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Board Nominees

2017 AMS ELECTIONS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

NOMINEES

GENERAL CHAIR

Jeff Berghoff - MOON
Michael Chiappetta - MLAC
Lynne Shine - WAAC

 

JEFF BERGHOFF – MOON

Why are you interested in AMS? 

It’s fun

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

Why not? Everyone should want to volunteer and help out

Previous Experience

A little bit in several areas

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

I think they already do

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

Enough to help right this ship but not so much it becomes all consuming

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

I don't expect anything - that's why it’s called volunteering

 

 

MICHAEL CHIAPPETTA – MLAC

Why are you interested in AMS? 

I have been a part of AMS since I began swimming with the Mount Lebanon Aqua Club (MLAC) in 1977.  After 13 years as an MLAC team member, I returned as a collegiate swimmer at Catholic University of America on breaks and over the summers.  From 1992 through 1998 I was a part time coach with MLAC, and was part of the initial development of the MLAC community summer swim program, now known as the Piranhas.  And currently, I am a competing member of the MLAC Master’s swim team.  I have two brothers and a sister who swam for MLAC, and, for the last decade, I have been a parent of two MLAC swimmers.  During my entire swimming, coaching, swim-parenting, and master’s swimming career, I have been a part of AMS and I am interested in helping the organization to continue to grow and survive to serve future generations of swimmers as it has done for me. 

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

Over the years, I have seen AMS grow and change.  In my opinion, its current state is disgraceful.  In the stands  during AMS meets, parent’s complaints echo about the lack of opportunity for kids to swim, frustration with late meet announcements, and the errors in meet entry processes.  The AMS web site is outdated and inaccurate.  In conversations with  AMS committee members or HOD delegates resonate with stories of in-fighting between board members, excluded committee volunteers, and imbalance volunteers club roles (coach, parent, other).  It is time for a change.  There are two types of people in the world.  There are those who identify a problem and do nothing but complain; they don’t take action to make things better.  Then there are people like myself who identify a problem and are willing to jump in and fight for change.  The changes that need to take place within AMS can only be dealt with from the top down, beginning with the General Chair and filtering through the Board and then membership  of AMS. 

Previous Experience

MLAC Swim Coach, 1992-1998.  During this time as a coach for MLAC, I was involved in the design and initiation of a summer swim program for club and community swimmers, the Piranhas.  I helped to develop the by-laws for the South Hills Summer Swim Conference, designed the meet and coaching structure of the summer swim program for MLAC, and coached some of the first teams for MLAC in the league.

MLAC Co-Vice President of Instructional Programs, 2010-12. Along with my Co-VP of Developmental Programs, we focused on the growth of the MLAC Learn to Swim program.  We introduced new programs and re-invented the Minnow program, a pre-competitive team offered in the indoor swim season designed to introduce younger swimmers to competitive swimming.  This pre-competitive program provided a bridge for young swimmers between lessons and a competitive swim team by offering an environment that was still instructional, yet involved continuous lap swimming in practices.  We grew the Piranhas summer swim program through extensive community promotion and reorganization.  As a result of these changes, MLAC experienced a growth in its younger competitive age groups and a greater presence in the community for younger children interested in swimming.

MLAC President Board of Directors 2012-2014.As MLAC President, I led the recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of a new Head Coach and staff.  We re-organized the Board of Directors adding two new positions to better serve the Team members and support the coaching staff.  We successfully grew the club from a 125 members when I was elected President to nearly 200 at the end of my term.  I was involved in obtaining practice facilities during the construction of Mt. Lebanon High School, including a period of seven months when we had no pool.  I led the transition to Team Unify, implementing the online management software for both team and instructional program management.  During my presidency, our Board of Directors made many changes in our instructional programs, facilities, and parliamentary processes in order to prepare the Club for sustainable growth and success. 

MLAC 1st Vice President, 2014-2016. As 1st Vice President we continued MLAC growth to nearly 350 members.  I led the effort to recruit and interview candidates for the MLAC Club Manager position.  Assisting the President, I helped to lead the Board of Directors as we took on more responsibilities, including an additional long course meet and several short course meets in our new facility.

Advisor for Board, Parents and Coaches, 2016-Present.  At the request of the current President, I currently serve as an advisor for the Board, Parents and Coaches.  I have implemented educational sessions  to help new parents to the club.  I advise the current Board on why and how things have been done in the past and considerations that they may want to make as they move forward.   For the Coaches I assist with issues with swimmers, help to organize special events for the age groups, and provide leadership roles when hosting swim meets.

USA Swimming Club Leadership School, 2011, 2013.  During my positions of VP Instructional Programs and President at MLAC, I attended the program provided by Peter Clark.  I have participated both in the program for board members and for board presidents.

Professionally, my career as a Construction Project Manager  will benefit as a member of the AMS Board.  I have run projects as small as a $10,000 repair project to the construction of Heinz Field which was in excess of $200,000,000.  These projects have taught me how to manage budgets, schedules and most importantly people.

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

My approach will be to push an agenda that promotes amateur swimming, that demands accountability from the Board and Committee members and supports all swimmers in AMS.  AMS will benefit from someone who will come in with high expectations of the AMS Board of Directors and committee members.  Someone who will hold those who have been put in these roles as responsible leaders of the swimming community to the tasks that they are assigned. 

AMS will benefit from putting someone in the leadership role who is passionate about the sport of swimming.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

Like most everyone, I have considerable demands on my time from work and family.  So when I decide to give some of my free time or take away from my career or time with family, it is something I considerable valuable and meaningful.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

Nothing, for this isn’t about me, it is about giving back to a sport which I love and making sure that it is available for those who want to participate.  I strongly believe those who volunteer looking for something in return are volunteering for all the wrong reasons. 

 

 

LYNNE SHINE – WAAC

Why are you interested in AMS? 

I am interested in continuing my involvement with Allegheny Mountain Swimming because I firmly believe in the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of AMS.  In addition, I am deeply committed to what AMS can provide to and for the athletes, coaches, teams, and families in this area.  Both of my children grew up swimming and competing in and through AMS clubs; and thus, gained physical, mental and emotional skills that will last them a lifetime.  I wish to continue to volunteer my time to ensure that scores of future athletes experience the same positive experience that my children had while swimming.

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

I believe that AMS is comprised of a multitude of people with under-utilized skill sets that could be of great benefit to the LSC.  I believe it is the function of the Board to create an environment in which people are willing to step forward and share those talents with the organization for the benefit of the athletes.  In addition, I would like to see the LSC advance the opportunities and learning experiences provided to its athletes - to enable them to develop skills and acquire resources they can use as they move beyond high school to college or employment.

Previous Experience

USA Swimming National Operational Risk Committee member: 11/2015 to present
AMS Administrative Vice Chair (BOD Position):  10/2012 to 8/2016
AMS Secretary (BOD Position):  5/2011 to 5/2013
AMS Strategic Planning Member:  2012 and 2016
USA Swimming Official (national certified):  2005 to present
USA Swimming Certified Coach:  2005 to present
American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor
PIAA Certified Official:  2008 to present
Have worked as an assistant coach for both AMS and Summer League teams.

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

In addition to the above "swimming credentials", I possess a J.D. (emphasis in corporate taxation) and a B.B.A. (major in Accounting).  During law school, I interned in the tax department of Price-Waterhouse; post-graduation I worked as a Tax Attorney for both The Sherwin-Williams Company and the H.J. Heinz Company.  While I "retired" from the corporate world after starting a family, the skill sets gleaned educationally and professionally have continued to inform my approach to decision-making in my subsequent endeavors.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

During my previous tenures on the AMS BOD I rarely missed a meeting, and then for unavoidable scheduling conflicts.  I have always been committed to fulfilling the tasks and responsibilities assigned to me.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

The opportunity to positively impact the ongoing development and operations of Allegheny Mountain Swimming.  I do not need anything external to assure that my experience is satisfying.

 

 

 

AGE GROUP VICE CHAIR

Charles Lersch - WHAT
Cindy Woods - KW

CHARLES LERSCH – WHAT

Why are you interested in AMS? 

Further the growth and development of the LSC through improved communication and coordination with committees and clubs.

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

Further the growth and development of the LSC through improved communication and coordination with committees and clubs.

Previous Experience

I have extensive experience working with, or leading (which is also working with) groups of varied interests to achieve a common goal. My experiences include:

Head Coach, WHAT, 2 years. Head Age Group Coach, USCS (now PEAQ), 5 years. Meet Management Committee, AMS, 1 year. Age Group Committee Vice-Chair, AMS, 2 years. Age Group Committee Member, AMS, 2 years. Board of Governors, Secretary and Building & Grounds Supervisor, South Haven Yacht Club, 2 years. Senior Sailing Director, South Haven Yacht Club, 2 years. Steering Committee Member, St. Basil Catholic Church, 1 year. Building Committee Member, St. Basil Catholic Church, 1 year. Advisory Board Member, South Haven YMCA, 1 year. Vice President, Creative Playtime, 1 year. Faculty Search Committee, Virginia Tech CAUS, 1 year. Honorifics Committee, Virginia Tech CAUS, 1 year. Accrediting Board, Virginia Tech CAUS, 1 year. Designer, Habitat for Humanity South Haven, 3 years.

I also lead church committees (5 to 20 members) with fellow architects in the development and implementation of projects ranging from $500k to $16M.

I also worked as a Substitute Teacher in the South Haven, Michigan area for a year. During this time I was engaged as a long term substitute for the South Haven HS very successfully teaching math with no prior experience and no specific preparation (the teacher started maternity leave unexpectedly early).

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

I have developed an ability to work with diverse groups with varying interests to successfully achieve a common goal. Groups include those listed in previous experience as well as 10 years of working with church groups as an architect/designer in the planning and development of projects from $200k to $16M. I have been a swim coach for a total of over 10 years, total coaching experience over 14 years and was an architect for over 13 years. I have also been a contributing member of over 12 committees. I am uniquely qualified to serve as a committee leader of the LSC.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

I will attend BOD meetings as scheduled (and required) as well as committee meetings on a monthly basis (as necessary). I will schedule committee meetings on days and at times as appropriate and customary for similar committees. I will also meet as needed to fulfill my role with other committees and organizations, including regional (Zone) and national meetings. This will require I miss time coaching and will require a commitment from my club. I will be responsive to the needs committee members, BOD members and LSC members as necessary and customary to fulfill the responsibilities of my position.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

I very much enjoy the development of projects and policies in a group setting that further the objective of an organization. Specifically, and very important to me professionally, improving the operation of and development of swimming in western PA.

 

 

CINDY WOODS – KW

Why are you interested in AMS? 

AMS is the base for great swimmers throughout western Pennsylvania. It is my passion to promote the growth of this great sport.

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

I want to continue my work of developing programs and opportunities to help the swimmers of AMS achieve excellence and create opportunities for all to participate.

Previous Experience

Incumbent age group chair, 3 year AMS zone team head coach, coaches committee member, tech planning committee member, ASCA level 3 coach

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

In the past year, AMS has seen a 30%increase in meet participation, and full camp enrollment. I would like to use the data we have collected from the past year to continue these trends.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

Yes

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

To experience positive, productive leadership, a room that strives to better each board member constructively, and collaborate together to create a better LSC

 

 

TECHNICAL PLANNING CHAIR

Donna Beyerl - JCCS
Mike Kristufek - MLAC
Michael Pope - HLBG

 

DONNA BEYERL – JCCS

Why are you interested in AMS? 

I have been involved in AMS for over 13 years as a parent, official and Member of the AMS Board. It is an organization that supports the youth in Western PA and I am passionate about supporting and helping our youth be as successful as they can.

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

As a past BOD member, Secretary, Age Group Chair and Treasurer I am familiar with what it takes to run an organization such as AMS. I think it is important to make sure there is experience on a Board that has so many integral parts. In the past few years the board and the LSC has suffered major setbacks with the current chairs of some of the committees and I feel that this has been a detriment to the LSC and the swimmers that the BOD represents. I feel that with the dedication and attention to detail that I possess with the my last BOD positions held that I can be an integral part in reestablishing the goals and objectives of the LSC and USA Swimming.

Previous Experience

Served on Age Group Committee for the 13 years or which I chaired two years. Served on the BOD as Secretary (2), Age Group Chair (2) and Treasurer (4) years. Served on the MMC (Meet Management Committee) a committee that was very successful in the posting of meet invitations during the 2015-2016 Short Course Season. Currently serving on the Officials Committee. I received the first Jamy Pfister Award for Outstanding Official in the LSC. I currently hold certifications as a Meet Referee, Admin Referee, Deck Referee and Starter in the LSC with National Level Certifications as a Deck Referee, Starter, Chief Judge and Stroke and Turn. I have officiated at the Zone Level Meets, Sectional Meets and will be attending the Arena Pro Series in May. I also am a referee and starter trainer for new officials and officials that are moving up in positions of officiating. I have also provided mentoring to meet directors and other members of the LSC.

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

Based upon my history with the LSC as listed above, I think the LSC can benefit from my long standing association with the LSC. I am hoing to bring back to the table a consistency and continuity that has been lacking within the LSC. As Technical Planning  Chair I would like to see meetings being held monthly, minutes being posted and members being selected that understand the goals of the LSC. I not only have the experience in the LSC, but I have over 25 years as a Controller for the company I am employed. With this position, you have to be detail oriented and have the ability to take problems and solve them in a timely fashion. Communication is the key to any successful position not just in my full time job, but also within the LSC.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

In the past 13 years serving for the LSC, my attendance has been over 95 percent. As my last term (4 years) on the BOD, I participated in every BOD meeting. As an official I have worked more than 90 sessions every year. When I make a commitment to something I work very hard to do my best for the organization. My intention is to continue contributing to the LSC for as long as I am able, whether in mentoring the officials or serving on the BOD or committees.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

I expect to get out of the LSC what I am able to put in. I want to make this LSC grow and succeed in a safe and positive environment. I want to educate and be educated from other members from teams and have fun watching the swimmers at a young age mature in to what our future success will be either in swimming or in life.

 

 

MIKE KRISTUFEK – MLAC

Why are you interested in AMS? 

AMS is where I work and I want to make a difference and help AMS grow. Swimming is my only career and I love what I do and want to help where I can.

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

I want to see AMS grow and get faster and follow USA swimmings' Build Promote Achieve philosophy.

Previous Experience

I have been coaches rep for 4 years.

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

I look into the future and see potential growth and potential problems and try to come up with solutions before they become problems and I want to help make planning for the future easier using the data and creating a streamlined process for developing meets and growing the lsc.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

I live and breath swimming and regularly attend meetings for various committees to help work together with other committees.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

I want to work with people to help AMS grow.

 

 

MICHAEL POPE – HLBG

Why are you interested in AMS? 

To help the league grow with technology

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

I would like to use my skills to expand the technology that we use

Previous Experience

Volunteering at the Y as a coach and as well as being the head coach for the USA program

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

I am have been in the technology field for over 18 years

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

I can come to board meetings I would like to make the technology meetings as a goto meeting online

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

To learn the process of how we run meets in the AMS league and to see if there is a more efficient way to do this

 

 

SECRETARY

Dave Watterson - TPIT

 

DAVE WATTERSON - TPIT

Why are you interested in AMS? 

I have been involved with AMS for decades as a parent, coach and official. Swimming and more specifically AMS has been a big part of my family's life

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

I want to assist the LSC to move in an efficient, effective, fair and vibrant direction that benefits all members. I have not been involved in the Board end of AMS and Secretary seems like a logical position to use my business experience and organizational skills to help the Board and members to stay informed and learn more about the Board and AMS structure.

Previous Experience

Served on the Wet Tech committee when I was coaching, currently a member of the referee's committee

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

I bring decades of experience, both within AMS and in the office/business environment as well as running my own business. I bring a willingness to work as a team and an attitude of "The athlete first" with no political motivation.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

With the conclusion of my last year of having a swimmer in high school, I will have fewer demands on my time allowing for open time in evenings for meetings.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

As a secretary I will try to be certain that a level of communication and organization is present and consistent throughout the LSC. That will be a satisfying outcome.

 

 

 

SAFETY/SAFE SPORT CHAIR

Tony Luciana - KW
Heather Patterson - MOON

TONY LUCIANA – KW

Why are you interested in AMS? 

My swim world experience has been slowly but surely growing. First started out with the YMCA, then local USA Club swimming and I hope to get the chance to participate in the larger swimming picture of Allegheny Mountain Swimming.

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

I will bring an unbiased new perspective to the board. I hope joining the board will help me fundamentally mature as a volunteer and get a better understanding on how AMS operates.

Previous Experience

Professionally:

After high school I joined the Marine Reserves.  I received training at Parris Island, Camp Lejeune and Camp Johnson as a diesel mechanic.  Once recruit training and my MOS training were completed I came back home and went to Penn Tech. I studied electronics and received my associates degree.  Prior to receiving my degree, I was activated for Desert Storm. I was in theatre for approximately 6 months and then another 3 months garrisoned back in the states. I worked for the same company that hired me as intern for 20 years and for the last 10 years I ran the company as GM and sales manager.   I left that company and joined my current employer as the GM, my current position is senior account manager in outside sales.

Swimming:

I started out as a timer for the YMCA and then I signed up to be an official.  Art Vascik taught the class, 2005.   We stayed with the YMCA for several years and several clubs, AVY, McKeesport and LHRY up until 2011 when we joined our current USA Swim Club.  I naturally made the transition to USA Officiating.  I am currently nationally certified for Stroke and Turn and Start. I am the officials contact for the Killer Whales. My plans are to become a referee, hopefully by the start of fall session.  I recently joined AMS Governance Committee.

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

I am very organized, methodical, responsive, respectful and attentive. I can help identify inefficiencies and discrepancies and provide solutions quickly. I have “skin” in the game with 2 kids currently club swimming with a third ready to take swim lessons, once he gets out of diapers. 

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

I travel for business but I’m home by night 85% of the time.  The other 15% of the time I am staying at a hotel due to the drive, no flying.   If I know ahead of time when the board meetings take place, I will make the proper arrangements to be available for the meeting.  In the event that there is a conflict that cannot be moved, I.E. sales conference, plant outage, factory training, etc.   I will notify everyone and try to make alternate accommodations, like joining remotely via webcast.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

I like challenges, working under pressure, having a deadline, come in under budget.   I want to make a difference, no matter how small, I want to be part of a community and connect with others who care about the sport of swimming as much as I do. 

 

 

HEATHER PATTERSON – MOON

Why are you interested in AMS? 

Vested member, all 3 kids are swimmers, and I love the sport of swimming- and the character that this sport builds with our children in our community

Why are you interested in serving on the AMS Board?

Interested in helping the organization in any way I can be a good fit to support

Previous Experience

Previous Treasure of Moon Aqua Club.  Current President of Moon Aqua Club

How will AMS benefit from your participation?

I offer talents in sales, marketing, operations, and P&L management- My background also includes program management and responsible for creating and administering clinical and operational policies and procedures. My strengths are in organizational solutions to improve operational processes, communication skills, presentation development, and problem solving skills.

What kind of commitment will you be able to make?

yes, will be able to make most board meetings- need to confirm the routine dates of the bod meetings and location/time though.

What do you expect to get from volunteering?

Helping where I can is what is satisfying to me- I do not need anything to assure my satisfaction, I just like to be part of productive teams that collaborate to continue making progress and keep moving forward.  Thank you.