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Board of Directors

2018 Rockford Riptide Board

Executive Committee

 

Greg Glover - President      Email 

Greg Glover and his wife Sue have two children that swim, Isabelle (13) and Will (8). They have been with the Riptide family for the last eight years and have enjoyed seeing the club grow.  They are extremely proud of the friendships and skills that the club has brought into their children’s lives. Greg has been on the board for the last four years and has served as president for the last year. He wants the board to represent all of the families in the organization and looks forward to working to make this an amazing club for all our children. 

 

Stephanie Shirley - Vice President    Email 

Stephanie Shirley has been a parent around the pool deck for the past seven years. The last three years at Rockford Riptide. In that time because of various moves, she had the experience of belonging to three different USA swim teams. She hopes to bring this perspective and different ideas & positive practices from each club. She has three children all involved with Riptide. Since her kids are so involved with the program, she decided to join the board two years ago. She wanted to give back to a program that has given so much to her kids. Outside of the pool, Stephanie remains active volunteering at school. Her background is in teaching, banking, & sales & during that time she continually held leadership positions.

 

Dana Kraus - Treasurer     Email 

Dana Kraus and her husband, Brian have two girls that swim both Rockford Riptide and are members of the Rockford Varsity swim team.  Morgan (16) and Sara (15) have been swimming with Riptide since the 5th and 4th grade, respectively.  She has been on the board for the past five years and has been the team Treasurer for the past 3 years.  Prior to joining the Riptide Board, Dana was a paraprofessional with the Rockford School District and a Customer Service Manager for Ford Motor Company.  She considers herself a people person as well as a number geek.

 

Katie Rackiewicz  - Secretary   Email 

Katie is a Rockford Public School employee at Meadow Ridge Elementary. Katie has previous corporate experience and is serving her second year as a trustee on the Riptide parent board. Katie lives with her husband and two daughters. Sylvia, her oldest has been swimming with the Riptide organization for five years and her youngest daughter, Hattie, has been swimming for two years.

Katie likes this wonderful organization and feels blessed to live in a great community that offers an athletic program to meet a variety of interests, levels and needs.  She brings her career and volunteering experiences to facilitate progress to grow and foster a great culture for strengthening the Rockford Riptide program.

 

 

Board Trustees

Adam Forbes    Email 

Adam Forbes is a West Michigan native raised in Manistee and later Mecosta, Michigan. Adam graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. As the Controls Training Coordinator and Senior Controls Project Engineer for Dematic North America (formerly Rapistan) Adam is responsible for the oversite of policies and training to drive best practices for a global enterprise. A former college athlete in track and cross country, Adam has also been a USA master’s swimmer and has been part of running numerous country club, high school, USA Swimming and Intercollegiate Swimming events. 

Adam is the Administrative Official (AO) at our home swim meets and you will often see him at (away) USA meets as a Stroke and Turn Official. He is also a MHSAA official, and officiates our home WMSL meets and is the starter at our Jr Riptide “Mini Meets”. Adam has lived in Rockford for nearly 15 years with his twin daughters (Addison and Jamie) and wife “Coach Terri”.

Adam’s is serving his first year as trustee to the Riptide parent board. His goal is to help Riptide become the gold standard for all clubs in West Michigan, and he wants to see our club grow and introduce more children to the sport of swimming.

 

Kristin Gamm       Email 

Kristen Gamm was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. Kristen attended college at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and has a degree in elementary education and special education. She has taught in both the resource room and in second grade in the Rockford Public schools. Kristen, began competitive swimming at the age of six and spent many years swimming on a USA team, doing summer leagues, high school and college swimming. Kristen has been a lifeguard, aquatics director, swim coach and taught swim lessons. Swimming was and always has been a big part of her life!

Kristen has served on the Riptide parent board as a trustee and as the Club President for three years. Kristen and her husband Andy, have two children, Ryan (freshman at Hope) and Rachel (10th grade at RHS). Her daughter, Rachel, has been a member of the club since she was six years old and started in Jr Riptide

Kristen has a deep love of the sport of swimming and always strives to make Riptide a great place for our swimmers. Kristen loves being a part of this club and seeing the swimmers grow and develop in their swimmers careers, but also seeing them make lifelong friends on Riptide. 

 

Erich Harmsen      Email 

Erich Harmsen has lived in Rockford for 24 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and his Master’s in Education at Michigan State University. Erich has worked in education for 25 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and director of an alternative education school and is currently a Human Resources Director for Grand Rapids Public Schools.  Erich and his family have been a part of Riptide since the fall of 2012 where he has watched is daughter, Oliver, grow as a person and as a swimmer. He able to provide HR expertise to the board and to the club.

Erich is a first-year trustee on the parent board. His vision for the Riptide program is to support the continuing development of our athletes, provide an environment which fosters meaningful and supportive relationships, contribute to growing the program, and providing equal support and growth opportunities for swimmers at all swim levels. 

 

Toren Prawdzik        Email 

Toren is a former swimmer for Rockford Senior High (RHS grad 1989), and proud parent of two Riptide swimmers, and one Riptide wife. Toren’s daughter Marie is 13 and daughter Morgan is 10. Toren swam at Grand Rapids Junior College (2 time NJCAA medal winner) and competed as a rower at Jacksonville University in Florida (Florida Sunshine state games gold medalist, Dad Vail Regatta 2 time finalist, multiple head race winner). 

Toren is the President of Photo EVO and High School Fan Stand, as well as the Vice President of Photo EVO Pro. He is currently a director on the board of an international organization SGIA (www.sgia.org) and has recently started his own sports club and non-profit organization West Michigan Lacrosse. Toren also owns and operates a travelling graphics industry event Pro Imaging EXPO. 

Toren is serving his second year as a trustee and is proud to be part of an expanding, growing program.  

 

Amanda Rickerd        Email 

Amanda has been a part of the Riptide family going on four years now. Amanda and her husband Mike have two daughters Sydney (14) and Makenzie (13) who swims with Riptide. She has served on the board for a year and has enjoyed being involved in a group that clearly cares for our children’s well-being. Aside from Riptide, Amanda works full time and spends most of her free time at her girls various sporting events.

 

Next Board Meeting:

July 9th, Upper Level at Family Fare 6:30-8

August 6th, Upper Level at Family Fare 6:30-8

Board Meeting Minutes:

Febuary 2019 Minutes

June 2019 Agenda

June 2019 Minutes

July 2019 Agenda

July 2019 Minutes

August 2019 Agenda

August 2019 Minutes