March 30, 2011, 12:36 p.m. (ET)

Nominees were solicited for the following representatives:

            Speed Athlete (three-year term of office)
            Clubs (three-year term of office)
            Grassroots (three-year term of office)       


            At-Large - Roller Skating Industry, Marketing, Finance NEW

Under the USARS By-Laws, the Board of Directors election procedures are established to elect Board Members with staggered three-year terms.  The above seats on the USARS Board of Directors will be filled in 2011.


This election process began with nominations being solicited in the Fall of 2010 from the appropriate constituent memberships of the speed athletes and club representative positions, for receipt by a January 15 deadline.  The Athlete Nominating Committee has reviewed the qualifications of the speed athlete candidates that were received.  The other USARS Nominating Committee screened the qualifications for Club and Grassroots Directors as well as those who have applied for the new positions on the Board in the areas of roller skating industry, marketing and finance.  (Please note that the addition of these two new Board positions may be delayed pending a review of the complete Board structure at the Spring USA Roller Sports Board Meeting).

SPEED ATHLETE BOARD SEAT CANDIDATE CRITERIA - Nominee must be 18 years of age or older, hold a 2011 USA Roller Sports Speed Membership Card, and meet the United States Olympic Committee definition of an active athlete.  This is defined as one who has competed in speed skating in the Pan American Games, Senior World Speed Championships, or other senior international elite level competitions within the last ten years. Nomination must include a personal and skating history of the candidate, along with their written agreement to run for the USA Roller Sports Board of Directors seat. Nominees must be able to attend two meetings each year in order to serve as a Director on the Board.  The Speed Athlete Director shall be elected in 2011 to a three-year term of office.  Two speed athlete nominations were received at USARS National Headquarters and certified by the Athlete Nominating Committee:


Joshua Wood of Salt Lake City, Utah – Josh Wood has served as a demonstrator at speed skating clinics, has refereed at local and regional meets, has been a USARS coach and is currently training in Salt Lake City in a USOC-sponsored cross-over program from inline to ice.  He was a member of  USA World Speed Teams every year starting in 2002 and continuing through 2008.  Josh is the current USA Roller Sports Speed Board Athlete representative.


Sara Sayasane of San Jose, California – Sara Sayasane has been a long-time member of USA World Speed Skating Teams, starting in 2003 as a member of the Junior World Team and continuing through 2010 as a Senior World Team member.  Most recently, Sara represented the USA at the March Pan Am Championships in Argentina, where through competition the USA qualifird to participate in the upcoming Pan Am Games.  Sara says she would like "pay back" USA Roller Sports for the opportunities that have been given to her in an area that would help grow USA Roller Sports and its programs.


ATHLETES ELIGIBILE TO NOMINATE AND TO VOTE – Speed athletes are eligible to nominate and to vote in the 2011 elections who are current USA Roller Sports registered speed skating members and who are competing or have competed within the preceding ten years in the USA Senior World Class Outdoor National Championships. 

CERTIFIED CLUB CANDIDATE CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE - USA Roller Sports chartered figure, speed and hockey clubs in good standing, as defined in Article III, shall be entitled to elect one director as the Club Representative.  A single vote can be cast by the president or other authorized club officer on behalf of each club.  Candidates must meet the following criteria: (1) Be a USA Roller Sports Club Officer for a minimum of five years.  (2) Be an officer in a league, state or regional association for a minimum of three years.  (3) Be a current USA Roller Sports member.  (4) Be actively involved in USA Roller Sports programs.  (5) Contribute significantly to the advancement of the roller skating sport.  (6) Agree in writing to abide by the USA Roller Sports Code of Ethics.  (7) Submit a resume and application for consideration as a candidate for the Club Representative to the Board to the USA Roller National Office in Lincoln, Nebraska by the January 15 deadline, or be submitted in accordance with the write-in petition requirements.  Two nominations were received by the January 15 deadline and have been certified to stand for election as the Club Representative on the Board:


Annelle Anderson of Fort Worth, Texas - Annelle Anderson became involved with the sport of roller skating in 1963 through her children's competitive careers.  She has owned roller skating centers since 1964, becoming a club officer that same year.  She has served as a chapter officer for most of those years and is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the South Central USARS Region.  Annelle has been the Club Representative Board Member of USARS since 1996.  She held a position on the Roller Skating Association's (RSA) Board from 1979 through 1987 and was their first female RSA President. Annelle is President of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Roller Skating.  Since 2003, she has annually donated three weeks of her time each year to register athletes for the Indoor Speed and Roller Figure National Championships, and is pleased with the opportunity this gives her to communicate with USA Roller Sports members in person.


Diane Brown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota – Diane Brown has been a member of USA Roller Sports for over 30 years.  She has been connected with the Cheep Skate and Roller Gardens rinks since 1976 in a variety of roles, including service as the Club Secretary, Vice President, President, and as the Club Liaison with the rink owners for club activities.  In 2002, she became the Chairman of the USA Roller Sports North Central Region and continues to serve in that capacity today.  Diane has also been active as the North Central Regional Championships Meet Director for the eight past years.  She is an AC3 level coach and holds “B” judging, “C” Ref and “C” Tab Commissions.  She is an active judging panel advisor who conducts training classes for new judges and upgrading of current judges as needed. Diane is a teacher who believes in teaching basics at the grassroots level to insure the future success of skaters.


ELECTION PROCESS FOR ATHLETE AND CLUB REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR POSITIONS - June 1, 2011 is the deadline for eligible electors to submit names of additional nominees by petition for election as an athlete or club representative.  Such petitions must contain the signatures of twenty-five (25) eligible Speed Athlete electors for the speed athlete board vacancy, and the signatures of seventy-five (75) eligible Club Representatives for a candidate's addition by petition to the Club Representative's board seat slate.  The petition must include a submitted factual biography which 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 review and certify each candidate prior to submission to the membership.

Ballots shall be mailed to eligible voters by July 1, 2011.  Any eligible voter who has not received a ballot by July 10, should contact USARS Headquarters at once and a ballot will be immediately mailed.  Ballots must be returned to USARS Headquarters, no later than August 1, 2011.  A Certified Public Accounting firm will collect the ballots, tabulate them and officially announce the results.  The new directors will assume office following the close of the Fall Annual Meeting of the USARS Board of Directors in September or October of 2011.

ELECTION OF GRASSROOTS BOARD REPRESENTATIVE - In 2011 a Director shall be elected by the Board to represent the domestic and multi-discipline developmental interests of USA Roller Sports in terms of funding, management and program administration.

Candidates who meet the following requirements may be submitted to the nominating committee: 1.) Be a current and 10-year member of USA Roller Sports.  2.) Possess overall knowledge and experience of the technical aspects for 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 USA Roller Sports’ programs. 4.) Contribute significantly to the advancement of roller sports.  5.) Agree in writing to abide by USA Roller Sports’ Code of Ethics.  6.) Submit a resume and application for a board seat.  Candidates will be nominated by the Nominating Committee or alternate candidates, at the discretion of the Board may be proposed who meet the requirements.

GRASSROOTS DIRECTOR - The Nominating Committee has certified eligibility of the following candidates to stand for election as a Grassroots Director on the Board:  Bill Sisson of Lubbock, Texas and Diane Brown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  This position is filled by the USARS Board at the Fall Annual Board Meeting, with the term of office will begin following the close of that meeting in September of October of 2011.


NEW - AT-LARGE ROLLER SKATING INDUSTRY, MARKETING, FINANCE REPESENTTIVE:   At the 2010 Fall Board of Directors Meeting, it was determined that two (2) additional directors would be elected by the Board at their 2011 Spring Board Meeting. A deadline for nomination was set as March 15.  At this time, the following have submitted their resumes: Ken Shelton of Newcastle, California; Roberta Jackson of Paoli, Indiana; Cynthia Heggemeier of O’Falon, Illinois; and Ed Harney of Antelope, California. Note:  Implementation of these positions may be delayed subject to review of the USARS Board structure at the Spring 2011 Board Meeting.