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2019 Board Bios

SWIM

 Matt Berkman
With more than thirty years in the pool, swimming has encompassed much of my life.
Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, I began swimming in high school. I competed in
many District championships and placed 2nd in the State of Florida in the 50 yard
freestyle during my senior year of high school. I was offered a full scholarship to the
University of Miami where I qualified and competed in the NCAA Division I
Championships.
After re-locating to California, I began swimming with MVN Masters in October 2017. As
both a swimmer and a parent to a MVN Diver, I believe I can provide valuable insight
both in-and-out of the pool for the Board as we continue to grow and prosper as an
organization.
When I am not swimming or driving to my daughter to dive practice, I serve as the
Managing Partner for The Capital Grille in Costa Mesa, CA. I reside in Aliso Viejo, CA
with my wife and two children.

 

John Campbell

I am a swimmer. A Masters swimmer. I am also a retired Lt. Col., USMC, a retired United Airlines captain, a retired Director of Aviation for CareFusion Corp. I have time. I have Nadadores history. I have a desire and a determination to enhance the Nadadores program and community standing.

Having watched Mission Viejo grow from a two-stoplight town to a thriving city, I have enjoyed the Nadadores growth and development. My two daughters competed as team members, and now two of our granddaughters carry that family tradition into the future. We are firmly entrenched in Mission Viejo’s community service: my wife taught at Newhart Middle School and in the Capo district for fifteen years and those same two daughters and a daughter-in-law currently teach here as well.

My administrative knowledge includes a Masters of Arts in Management and Human Relations. Coupled with my professional experience leading Marines, leading business people; managing a multimillion dollar budget; ensuring the safety and well-being of thousands of airline travelers, attest to the acumen required for the Nadadores Board of Directors.

Current affiliations:

* Nadadores Masters swimmer

* Board of Directors, High Hopes non-profit rehabilitation for traumatic brain injured adults

* Board of Commissioners, California Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law

* Mensa

* Pacific Coast Archeological Society

 

Steve Gunnell
I am a Californian native originally from San Marino, CA. Swimming has been a
significant part of my life since I was 4 years old and has included competition at the
club (Rose Bowl), CIF (SMHS), Division 1 (USC), and Masters (MVN) levels.
I have been swimming with MVN Masters for 10 years and I currently serve on the MVN
Board of Directors as the Swim Chair and consider it a privilege to serve the
organization and support the coaching staff in its efforts to provide the highest level of
competitive swimming.
I would like to continue my volunteer work for the board so that the Nadadores can
continue our momentum of growth and excellence. My professional career spans two
decades in the technology and software industry with companies like PGI, IBM, and
Oracle.
Currently I am the General Manager for Corporate Accounts in Orange County for
Adobe Systems Inc. My life includes two beautiful daughters and I reside in Dana Point,
CA.

 

Brendan Herlihy
My name is Brendan Herlihy and I am a technical analyst at Prudential Retirement. My
swimming career with the Nadadores started in 1986 where I swam competitively
through college until 1998. In 1996 I won the 500 yard free at division III NCAA.
I was part of Coach Rose’s first national team and was a founding member of his
distance group animal lane workouts. Swimming is a big part of my family’s lives as my
brother and sister also swam with the Nadadores through college.
After college and a job placement up north, I moved back to Orange County and started
swimming on the Mission Viejo Masters team where I continue to do so for the past 15
years.
I feel it is now time that I complete the full circle of swimming for the Nadadores by
being part of the board where I hope to bring my years of experience on the team and
my knowledge and dedication for knowing how important swimming is to families and
the surrounding community. I am married to my wife Karen and have two boys Eamon
and Kellen.

 

DIVE

Rob Banis

I moved to Mission Viejo from Topeka Kansas and swam competitively with the world renown Nadadores under the leadership of Mark Shubert and Mike Pelton in 1976. I received my education from Mission Viejo High School, Saddleback College and Cal State Fullerton. I ultimately married and chose to raise our 2 children in this beautiful community. I left the sport of swimming as a senior in high school and immediately redirected my energy and interest to the sport of gymnastics. I began coaching both boys and girls at a private club in MV and eventually trained with the Cal State Fullerton Men’s Gymnastics Team as a walk-on. With the 1984 Olympic Games being held in Los Angeles, and the success of the men’s team gold medal, I decided the time was right to combine the love of the sport with my entrepreneurial spirit and founded U.S.G.T.C. (now known as Azarian Gymnastics in A.V.), the first “boy’s only” gymnastics training center at that time in the United States. I aspired to provide a place that young men could train and call their own in an environment free from ridicule and stigma that was associated with a female dominated sport. I grew the club from about 15 initial members to over 150 enrolled in less than 2 years, with the anchor of my program being the age group competitive team. This included champions at both a state and national levels and drew athletes from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego traveling daily to train. I became very active in the local chapter of the SCBGA driving a new level of sophistication and expectations for hosting competitive events. One of those events survives today known as the Palm Tree Classic now held at Soko University in Aliso Viejo.
During these years, my experience varied from participating and helping choreograph a segment of the 1984 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Los Angeles to help market a new high tech pogo stick manufactured in Germany. Leveraging my gymnastics skills, I developed a performance pogo stick team that traveled the western states and broke the Guinness Book of World Records jumping 125,102 in nearly 18 hours without falling. I eventually sold the gymnastics club and landed in healthcare. Most recently I was Vice President of Sales North America - West for Omnicell, a medical technology company and responsible for over $200M in company sales.
My son Jessen was on the age group dive team for approximately 5 years but had to leave the sport due to a medical condition causing extreme headaches, but during that time I truly enjoyed watching his progress as an athlete in this amazing sport. So much so that when Janet Ely and Lisa Meller announced that they were going to begin a Master’s program, I raised my hand. I have been diving now for nearly 5 years, and have competed at a Masters National level.
I think I bring a unique and relevant business perspective as a Dive Committee & Foundation board member and I hope my experience would be given strong consideration by the membership to continue with a new term. I have served to the best of my ability while always trying to do the right thing for the athletes, club, parents and my new love of the sport of diving. The following describes some of my contributions to date while serving as a Dive Committee member at large.