2009 USA Roller Sports Board of Directors Election

March 23, 2009, 10:29 a.m. (ET)

Candidate List Amended and Approved by the USARS Nominating Committee – 3-19-09 

Nominees are solicited for the following representatives:
            Figure Athlete - Three-Year Term of Office
            National Official Director - Three-Year Term of Office

Grassroots - Three-Year Term of Office
            At-Large Director - Three-Year Term of Office

Under the USARS By-Laws, the Board of Directors election procedures are established on staggered three-year terms.  The above seats on the USARS Board of Directors will be filled in 2009. This election process began with a call for nominations from the appropriate constituent memberships of the figure athlete and national official representative positions. 


Resumes received from nominees by the January 15 deadline were forwarded to two separate Nominating Committees for endorsement.  The Athlete Nominating Committee is charged with reviewing the qualifications of the figure athlete candidates.  The other USARS Nominating Committee, comprised of Regional Association delegates, screened the nominee qualifications for National Official, Grassroots and At-Large Directors.


Eligible candidates must meet the criteria listed for each category of representative for which they are nominated.  Nominees must be able to attend two meetings each year in order to serve as a Director on the Board. A qualified person could nominate himself, herself or another person with their written permission if received at the USA Roller Sports National Headquarters by the January 15, 2009 deadline. 

FIGURE ATHLETE BOARD SEAT – Any person who holds a current USARS member card, has reached 18 years of age or older, who meets the USOC definition of an active athlete and who has competed in figure skating in the Pan American Games, Senior World Championships or other senior international elite level competitions (World Games) within the last ten years is eligible to run for a seat on the USARS Board of Directors. 


Figure Skating athletes who are eligible to vote by mail ballot in the 2009 elections, must be current USARS registered Figure Skating members, who are competing or have competed within the preceding ten years in USA Senior Elite National Championships.  For Figure Skating this is defined as only those who have competed in the USARS Senior World Class National Championship events.


Figure Athlete:  One candidate nomination was received and deemed eligible to stand for election for this position:


·         April Dayney Jacobson, of Midlothian, Virginia.  Jacobson has been very successful in international competitions, which includes becoming the Senior World Class Ladies Figure Champion in 1994, 1999 and 2000, and a medalist in Ladies Figures, Singles and Combined in1991-1993; and winning the Gold Medal in Ladies Figure and Free Skating at the Pan Am Games in 1995 as well as in 1991.  Jacobson currently is a coach for the Ashland Figure Skating Team in Ashland, Virginia; and she was the 2008 Junior World Figure Skating Team Coach and has been approved for this position again in 2009.


NATIONAL OFFICIAL BOARD SEAT - Class II USARS Members with voting rights are defined as USARS Commissioned National Championship Meet Officials who are serving or have served in such capacity for at least the immediately preceding two year period.  These are entitled to elect one Director.  Qualified candidates shall meet the following requirements: (1) Be a USARS Commissioned National Championships Meet Official for a minimum of five years; (2) Be a current USARS member; (3) Be actively involved in USARS programs; (4) Contribute significantly to the advancement of the roller skating sport; (5) Agree in writing to abide by the USARS Code of Ethics; and (6) Submit a resume and a letter of application for the Board seat.  


Officials’ Representative:  One candidates were deemed eligible for election to the Board in this capacity:


·         John Gustafson, of Auburn, Washington.  Currently serving on the Board in this position, Gustafson has consistently been a referee or meet director for Indoor and Outdoor Speed Skating National Championships since 1969.  In addition to this, he has represented the USA as a CIC Certified International Speed Skating Referee at World Championships, World Games and at Pan Am Games.  Gustafson has been a national roller figure skating judge since 1969.  He is currently a member of the USARS Board of Directors and has been the coach or the manager for at least seven World Teams.  


AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE - One Director shall be elected by the Board of Directors in addition to the one currently serving in this capacity as an At-Large Representative on the Board of Directors.  Eligible are business/professional persons or others with special talents to contribute to the USARS Board of Directors and who have an interest in competitive roller skating.  Qualified candidates shall meet the following requirements: (1) Be a current member of USARS; (2) Possess special knowledge and experience of a technical or business nature or of the professions which could be utilized to improve the management and development of the sport of competitive roller skating; (3) Be actively involved in USARS programs; (4) Agree in writing to abide by the USARS Code of Ethics and (5) Submit a resume and letter of application for a Board seat. 


At-Large  Representative:  The following two candidates were deemed eligible for this position:


Charles Aybar of Cave Creek, Arizona.   Aybar has over 35 years of roller skating experience, as a rink operator, manager, artistic skater, coach, promoter and marketer.  With the popularity of roller disco in the late 1970’s, Aybar was involved with choreography for television shows, various TV commercials and a German movie.  He has written disco dances, and in 1979 and 1981 served as a seminar leader at two rink operator conventions about the promotion of skating.  Following this, he returned to school to obtain several degrees in marketing and sales.  Aybar is currently a skater with the Arizona Skate Champions Skating Club and is employed as a Senior Director of Aircraft Sales—CAT SMS, a military/government contractor.


George Kolibaba of Milwaukie, Oregon.  Currently serving as an At-Large Director on the Board, Kolibaba was a National Speed Skating Championships Meet Director for seven years; a Northwest Regional Chairman; Artistic Regional Representative; Chairman of the USARS Speed and Tabulating Committees, Chairman/President of the USARS Board of Directors, and has completed other assignments for the Board.  Kolibaba is an active roller skating coach at the USARS Certified Advanced Level in speed and figure skating.  For the Oaks Park in Portland, Oregon, he has been the rink director for nearly 20 years, 17 of which including being the Operation Manger.


GRASSROOTS BOARD SEAT - In 2009, one Director shall be elected by the Board of Directors, in addition to the one currently serving in the capacity as a Grassroots Representative on the Board of Directors.  Their purpose is to represent domestic and multi-discipline interests of USARS in terms of funding, management and program administration.  Qualified candidates shall meet the following requirements:  (1) Be a current and ten year member of USARS; (2) Possess overall knowledge and experience of the technical aspects of the sport, including but not limited to competitive skating, coaching, various official assignments and administrative experience as a club officer; (3) Be actively involved in USARS programs; (4) Contribute significantly to the advancement of the roller skating sport; (5) Agree in writing to abide by the USARS Code of Ethics; and (6) Submit a resume and a letter of  application for a Board seat.


Grassroots Representative:  The following two candidates were deemed eligible for this position:


David Adamy of Clifton, Virginia.  Currently serving as a Grassroots Director on the Board, Adamy was a competitive skater from 1967 through 1988.  He attained numerous National Championship placements in artistic competitions and as well as competed regionally in speed skating.  Adamy has been a USARS Certified Coach since 1988 and an Advanced Certified Coach since December of 2008, holds “B” commissions as a judge, referee and is a CIPA calculator.  Adamy’s various skating-related responsibilities include National Championships Announcer; Assistant Manager at the Franconia Skating Center in Alexandria, Virginia; Member of the USARS Artistic Committee, Membership Eligibility Committee, and others; National Practice Rink Coordinator; and with his Certified Meet Director designation has been the Assistant Meet Director at the Southeast Region Championships since 2000.


Ed Harney of Antelope, California. Harney has competed in speed skating, artistic skating and roller hockey for over 40 year.  He has been an artistic judge since 1983, obtained his International Ball Hockey Referee Commission in 1995, been an announcer/referee/assistant for the National Artistic Championships in 2004-2007 and will serve as the Meet Director for the Artistic National Championships for his second year in 2009.  He has coached skaters in artistic roller skating, ball hockey and puck hockey.  Harney has become a frequent guest at Board Meetings in order to increase his knowledge of all roller sports programs.  At the 2008 Judges and Coaches Conference in Las Vegas, he was a co-presenter of the Artistic Meet Director Certification program.


June 1, 2009 is the deadline for eligible electors to submit names of additional nominees by petition for election as an athlete or national official representative.  Such petitions must contain the signatures of twenty-five (25) eligible roller skating athlete electors for the figure athlete board vacancy and the same number of signatures of eligible national officials for a candidate's addition by petition to the slate for that position.  The petition must include a submitted factual biography that shows his or her qualifications for the board seat and the signature of the nominee consenting to nomination by petition. The respective Nominating Committees shall also review and certify each candidate's qualifications prior to submission to the membership.


ELECTION PROCESS FOR AT-LARGE AND GRASSROOTS DIRECTORS – All candidates will be certified by the Nominating Committee before being voted upon at the Annual (Fall) Board of Directors Meeting.  Additional candidates may be submitted by the Nominating Committee for consideration by the Board.  Should a candidate for both At-Large and Grassroots be elected to the Grassroots position, his or her name would be withdrawn from the list of candidates for the At-Large Director position.  The new directors will assume office following the Annual Meeting of the USARS Board of Directors in September or October of 2009.


Coach Representative on the Board - Jane Wojnarowsky, previously the Coach Representative on the USARS Board of Directors, resigned this seat in order to move to Lincoln to work at the USARS National Office on behalf of roller figure skating.  The USARS Executive Committee has appointed Gloria Manning of Miami, Florida, to fill the balance of Wojnarowsky’s term, which would have expired at the close of the 2010 Fall Annual Board Meeting.


A more detailed election procedure can be found on the USARS website at http://rollersports.usoc.org/ under the headings of "Governance" and “USARS Bylaws”.