2012 USA Roller Sports Board of Directors Election

Feb. 22, 2012, 11:45 a.m. (ET)

2012 USA Roller Sports Board of Directors Election

- Candidate Lists Approved by the USARS Nominating Committees –


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

USOC Athlete Advisory Council Representative for Roller Sports

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 2012. This election process began with a call for nominations from the appropriate constituent memberships. 


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 and AAC 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 USA Roller Sports Board. A qualified person could nominate himself, herself or another person with their written permission if received at the USARS National Headquarters by the January 15, 2012 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. 


Roller Figure Skating athletes who are eligible to vote by mail ballot in the 2012 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:  Two candidate nominations were received and deemed eligible to stand for election for this position:


  • Trace Hansen of Warsaw, Indiana.  Current USOC Athlete Advisory Council Member for Roller Sports – making him a voting member of the USARS Board.  Member of Roller Figure Skating World Teams in 2004, 2005, and 2006.  Hansen began coaching in 1992. Owner and operators of two roller skating rinks in Indiana.


  • Grant Schnell, of Gainesville, Florida. World Roller Figure Skating Team Member in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, Snell has also judged various local and regional competitions.  He currently is attending the University of Florida Levin College of Law, is in the top 5% of his class and anticipates graduating in May of 2013.


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:  The following candidate was 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 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 candidate was deemed eligible for this position:


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 more than 20 years, as well as manager of all operations in the Park for most of that time.


GRASSROOTS BOARD SEAT - In 2012, 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 candidates were deemed eligible for this position:


David Adamy of Clifton, Virginia.  Currently serving as a Grassroots Director on the Board, Adamy was a roller figure skating competitive skater from 1967 through 1988, attaining numerous National Championship placements. Adamy is an Advanced Certified Coach, holds a “B” commission as a judge  and is a CIPA “A” commissioned judge and CIPA “B” referee. 


Bob Labriola of Fountain Valley, California. He has been involved in competitive roller skating continuously since 1943 as a skater, judge, teacher, rink manager, rink owner and operator, committee member and seminar leader. Operator of the successful Fountain Valley Skating Center, Labriola has an impressive list of National and World Champion roller figure skaters that he has produced during his coaching career.   


Bill Spooner of Battle Ground, Washington.  Spooner’s competitive skating career in free skating was followed by service as a National Championships judge for 40 years and four-time World Championships judge.  He is a member of the U.S. Foundation for Amateur Roller Skating and freely volunteers his time on behalf of the sport.


Bill Sisson of Lubbock, Texas.  Long-time USARS Board Member and current Treasurer of USA Roller Sports, Sisson’s involvement in rink ball hockey is unsurpassed by any other.  Player, coach, referee, USARS Ball Hockey Committee Chairman, and International Rink Hockey Committee Member, his on-going contributions to the sport are too numerous to list.


June 1, 2012 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.  Alternate candidates who meet the criteria can also be nominated 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 2012.


UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ROLLER SPORTS - The elective term of office for the Athlete Advisory Council Representative is four years, coinciding with the Olympic quadrennium. Only athletes who have represented roller sports in the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships or other major international competitions are eligible to be nominated for election to the AAC. Such representation must have occurred within the preceding ten years as measured from the first AAC meeting of the quadrennium, which USARS will interpret as January 1. The athlete must not have served two previous terms on the AAC as a representative, status as an alternate does not constitute serving as a term. If an alternate replaces a representative and serves over half of the quadrennium in the latter capacity, one term has then been served. Athletes cannot be paid employees of the USOC or USA Roller Sports and simultaneously serve on the USOC AAC.  If a male candidate is elected as the AAC representative, under USOC rules, the highest vote getting female will become the alternate, or vice versa.  Two  candidates are currently standing for election to this position.


Aubrey Orcutt of Fremont, California.  Aubrey Orcutt has been a member of World Figure Teams every year starting 2000 and including 2010.  She has served as the alternate USOC AAC Representative for USA Roller Sports for the past term and has attended numerous meetings.  She is an athlete representative on the Figure Committee, coaches at the Redwood Roller Rink and is the administrative vice principal’s secretary at a high school in Atherton. 


Josh Wood of West Jordan, Utah. Wood has served as the Speed Athlete Director on the USARS Board of Directors for the past three years, as well as being the alternate speed athlete representative prior to that.  World Speed Team member every year from 2002 through 2008, he has been active on the Speed Skating Committee, the Membership Eligibility Committee and holds commissions as a “B” referee and SC2 speed coach. 


More details on election procedures can be found on the USARS website at http://rollersports.usoc.org/ under the headings of "Governance" and “USARS Bylaws”.




Amended 2-21-12