BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Linda Loehndorf - President, USOC Representative
Linda Loehndorf is a life member and former Olympic International Vice President of USA Synchro. As a FINA A Judge, she judged at the 2012 Olympics, the 2016 Olympic Qualifier, the 2013 World Trophy, the 2009 World Championships and 2006 Junior Worlds, plus numerous other International Competitions. Loehndorf is a FINA Evaluator and most recently evaluated the 2016 Asian Championships. She was the recipient of the 2014 USA Synchro Hall of Fame Contributor, the 2011 North Zone Coaches Award and the 2004 North Zone Contributor Award. As head coach of the Menomonee Falls Dolphinettes for over 35 years, she has worked with all levels of athletes - novice to masters. Linda herself started as an athlete in the Age Group program and has competed in Masters as well. She has also served on the North Zone Board multiple times as Administrative and Officials Chair. Linda has 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and lives in Colgate, Wisconsin with her husband.


McNabb Sheila Sheila McNabb - VP Competitive Operations
Sheila McNabb has been a National Team Manager with USA Synchro since 2009, overseeing training and taking the age group teams to the UANA Pan Am Championships in Lima, Peru; Montreal, Canada; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Additionally, she managed the National Team Development Camps in 2014. She has been a zone judge since 2002, a national judge since 2009 and a FINA judge since 2013. She judged at the 2014 German Open in Bonn, Germany and the 2015 Comen Cup in Ostia, Italy.  Sheila has participated as an athlete and a coach in USA Synchro’s Age Group and Masters programs. A graduate of the University of Florida, Sheila’s corporate experience includes Marketing, Event Management and Project Management.

Krista Bessinger

Krista Bessinger - VP Education and Certification
Krista Bessinger is a life member of USA Synchro and has been involved with this organization for more than 25 years; first as an athlete and now as a coach and official. Bessinger was the assistant director of synchronized swimming at the New Canaan YMCA 2008-2014. Before that she was an assistant coach from 1997-2008. Bessinger has gained extensive knowledge in athlete development from beginner to elite level. She has coached age group National champions as well as many National team members. Bessinger attained her National judges rating in 2009, served on the East Zone board as technical chair 2010-2014 and the Connecticut Association board as officials chair 2008-present. Bessinger was the recipient of the 2014 East Zone coach of the year award, and in 2013 she was the team manager for the 12/U National Team.




Virginia Jasontek - VP Olympic International
Ginny Jasontek is a life member of USA Synchro and has been an advocate of the sport through many roles - athlete, coach, judge, and administrator. She has been Head Coach of the Cincinnati YMCA Synchrogators for 46 years, served as President ('04-08), North Zone Administrative Chairman and is a FINA AF judge, beginning her FINA judging career in 1980. Ginny has served on the FINA TSSC since 1996 and the Honorary Secretary of the TSSC since 2000 to present. In this position, she has worked as the editor of the FINA Judges/Coaches Manual, chaired the FINA Judges Schools Committee and served on the TSSC Commission for every Junior Worlds, World Championships and Olympic Games since 2000. She was on the planning team and lectured at seminars in St. Petersburg, London, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Aruba, Kazan and more.


  Michele KrausVP Marketing and Member Services
Michele Kraus began her synchro career in 1996. Michele was born and raised in Seattle, swimming for Seattle Synchro, where her team consistently placed in the top five at U.S. Age Group Nationals, and won the 16-17 age group in 2002 and placed fifth at Junior Nationals in 2003. She coached the San Francisco Merionettes for four years, and swam and choreographed for San Francisco Tsunami Masters for five years. Michele joined MAC Synchro as a coach and masters athlete in September 2011. She is also the co-founder of the Rose City Raindrops, a performance group based in Portland, OR. Michele graduated from Stanford University with a degree in art history and studio art with an emphasis in photography.

Britt Rooney Britt Rooney - Treasurer
Britt Rooney is the Director of Network Management and Analysis for a large multi-specialty network of 2500 physicians in the metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. She has 30+ years of management experience in non-profit healthcare organizations and has held various leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Planning and Development. Her responsibilities have included contract negotiations with health plans and health care providers, management of multi-million dollar clinic renovation projects, and budget preparation and financial management of $200 million budgets. She has been involved in synchronized swimming since 1992 when her daughter started competing in USA Synchro's Age Group competitions. She is a life member of USA Synchro, has been a judge since 1998 and is currently a FINA judge. She has been the Treasurer for the North Zone since 2008, was most recently the Chair of the Sites Committee, and is currently the Officials Chair for the Minnesota East Association. She holds a bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology and graduate degree in Healthcare Administration, both from the University of Minnesota.  Originally from Oslo, Norway, she moved to the US at the age of 14 and now resides in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota with her husband. 


Mariya Koroleva
Mariya Koroleva - AEC President
Mariya Koroleva is an athlete on the Senior National Team and a coach for the Walnut Creek Aquanuts. She has been a National Team member since 2007 and competed in the 2016 and 2012 Olympics in the duet event. She graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a degree in communications and a minor in modern languages and was a 4-time Collegiate All-American. Mariya is currently getting her masters degree at the University of San Francisco in sport management.


Megan Hansley - Athlete Representative
Megan Hansley competed with the National Team from 2008-2012 and was a member of the 2012 Olympic Training Squad. She swam at Stanford University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Computer Science. Since graduating she has been the volunteer coach for the Stanford Synchronized Swimming Team for the past 3 years, and also helped coach the 13-15 National Team for two years. Megan is currently working at Facebook as a Software Engineer.

Morgan Fuller Kolsrud - USOC Athletes' Advisory Council Representative
Morgan Fuller Kolsrud grew up competing for the Santa Clara Aquamaids before going on to swim for Stanford University, where she helped capture multiple event titles and the 2013 National Championship. While at Stanford, Morgan was a three-time Collegiate All-American and four-time Collegiate Academic All-American. Morgan was a member of the National Team from 2010-2013, and was a member of the 2012 Olympic Training Squad. Morgan has been coaching the San Francisco Merionettes since 2014, and has also coached the Colorado Novas and Carolina Synchro teams. Outside of the pool, Morgan graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Minors in Human Biology and Sociology and received her Master's Degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco in 2018. Morgan currently works as the North American Client Success Manager for Rosterfy, a volunteer and workforce management platform used by major sporting events, event management companies, and non-profits across the globe. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two cats. 
 
Erin King - Secretary
Erin King has been involved with USA Synchro more than 35 years; first as an athlete, then as a coach for age group and collegiate programs, as well as the Puerto Rican National Team in 2002. She has been a zone judge since 2005, a national judge since 2011 and a FINA judge since 2015.  Erin served as the Oregon Association officials chair from 2005-2013. She competed as an age group and junior swimmer for the Northern Virginia Nereids. After high school graduation, she attended The Ohio State University from 1994-1997.  There, she was a three-time All-American and Ohio State captured the National Championship in each of her four seasons on the team.  She has been competing as a masters athlete since 2003.  Erin is an independent contractor helping clients with environmental due diligence and compliance work when she isn’t busy taking care of her two children and husband in Spokane, WA.


Independent Directors


Lori Zabel
Lori Zabel
Lori Zabel has served as a USA Synchro Independent Board Member since 2014. She has worked at Nike, the world’s largest sports and fitness company, for 20 years in a variety of roles that have afforded her broad and diverse experiences in managing the Nike brand, including roles in Sales, Sports Marketing, Advertising and Apparel. She is currently a Global Director in Planning and Analytics. Prior to joining Nike, Lori led National Sales for Walt Disney Records and Audio Entertainment based in Burbank, Calif. Lori has been an active participant in sports all her life, including competitive junior tennis, half marathons, triathlons, Stanford Masters, and US Masters Swimming. She lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and three children.

Margaret Mahoney
Margaret Mahoney earned a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in May 2010. Mahoney has been the County Attorney in Logan County, Kansas, since July 2011. At the same time, Margaret became a named partner in the law firm Hirsch & Mahoney LLP. In addition to her current position on the USA Synchro Board of Directors, Margaret serves as the Vice President to the Oakley, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce. Mahoney spent 11 years in synchronized swimming before attending law school.

James Anderson
James Anderson is Global Sales Director, Unified Computing for Cisco Systems, Inc., where he ensures cross-functional execution and performance of Unified Computing Sales worldwide. Before that, Anderson was Global Operations Director for the U.S. Department of Defense. Anderson is the Board of Directors Chairman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was a member of the board of directors for Lifeworks.

 

Yolanda Jackson

Yolanda is a strategic marketing professional with proven success at marketing athletes, directing promotional events and securing strategic partnerships that increase brand value. Through her in-depth knowledge of athletes, she re-engineers their public image and assists in generating sponsorship connections with some of the world’s leading corporations. She is a savvy business developer with the ability to cultivate and maintain strong alliances not only with athletes, but also with corporate sponsors, organizations, sports industry executives and the media. 

During her 23-year tenure at the Women’s Sports Foundation, Yolanda cultivated and nurtured working relationships with thousands of elite, Olympic, world-class champion and professional female athletes in close to a hundred sports. Inspired by her dedication and in recognition for the work she had done with athletes, the iconic Billie Jean King endowed an award/grant in her name, the Yolanda L. Jackson Give Back Award, which is distributed each year.

In 1991, Yolanda was handpicked by tennis legend, Arthur Ashe, to play a key role in implementing policies that would become the cornerstone of his new organization, the African American Athletic Association (later renamed the Arthur Ashe Athletic Association). She continued to manage the organization after his death.

 
Independent Directors

Judy McGowan - Immediate Past President

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