: Nate Sharpe
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Northeast
Club Affiliation: MIT
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Men’s Rules, Women’s Rules
Campaign Video

This is my first time running for a director position, but I have been an advisor on the board for the last three years, most recently serving as co-Men's Rules Coordinator with my wife Julia. During my time on the board I've served on the Policy, Event Management, and Men's and Women's Rules committees. I led the effort to more clearly define, document, and communicate the MAG rules, especially at the beginner level. You may recognize me from most of the "NAIGC Allowable Skills" videos documenting all the non-FIG skills that we recognize. I've also created several beginners guides for helping newcomers to the sport understand the rules and construct routines. I have also been competing in the gymnastics Decathlon since its inception two years ago, and have aided in defining the rules for this new division and promoting it. As someone who started gymnastics as an adult, I believe I represent a valuable perspective that represents a growing proportion of our membership.

Nate also split the duties of MAG Rule's Spokesperson. He streamlined a lot of the duties of the role and he focused on making a lot of materials for newer gymnasts to get started and learn the rules. He started gymnastics as an adult which is an important perspective, and he is a good advocate for the beginner gymnasts in the NAIGC. Julia and Nate are both strong critical thinkers and were instrumental in helping us implement the new competition eligibility policy. -- Tim Michaels

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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 0 2 1.33 3
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 6 1.86 7
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 6 1.86 7
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 0 5 1.67 6
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 1 6 1.86 7
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 6 1.86 7
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 2 5 1.71 7
Totals 0 0 3 6 38 1.74

Strengths:

  • Great leader for the MAG rules committee. He is knowledgable about the rules, and he really wants to help newer members who are learning gymnastics for the first time by providing lots of rules and training guides. Nate also helped streamline the Nationals judge's selection process this year. He is a critical thinker and overall asset to the board.
  • Nate is a good critical thinker. He thinks about decisions from multiple perspectives.
  • Commitment to the sport! Learning as he goes and doing a fantastic job.
  • Nate has been part of the amazing effort the rules committees have put in this year by serving as co men’s rules coordinator. I find his comments always helpful, insightful, and just ridiculously articulate. Nate would be an amazing addition as a director and cannot endorse him enough.
  • Nate is a huge asset to the NAIGC. He is a great critical thinker, super organized, and delivers on everything he promises. He also bring the perspective of a beginner gymnast (start 6 years ago) to a committee filled with people who all grew up with USAG.
  • Very engaged as an advisor.
  • Nate has done a great job as men's co-rules spokesperson this year. He brought and implemented a bunch of great new ideas, and always has great reasoning for his positions. I hope to see Nate continue in his role, he's a great asset to the board.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Because he is not a judge himself, sometimes Nate's interpretations of the Code of Points are a little different than someone who has seen lots of routines and is familiar with some common but unwritten interpretations. Nate does his best to mitigate this by welcoming dissent from currently certified judges.

Other:

  • Nate has been an amazing asset to the board as an adviser and I highly recommend him as a director this year.
  • Nate is a big contributor to the Skills and Drills facebook page and generates a lot of good training and rules discussion
  • Nate was a valuable member of the Board this year.
  • Julia and Nate did a great job as men's rules spokespeople. They created many additional resources for our members and judges at our meets. I expect they will continue to identify more areas of improvement with another year on the board and as rules spokespeople.
Julia Sharpe

Candidate Profile: Julia Sharpe
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Northeast
Club Affiliation: MIT
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Men’s Rules, Women’s Rules
Campaign Video

I've been an adviser to the board for 3 years and co-MAG rules coordinator for 1. One of my main goals is to make gymnastics a sport for everyone. When MIT's club was struggling with membership, opening up our club to all levels was an amazing choice and has really shown me that there are so many different and wonderful ways to "do gymnastics". Consequently, I've been part of expanding our level offerings. In addition to being passionate about catering to all ages and levels, I am very passionate that gymnastics should not be segregated by gender. Everyone should be able to choose to compete on the events that interest them, thus I helped spearhead the creation of the gymnastics decathlon. I'd like to expand this even further to allow anyone to select any event(s) to compete. I'm also a mechanical engineer, so I specialize in creative thinking and I have a lot of experience in project management, which has been critical in being an effective MAG rules coordinator this year.

Julia, along with her husband Nate stepped into the role of MAG Rule's Spokesperson. She was a great leader for the rules committee, and kept us accountable and on track. She also has been the person behind the creation and implementation of the Decathlon. Most recently, she put in a huge amount of work making the session schedule for Nationals. Julia and Nate would both be first time Directors if elected. -- Tim Michaels

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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 0 1 1 1 1 3
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 0 2 1.33 3
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 6 1.86 7
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 0 2 4 1.29 7
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 1 2 4 1.43 7
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 1 6 1.86 7
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 5 1.71 7
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 1 5 1.57 7
Totals 0 1 4 10 33 1.56

Strengths:

  • Julia has done a ton of work for the NAIGC this year. I'm very impressed with her commitment, and love working with her. She is very good with communication, and is always clear with her expectations of others. She is always very clear with her logic to support her opinions, and produces well thought out ideas. She is a great addition to the NAIGC board.
  • Huge asset! Works many hours making rules able to be understood and creating resources. Has a wide knowledge of both mens and womens rules.
  • Julia has done a great job as the co-men's rules spokesperson this year. She brings a lot of great ideas and is willing to do the work to implement them. I hope Julie continues in her role next year, she is a great asset to the board.
  • Great leader for the MAG rules committee. She also has been the primary driver of the Decathlon. Julia is very vocal in all rules discussions and is always trying to think of new ways to frame things or come up with new proposals. She continually pushes the board to be aware of and discuss and address gender issues as it relates to competing.
  • Extremely dedicated to her job as co-rules coordinator and puts a great deal of time into her tasks. Excellent initiative and thoughtful input when helping develop the new Nationals awards structure. Puts a lot of careful thought into each decision she makes.
  • Julia suggested lots of website edits to make rules clear for members. She is smart and has great critical thinking skills. She asks good questions and is able to explain her rationale well.
  • Julia has an untiring commitment to excellence in her work, and won't stop until something is not only done, but done well. She continues to push forward the Decathlon division, created extremely helpful educational materials for both MAG and WAG, and was invaluable in getting session requests handled in a timely fashion.
  • Very engaged and thinks critically.
  • Julia is the driving force behind the NAIGC Decathlon and has done amazing work this year as rules coordinator. Julia takes every task seriously and is committed to producing quality results for the rules committee, such as our level guides and judging cheat sheets. I think Julia has good ideas on the future of cross gender competition and would be an extremely positive addition as a director.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Can sometimes get caught up in the little things or gets "stuck" on one idea/problem.
  • Sometimes seems to base her opinion on herself and the membership
  • I think Julia's biggest area for improvement is probably in better communication of her plans and needs to others so that she's not alone in implementing her helpful plans.

Other:

  • Julia was a valuable advisor and member of the Board this year.
  • brings a valuable unique perspective to the board.
  • Julia and Nate did a great job as men's rules spokespeople. They created many additional resources for our members and judges at our meets. I expect they will continue to identify more areas of improvement with another year on the board and as rules spokespeople.
  • I seriously think Julia is incapable of doing a half-effort job. Session assignment was just one of many projects she undertook, but her commitment helped us produce sessions faster than ever before while accommodating larger registration.

Director Response:

  • Thank you everyone for all of your feedback. It's great to see that the hard work I've put into the board has been appreciated. I am always looking for ways to improve and better serve the board of directors.I've gotten the feedback a few times that my opinions seem to be biased, and I've tried to work on that, so I'd love for anyone to point out to me in the moment when it's happening so that I can work to correct it. Honestly, I'm not sure I believe that basing my opinions on the membership is a weakness, considering our role is to serve the membership.

    In terms of getting stuck one one idea/problem, I again urge anyone to speak up when this happens. I really love to get feedback in the moment and I promise I won't be offended.

    I definitely noticed, especially in the last few weeks as nationals session assignment ramped up that I wasn't doing a good enough job communicating my plans with others. I did send a schedule through slack 2 times, but I should have sent over email as well to ensure that those not following slack didn't miss the message. Email would also allow me to elaborate further. This was my first year as rules spokesperson, so I was still in learning mode. Now that I have done it once, I will definitely work hard to communicate plans better and spread the workload.

Ilana Shushansky

Candidate Profile: Ilana Shushansky
Student Status: Non Student
Region: West
Club Affiliation: UC Berkeley
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy

I have been on the NAIGC Board of Directors since 2008. Over the past 11 years I have chaired the nationals committee for 5 years, the marketing committee for 2 years, the event management committee for 1 year, served as President for 3 years and have now been the Nationals Coordinator for the past 3 years. I have a wide variety of work experience including:

  • Founding a non-profit in India that addresses issues of early child marriage,
  • Serving as a program officer for an international human rights organization based in New York City,
  • Working as the data analyst for the largest community mental health provider in Oklahoma, and
  • I am currently a management consultant at a social impact consulting firm in San Francisco.

I was on the NAIGC club team at Emory University during undergrad, and served as the club's President, Vice-President, and Treasurer.

I would like to continue serving on the board as Nationals Coordinator, while also helping train other board members on the role. 

Ilana serves as our Nationals Coordinator and was the past NAIGC President. She is the primary driver of our relationships with convention centers, hotels, scouting out locations for future Nationals, and working with the event management committee to implement all the large and small details which makes Nationals such a great event. Like Kyle, Ilana also has a strong strategic vision of how great this organization can be, and she continues to bring new ideas to the table. This year she built upon a partnership with our hotel booking service to outsource a large amount of the Nationals location scouting work and free up more of the board's time. -- Tim Michaels

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absences
  • Had 0 unannounced absences

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 36/38 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 0 1 5 1.83 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 1 5 1.83 6
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 1 5 1.83 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 6 30 1.83

Strengths:

  • Ilana is very engaged and incredibly thorough. She is always one of the first to review documents and always has very useful feedback.
  • Ilana is very instrumental in making Nationals happen every year as our Nationals Coordinator. She took a lot of initiative this year in expanding our partnership with NTS to hopefully offload the future NCs prep work which is awesome.
  • Ilana does an amazing job as Nationals coordinator, and is even finding ways to outsource the coordinator position to make it more sustainable in the future. Ilana has been a director for many years, yet remains forward thinking and committed to innovative solutions. She’s a strategic thinker and I strongly believe Ilana should continue to serve as a director.
  • Ilana continues to contribute at a high level year in and year our. She executes a lot of very important work with Nationals in a timely and high quality fashion. She also is a superb negotiator and her work with convention centers and host hotels drives a lot of benefits for members. She has well thought out perspectives on Policy and Rules committees and is willing to dive in and do the meticulous work of writing policies or editing contracts. Absolutely crucial for the board.
  • Meets deadlines, is responsible, is reliable, always successful
  • Ilana has done a great job as Nationals Coordinator this year. Specifically she's been able to outsource some of the work, which has resulted in better results with lower effort. Ilana is a key board member to this organization and I hope she continues in her role.
  • Brings a wealth of knowledge to the board. She works closely with the hotels and convention centers to ensure we have solid contracts that benefit the organization, and works tirelessly during the event to make sure everything runs smoothly. I do not see us being able to run nationals without Ilana.
  • Highly engaged, even after many years of Board involvement. Ilana generally thinks through what is beneficial for the organization long term and takes initiative.
  • Incredible time management and organizational skills.
  • Ilana is a rockstar at being Nationals coordinator! It's a difficult task and she does it with ease, balancing many moving parts and getting stuff done. She is an excellent negotiator which means we get more perks for less money. Ilana also organized our policies and board documents this year making things much easier to find. She puts a lot of time into the organization and it is appreciated!
  • Ilana has streamlined the nationals coordinator role. As a former president of the NAIGC, she is knowledgeable about the organization.
  • I am consistently impressed with Ilana's ability to get shit done and to then communicate that progress, as well as any needs for help or information, to others both inside and outside of the board. She's a valuable part of the organization, and I'm thankful for all the hours she's put into making Nationals possible and helping out with WAG rules (and probably other areas I'm not a part of).

Growth Opportunities:

  • I think the biggest area for growth for Ilana is in documenting and automating as much of what she's doing as possible, to better allow others to help with the large number of tasks she does during the year (or to make those tasks obsolete, as she recently did with contracting out the Nationals location selection). I think this is crucial as our organization continues to grow.
  • I get the impression that Ilana works primarily with a select handful of Board members and sometimes may write others off if they have not satisfied her personal expectations.
  • Can sometimes be condescending and is not always open to input
  • You are so incredibly important, it would be great and maybe necessary to start training 1-4 people to have the knowledge and expertise that you do (and maybe you are).
  • I believe that Ilana should be an advisor instead of a director. While she does great work with Nationals' contracts and is substantially knowledgeable about the NAIGC, she has very little contact with membership as far as I am aware.
    Normally in non-profits those who have been around for a while and have a lot of knowledge would better serve as an advisor to open up the board for fresh ideas.
  • Very knowledgable, but isn't involved with membership much at all. Ilana is great to have, but would be better suited as an advisor since she is less in-touch with membership.
  • It would be nice to know what Ilana is working on as Nationals Coordinator more often during the year
  • Still does too much work, would love to see her continue to develop the Nationals Coordintor's role to a point where someone in the future who is not her could still do an awesome job of orchestrating Nationals.
  • I’d love to see Ilana deligate tasks and share her vast knowledge of the NAIGC with newer directors and advisors. She’s been a director for a long time and should share that wealth of knowledge.

Other:

  • I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t work with her very much this year, but Ilana seemed to be on her own a lot of the time. I’d have loved to see her take a few people under her wing and teach them about the nationals coordinator role!
  • Ilana outsourced a large chunk of the Nationals location scouting work to one of our contractors. This is huge! As an all volunteer board, we need to creatively outsource as much work as possible to give ourselves more capacity. Ilana set a high bar, and I hope we find other areas in which to do this.
  • Sometimes people describe Ilana as confrontational, but I don’t believe this is accurate. Her ability to quickly and critically evaluate a proposal is an example of professionalism and efficiency. Other board members who consistently take such critique personally have a professional deficit. We need more of Ilana’s sharp eyes, not less.
  • She has good historical knowledge of the organization and also strong leadership skills and non profit knowledge. She's very smart and remains calm in stressful situations (like at Nationals!). We need her to continue on the board.
  • Ilana owns the nationals selection process and deals with all of the many contracts with hotels, convention centers, etc. She has done this for years and done is really well.
  • Ilana does an immense amount of work for the organization!

Director Response:

  • I am grateful that I have been able to take on and streamline the role of the Nationals Coordinator. As some people mentioned the host city selection process and hotel contracting process have been outsourced over the past few years, freeing up the Board to focus on the gymnastics specific aspects of the event. I agree I could do a better job communicating throughout the year about the work of the Nationals Coordinator role, especially because there seems to be a misconception about how centralized the role and work load are. While I do a lot of work to organize the event, each year more and more of the tasks are being delegated to other committees, subcommittees and task forces (often led by new directors or advisors) so that the work of planning and hosting Nationals is not so dependent on one single person. A few examples of this include:-All of registration is handled by a separate registration task force and the regional coordinators
    -Rules spokespeople are responsible for booking all judges, setting the competition schedule, and assigning sessions and rotations
    -The Event Management committee plans the Friday Night awards ceremony and banquet from start to finish; they are also in charge of organizing the volunteer schedules, including the Board/Adivsor work schedule and member volunteers for set-up, tear-down, and session score entry
    -The Merchandising Committee designs the t-shirt and places the orders for all merchandise and supplies needed for the event (membership gift, athlete numbers, lanyards, t-shirts, banquet wristbands, banquet party favors, etc.)
    -The Communications committee prepares the event program, the post-nationals survey, and the event press-release
    -The Fundraising Committee secures vendors and sponsors for the event

    My role is increasingly just to be the liaison between the all of those people and the Convention Center to ensure everyone's vision is implemented as expected and in the most cost-efficient manner. I look forward to continue in the Nationals Coordinator role with the goal of continuing to delegate tasks as I have been, but doing a better job communicating out and documenting this division of responsibility.

Alice Snyder

Candidate Profile: Alice Snyder
Student Status: Non Student
Region: West
Club Affiliation: Ohio State University, UC Berkeley
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Communications, Women’s Rules
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I came to the NAIGC board of directors last year embracing the motto “For the Love of the Sport”. I want to make sure that every person who wishes to compete can. As a newbie myself, I am an advocate for beginner gymnastics. While I am still learning the ins and outs of the NAIGC, I am confident in my abilities as a member of the communications committee. I have been a part of that committee for the past two years, once as a regional coordinator and again as a director. I helped establish Office Hours as a means for the board to be more available and accessible to membership. If I am elected to be a director for another term, I intend to strengthen these connections between membership and the board, along with improving the Office Hour format to best suit the membership. I want to help develop a video database for beginner WAG skills that newer gymnasts can utilize. I am diligent in my work as a director and see tasks through to completion.

Alice is incredibly eager and willing to help in any capacity. Her eagerness means she was very quick to learn her way around the organization, and has rapidly become a leader among the Communications Committee. Alice has countlessly utilized her knowledge as a board member to aid in growth of all forms of participation within the NAIGC -- from encouraging people join as advisors and club leadership, to joining as athletes. Her experience as Western Regional Coordinator in 2017-2018 led her to develop an ardent responsibility for communicating directly with membership. I believe Alice is an invaluable member of the Communications Committee and the BoD. -- Julie Rolla

Allie has worked with me on Office Hours and her organizational skills have impressed me quite a lot! Similarly to me, it was Allie's first year as a director, and as the year has gone on, I've got to watch her grow as an individual and take on many new tasks with success! -- Mason Marek

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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 0 1 1 2 1.25 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 1 2 1 1 4
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 2 1 1 0.75 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 1 0 2 1 0.75 4
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 2 1 1 4
Totals 0 1 6 10 7 0.96

Strengths:

  • Allie has been phenomenal support to the communications committee this year. She's helped take a leader role, and has taken a huge hand in these operations. This is only her first term on the board, and she has done a fantastic job at gaining knowledge and taking initiative. Allie also cares very deeply about the membership, and makes it her priority to stay knowledgable about their opinions/suggestions. This is a quality I see as incredibly valuable among the board!
  • Stepped up a lot with working on the communications committee this year.
  • Allie is hardworking and helps take on tasks that fall behind
  • I worked with Allie heavily this year, and I’m very impressed with her organizational skills, motivation, and willingness to take on additional tasks. Allie was a big help with office hours, she was always prepared beforehand and ready to answer questions when they came up. Allie showed a lot of initiative and delivered on every task she took on!
  • Incredibly diligent, and willing to take on tasks for comms

Growth Opportunities:

  • I would like it Alice would speak out more during full board meetings, I don't feel like I heard a lot from her as a director.
  • Allie doesn't usually come out of her comfort zone, which seems to be one committee where she has personal relationships and connections. I would like to see her engage with the entire Board more and be more present with her personal goals and viewpoints as a Director.
  • Seems to let other board members speak for her. Would be nice to hear her own voice and opinions
  • I would have liked to hear Alice speak up more, but maybe I was in the wrong meetings

Other:

  • Allie seemed to work on projects mostly within the communication committee. I don't feel that she was very engaged in her general role as a Director, but perhaps she will engage on a broader scale if she chooses to run for another term.
  • As a new director Allie did a lot of work for her first year and I’d love to see her return for another.
  • Alice hosted office hours and was a big part of the communications committee. Good impact as a first year director.
  • The office hours you held needed a little more substance! I love that we're doing these now, but I'd love to see more engagement with them!

Director Response:

  • First I would like to thank each and every director. It has been an absolute incredible experience to work with a hard working and dedicated group of volunteers. I came to the NAIGC board of directors embracing the motto “For the Love of the Sport”. I want to make sure that every person who wishes to compete can. I believe that reaching out to clubs and individual members is imperative to properly serve our community. I wanted to establish a concrete role for myself in the communication committee in my first year as a director. While I am still learning the ins and outs of the NAIGC, I am confident in my abilities as a member of the communications committee. I helped establish Office Hours as a means for the board to be more available and accessible to membership. If I am elected to be a director for another term, I intend to strengthen the connections between membership and the board, along with improving the Office Hour format to best suit the membership. I will gladly work on speaking out more during larger board meetings. Thank you all again for your constructive feedback. I appreciate this opportunity to grow as a leader.
Billy Suta

Candidate Profile: Billy Suta
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni, University of Minnesota
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Event Management, Scholarship
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This year I was Treasurer of the NAIGC. During my term I created a strategic annual budget, performed org book keeping, improved transparency with monthly financial reports to the Board, worked to develop a long term strategy for the NAIGC Scholarship.

With another year on the Board, and as Treasurer I hope to follow through on implementing the beginning stages of our scholarship strategy. Formalize several book keeping processes, work with Tech to develop our registration software and overall help make smart organizational choices to maintain the NAIGCs financial health, and give us the flexibility to provide new and exciting opportunities to our members (Power Tumbling is and example)

Thanks for reading this, see you at Nationals!

This has been Billy's first year as a director and as the NAIGC Treasurer. I've been very impressed how quickly he picked up his complicated role and strove to improve board processes. He also has put in a herculean effort on the registration team this year to make Nationals occur smoothly. His contributions to the policy committee are appreciated and well reasoned. I think Billy has great strategic and professional goals and should continue to serve in his leadership position. -- Kyle Thackston

Billy took on the Treasurer role this year as a first year Director and put in a colossal amount of work developing our budget, working overtime on Nationals registration, and developing long term financial goals and orienting the board around them. [He has a] very strong strategic vision and has been very helpful to discussions and decisions on the executive officer team. -- Tim Michaels

 

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 38/38 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 2 10 9 1.33 21
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 5 10 6 1.05 21
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 8 10 1.29 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 3 9 9 1.29 21
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 2 9 10 1.38 21
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 1 1 9 10 1.33 21
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 1 1 12 7 1.19 21
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 2 14 5 1.14 21
Totals 0 3 18 81 66 1.25

Strengths:

  • Billy has done an outstanding job as his first year as treasurer. He has worked hard to improve our internal processes and has kept the Nationals registration team organized. Billy is involved on the policy committee and is clearly interested in finding ways to improve our organization. Billy should continue to serve as a director on the board and in a leadership position.
  • Extremely organized and motivated.
  • Billy did an impressive job stepping up as treasurer this year. He was incredibly responsive over email and started monthly budget reports to improve transparency. I would love to see him continue in this role next year. Billy is highly deserving of a director position.
  • Billy is extremely engaged wherever he is involved. He picked up role of treasurer very quickly from someone who has been doing it for ages and has made great improvements on the transparency of our finances.
  • Billy did a great job keeping track of the finances for NAIGC. He’s very organized and did a great job tracking where we’ve spent money. I hope Billy runs for office again.
  • Billy was very prompt at addressing my questions regarding reimbursements from In-Person.
    I think Billy is doing an awesome job in his first year as Treasurer. Keep up the good work, Billy!
  • Billy took on a large task of organizing the group of people who would manually update all payments in the NAIGC database. I am sure this took a decent amount of time and he kept on top of it!
  • Does a great job working to be transparent to the entire board about our financial status; extremely organized and timely; essentially held registration together this year
  • Very organized, response, and accountable. There has been more transparency and strategic decision making around the budget and organizational finances with Billy overseeing things than in past years.
  • Highly responsive and transparent. Billy took on a very large role successfully. He put in overtime to help and train people when we faced unexpected challenges in the registration process. The budget he presented was strategic and he has oriented the board around his vision for our fiscal future. He should be retained
  • Billy was very prompt at addressing my questions regarding reimbursements from In-Person.
    I think Billy is doing an awesome job in his first year as Treasurer. Keep up the good work, Billy!
  • Billy took on the important role of Treasurer which can be hard to fill. He did some research to learn about the role and helped to communicate our financial status to the Board.
  • Billy has done an incredible job as treasurer this year. He is extremely organized and is always quick to respond to emails. Halfway through the year an issue with the website caused all of nationals registration to be done manually. Billy spearheaded this large effort and has spent way too much of his free time working on NAIGC tasks. I hope Billy returns to the role of treasurer next year.
  • You have been proactive and timely as treasurer

Growth Opportunities:

  • For anyone in the treasury position, I think keeping our Board engaged in the financials and engaged with more detail is an area where we should improve. But we made some steps in the right direction this year.
  • With a year under his belt, I hope Billy takes on the treasurer role again next year and moves from budget management to the organizations financial sustainability.
  • It would be nice to see you engaged more with non-office board members!
  • I understand that Treasurer is a difficult and time consuming position to hold within the NAIGC. Billy could be more interactive with the rest of the BOD. He seems a little detached.
  • The officers as a whole need to be more involved with the directors, they seemed to work very well together, but didn’t have much communication or involvement outside of their group. I’d have liked to see more interaction between the officers and the directors.
  • I think he could more actively pursue improvements to how the NAIGC handles its finances

Other:

  • Billy provided monthly financial updates to the board which helped improve discussion, transparency and financial decision making.
  • I hope Billy can continue in the role through next year to keep growing in the position.
  • Billy should be very proud of the work he's done this year. Because of him nationals 2019 will be successful.
  • I hope he sticks around for many years. He keeps contributing more each year!
  • Did an amazing job with registration!
  • First year taking over the role of treasurer, and he's killing it.
  • I think Billy is a great asset to the board and I would love to see him continue and grow as an officer.
  • Thank you for everything, you're amazing!

Director Response:

  • Thank you for the encouraging responses and constructive feedback. This year a lot of my efforts had to go towards making registration happen, which sidelined other treasury projects. Its my hope that next year with no on-boarding period and automated registration on the new website I can maintain focus, and also increase my presence in more committees on the Board.
Kyle Thackston

Candidate Profile: Kyle Thackston
Student Status: Non Student
Region: West
Club Affiliation: UC San Diego, Purdue
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Technology

This has been my third year as a director and Secretary of NAIGC. During my time in this organization I’ve worked on projects including website design, improving our email services, documenting our voting records, and streamlining our director elections, in addition to other Secretarial and website maintenance duties. Although I do not intend to serve as Secretary again next year, I still would like to continue as a director serving on the Policy and Technology committees to further my goals of increasing board efficiency and professionalism. There are a bunch of amazing volunteers that come together to make the NAIGC work! I want to make sure they have the tools they need to succeed and improve the NAIGC.

Kyle has served as the NAIGC secretary for the past three years. He goes above and beyond in this role and has streamlined our meeting minutes, voting and election procedures and is very engaged with the membership answering almost all info@naigc.org questions. If you ever have received an email starting with "Howdy," that was Kyle. He also is a very strategic thinker. is involved on the Policy and Tech committees, and offers a lot of new ways to make our work better. -- Tim Michaels

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absences
  • Had 0 unannounced absences

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 38/38 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

Strongly Disagree
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Disagree
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Neutral
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Agree
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Sends agendas, pre-reads, meeting notices, and meeting minutes in a timely manner. 0 1 1 5 15 1.55 22
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 4 9 9 1.23 22
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 5 16 1.68 22
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 9 10 1.27 22
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 1 1 10 10 1.32 22
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 3 7 12 1.41 22
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 2 10 10 1.36 22
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 1 9 12 1.5 22
Totals 0 3 15 64 94 1.41

Strengths:

  • Kyle is super responsive and incredibly organized. He is a great bridge between the rest of the board and the tech committee. Whenever I've needed him to update something on the website or send an email to membership, he has been incredibly responsive and easy to work with. I'm not sure he's ever forgotten to send out meeting minutes after a board meeting, which is quite impressive!
  • Extremely timely with responses to emails and seems to always know how to answer every question. Does a ton of work with our front-facing website. Great initiative with the new voting/election system.
  • Kyle is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. During any discussion, he always has very well thought out and perceptive opinions.
  • You are a positive, and cheerful voice to have as a director. You are always responsive, and are filled with lots of passion. I also think its great that you are still very involved with individual teams. It's nice to see people be as available to the membership as you are!
  • Kyle is smart and conscientious and funny. His performance in the secretary position has raised the bar for every future secretary. He makes a significant number of website changes and he manages responses to info@naigc.org. Kyle is always so timely - I'm not sure how to keeps up with everything.
  • It's always a pleasure to work with Kyle. He's responsive and communicates well, in addition to executing all his tasks in a timely and competent manner.
  • Able to respond and answer all questions I have needed. Very active and reliable with all things NAIGC.
  • Kyle is always very helpful and prompt at answer my questions!
  • Raised the bar for the position of secretary. Has done a fantastic job keeping us organized.
    Very approachable attitude, takes everything in stride and, hasn't let the stress of his position turn him into a grumpy old man, like it probably would do to most of us.
  • Meets deadlines, is responsible, is reliable, always successful
  • Kyle is good at seeking information and ensuring that no projects fall through the cracks. He does well on the executive team as secretary and investigates how our Board can develop and incorporate new practices.
  • Kyle did a great job with the meeting minutes, and I am sure he’s a massive component of the tech committee also.
  • Kyle has done a great job as secretary this year. He is very responsive to email, and always has a very sensible perspective to add. Kyle also stepped up within the tech committee this year. I hope Kyle continues to serve as the secretary, he is a very valuable asset to this board.
  • I have not been on the Board without Kyle as secretary and I hope I never do. Kyle has transformed the role from basic clerical and administrative work to constant process improvement, transparency, organizational overhaul and much more.
  • Kyle has transformed the role of Secretary in the past three years, scoping out the responsibilities and setting a very high standard of performance. He takes on a lot of Tech and Policy work also. He a lot of initiative and is continually is brainstorming improvements to the board in all its aspects. Not only does he generate lots of really great ideas, but he is very open minded to dissent and is able to change his ideas based on feedback.
  • You have been very helpful when I have needed your assistance. I think you do a great job keeping track everything.
  • The Board couldn't ask for a better secretary. Kyle does a great job keeping up with emails, both within the board and to the membership and info@ inquiries. He is super approachable and friendly, and we are very lucky to have him.
  • Goes above and beyond in his role on the officer team; streamlined many processes to make the Board activities more transparent and efficient.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Kyle should attempt to delegate some of his projects to others on the board, he has some killer ideas and should spread the wealth.
  • You do a great job. It would be great to see you use your positivity to encourage new board members to run with new ideas a bit more! You could have a great impact on them!
  • Kyle seemed a little busier towards the end of the year. I'd love to see you delegate more to lessen the burden on yourself and also train a few others in the process! You have a great work flow, and I'd love to see you pass that on to some other board members.
  • You could benefit from reaching out to the rest of the BOD every once in a while just to see how they are doing. It helps create a positive atmosphere when an officer checks in.
  • I found working with Kyle to be challenging at times, as he would seldom support new ideas presented by others in the BOD. I would have liked to see him be more open and involved with the members of the board who were not officers. The officers as a whole need to be more inclusive with the BOD, often times they acted in ways that appeared to be cliquey. I believe that this un-inclusive nature hindered our ability to be as productive as we could have been this year. It appeared that Kyle would favor whom he communicated with, leaving out those he didn’t see eye to eye with. This made being on the BOD socially exhausting, and gave the impression that not all opinions are respected, or welcomed.

Other:

  • Kyle is an incredible asset to the board. He is irreplaceable on the tech committee and also a really great secretary.
  • Kyle is amazing and should definitely be acknowledged for it.
  • Important member of tech team!
  • Kyle is always looking for and implementing ways to improve the NAIGC (from tech standpoint, policy and overall). He is a huge asset to the organization. I hope he continues to be involved for many years and maybe even run as President some day.
  • Kyle is a supportive member of the Board and helps to diffuse any tense situations.
  • I have appreciated the introduction of officer goal/project updates to the beginning of board meetings this semester.
  • Kyle led an initiative to restructure our board meetings and voting procedures that led to much more efficient decision making and transparent standards.

Director Response:

  • I’m thankful I’ve been able to be an impactful Secretary over these past three years. I feel I’ve been able to improve our internal board processes to make us a more transparent and efficient board. While I don’t intend to run again as Secretary next year, I’m confident someone else will continue to improve our board, revamping things I’ve become used to. In the future, I'd like to focus more on our long term technology strategy and other ways to improve board efficiency.
    I’ve noticed a few comments on the officer team this year about our internal outreach and transparency. Because of our growth these past few years, the NAIGC Board has moved towards a more hierarchical structure, where the executive officers meet with the rest of the officers and committee chairs once a month and get updates on their many projects. Those leaders in turn meet within their own groups and follow up on their tasks. By delegating leadership, we’re able to increase the organization’s bandwidth and utilize our ever-growing group of volunteers. A downside of this is that the average member will likely be interacting with the executive officers less. Until we have the funds to employee a full time CEO, it will be difficult for any one volunteer to have the time to keep tabs on every project in any meaningful way.
    In terms of officer transparency, this year we revamped our voting policy to increase director accountability, started giving treasury reports to improve financial awareness, performed an internal survey for the officers to get feedback from the board, and started sharing officer team updates and goals with the board. Transparency is an active process that the officer team has devoted a lot of time to this past year, and I’m confident will continue to devote time to in the future.
Katie Thompson

Candidate Profile: Kaite Thompson
Student Status: Non Student
Region: South Central
Club Affiliation: Texas A&M (2013-2017)
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Policy, Communications, Women’s Rules

I am passionate about providing an avenue for people to continue competitive gymnastics after graduating high school. During my time on the Texas A&M Gymnastics Club, I served as Treasurer, Co-President, and Team Captain. I have also served on the Texas Gymnastics Conference (TGC) Board, including serving as President for the past three years. My time on the TGC Board has given me experience representing competitiors and clubs with varying gymnastics backgrounds. Overall, I think my gymnastics administrative experience, my good working relationships with the TGC clubs, and my professional background in tax and accounting would make me a valuable addition to the NAIGC Board.

I would like to nominate Katherine Thompson for the NAIGC Board. Katie is an extremely hard working individual who goes out of her way to help others. During my first year as club president for UT Dallas Gymnastics, Katie was so helpful in explaining how everything worked to me. She always made me feel more comfortable and well-informed and certainly played a big part in my club's success this year. On top of helping our club, she also did an amazing job as TGC President. I can speak on behalf of my entire team when I say that she is so friendly and approachable to everyone, new and old members alike, and we know she would be a great addition to the NAIGC board! -- Shravya Kichena

 

I would also like to endorse Katie Thompson who was nominated earlier by Shravya. Katie was an officer every year for Texas A&M including Women's Team Captain, Treasurer, and President. She is also the TGC Board President. Katie has been a gymnast nearly her whole life and has coached and been a captain for many teams meaning she is fluent in rules and regulations. Like Andrew, she has been a main point of contact for teams in our region and has been a major player in creating new teams in Texas and helping them figure out logistics of starting teams, competing, and traveling to those meets and Nationals. I have served as an officer alongside Katie for A&M and assisted her with the TGC and I have nothing but positive things to say about her, especially her work ethic. She has been a huge asset to us in the TGC and I believe she would be a huge asset as an NAIGC Board Member as well. -- Morgan Moore

 

I have had the pleasure of being able to spend some of my club  collegiate gymnastics years on the same team as Katie Thompson. Her passion for the sport and her teammates is showcased every time she steps into the gym. She had worked as a women's gymnastics coach, Texas A&M Gymnastics Women's Captain, and has been in the world of gymnastics for many years. From these experiences, she has gained much knowledge and understanding of women's gymnastics rules and polices. I also currently work with Katie on the Texas Gymnastics Conference Board. She has strong communications skills and is always able to consider long term impacts that our decisions may cause. As an old teammate, a current fellow TGC Board Member, and the current Texas A&M Gymnastics Vice President, I believe that Katie has the skills and the drive to be a great member of the NAIGC Board. -- Isabel Mlo

Kaitlyn Townsend

Candidate Profile: Kaitlyn Townsend
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: UNC Chapel Hill, NAIGC Alumni
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Merchandise, Scholarship

This was my third year on the Board and first year as a Director. As an advisor I co-chaired the Merchandise Committee and helped with Nationals orders, vendor contracts, membership gifts, and new merchandise designs. As a Director I have continued working with Merch, joined the HR Taskforce, and founded the Growth & Outreach Taskforce. My goal is to promote NAIGC growth by developing new clubs nationwide, strategically targeting regions with a low NAIGC presence and helping new clubs get on their feet. I also hope to expand NAIGC awareness. In the next year, I plan to merge the Outreach and Marketing Taskforces into a full-fledged committee with a strategic vision and long-term goals.

I competed for UNC in undergrad, served as Fundraising chair for two years and president my senior year. I’ve been a gymnast for 20 years and an NAIGC member for 8. Outside of gymnastics, I’m a medical student at East Carolina University with interests in primary care and lifestyle medicine.

Kaitlyn has been a fantastic contributor to the BoD. The results of her productivity are superb, and have always improved what the NAIGC has to give. Kaitlyn takes a lot of initiative and cares about a wide variety of different board endeavors. This year Kaitlyn started the outreach and growth task force, with the goal of targeting club growth at new schools, and has joined on to assist with the new HR taskforce. Kaitlyn is very hardworking and reliable, and it has been a pleasure to work with her! -- Julie Rolla

Kaitlyn has an immense passion for growing the NAIGC, and has started her own task force to do so! Kaitlyn is very conscious of the overall image of the NAIGC and how we represent ourselves as an organization. Her drive and passion to grow the organization through the growth and outreach task force has the potential to develop more clubs throughout the states and increase the number of gymnasts entering the NAIGC out of high school. -- Mason Marek

The following information is only for available for Directors of the 2018-2019 Board:

Attended 8/8 Full Board meetings (attendance at meetings was not required to vote until October 6th, 2018).

  • Had 0 announced absence
  • Had 0 unannounced absence

Voting Record:

  • Participated in 38/38 Board Votes
  • An abbreviated voting record can be found here.

Strongly Disagree
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Disagree
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Neutral
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Agree
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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 3 2 1.4 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 2 3 1.6 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 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 0 3 2 1.4 5
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 4 1 1.2 5
Totals 0 0 1 14 15 1.47

Strengths:

  • Kaitlyn works unbelievable hard for this group. She is very excited, and passionate. She generates a good atmosphere, and is essential to the environment. Kaitlyn is also very encouraging; after meetings she has often reached out to thank me for my ideas, or efforts. The encouragement she brings is invaluable.
  • Always a strong contributor to our committee! Has taken on some tasks and done them well!
  • Kaitlyn takes a lot of initiative and cares about a wide variety of different board issues. Recently, she started the outreach and growth task force to try to target club growth at new schools.
  • Glad we're finally moving forward on a new devote growth and outreach task force that Kaitlyn has been leading, I hope good things come out of it.
  • Kaitlyn is a pleasure to work with. I think that she has many great ideas that can really help grow the NAIGC into a more professional and established/ respected non-profit.
  • Kaitlyn is really good at objectively approaching discussions. She isn't afraid to speak up and raise her point of view.
  • Did some awesome work focusing on new club creation and outreach. I really hope this expands more in the future but Kaitlyn was great in laying the foundation.

Growth Opportunities:

  • Started a task force, but haven't seen anything that came from it yet.
    Grad school has taken a lot of her time this year.
    Would like to see more from Kaitlyn in board meetings!
  • Kaitlyn has many great ideas for the NAIGC, I would love to hear more of them. Kaitlyn tends to be quiet and reserved during board meetings.

Other:

  • Performance this year reflects a strong candidate to be an adviser again, if she has time to dedicate to voting, staying up to date on policies, and being a director again will be up to her!
  • Good participation in Board meetings and votes.

Director Response:

  • Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback during our busiest time of the year. We had a very strong Board this year, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn from each of you. I welcome this time to reflect on my performance through the eyes of others and strive for continual growth and improvement.I was very excited to serve as a first year director this year, and I’m thankful for the support I received in starting the new Growth & Outreach Taskforce. As someone mentioned, we’ve set a solid foundation and big goals for the future, and I’m super jazzed to see what the next year will bring. With respect to the comment, “I haven’t seen anything that came from it yet”—thank you for bringing this to my attention! I’m eager to share our goals and achievements with the rest of the board and promote transparency. Since receiving this feedback, I’ve made steps to present Taskforce updates at each Board meeting and after every Taskforce meeting. I will also be attending Officer/Chair meetings in the future and writing quarterly goals for Growth & Outreach. If you ever feel unsure about what we’ve been up to, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

    I will definitely try to speak up more in Board meetings. Sometimes it’s challenging to get a word in when we have 40 people in a meeting, and I try not to interrupt people while they’re speaking. I frequently use the Chat feature to express my ideas if others are talking, but I know this isn’t ideal for those who aren’t on computers. I’ll strive to be more assertive and vocal in the future. (I also want to note: my perceived silence isn’t always intentional! I’ve had a lot of internet issues this year, which means that sometimes I start talking and no one can hear me. I apologize for this! Maybe I’ll start raising my hand. 🙂 )

    Medical school has been understandably busy, but I’ve been very good at managing my time and balancing my responsibilities. I think this is well-reflected in my performance this year—I maintained perfect attendance in both committee and Board meetings, completed all tasks before the deadlines, founded a new Taskforce, and was able to attend both In Person and Nationals. I have fulfilled all of my duties as a Director, kept up with pre-reads and policies, and participated in 100% of our votes. Being a part of the Board has been an incredibly fulfilling experience, and it’s something I always look forward to. This work keeps me going, and I’m so grateful to have that balance in medical school. I am confident that, if reelected, I will continue to fulfill my responsibilities and make you proud as a Director.

Alli Tran

Candidate Profile: Alli Tran
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni, University of Wisconsin
Applying for ONE term
Committees of Interest: Event Management, Women’s Rules

I have 4 years of gymnastics leadership experience including secretary and VP of the Wisconsin Club (2015-2016) and NAIGC Advisor and Regional Coordinator (2017-present). I'd be excited to bring my experiences into a first-time Director role! My background as a Level 9 gymnast, coach and mentor to beginner gymnasts, and leader in various organizations gives me great insight into how to balance the needs of a wide variety of membership.
My goals for next year include:

  • Strategize how to make Nationals registration most efficient and transparent
  • Work with Women's Rules to modify and explain rules that meet the needs of all members
  • Help Event Management grow our sanctioning program and streamline Nationals-specific tasks

Outside of NAIGC, I have a degree in Kinesiology, I am currently a Physical Therapy student at the U of Minnesota, and I worked full-time as a therapist for children with Autism. I love working with people and look forward to giving back to this amazing organization! 

Alli has been the Midwest Regional coordinator and an advisor for the past 2 years. She's helped out significantly with the Midwest regional championships and with many Nationals specific tasks. She takes her role very seriously and doesn't drop the ball when asked to do something. This past year she's taken on some smaller leadership roles and I would love to see her continue that trend by serving as a director. -- Ian MacDonald

Allison Tran has been the RC for the Midwest Region for the past two years. She has a great rapport with her member clubs, and has been very on top of the Nationals registration process. She is professional, timely, and an absolute pleasure to work with and I think her member clubs feel the same way. -- Billy Suta

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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 2 1.67 3
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 3 2 3
Promotes an atmosphere of unity and respect within the board; is able to move forward constructively following board decisions 0 0 0 0 3 2 3
Initiative: This director continually seeks out ways to improve the organization. 0 0 0 1 2 1.67 3
Contribution to discussion/critical thinking: This director contributes positively to discussion and debate through thoughtful and clearly stated observations and opinions 0 0 0 0 3 2 3
Has and actively shares and uses knowledge and network of resources to the benefit of the organization. 0 0 0 1 2 1.67 3
Totals 0 0 0 3 15 1.83

Strengths:

  • Alli has done a great job taking on more responsibility this year. She's continued in her role as MW regional coordinator and taken the lead on coordinating multiple nationals related tasks. She is a strong asset to the board and would make a great first year director.
  • Good contributor to Women's rules committee, pointing out things people haven't thought of during discussions. As an RC, she does a good job of communicating and enforcing board policies.
  • Alli asks good questions and brings up concerns or unintended consequences that others may not have thought of. She has a good grasp of board happenings.
  • I think Alli did an amazing job as a regional coordinator this year. She also acted as a leader amongst the RCs. She is very prompt with getting tasks done and disseminating information to her clubs.
  • Great regional coordinator the Midwest. Alli is very committed to her roles on the board, a critical thinker, and very responsive to our membership.

Growth Opportunities:

Other:

  • Alli is an up and comer in the NAIGC. She continues to learn more and I think she could be a large contributor and hopefully an officer in coming years.
  • Alli seems on top of things and would make a good director
  • I think she would be a great candidate for a director.
  • Alli is a great Advisor on the Board. She is willing to take on tasks in different areas, and follows-through on her work.

Northeast Regional Coordinator Candidates

Matt Power

Candidate Profile: Matt Power
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Northeast
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni


Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator Candidates

Jenna DiStefano

Candidate Profile: Jenna DiStefano
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni


Southeast Regional Coordinator Candidates

Heather Frederick

Candidate Profile: Heather Frederick
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Southeast
Club Affiliation: UNC Chapel Hill, NAIGC Alumni

Mideast Regional Coordinator Candidates

Zoe Zeid

Candidate Profile: Zoe Zeid
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Mideast
Club Affiliation: Ohio State University, NAIGC Alumni

Midwest Regional Coordinator Candidates

Alli Tran

Candidate Profile: Alli Tran
Student Status: Non Student
Region: Midwest
Club Affiliation: NAIGC Alumni, University of Wisconsin

South Central Regional Coordinator Candidates

Andrew Hutcheson

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

West Regional Coordinator Candidates

Sophie Chamaa

Candidate Profile: Sophie Chamaa
Student Status: Student
Region: West
Club Affiliation: UC San Diego